46 Local Fall Activities: West Michigan’s Best Bucket List

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West Michigan Fall Things to Do

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 Wells Orchards in Grand Rapids.

Featured Fall Activities

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Fall Fun in Grand Rapids

Idea 1: Head to Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm

3025 6 Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544


We love Fall on the farm!

We are a 4th generation farm run by the girls! Suanne & her daughters, Stephanie & Sarah all live on the farm working to carry on the family tradition.

We are farming the same ground, offering u-pick asparagus, strawberries, sweet & tart cherries, apples, & pumpkins.

The original barn is now home to our fresh produce market, gift shoppe, bakery, kitchen, & tap room.

Come spend the day with us, bring your family & friends, enjoy delicious eats, treats, and tasty drinks, with a side of live music and sweeping views of the farm.

There is plenty to do and memories to be made. We welcome you to start your own family traditions with the Dunneback Girls!

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Fall Fun in Grandville

Idea 2: Head to Tarry Hall Roller Rink

3330 Fairlanes Ave. SW, Grandville, MI 49418


Don’t miss our *Back to School Bash* on September 24 from 6:30 - 9:30 PM with Joy 99 Radio!

Come back for our *Fall Kickoff Customer Appreciation Skate* on October 1 from 1:30-4:30 for FREE ADMISSION.

Plus our Halloween parties & Black Friday skating sessions.

Our *Back to School* open skating schedule is ready to roll out this fall.

Thursday, Friday & Saturday afternoon sessions start in the beginning of October, and we're open year round for Thursday night Adult Night 18+, Friday & Saturday evenings.

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Fall Fun in Comstock Park

Idea 3: Head to BattleGR

284 Dodge NE Suite 100, Comstock Park, MI 49534


BattleGR has some fun planned for this fall.

Our annual trunk or treat is a great time to come and do some trick or treating in a safe spot.

We have fun prizes for best costume and family costumes. Adult, teen, and family costume contests throughout the month of October.

Check out our website for more details on all the fun that is planned this fall including day camp during Thanksgiving break and Fall Leagues.

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Fall Fun in Alto

Idea 4: Head to Deep Roots Produce

8570 84th St SE, Alto, MI 49302


Get back to your roots and visit Deep Roots Produce this fall!

Everyone loves our petting zoo, u-pick pumpkin patch, hayrides and 10 acre corn maze.

Enjoy our market barn that is filled with homegrown produce and local goods, including a nice selection of pumpkins.

Watch our Facebook and website for our food truck schedule.

We have something for all ages.

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Fall Fun in Grand Rapids

Idea 5: Head to Moelker Orchards

9265 Kenowa Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534


Moelker Orchards is your fall fun destination!

We offer U-pick Apples from approx. September 15 - October 15. U-pick Pumpkins are available in October (free cleaning on Saturdays).

Ride our Horse Drawn Wagon Rides which feature a fun scavenger hunt and are available on Saturdays in October.

Our Old Bell Bakery features handmade donuts, pies, breads, fudge, & other fall treats.

Check out our market for fresh apples, cider, jams, salsas, & more!

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Fall Fun in Caledonia

Idea 6: Head to Legacy Stables & Karin's Horse Connection

8001 Patterson Ave, Caledonia, MI 49316


Enjoy fall colors on horseback!

Don't miss Pumpkin Palooza on October 15 for horses, games, candy, carrots and lots of FUN!

*Open year-round, with two indoor riding arenas and trails.

*Equestrian Vaulting is a Revolutionary and Fun way of riding! Check out Open Vaulting every Saturday!

*Traditional Riding Lessons are for ALL Ages and Abilities and teaches a broad foundation in Western and English.

*KinderPony Program with age-appropriate curriculum starts for riders as young as 2.

*Therapeutic Riding

*One-Time rides on trails

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Fall Fun in Grand Rapids

Idea 7: Head to Robinette's

3142 Four Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525


Robinette's is a destination location for families of all ages.

Established in 1911, Robinette’s Orchard has been a West Michigan staple for over 100 years and is open year round.

We offer a corn maze, hayrides, jumping pillow, fresh apple cider, fresh donuts, baked goods, apple picking, a winery and more.

Make Robinette's your family tradition!

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Fall Fun in Allegan

Idea 8: Head to Allegan Event

439 River Street, Allegan, MI 49010


The Family Twilight Special returns to Allegan Event on Thursday evenings this fall so you can enjoy the action even as evening hits.

This awesome deal combines our most popular attractions into one discounted combo ticket:

* Heart-pumping Sky Trail® ropes course with Sky Rail® zip rails
* Clip ‘n Climb® walls
* $10 arcade game card

You also have the option to add pizza to your ticket so be sure to bring your appetite. Be sure to try the NEW Candy Apple fall drink (with or without vodka)!

