Southwest Michigan has no shortage of family-friendly activities for the fall season. From cider and donuts to blazing fall foliage, there’s sure to be something out there for you. Grab some juice boxes, pack a picnic, load up the car, and hit the road for some amazing fun!
Get Lost in a Corn Maze
No fall season is complete without a trip to one of the many incredible corn mazes that Michigan has to offer. Check out Harvest Moon Acres in Gobles, which sports one of the most extensive and intricate corn mazes in the state. It’s more than a maze, it’s a learning experience. Questions and answers, fascinating facts, and picture rubbings are all intertwined into the experience. The 2016 theme is “Deep Sea Adventure” and is sure to be a hit with everyone.
Besides the corn maze, Harvest Moon offers tons of family activities such as hayrides, a petting zoo, and a concessions stand that’s unveiling Apple Cider Donuts this year. Perhaps their best feature is the Fun Zone, which includes a 40-foot slide, ziplines, a life-sized board game, and the Saloon Shootout where you launch pumpkins at Western-themed targets, with a giant slingshot.
Harvest Moon is open weekends from September 17 to October 30. Admission is $8 per person and kids under two are free. Everything is included except concessions and take-home souvenirs such as pumpkins or fall decorations.
Go Apple Picking
Besides fresh apples and cider, local orchards offer a variety of family activities. One example is Robinette’s Apple Haus and Winery, located in Grand Rapids. They have awesome U-Pick options, of course, but also feature a corn maze, hayrides, and a jumping pillow nearly 1,000 square feet in size. Outdoor enthusiasts will love their mountain bike trail, which is five miles long and not for the faint of heart.
Adults are in for a special treat here, as Robinette’s offers wine tasting in the basement of their 1881 barn. A variety of wines are for sale, as well as souvenir wine glasses and their famous hard apple cider.
Cruise the Fall Colors
One delightfully inspiring fall tradition is the changing of the colors. Michigan is home to millions of deciduous trees, which means that their leaves change color in a truly breathtaking spectacle. When set against the backdrop of the blue waters of Lake Michigan, it’s a sight to behold. Do a little research and you’re sure to find a great color tour in your area.
Take advantage of the mild fall weather while you can, and treat you and your family to some of the most enchanting entertainment that Michigan has to offer.