Mountain Activities

So much to do, and so much fun doing all of it! Crystal Mountain is northern Michigan’s spot for summer and fall fun! Fly down the mountain on the Crystal Coaster – Michigan’s one and only Alpine Slide. Get out and active with a mountain bike ride, nature hike or a leisurely float in a kayak down one of our nearby crystal clear rivers. Lastly, be sure not to miss the beauty and culture at the Michigan Legacy Art Park.

Crystal Mountain Garden Tours   

 Weekly June 15 - August 31, 2017 | Thursday at 10am

Join us this summer in exploring our bold and romantic gardens designed by award-winning architects James Van Sweden, Mark Johnson and Sandy Clinton.  Take a tour with our master gardeners as they lead you through water gardens and babbling brook winding through the Cottages at Water’s Edge, to the ever-changing beauty of hundreds of perennials, thousands of annuals and shrub varieties in the resort village.  

Cost: $10 or free for houseguests.

Reservations are required and can be made by visiting the Park at Water’s Edge, extension 7000.  

Fun Facts about Crystal Mountain Gardens 

  • Crystal Mountain plants over 5900 bulbs each fall. 

  • Each spring, around 175 flats of plants are use around the Crystal Mountain property. 

  • You can find over 100 different varieties of perennials & shrubs here. 

  • Surrounding the Crystal Spa are plants that are all native to the Midwest and Northeast U.S. 

  • Our gardens were designed by award-winning landscape architects James Van Sweden, Mark Johnson [Johnson/Hill Land Ethics Studio] and Sandy Clinton [Sandy Clinton Associates].  

  • Crystal's first perennial garden was designed by James Van Sweden in 1994 and welcomed guests at the front entrance 

The Gardens at Crystal Mountain are made possible by the dedicated and knowledgeable staff that work on them. Thank you to Kathy Maginity, Mara Turner, Mike Cutler, Karen Johnson, Mike (Fuzzy) Rushlow, Bill Bense, Dawn Aiello, Louis Gagnon, Johnna Karpinske, Jim Bailey, Nick Kerby, Tom Curtis, Cory Lietaert and Mike Salagovick.