This 1-Hour Drive Hits 3 Covered Bridges, a Donut Stop with Hard Cider, Pumpkin Patches & More

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1 Hour of Driving Gets You a Day Loaded with Fall Fun

Don’t sleep on fall colors this year – we’ve got about a week to soak up prime fall colors in mid-October this year.

If you’ve got one day to pack in fall activities, do this route with your family.

Not only will you get a BINGO with donuts, cider, a hayride and pumpkin patches, you’ll also love the hard cider tasting room on this route.

The wide variety of fall experiences here, packed into a relatively short driving route, make this the best fall color tour for busy families. Enjoy!

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Grand River Ave in Lowell MI
Looking for the West Side color tour?

Start on the west side of GR and make your way out to Grand Haven with this fun color tour route! Cool stops included!

Ada Covered Bridge & Ada Riverfront

7490 Thornapple River Dr SE, Ada, MI 49301

This pedestrian-only covered bridge is a magnet for fall family pictures.

It’s picturesque location, plus the fact that you can walk through it, make it a fun stop.

Plus, just across the street is the new Legacy Park (7430 River St SE, Ada, MI 49301). Running along the Thornapple River, this park also has a small playground and easy access to the Ada General Store’s yummy coffee, ice cream and candy treats.

Head into the Ada shopping area for shopping, Sprinkle’s donuts, or a stop at Gravel Bottom Brewery.

Legacy Park has public restrooms.

ada covered bridge
Downtown Ada Riverfront in the Fall
Ada General Store
Ada General Store
Playground at Downtown Ada Riverfront in the Fall

Olin Farm

10991 Vergennes St. Lowell, MI 49331
(616) 970-3251

Olin Farm is one jam-packed fall fun stop.

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Plan to spend 30+ minutes in the corn maze and another 30 minute on a hayride.

Visit the Clysedale horses and take your picture with the giant straw Raggedy Andy.

Also here: Pumpkin Patch – Photo Ops – Cider & Donuts

olin farm corn maze

Wittenbach Wege Center

11715 Vergennes St SE, Lowell, MI 49331

Hop out of the car for a quick 1-mile jaunt through the oak woods, pine plantation, and meadows at the Wittenbach Wege Center.

Beyond that, pop into the educational Visitor Center and visit the darling farm animals. Restrooms are available when the visitor center is open. Free.

Pines at Wittenbach Wege Center
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Whites Covered Bridge

1612-1636 Whites Bridge Rd, Belding, MI 48809

This bridge isn’t far from the Fallasburg Covered Bridge but it’s located in Ionia County, not Kent County.

Rebuilt in 2020 after being destroyed by arson, Whites Bridge today is a replica of the 1869 original.

You can park near the bridge, get out and take pictures, and then drive across the bridge.

Red Barn Market

3550 Alden Nash Ave NE, Lowell, MI 49331

New this year – the Beyond the Barn Experience (paid)!

Located outside of Lowell, this farm store also has a cafe, ice cream shop, u-pick apples, a pumpkin patch & sunflower trail, a barnyard, and a hard cider tasting room (complete with a food menu).

red barn market donuts

There’s a lot to do here – plan to spend at least an hour at Red Barn Market.

The hard cider flight is a fantastic addition to any fall color tour itinerary, and they have lots of food, drink, and treat options for kids, too.

red barn market
Red Barn Market apple bacon grilled cheese with cider flight
Red Barn Market Petting Zoo

Grand River Riverfront Park

12200 Grand River Dr SE, Lowell, MI 49331

Grand River Riverfront Park has a few distinguishing features:

1- It has a splendid wooden walking bridge that spans the Grand River. This bridge joins the North and South sections of the park.
2 – The 80-acre Grand River Riverfront Park includes two islands.
3 – The park has several playgrounds, many playing fields, lots of hiking trails, a kayak launch, and more.

Grand River Riverfront Park Playground Lowell MI

Have you visited these color tour spots?

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