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Fall Fun in Lowell

Idea 9: Head to Heidi's Farmstand

11999 Cascade Rd SE, Lowell, MI 49331


Heidi’s is the place for fall family fun!

Stroll our Corn Maze with a Large Maze and Junior Maze – find checkpoints for a prize! Night maze on Friday & Saturday evenings in October.

Pick your own pumpkin or choose from the large selection on the front lawn – many sizes & colors!

Wagon Rides available on the weekends. Kids’ activities available daily.

Homemade donuts, fresh cider, other goodies & homegrown produce in our market.

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Fall Fun in New Era

Idea 10: Head to Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo

4180 W M-20, New Era, MI 49446


Spend a fantastic fall day at the premiere agritourism farm in Michigan!

Fall season is full of attractions and fall photo opportunities. Come experience the cleanest, friendliest petting zoo around.

Fall events include sunflower festival weekends in September and Fall festival weekends in October.

Look for apple cannons, lumberjack and dog shows, live music, pig races, U-pick apples, a pumpkin patch and delicious treats served daily.

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Harvest Activities

Orchards, Hayrides, Corn Mazes

A Grand Rapids fall wouldn’t be complete without a trip to one of the many apple orchards or pumpkin patches in our area.

If your family loves to go on hayrides and navigate corn mazes, or sit back and enjoy some donuts and cider, this list will get you to the best places to enjoy all of these iconic farms with fall activities.

fall activities at Heidi's Farmstand

Visit an Apple Orchard

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.

Some of our favorite Apple Orchard to visit:

11 – Sample the Apple Dumplings at Moelker’s

9265 Kenowa Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534

Stop into the Moelker Orchards & Farm Market bakery and try all of the donuts, pie flavors and everything else they whip up in their kitchen. Saturdays in October are special – visit for their fall festival days.

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Apple Dumplings at Moelker Orchards, Grand Rapids, MI

12 – Shoot Apple Cannons at Schwallier’s Country Basket

1185 9 Mile Rd NW, Sparta, MI 49345

Home of the straw mountain and apple cannons, Schwallier’s Country Basket also has a corn maze, an outdoor play area, and of course, some of the spunkiest goats around.

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Duck Races at Schwallier’s Country Basket

13 – Get the Hard Cider Flight at Red Barn Market

3550 Alden Nash Ave NE, Lowell, MI 49331

Adults are sure to include a stop at Red Barn Market on their fall bucket list simply for the Hard Cider tasting room and delicious sandwiches.

Also enjoy homemade donuts, pumpkins, ice cream, farm animals & the sunflower maze.

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Hard Cider Flights at Red Barn Market

Spend an Afternoon on the Farm

Family farms are the mecca of fall activities.

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.

Some of our favorite Family Farms to visit for Fall Activities:

14 – 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.

Apple Valley farm jumping pillow Jonge

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.

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Apples are among the favorite fall activities at Ed Dunneback & Girls in Grand Rapids, MI

15 – 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.

Gull Meadow Farms

This might be one of the most immersive fall farms in West Michigan. Their list of activities is impressively long, including

  • Corn Maze
  • Hayrides
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Apple Picking
  • Homemade Donuts
  • Zip Line
  • Carnival Games
  • Photo Ops
  • Farm Animals
  • Farmers Market
  • Sunflowers
  • Multiple Slides
Gull Meadow Farms hayride

Their market and deli is very impressive, making it easy to spend a whole day at Gull Meadow.

16 – 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.

Apples in a pink truck at Ed Dunneback Farm

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.

They make their own hard cider and beer, for starters. They also have a delicious food menu and their market is loaded with lots of produce and locally made products.

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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!

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Rasch’s Donuts and Cider

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.

17 – 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 new GPS tracking for maze-goers this year.

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.

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Corn Maze at Deep Roots Produce in Caledonia, MI

18 – Cast a Spell at Fruit Ridge Hayrides

 11966 Fruit Ridge Ave, Kent City, MI 49330

Covering 10 acres, Fruit Ridge Hayrides invites all wizards and witches to get ready for a covered-wagon adventure in their Magical Wizards and Witches-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.

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Fruit Ridge Hayrides corn maze in Sparta, MI

19 – 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.

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The large corn maze at Heidi’s Farmstand in Lowell, MI

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:

20 – Chuck Pumpkins at Lewis Farms

 4180 M-20, New Era, MI 49446

With a Pumpkin Chucker and fruit cannons being just a few of the many activities, you’re sure to have a blast at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo.

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Pumpkin Chucker at Lewis Adventure Farm, New Era, MI

21 – 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.

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Dozens of pumpkins at Bethke Farm, Grand Haven, MI

22 – 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.

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Anderson & Girls in Stanton, MI

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.

23 – 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.

Post Family Farm hayride
Hayride at Post Family Farm in Hudsonville, MI

24 – 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.

