44 Iconic Things to do This Fall in Grand Rapids

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The GRKIDS Autumn Bucket List

Where to Experience Iconic Michigan Fall With Your Kids

I LOVE fall! There is never a shortage of fun things to do in West Michigan in autumn. Nothing beats the leaves changing color, the yummy cider, the football games, the enormous leaf piles and all the anticipation of Halloween!

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Blandford Nature Center Harvest Fest

Here is our bucket list of fun activities for your family to do this fall – see how many you can conquer!

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Blok Orchard

44 Ideas for the Perfect Fall in West Michigan

1 – Climb the straw mountain at Schwallier’s Country Basket.

2 – Check out Fallasburg Arts Festival in Lowell.

3 – Tour the outdoor sculptures and see Chrysanthemums and More at Frederik Meijer Gardens.

4 – Get downtown for Art Prize’s Project 1. Art Prize has changed this year. Project 1 by ArtPrize is the first in a series of multi-sited public art exhibitions throughout the city.

5 – Enjoy a fun horse drawn wagon ride and pick your own pumpkin at Moelker Orchards.

6 – Host a bonfire and make hobo dinners.

7 – Hit the road for a color tour.

8 – Collect autumn leaves in all shapes and sizes and make leaf rubbings.

9 – Rake leaves and jump in the huge piles.

10 – Find festivities at local orchards …and don’t forget to pick some apples!

11 – Dress up an visit the animals at John Ball Zoo for the annual Zoo Goes Boo!

12 – Bike the White Pine Trail and enjoy the color.

13 – Experience Fun Farm Days at Post Family Farm.

14 – Print off a map and hit up the West Michigan Donut Trail.

15 – Experience autumn in the Children’s Garden, at Frederik Meijer Gardens while taking in a fall inspired story-time.

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16 – Make a family “thankful for” list.

17 – Do something nice – rake leaves for a neighbor or friend.

18 – See the spectacular fall sights at Rosy Mound Natural Area.

19 – Set up a chili cook-off with family and friends – winner hosts the party next year!

20 – Bake apple or pumpkin pies.

21 – Try pumpkin bowling in your driveway (set up empty soda bottles as pins and bowl them down with small pumpkins).

22 – Make your own scarecrow.

23 – Bake and take cookies or pumpkin bread to your children’s teachers.

24 – Seek your way through a corn maze.

25 – Stroll the trails at Blandford Nature Center, or join in their annual fall extravaganza at Harvest Fest.

26 – Play a back-yard game of football or soccer as a family.

27 – Tailgate with friends (with or without going to a game).

28 – Attend a local high school football game.

29 -Treat the family to hot apple cider and donuts at Robinette’s.

30 – Attend Rockford’s 43nd Annual Harvest Fest.

31 – Try bobbing for apples.

32 – Construct an outdoor bird feeder from old bagels or pine cones coated with peanut butter and covered with birdseed.

33 – Make caramel apples and let the kids decorate them with a variety of toppings.

34 – Dress up and take family photos at one of these Fall Family Photo Hotspots.

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35 – Visit the Kroc Center’s Outdoor Campus.

36 – Attend Pulaski Days Parade and then head to hall for some yummy polish food.

37 – Go on a walking tour of downtown (check out the big tire swing behind Calder Plaza, walk along the river, check out the city lights at night).

38 – Head to Zeeland for Pumpkinfest!

39 – Participate in the family activities at Teusink’s Pony Farm.

40 – Drive out to the country and go star gazing.

41 – Enjoy a local Fall Fair or Festival.

42 – Celebrate Halloween to its fullest.

43 – Carve or paint pumpkins! Don’t forget to roast the seeds!

44 – Celebrate all things pie at Moelker Orchards. Sample all their made from scratch pies fresh from their bakery with Pie Flights!

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What do you have on your autumn bucket list? Please share with us in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “44 Iconic Things to do This Fall in Grand Rapids”

  1. I am expecting my first child in Feb, but I have always loved fall the most out of all the seasons! I have challenged myself & friends of mine to do the bucket list & to create a facebook photo album to share the fun!! I look forward to borrowing a lot of kids this Autumn season! 🙂

  2. We already love to do many of these things! The thankful tree is an awesome idea that I look forward to trying out.

    Is the big tire swing part of art prize? We do walking tours downtown all the time and haven’t seen that one… we’ll have to go looking for it next time!

    1. It has been downtown for ages, I guess, but we just went for the first time this summer… it’s behind the building just to the north of the Calder. It is huge.

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