Awesome Fall Activities List
Fall in West Michigan might just be my favorite season, and that is saying a lot after coming off of summer in the Mitten State.
But there is something magical about the cool air, changing colors, shorter days, and the oh-so-good food this time of year (fresh cider and homemade donuts, please).
With all these amazing fall activities to try, I’m glad autumn is finally here!
*feature image is of Bethke Farms in Grand Haven.
Fall Activities to Try
Apple Orchard Activities
Apple picking in Michigan orchards can’t be beat. Take a cool fall walk into the orchard or ride a wagon to your favorite variety.
Many farms have fall activities to pair with apple picking, making orchards the perfect fall adventure. Here are a few apple orchard activities we think are fun:
Fall Farm Activities
Family farms are the mecca of fall activities.
All in one spot you can pick pumpkins, grab fresh cider, take on a corn maze, bounce on a jumping pillow, pet animals, romp through a corn maze and much more.
Add in hayrides, sunflower fields for photo ops, delicious market food, and inflatables, and your kids will beg to try a new fall farm every day. Here are a few things to try:
12 – Jump on the Giant Pumpkin Pillow and Climb the Inflatables at Apple Valley
7737 Fruit Ridge Ave NW, Sparta, MI 49345
There needs to be a reward for apple picking, right?
At Apple Valley Fun Farm, kids will love the fun inflatables, jumping pillow, duck racing and corn maze.
There are also adorable barrel rides for littles and tractor-drawn wagon rides.
Horror fans can come back at night for their famous Abandoned Acres corn maze or haunted hayride.
13 – Take a Zip Line or Play Carnival Games at Gull Meadow Farms
8544 Gull Road, Richland, MI 49083
No matter what kind of fall activities experience you’re looking for, you can likely find it at Gull Meadow Farms.
This might be one of the most immersive fall farms in West Michigan. Their list of activities is impressively long, including
Their market and deli is very impressive, making it easy to spend a whole day at Gull Meadow.
14 – Take Your Pic With the Iconic Pink Pickup at Award-Winning Ed Dunneback & Girls
3025 6 Mile Rd, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Does it even get more adorable than a pink pickup truck?
Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm’s pink pickup is the cutest place for a pic after you’ve gone apple or pumpkin picking.
In addition to traditional fall activities, you have to check out their market. It might be the best market and diner on a farm in the area.
Donuts & Cider
Does it get any better than fresh-baked donuts and farm-pressed cider? Probably not!
We won’t judge if you spend the next two months cider mill hopping. Just save some for us!
15 – Watch the Cider Being Pressed at Heritage Farms Market
1858 S Maple Island Rd, Fremont, MI 49412
The Apple Cider at Heritage Farms Market is 100% natural with no additives or preservatives and it is not pasteurized. Plus you can watch it being pressed!
Take home a gallon or enjoy an apple cider slushie.
The freshly made Old Fashion Spiced Donuts flavors that feature cinnamon sugar.
These donuts are a customer favorite of many at the Market.
16 – Get a Different Taste Every Time at Klein Cider Mill
2151 10 Mile Rd, Sparta, MI 49345
The cider at Klein Cider Mill is made from of a combination of apples depending on what is in season. This allows the taste to change and not be the same with each press – but still guaranteed to be delicious.
Their fresh and unpasteurized Apple Cider comes in half-gallon, gallon, and bulk quantities.
17 – Grab Fresh-Baked Treats Plus Donuts and Cider at Pierson Orchard
5348 N State Rd, Orleans, MI 48865
This adorable farm market at Pierson Orchard features a from-scratch bakery with some of the tastiest – and biggest – donuts and pastries we’ve ever tasted.
Plus, their bakery item pricing, and rates for their homegrown fruits and vegetables, are some of the best in West Michigan.
The on-site cider mill utilizes homegrown fruits. Just don’t get the cider without some of the donuts and pies (made fresh daily.)
Get Lost in a Corn Maze
We can’t believe all the corn mazes in West Michigan!
Thanks to technology, corn mazes have amazing themed designs, specific trail lengths and even GPS tracking to help you with your bearings.
These mazes are huge, and incredibly fun and some even offer haunted maze nights.
Some notable mazes include the following, but you can also check this list of all the corn mazes in West Michigan.
18 – Enjoy 3 Corn Maze Trails at Deep Roots Produce
8570 84th St SE, Alto, MI 49302
Choose from three corn maze lengths at Deep Roots Produce, and enjoy their GPS tracking for maze-goers.
Each trail of the corn maze is a different level of difficulty and distance.
Also, grab some home grown goodies while you’re there and play a few games of cornhole on the lawn before you go home.
19 – Go Prehistoric at Fruit Ridge Hayrides
11966 Fruit Ridge Ave, Kent City, MI 49330
Covering 10 acres, Fruit Ridge Hayrides invites all dino lovers to get ready for a covered-wagon adventure in their dinosaur-themed corn maze.
Four interactive games are incorporated into the maze, making it fun, challenging, and educational for all ages.
