The best thing about living in Michigan is experiencing each of the seasons even if some of them only last just a little while. While most of those seasons are cold and snowy, we have to pay homage to Michigan’s colorful season: autumn.
Tailgating, football, cute boots, and, of course, our favorite: exploring local cider mills and all the adventure they have to offer! Activities at our favorite local apple orchards and cider mills include picking apples and pumpkins, taking a breezy hayride, and really just soaking up the short and delightful season!
Sometimes you can find a hot spot for the kids with petting zoos and playscapes; other times you will stumble upon a quiet winery and cider combo for a much needed date night. Detroit Mom is here to deliver your ultimate guide of the Top 20 Cider Mills in Metro Detroit! Near or far, there is a cider mill waiting for your family!
1. Ashton Orchards
3925 E. Seymore Lake
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m to 6 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At Ashton Orchards, enjoy homemade apple cider with fresh apples, donuts, peaches, plums, pears, sweet corn, pumpkins, and fresh produce alongside a variety of homemade bakery and pastries.
2. Franklin Cider Mill
7450 Franklin Rd
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Open: Saturday before Labor Day-Sunday after Thanksgiving
Hours: Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Weekends: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Visit the Franklin Cider Mill if you’re looking for a simple, fun day enjoying fall! Built near a river, you can sit and relax while taking in the view. The donuts are made by an old German recipe, and all the cider is pressed in-house. You can find assorted apples, pies, scones, breads, cakes, hickory farms meats and cheeses, jams, spreads, and so much more.
3. Goodison Cider Mill
4295 Orion Rd
Open: Labor Day-Thanksgiving, weekends only
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Here, cider is pressed with a century-old press. Enjoy their famous pistachio nut bread along with fresh donuts, a variety of pies, jams, and other treats. Sunday kids’ activities include a moonwalk, bounce houses, music, cider pressing, and other entertainment. All “activities” run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
4. Paint Creek Cider Mill
4480 Orion Rd
Oakland Twp, MI
Open year-round, daily
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Paint Creek Cider Mill features a menu of delicious meals, healthy snacks, and amazing treats including homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts, and ice cream. If you’re looking for an ice cream cone on a hot summer night or a hot cider for a cool evening walk on the trail, then this is the cider mill for you.
5. Rochester Cider Mill
5125 N. Rochester Rd
Open and Hours: Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy a variety of tasty donuts and sweet apple cider. You can purchase a variety of Michigan-made items, as well as fall decorations for your home like straw bundles, hay, and cornstalks. Additional activities include a petting farm, giant hay pyramid, and antique wall…for free!
6. Westview Orchards & Cider Mill
65075 Van Dyke
Washington Twp, MI
Open: Labor Day through Halloween
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A day at Westview includes a corn maze, bunny village, and a two-acre playground. Here, you’ll discover wagon rides, straw bale mazes, a tire mountain, 40 foot slide, rope mountain, a log obstacle course, two petting barns, and much more for everyone in the family.
7. Yates Cider Mill
1990 E. Avon Rd
Rochester Hills, MI
Open: August 4
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
View the process of a water-powered double table press used to produce cider! Be sure to visit the apple tent, take a nice walk, or peruse donuts and other baked goods. Additional activities include pony rides for $5 a person.
8. Long Family Orchard Farm
1540 E. Commerce Rd
Open and Hours: TBD (based on crops and harvests)
Long Family Orchard offers a lot more than cider and donuts. Enjoy corn maze trips, a wooden playscape, sand pits, petting zoo animals, a great big slide, a five-acre corn maze, and, of course, you can’t forget their glow-stick maze at night!
9. Erwin’s Orchards & Cider Mill
61475 Silver Lake Rd
South Lyon, MI
Open: Daily from August 19 until October 31
Hours: 6 a.m. -7 p.m. (U-pick is open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Erwin’s signature trademark is top quality “Pick Your Own” apples, sweet Michigan grown cherries, raspberries, veggies, and more. Kids can enjoy the face in hole picture opportunities, hayrides to pick their pumpkins, the tire maze, and then settle under the pavilion for a great doughnut and cider. Cash only.
