49 Knockout Fall Activities for 2021 – Get Ready for Orchards, Festivals & Halloween

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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).

If you are like me, having to pack away the flip-flops and shorts isn’t so bad, knowing that autumn is right around the corner. Below you will find some amazing fall activities for the whole family.

Featured Fall Activities Around Grand Rapids

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#1: Play at Moelker Orchards
9265 Kenowa Ave SW Grand Rapids, MI 49534

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What to Expect at Moelker Orchards this Fall

Moelker Orchards is a favorite destination in West Michigan for fresh fruit, fall fun, and delicious baked goods from our own Old Bell Bakery!

Our family-run farm has been in operation since 1907 and we offer u-pick apples, horse drawn wagon rides, u-pick pumpkins, and more!

Join us this fall to make some great memories!

"Such a cute, fun, family farm! Great for little ones!"
-- Lauren Joyce on Facebook

#2: Play at BattleGR
284 Dodge NE Suite 100 Comstock Park, MI 49321

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What to Expect at BattleGR this Fall

BattleGR is a place for fun for all ages.

Come check out tactical laser tag, archery tag, arcade, and our sport courts for some family fun.

Check out our website for some fun new activities we are adding this fall as well as our fall themed events.

Every Friday night is Teen-ish night for 10 years old and older. Check online for our Parent’s Night Out Dates.

We reserved a laser tag room for my family (kids, parents, grandparents) and had a blast!! The games are so fun & we all couldn’t stop laughing and smiling!

#3: Play at Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Center
6151 Portage Rd. Portage, MI 49002

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What to Expect at Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Center this Fall

The Air Zoo has immersive, hands-on learning experiences to ignite every imagination, more than 360 days a year!

Their 100+ air and spacecraft, world-renowned public restoration center, exciting educational programming, indoor amusement park-style rides, and out-of-this-world events mean there is always something new and exciting to discover at the Air Zoo.

From “cool” science-based, ice cream challenges to family-based STEAM days and birthday parties – there are countless ways to keep everyone engaged and inspired.

#4: Play at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo
4180 W M20 New Era, MI 49446

Girl holding a pumpkin having fall fun at Lewis Farms.

What to Expect at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo this Fall

A full day of fun awaits at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo where we grow Fruit, Fun, & Memories on West Michigan’s lakeshore! Fall Festival Weekends kick off the harvest season with u-pick apples, pumpkin patch, and corn maze. Enjoy activities for all ages! Amuse yourself at the Pig Races, experience a thrilling Candy Cannon blast, and delite your tastebuds with a delicious apple cider slushie or fresh donut.

#5: Play at Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm
3025 6 Mile Road Grand Rapids, MI 49544

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What to Expect at Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm this Fall

Welcome to our family farm run by the girls!

We offer u-pick apples & pumpkins, bakery w/donuts & cider. A full lunch menu, farm market, indoor & outdoor seating, live music, playground, farm animal friends, corn maze & wagon rides.

Pink Barrel Cellars now serving up our hand crafted beer, wine, hard cider & seltzers.

#6: Play at Gull Meadow Farms
8544 Gull Rd Richland, MI 49083

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What to Expect at Gull Meadow Farms this Fall

Gull Meadow Farms is Southwest Michigan's Fall Destination for Family Fun!

Whether you are stopping by to pick apples in the orchard, pumpkins from the patch, visit our furry friends at the petting farm, or are just looking to enjoy a day in the farm-fresh air with your friends and family, we have the perfect location to create those lasting memories.

Stop by and enjoy our delicious donuts and award-winning cider. We can't wait to have you create lasting memories and traditions here at the farm.

#7: Play at Tarry Hall Roller Rink
3330 Fairlanes Ave SW Grandville, MI 49418

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What to Expect at Tarry Hall Roller Rink this Fall

Come skate with us at any of our public sessions or rent out our venue for your own private event!

All ages welcome, we have Fisher Price skates and Skate-Mates for the littles.

We'd love to host your next birthday party, family reunion, Christmas party, you name it. Beginner skating lessons available as well.