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Visit the Clydesdales at Olin Farm in Lowell, MI

25 – 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.

Fall Festivals

Celebrate the season

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:

26 – Head to Bowen’s Mills for Cider Press Sundays

55 N Briggs Road, Middleville, Michigan 49333

Every October, this historic venue hosts Bowens Mills Cider Time.

Check out one of these Cider Sundays for a month-long celebration of the fall harvest.

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Bowen’s Mill Blacksmith Shop Demonstrations

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.

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Apple slingshot at AppleFest in Sparta, MI

28 – Walk the Pumpkin Path at Jack O’Lantern World

Millennium Park – 1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, MI 49534

Jack O’Lantern World, new to West Michigan for 2022, is an amped up nighttime pumpkin path that promises to wow without being scary. The event runs weekends in October.

Jack O'Lantern World Grand Rapids MI
Jack O’Lantern World Pumpkin Walk

Fall Activities Bucket List

even more fun fall things to do

Still looking for something to do on these beautiful, crisp autumn days?

This bucket list of local fall activities might help!

  • 29 – Take a Hike – Enjoy the fall colors while hiking a favorite trail.
  • 30 – Get the Perfect Pic – Update your family photo album with a photo shoot at of one these popular fall pictures places.
  • girl walking along wall at Fallasburg Park for fall pictures.
  • 31 – Visit the Giant Pumpkins at FMG – Scale the giant pumpkins in the Michigan Farm Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.
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  • 32 – Try Pumpkin Bowling – In your driveway, set up empty soda bottles as pins and bowl them down with small pumpkins.
  • 33 – Color Tour Time – Use the interactive map to plan the best time – and destination – for a Michigan fall colors tour.
  • au sable river michigan fall colors
  • 34 – Take the Donut Challenge – Head out and see how many donut spots you can visit in one day.
  • 35 – Get Crafty – Make your own scarecrow, bake apple or pumpkin pies, or build an outdoor bird feeder from old bagels or pine cones.
  • 36 – Carve a Pumpkin – and roast the seeds.
  • 37 – Food & Friends: Cook up some chili and tailgate with friends, or host a bonfire and make hobo dinners.
  • 38 – Score Some Deals: Swap out out grown clothing and toys when you sell or shop at a fall consignment sale.
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Big pumpkins at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI

ArtPrize

a west Michigan fall Favorite

ArtPrize 2022 is in full effect from September 15 – October 2.

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.

This year, participate in the photo scavenger hunt to build even more excitement.

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ArtPrize 2021, Grand Rapids, MI

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.

Robot Resurrection artprize 2021

Halloween

wrap up fall activities with the favorite holiday

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
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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.

Tradition returns this year with spooky treat stations ready for trick-or-treating located throughout the Zoo. 

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Don your best costumes for John Ball Zoo Goes Boo

41 – Find the Best Decorated Halloween Houses


Decorating houses isn’t just for Christmas anymore.

Load up the warm cider and donuts and find the spookiest houses near you.

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Spooky houses are all over west Michigan like this one on McCabe Ave in Lowell

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 breath fire.

(Look for Twiggy the Dragon outside the Amway Grand at ArtPrize this fall!)

Storybook Hollow Halloween display Icy dragon and sea serpent Hunt

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.

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Abandoned Acres in Sparta

43 – Find Trunk or Treats Near You

Fill those treat bags with another opportunity to put on costumes at some trunk or treat events.

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Many churches and schools have trunk or treat events

This is a popular option for younger kids who may tire quickly on Halloween evening.

And indoor trunk or treats are even better if the weather is cold or rainy!

44 – Participate in a Halloween Event

Stop by another Halloween-themed event like a race, parade or costume tour.

Alger Heights Halloween Kids Fun Run
Alger Heights Halloween Kids Run

45 – Attend one of These Indoor Halloween Activities

October’s weather can be fickle.

An Indoor Halloween event in Grand Rapids is a great option to avoid the cold or rain.

halloween indoor game

46 – Note Your Neighborhood’s Trick or Treat Times

Go trick-or-treating!

Find your town’s time on our big list of trick-or-treat times.

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Trick-or-treating is the main event of a child’s Halloween

Are there fall activities we missed? We’d love to hear from you. Please leave us a comment below!

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  1. Hi. Thanks for sharing great idea for the activities.Orchard strikes my eyes and I’m interested in visiting orchard with my kid and family. It seems new generations take most of time with digital world. I think it’s really great idea to leave our children with nature and real world.I’m thinking to take my family visit strawberry orchard to see how to plant, reap, and take good care of strawberry. I bought a new travel camera from here http://www.pirt.org/best-travel-camera/. I want to keep all moment of my kids and my family. I hope it would be a happiness in this orchard trip. Thank you very much for your sharing.

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