10. Bonadeo Farms
1215 White Lake Rd
Open: September 22-23 and 29-30; October 6-7, 11-14, 20-21, and 27-28
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Head down to Bonadeo Farms for cider, donuts, the pumpkin patch, corn maze, and children’s playground! Haunted house and corn maze run dusk to 11 p.m.
11. Diehl’s Orchard & Cider Mill
Open: August 15- October 31
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The whole family will enjoy this cider mill, including your loyal dogs! Enjoy hot, cold, and even slushy cider with the famous donuts, served hot.
1. Pankiewicz Cider Mill & Farm Market
10377 Lindsey Rd
Open: Now until November 18
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Stop in for farm fresh produce, fresh apples, pears, and plums. Offering a large selection of pumpkins for carving, corn stalks, straw bales, Indian corn, and all your fall decorating needs.
2. Middleton Farms
46462 Dequindre Rd
Open: September 8, every Sunday- Saturday
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Looking for something fun and simple? Then check out Middleton Farms. They make their own cider on an old-fashioned press, as well as fresh donuts daily.
3.Hy’s Cider Mill
6350 37 Mile Rd
Open: September 8 to November 4
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (U-pick ends at 5 p.m.)
Enjoy a glass of Hy’s famous cider alongside a booming variety of apples. Indulge in sweet treats like caramel apples, apple cider slush, donuts, and other various goodies at Hy’s Cider Mill Store.
4. Stony Creek Orchard and Cider Mill
2961 W. 32 Mile Rd
Open: The salesroom will be opening Saturday, September 7 at 10 a.m.! U-pick apples will begin the following weekend!
This mill offers U-pick apples, pumpkins, and raspberries. Enjoy fresh apple cider and delicious donuts. There are also tons of fresh produce like apples, pears, hand-made pies, caramel apples, pre-picked pumpkins, and many other great products! Group tours are available during the week, and moonlight hayrides will take place the last three Friday and Saturday nights in October.
5. Verellen Orchards
63260 Van Dyke
Hours: Monday-Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Operating for over 100 years, Verellen Orchards offers U-Pick fruit each in their respective seasons. Enjoy Cooks Farm Ice Cream, an array of old time candy, and watermelon or cider slushies
6. Westview Orchards
65075 Van Dyke
Washington Twp, MI
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Founded in 1813 and owned and operated by the same family since, Westview Orchards claims a cultivated passion for the quality of its produce and products. It offers a gorgeous wine bar and event space located on the second story of the cider barn. Enjoy the views and the large selection of wine.
7. Blake Farms
17985 Armada Center
Open: Seven days a week.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (U-pick ends at 5 p.m.), Friday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Newly renovated and situated on more than a dozen acres, this cider mill offers fresh produce and sweets, alongside other Michigan-made goods like jams and salsa. Recently Blake’s opened the Hard Cider House and Winery for a convenient spot for lunch right in the middle of all the fun. This mill offers award winning attractions like zombie paintball, a petting zoo, a 3-D maze, a three-story haunted barn, and haunted hayrides.
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1.Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill
714 East Baseline Rd
Open August 24-Nov 24
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
This mill makes fresh apple cider, donuts, and caramel apples. They also have a winery available for wine tasting. It features a “chow mill” that sells hot dogs, kielbasa, and Dearborn Sausage Co.
2.Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill
10685 Warren Rd
Open: August 31- Nov 10, Monday-Friday
Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Watch the cider pressing process, pick pumpkins, see farm animals, go on wagon rides, listen to live music, and purchase organic produce. Children can enjoy a hay bale maze, followed by watching the mill staff bake pies and more.
3.Big Red Orchard
4900 West 32 Mile Rd
Open and Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Miller’s Big Red Barn offers a petting farm, fresh and seasonal produce, hard-cider tasting room for tired parents, smokehouse restaurant, bounce house and children attractions, and an Autumn market with seasonal fresh produce and made in Michigan goods.
