Much to Do
A Community of Culture
In Midland, outstanding cultural opportunities range from music and theater to science and the arts. The Midland Center for the Arts provides state-of-the-art stages for audiences of 400 to 1500 and has featured everything from local performances to world-class orchestras and dance companies from around the globe.
The home of well-known mid-20th century architect Alden B. Dow makes for an interesting tour, as does the Heritage Park, where you can learn the history of Midland County, Fortune 500 company The Dow Chemical Company, and the Victorian-era, Gothic Style Bradley House, one of Midland's first homes dating back to 1874.
Sports for Everyone
The City of Midland's Parks and Recreation offers a variety of programs and services to Midlanders and visitors to our community, and there's plenty of opportunities to get out and get active through other recreational sources around town. Here are just a few:
Biking & Skating
For indoor sports, you can't beat two indoor NHL-sized ice-skating rinks and a brand-new turf floor at Midland's 107,000-square-foot Midland Civic Arena. For the daredevil in you, check out the City's BMX bike track, located at Stratford Woods Park, right next to our sandy beach at Stratford Woods.
The Greater Midland Tennis Center is recognized as one of the top 25 tennis facilities in the country and is home to the annual Dow Corning Women’s Tennis Tournament, drawing top professionals from around the world.
Mid-Michigan's only minor league baseball team, the Great Lakes Loons, landed in the community in April 2007. The 5,500-seat Dow Diamond stadium near downtown Midland is a great place for games during the warmer months and special events all year 'round.
Unofficially the “World Softball Capital,” Midland regularly hosts state, national, and international softball tournaments. In 1999, Midland was the site of the final qualifier for the 2000 Olympics’ USA Women’s Softball Team. In 2004, the USA Softball Women's National Team visited Midland for a scrimmage against the Midland Lady Explorers. Midland was the only stop in Michigan for the U.S. team that won the gold during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece. In 2008, Midland again hosted the women's Olympic team in a rousing game against the Lady Explorers.
A community with outstanding sporting fun is rounded out thanks to: