Hours & Tour Types

2018 Season: May 3 through October 28

Open Hours & Days: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday—Sunday
(Closed Monday–Wednesday)

From guided tours of the house and gardens to exhibits in the historic garage, barn, and chicken coop, we hope you stay awhile and enjoy the Mott family legacy. Visitors are always welcome to explore the grounds on their own during our regular open hours. Most tours require reservations

Offered 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., reservations required. 

New! By popular demand, the First Floor Tour and the Behind the Scenes Tour have been combined into one interactive experience that takes visitors throughout three levels of the Mott family home. Explore all the main living spaces, step inside the master bedroom, check out the basement recreation area-including the bowling alley-and so much more!  Online reservations are free and are available here. Tours can accommodate no more than ten guests at a time.

The last tour starts at 3:30 p.m. Please arrive a half-hour before your scheduled tour time to allow for parking, a welcome video and travel to the check-in point.

PLEASE NOTE: Tour times become available for reservations online in one-month blocks on the first of every month at 9 a.m. EST, for tours scheduled the following month. For example, on April 1, reservations will be released online for the month of May. Due to high demand, reservations may fill up on the morning they are released. If you are interested in making reservations, we recommend that you do so early on the day they are released.

This historic house can accommodate smaller-sized wheelchairs and strollers on the first floor only. We also have these available for borrowing at our Visitor Services desk. For any special needs, or for groups of six or more people, please call 810.396.3117.

Tours require guests to walk and stand for more than one hour. Please anticipate walking up to a half mile. There are no restrooms in the house. We request that all cell phones be silenced during the tour. There is no food, drink, or photography allowed inside the home at any time.

For those who do not have house tour reservations, you can still explore the house (and gardens!) through our virtual tour – available as part of the exhibit in the garage and on our website here.

Half-hour strolling tours of the first floor of the main house are available without reservations during our special event days ONLY on a first-come, first-served basis. Last strolling tour starts at 4:30 p.m., with the exception of evening events.

Event days with strolling tours:

  • May 3-6: Season Opening
  • May 13: Mother’s Day
  • June 17: Father’s Day
  • July 14: Be a Tourist in Your Home Town
  • July 19: Savor the Summer (event lasts from 4-8 p.m.)
  • August 4: Wet Paint Day
  • September 29: Fall Harvest Festival
  • October 27-28: Halloween in the Gardens

A free guided walking tour of the gardens is offered without reservations at noon during our regular open days. We’ll tell you where to meet when you arrive at Applewood. (Guests may always explore the grounds on their own.)

PLEASE NOTE: This is an outdoor walking tour with portions up and down hills and across lawns. An electric cart with limited seating may be available upon request for those with mobility challenges.

We specialize in group tours! Let us customize an experience for your group of six people or more. Reservations must be made by phone, and booked at least two weeks in advance. Please call 810.396.3117.

See Field Trips & Educational Resources for more information about our offerings.

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