Visit our website to see our hours & pricing, call or email for more details.

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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, our list will get you to the best places to enjoy all of these iconic fall farm activities.

Schwallier’s Country Basket

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

1185 9 Mile Rd NW, Sparta, MI 49345

Robinette’s

Bounce around on “the pillow,” pose with the iconic giant apple, and do all your fall favorites at Robinette’s Apple Haus.

3142 4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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Drink all the cider at Robinette’s Apple Haus in Grand Rapids, MI

Crane Orchards

Pick some apples, and ride the cow train before attempting to navigate through the 20-acre corn maze at Crane Orchards in Fennville.

6054 124th Ave, Fennville, MI 49408

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Crane Orchards in Fennville, MI, offers U-Pick along with a corn maze and other fall activities

Deep Roots Produce

Adventure through the themed corn maze at Deep Roots Produce, and grab some home grown goodies while you’re there.

8570 84th St SE, Alto, MI 49302

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Try not to get too lost in the corn maze at Deep Roots Produce in Caledonia, MI

Post Family Farm

Explore the giant tube slides, select some pumpkins, or find your way through the corn maze at Post Family Farm in Hudsonville.

 5081 Bauer Rd, Hudsonville, MI 49426

Fruit Ridge Hayrides

Covering 10-acres, Fruit Ridge Hayrides invites you to strap on your boots and get ready for a covered-wagon adventure out west in their Wild West themed corn maze. Don’t forget your phone for the MazeTracker game.

11966 Fruit Ridge Ave, Kent City, MI 49330

Ed Dunneback & Girls

Have a farm fresh lunch before taking on all the fun that Ed Dunneback & Girls hosts from u-pick or corn maze and more.

3025 6 Mile Rd NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544

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

Olin Farm

Sit on the lap of a giant Raggedy Andy made from straw bales, awe over magnificent Clydesdale horses and more at Olin Farm in Lowell.

10991 Vergennes St SE, Lowell, MI 49331

Lewis Farm

With a Pumpkin Chucker and fruit cannons, you’re sure to have a blast at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo.

 4180 M-20, New Era, MI 49446

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Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo in New Era, MI, is filled with fun fall activities

Heidi’s

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.

11999 Cascade Rd SE, Lowell, MI 49331

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Find your jack-o’-lantern at Heidi’s Farmstand in Lowell, MI

Bethke Farms

In Grand Haven, check Bethke Farms for hayrides, pumpkin picking, and a corn maze.

12124 136th Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417

Moelker Orchards

Clippity-clop through the woods and surrounding area on a horse-drawn wagon ride before picking a pumpkin at Moelker Orchards & Farm Market on Saturdays in October.

9265 Kenowa Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534

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 Family Fall Festivals & Events

These aren’t your run of the (cider) mill happenings!

Here’s a list of events and activities that will need some time marked in your calendar.

From fairs and festivals, expos and conventions, and unique outings, autumn keeps rolling out exciting gatherings. A few are still canceled for the 2021 season, but most are up and running again this year. However, things change quickly so be sure to verify an event is still running before you head out.

There are dozens of Grand Rapids fall fairs and festivals. This is just a small sampling of some favorites.

Here’s a list to get you going but be sure to consult the Family Event Calendar for even more ideas to fuel your Grand Rapids fall frolics.

Get that Grub to Go

Eat to your heart’s (or stomach’s) content at the Kentwood Food Truck Festival.

Sat, Sept 11, 2021
4950 Breton Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Balloon Launches!

Stop by the Wayland Hot Air Balloon Fest to enjoy a 0.5K run, craft & vendor show, cornhole tournament, inflatables and balloon launches and glow!

Sat, Sept 11, 2021
Wayland Municipal Airport

Free fall family-friendly festival! Hot dogs, ice cream, an obstacle course, barrel train, bouncy house, yard games & more!

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Carriage rides, barrel train rides, face painting, snacks, and much more. Enjoy the beautiful farm and make some memories!

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Apple pie eating contests, live music, bounce houses, petting zoos, craft stations, and MUCH more!