4.Three Cedars Farm
7897 Six Mile Rd
Open: August 30
Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Three Cedars is the number one spot for kids, offering multiple play structures, tricycles with tracks, a huge corn pit, an electric train that drives around the park (for an additional $4 fee), farm animal petting zoo, wooden train carts, and an automated country sing-along show with ample seating. Check out the bonfire pits spread throughout the farm while you’re taking a hay ride out back to the corn maze.
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1. Spicer Orchards Farm Market
10411 Clyde Rd
Farm Market Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
Last Wagon goes out at 5:30 p.m.
Winery Hours: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily
Cafe Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
They have it all at Spicer’s, including a large farm play area, train and pony rides, inflatables, face painting, hayrides, a bee keeping display, and farm animal barn. Concessions including kettle corn, pig roast, fresh baked goods, and hot cider.
2. Uptegraff’s Orchard Davidson
5350 N. Gale Drive
Open: September to October
Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Uptegraff’s offers pick-your-own or already-picked apples. Cider is ready in October. They provide McIntosh, Cortland, Jonee, Red and Yellow Delicious, Empire, and Ida Reds.
3. Parshallville Cider Mill
8507 Parshallville Rd
Open: Opens Labor Day weekend
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Attracting autumn visitors from all over the state, this mill makes cider, spiced donuts, caramel apples, and homemade apple pies. In addition, you can choose from a variety of heirloom apples for baking and eating. They offer made-in-Michigan products, including delicious local honey.
4. Mueller’s Orchard
6036 Lobdell Lake Rd
Open: Late August
Hours: Monday- Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
With a playground designed for younger children and a shaded pavilion nearby, this mill is set up for kids and parents to enjoy their fall day on the farm. Enjoy plenty of doughnuts and apple cider. Every September they throw an annual car show supporting cystic fibrosis!
1. The Dexter Cider Mill
3685 Central St
Opens: August 2019
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The oldest continuously-operating cider mill in the state, Dexter’s is situated along the Huron River. They offer old-fashioned cider mill doughnuts, caramel apples for the kids, and homemade wood-pressed cider for the big kids. No admission and or parking fees; cash only.
2. Wiards Cider Mill and Apple Orchard
5565 Merritt Rd
Open: September 3, for the season
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wiard’s visitors can enjoy picking their own pumpkins and apples. The mill offers traditional staples like hayrides, a corn maze, and, of course, cider and doughnuts. In October you can purchase weekend tickets for any of their six haunted attractions at their annual haunted Night Terrors events.
3. Lesser Farm and Orchards
12651 Island Lake Rd
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Lesser farms offers apples, cider (no donuts), along with jams, jellies, and pumpkins. You can also purchase pre-picked Michigan apples (no you-pick available).
4. Alber Orchard and Cider Mill
13011 Bethel Church Rd
Open: Open Sept. 4 – Nov. 18
Hours: Tues-Fri, 12 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Alber’s offers cider, donuts, and over 100 types of apples, many heirloom selections. Admission is free, but there are several activities available for a small fee.
A One Stop Shop: Downtown Detroit Delivers
This list is just small taste of the good stuff. The Detroit area offers so much fun for the family. Maybe you live and work downtown, and you’re thinking you can’t make it out for a visit? If you’re thinking you just can’t swing it, you can always head downtown. Crazy, right? But as usual, Detroit delivers with something spectacular this season: Cider in the City & Pop-Up Pumpkin Patch!
Cider in the City & Pop-Up Pumpkin Patch brings all the signature fall treasures right to the heart of Downtown Detroit. Beginning Sept. 28 and running through October 26 from 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. each Saturday, Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill will offer free horse-drawn hayrides. Available for purchase you will find fresh donuts, cider, and caramel apples. Beacon Park will be transformed with fall decor to capture the perfect family photo. The events include free themed activities and make and take projects for kids, as well as games, entertainment, and food trucks.
So, whatever county you live in or find yourself roaming, there is sure to be a treasured Metro Detroit Cider Mill near you. Get out there and enjoy the swift season of Autumn and all the warmth and wonder the Detroit area has to offer you and your family. From county to county or down in the heart of Detroit, take this guide and visit all 20 or just relax at the one nearest to you. This autumn adventure is in your hands!