Inspiring Michigan Fall Activities Your Family (or hot date) Will Love: Cider Mills, Zoos, Wine Tasting, Pumpkin Patches (Warm Donuts=happy kids) 

Inspiring Michigan Fall Activities | By Sherry Trautman |

Let's pick pumpkins, visit apple orchards and cider mills, explore corn mazes, sip delicious wine, photograph sunflower fields and hike scenic trails as we explore Michigan this fall! 

Experiencing fall and Autumn in Michigan is an explosion of color, fun fall family activities and color tours.

Isn't there something undeniably exciting about wandering among the gloriously orange pumpkins, sorting through the multi-hued squashes and choosing bundles of dried corn stalks to decorate your home? 

What is paradise, but, a garden, an orchard of trees and herbs, full of pleasure and nothing there but delights."

William Lawson

Visit Michigan Cider Mills, Apple Orchards and See Amazing Sunflowers!

NOTHING says fall like Michigan cider mills, apple orchards and warm donuts! Click on the photos or links above for:

  • Interactive Maps!!
  • Tons of ideas, pictures and locations to inspire your Michigan fall activities! 

Michigan Sunflowers! Michigan is ablaze with cheery yellow faces throughout the month of August

Let's Pick Out Some Pumpkins...From a Patch, Not the Store!

One of my favorite Michigan fall activities growing up was running along the pumpkin patches trying to find the best one before my brother snatched it up!  Making memories in a pumpkin patch is so much more beneficial than buying a pumpkin at the grocery store. 

I absolutely adore picking out my pumpkins and wandering cute farm stores during SeptemberOctober and November each fall!

Visit Michigan Wineries! What Better Way To Stay Warm!

My friends, if you haven't visited Old Mission Peninsula or Leelanau Peninsula's wineries yet this summer, be sure to visit in the fall.  The views of the grape orchards are stunning, the energy is buzzing and the drive is incredibly scenic.  

  • We spent several weeks creating travel guides with photos and interactive maps for Traverse City and the surrounding areas, so please check them out below!

Let's Go Camping!

If you are like me, the idea of "sleeping" inside a tent with stifling heat in the middle of July is no bueno. Instead, I like to camp in the fall when I can cuddle up with a blanket after an evening around the fire making smores.

Where should you go camping? Michigan KOA's are great places to camp for sure.  

Speaking of smores, a few avid campers and I created an AMAZING list of camping food ideas (with recipes and photos) to make your planning easier.

Explore Sleeping Bear Dunes

If you love to explore Michigan's wonders but hate the crowds, September and October are great months to explore Sleeping Bear Dunes. Less crowds mean much closer (and easier) parking, more peaceful experiences and great photography as the trees change color. 

Visit Michigan's Zoos and Aquariums!

I love visiting zoos when the weather is cooler.  Many Michigan zoos celebrate Halloween with Zoo Boo events. Dress in costume for the Detroit Zoo’s Zoo Boo event!  You can see dazzling and daring aerialists, mimes, superheros tons of other events and fun activities like running though the never-ending corn maze.

Battle Creek’s Binder Park Zoo also has a super fun Zoo Boo with stunning decorations, pumpkin carving, a haunted hayride and trick-or treating.

Also check out John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids for fun Halloween activities!

For My Halloween Lovers!

This is seriously the cutest bat backpack I have ever seen. I wear this type of backpack all the time so this will have to happen ;) Lots of pockets, perfect for adults.

Classy yet such a conversation starter!!

I think it's going to be chilly this fall so I'm planning to wear leggings under any cute Halloween outfit I plan!  Heck, these cat leggings are so stinkin' cute you could wear them anytime!

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Be sure to check out my other articles about Michigan's fabulous harvest time!

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