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2-day outdoor festival with 100 fine art & craft artist booths, Children's craft area, live music, & more! FREE, $5 parking

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Food trucks along with tons of fall goodies for purchase!

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FREE Sunflower picking! FREE Donuts & snacks! Live music & corn hole.

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Hayrides, Classic Car Show, Chili Cook Off, Children's Entertainment, Beer Tents & More!
Multiple days.

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A fall celebration with free family-oriented activities for all ages to enjoy.

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Experience first-hand the fall harvest techniques and activities from the early-to-mid 1900s. Ages 13+ $5, 12 and under are FREE

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Come celebrate fall and friendship at Fellinlove Farm through a farm tour, pedal boat/kayak/canoe ride, nature trail walk and much more!

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October 1 & 2. The 36th year of family friendly event and tradition featuring a plethora of fall activities, entertainment, large parade and more!

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Paint pumpkins, build a hidden scarecrow, smile in the photo booth, and bring home some amazing Fall decor from a floral truck.

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Walker Pumpkin Bash

October 2, 2021
Fall Fun for the whole family! Halloween costumes encouraged.

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Every Sunday in October. Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Cider pressing demonstrations, animals, live music & more! $5/adult, $3/child

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Featuring some yummy German food and tapping our first Oktoberfest Brew! Live music, pumpkin pickin, apple pickin and good times!

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October 8 & 9. Lighted pumpkin trail, live music, food trucks, drawn wagon rides, scarecrow voting, kid’s pedal tractor pulls, petting farm, & more!

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October 8 & 9. Featuring some of the nation's best professional pumpkin carvers, hay rides, pumpkin painting and street performers.

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Bring the whole family to enjoy a day exploring the magic of fall!

Fall Activities - Harvest Time

Featuring some of the nation's best professional pumpkin carvers, hay rides, pumpkin painting and street performers.

Fall Activities - Harvest Time

Bring the whole family to enjoy a day of crafts, games, candle dipping, and even make your own scarecrow to take home with you! Registration required.

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This weekend only, we welcome the pups to the farm. Fur friends are welcome to pick apples, navigate the corn maze or check out the pumpkin patch!

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Pumpkin carving, festive beers, food trucks, and live music.

Fall Activities - Harvest Time

Take your car or bike on this self-guided fall color tour; stretching from the Muskegon South Pierhead Light to the White River Light Station.

Fall Activities - Harvest Time

Local vendors, farm tour, spooky barn and hayride, paint pumpkins, 5k & kid fun run.

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Elephant Ears, Please

Strike a pose and snap a silly family picture with Rocky Rooster on your way into the Allegan County Fair.

Sept 10-18
150 Allegan Co. Fair Dr, Allegan MI 49010

Get the Perfect Pic

Update your family photo album with a photo shoot at one these popular locations (and don’t forget to book an ace photographer).

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Update your family photos this fall

Urban Hayday

Pumpkins will explode, pumpkins will be raced, and all will have fun at the Urban Hayday in Hudsonville, MI.

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Urban HayDay in Hudsonville, MI, is a favorite fall activity

Comic Con

Whether the force be with you, aim to misbehave, solemnly swear you are up to no good, or generally just have fun storming the castle, get your geek on with the Grand Rapids Comic-Con.

November 12-14, 2021
DeVos Place
303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

  Bucket List Fall Activities  

Looking for something to do on (almost) any run-of-the-mill autumn day?

Take a Hike

Take in the fall color on a hike at a favorite trail or park.

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White Pines Trail

Head to the Michigan Farm Garden

Scale the giant pumpkins at the Michigan Farm area of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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Kids love to climb on the giant pumpkins at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI

Family Fun

-Try pumpkin bowling in your driveway (set up empty soda bottles as pins and bowl them down with small pumpkins).
-Play a back-yard game of football or soccer as a family.

Buckle Up

-Hit the road for a color tour.
-Drive out to the country and go star gazing.
-Head out and see how many donut spots you can visit in one day.

Practice Gratitude

Make a family “thankful for” list.