Don’t forget your phone for the MazeTrackerk, Fruit Ridge Hayrides’ innovative smartphone app. It uses GPS positioning to pinpoint and follow your exact location in the maze so you never get lost again.
20 – Bigs and Littles Can Get Lost in the Corn at Heidi’s Farmstand
11999 Cascade Rd SE, Lowell, MI 49331
Heidi’s Farmstand & Bakery has two different corn mazes to navigate: a junior course designed to take 15-20 minutes as well as a longer one that takes 45-60 minutes to complete.
Head to the Pumpkin Patch
Find a jack-o-lantern or just get some amazing fall decor for your porch at area pumpkin patches.
Kids love hunting for the perfect pumpkin in the festive fields around West Michigan. They also love the other activities you can find at these farms including corn mazes and even… a pumpkin chucker?
Here are some of our favorite pumpkin patches:
21 – Snap a Pic at Lewis Farms
4180 M-20, New Era, MI 49446
Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo is full of fall fun — complete with awesome photo opps.
Grab one by the pumpkin house or on the big rocking chair.
22 – Choose from Thousands of Pumpkins at Bethke Farm
12124 136th Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417
This farm brags thousands of pumpkins to choose from!
In Grand Haven, check Bethke Farms for fall activities like hayrides, pumpkin picking and a corn maze.
23 – Find the Best Pumpkin at Anderson & Girls
2985 N. Sheridan Road, Stanton, MI 48888
Find the perfect pumpkin for your jack-o’-lantern or harvest decorations in the pumpkin patch at Anderson & Girls.
Then visit with the animals in the petting zoo and grab some lunch from the Sweet Shop.
Go on a Hayride
Want a tractor or horse-drawn hayride?
We’ve got both in West Michigan and these farms are running them all fall.
24 – Post Family Farm’s Hayrides Take You to the Pumpkin Patch
5081 Bauer Rd, Hudsonville, MI 49426
Explore the giant tube slides, select some pumpkins, or find your way through the corn maze at Post Family Farm in Hudsonville.
25 – Meet the Clydesdales at Olin Farm
10991 Vergennes St SE, Lowell, MI 49331
Sit on the lap of a giant Raggedy Andy made from straw bales, greet the magnificent Clydesdale horses in their pasture and take a relaxing 35-minute tractor-driven hayride at Olin Farm in Lowell.
26 – Enjoy Peaceful Farm Life at Crane’s Orchards
6054 124th Ave, Fennville, MI 49408
Enjoy a tractor-driven hayride tour around the farm, orchards, and woods at Crane’s Orchards.
It’s both educational and relaxing!
Make sure the forecast is dry as hayrides do not run on rainy days.
These aren’t your run of the (cider) mill happenings!
Michigan fall festivals keep autumn rolling, with everything from lumberjack events, to apple parades, pumpkin festivals, and more.
Here are a few of our favorite west Michigan fall festivals:
27 – Slingshot Apples at AppleFest in Sparta
Downtown Sparta, MI 49345
For apple-themed fall activities, make your way to the annual AppleFest in Sparta, MI.
Shop artisan booths, order from a food truck, make a craft, shoot an apple slingshot, and more.
28 – Celebrate All Things Pumpkin at Pumpkinfest
Downtown Zeeland, MI
This 2-day festival is has been celebrating fall for over 30 years. Zeeland’s Pumpkinfest pulls out all the fall stops with food, music, kids activities, a parade, and more.
Fall Activities Bucket List
Still looking for something to do on these beautiful, crisp autumn days?
This bucket list of local fall activities might help!
ArtPrize 2023 is in full effect from September 14 – October 1, 2023.
ArtPrize is a city-wide interactive art festival for all ages and is great for families.
39 – Explore Incredible Creativity at ArtPrize
Downtown Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Families love this city-wide event that encourages curiosity and imagination.
ArtPrize has a different feel between daytime and nighttime. It warrants a trip during both if you’d like to experience all ArtPrize has to offer.
The light-up installations really come to life after the sun sets.
In many households, the most anticipated of the fall activities is Halloween.
Getting to play dress-up all day AND get candy? It doesn’t get much better.
40 – Dress up for John Ball Zoo Goes Boo
1300 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Dates: October 13 – 15, 20 – 22 & 27 – 29, 2023
My family’s favorite Halloween tradition is going to John Ball Zoo Goes Boo.
Each year the zoo transforms into the ultimate Halloween destination with decorations, costumes, candy, and, of course, the Zoo’s amazing animals.
Spooky treat stations ready for trick-or-treating are located throughout the Zoo.
Some homes invite guests to get out and walk around.
A big favorite for this is The Haunting of Storybook Hollow in Comstock Park. The homeowners are incredible designers who make a lot of their props, including amazing dragons that breathe fire.
42 – Get the Chills at a Haunted House
For thrill-seekers only!
Many local places thrive on taking the fear level up several notches each Halloween at Haunted attractions around Grand Rapids.
Besides the traditional haunted house, you can find creepy corn mazes, spooky sunflower mazes, haunted forests and more.
Are there fall activities we missed? We’d love to hear from you. Please leave us a comment below!