- The list below includes 63 free or cheap things to do in or near Midland, Michigan, including 42 different types of inexpensive activities like National & State Parks, Movie Theaters, Gardens and Bowling.
- From Dow Gardens to The Tridge, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Midland and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Bay City, Saginaw, Mount Pleasant and Caseville.
The Tridge in Midland is a three-way wooden footbridge that covers the Chippewa and Tittabawassee Rivers. The pathway is available to walkers and cyclists, with easy access to a park and the Pere Marquette Rail Trail.
Midland City Forest is a public park area that offers a variety of outdoor activities. There are hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing trails, hills for sledding, a skating rink, and a fire pit. A chalet offers refreshments.
Located in Central Michigan, Barstow Woods Park is an outdoor recreational space offering year round activities. Its trails are ideal for nature walks, runs and bike rides, and in the winter, the park further provides for winter sports.
Maintained by a staff of volunteers, Dahlia Hill is an extensive dahlia garden founded by artist Charles Breed. It features 3,000 dahlias belonging to more than 250 different varieties. It features garden sculptures and a memorial circle.
There are 18 acres of land that compose Central Park, which offers four tennis courts, a fitness course, a softball field, benches, and picnic tables. The park is also home to the Chemical City Band concerts during the summer.
Located on 50 acres, Emerson Park features a path for walking and biking that takes visitors along the Tittabawassee River. It can also be used for fishing, ice skating in the winter, picnics and for playing softball, shuffleboard and hockey.
Home to Kiwassee Lake, Stratford Woods Park features a sandy beach and access to the water for fishing and swimming. The park provides trails suitable for hiking, picnic areas with grills, a children's playground and courts for basketball and volleyball.