Get Crafty

-Make your own scarecrow.
-Bake and take cookies or pumpkin bread to your children’s teachers.
-Bake apple or pumpkin pies.
-Construct an outdoor bird feeder from old bagels or pine cones coated with peanut butter and covered with birdseed.
-Carve or paint pumpkins! Don’t forget to roast the seeds!

Friends & Food

-Tailgate with friends (with or without going to a game).
-Set up a chili cook-off with family and friends – winner hosts the party next year!
-Treat the family to hot apple cider and donuts
-Make caramel apples and let the kids decorate them with a variety of toppings.
-Host a bonfire and make hobo dinners.

 Fall Activities: ArtPrize

ArtPrize 2021 is in full effect September 16 – October 3. A trip downtown in the fall is something my kids look forward to every year!

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Kids and adults all love ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI

 Fall Activities: Halloween

In our household, the most anticipated fall activity is Halloween. Getting to play dress up all day AND get candy? It doesn’t get much better.

We hope that we will have a more “normal” Halloween this year. But how cool were the candy chutes and other creative distribution methods in 2020?

John Ball Zoo Goes Boo

My family’s favorite Halloween tradition is going to John Ball Zoo Goes Boo. Nowadays, this is the only time other than Halloween Night that my entire family dresses up.

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Don your best costumes for John Ball Zoo Goes Boo

Trunk or Treats

Fill those treat bags – and collect your Mom Tax – early at one or more trunk or treat event.

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Many churches and schools have trunk or treat events

Halloween Events

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

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 one of my kids’ favorite fall activities

Staple Attractions Open this Fall

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Walk the Zoo

Explore the Bricklive exhibit at John Ball Zoo, featuring life-size Lego depictions of zoo animals. The exhibit is in GR into the fall.

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Don’t miss your last chance to see the Supersize Lego sculptures at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, MI

Go to a Whole New World

Step into an exhilarating world of blacklight and unbelievable journeys at Amped Virtual Reality.

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Travel anywhere at Amped Virtual Reality in Grand Rapids, MI

Swim, Swim, Swim

Grab your suit and take swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School or Holland Aquatic Center.

GR Public Museum

Go for a scenic carousel ride at the Grand Rapids Public Museum after you check out the incredible POPnology exhibit.

Playgrounds and Parks

Soak up as much sunshine at a favorite playground while the weather is still warm.

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Find your next favorite playground in Grand Rapids, MI

Create!

Brush up some fun by painting pottery at Accidental Art in Rockford.

Giraffes and More

Get up close and even feed some of the exotic animals of Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park.

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Feed giraffes, camels, budgies and more at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park in Alto, MI

Paint Pottery

Get creative at The Mud Room by painting pottery pieces, wooden signs, fusing glass and more.

Zip Line and Rock Walls

Challenge yourself to endless feats of strength and agility at Allegan Event activity center.

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Kids will burn all their energy at Allegan Event

Downtown GR

Grab lunch at the Downtown Market and some other fun Heartside Explorations.

Outdoor Adventure

Conquer the Junior Park or one of the seven courses offered at TreeRunner Adventure Park, an aerial park full of climbing thrills.

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Kids of all ages will love TreeRunner Adventure Park in Grand Rapids, MI

Appreciate Art

Feed your imagination as you explore the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Relax with some coloring during open studio times at Carolyn Stich Studio.

Fall Activities: Sports, Consignment Sales, Classes and More

Find a studio, music lessons, or similar outlet to nurture your creative kid’s interests with our Dance, Music, and the Arts Guide.

Check out attraction passes, download digital content and more when you explore the perks of your GRPL membership or KDL Card.

Get involved with a sports team or clinic to keep your kid active all year round.

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Stay active all fall

Tumblers, ninjas, and gold-medal hopefuls can use our Gymnastics Guide to find an option nearby.

Swap out out grown clothing and toys when you sell or shop at a fall consignment sale.

Preschool kids love the Sprout Series at John Ball Zoo, and their autumn classes are filling up.

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

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4 thoughts on “49 Knockout Fall Activities for 2021 – Get Ready for Orchards, Festivals & Halloween”

  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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