One of the greatest things about living in Michigan is experiencing all of the seasons. While we love them all, fall is, in our opinion, by far one of the best. Football starts, the weather cools down, and the colors are ah-mazing. Oh, and did we mention football?? Our favorite thing about fall, however, is heading to the local orchards for apple picking, as well as cider and donuts.
PS: did you know you can freeze cider?! Just take about a cup out (to leave room for the cider to expand) and stick it in the freezer! In the winter, when you are craving some cider, just place it in the fridge to thaw, and enjoy (it tastes especially yummy when mulled with spices).
Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill
17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada
Open June-December 23rd, Daily 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Blake’s- Big Apple Location
71485 North Avenue, Armada
Open Mid June-Mid November, Daily 8:00 a.m.-5:00p.p.m
Blake’s has a variety of activities available for young and old. Drive into the orchard to pick your own apples or take a stroll to the animal farm. You can watch cider being pressed, visit the winery, and enjoy fresh donuts, as well. Are you looking for other activities to do with the kids? Then purchase a Barnyard Funland pass, prices vary depending on day and time. Children under two are free. Check the website to see all the fun that is included in this pass. **Note: The Cider Mill and Big Apple locations do not have the same activities.**
Hy’s Cider Mill
6350 Thirty Seven Mile Rd, Romeo
Open September 10th-November 6th, Weekends Only 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Hy’s offers cider, donuts, and you-pick apples. Please check the website for apple availability dates.
Miller’s Big Red Farms
4900 W. Thirty Two Mile, Washington Twp.
Open Monday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Miller’s offers a variety of you-pick fruits and vegetables. You can also head to the Marketplace to get some apple cider, donuts, local produce, and more. The family fun area is available for a per-person fee. This includes a petting farm, straw mountain, and farm courtyard. **Please note that right now, due to construction, you-pick is not available. Be sure to check back for more information.**
Stony Creek Orchard and Cider Mill
2961 W. Thirty Two Mile Rd, Romeo
Open 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
At Stony Creek you can enjoy fresh apple cider, as well as freshly-made donuts in the picnic area while the kids play on the hay bales. You can pick your own apples or purchase some in the Salesroom. The Salesroom also offers pies, jams, jellies, and other great products.
65075 Van Dyke, Washington Twp.
Farm Market, Daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Family Fun, Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Winery, Thursday-Friday 5:00-9:00 p.m., Saturday 1:00-10:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00-6:00 p.m.
At Westview Orchards you can watch the cider press in action (starting Labor Day) as well as head to the orchards to pick your own apples (pay per bushel/peck). You can also head to the market for some baked goods and delicious samples. Pricing for Fall Farm Fun is $4/child (30″ and under free), $3/adult on weekdays, and $10.50/person (30″ and under free) on weekends. With this price, you can enjoy a three-acre playground (with five wooden play structures), petting farms, an obstacle course, and more!
63260 Van Dyke, Romeo
Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Verellen Orchards is open year-round with a variety of produce available. You can also enjoy cider, donuts, and a variety of other Michigan produce.
Diehls Orchard and Cider Mill
11479 Ranch, Holly
Open from August 15th-October 31st, Daily 9:00am-6:00pm and November 1st-20th, Saturday and Sunday 12:00-5:00 p.m.
At Diehl’s your kids can play on the playground, go through the kiddie maze, hike through the orchard, and more. On the weekends be sure to watch fresh donuts get made. Other weekday activities include a corn maze ($5.00/kid but 5 and under are free!) and weekend activities include a corn maze ($5.00), hayrides ($3.00/kid but 3 and under are free!), and pony rides ($5.00).
*Please check website for when these activities are available.
61475 Silver Lake Road, South Lyon
Open August 18th- November 5th:
Cider Mill, Daily 6:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
U-Pick Apples, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Erwin Orchard’s offers a variety of you-pick produce. In the fall you can watch as cider is pressed and enjoy any of the four varieties of donuts available. Children can also take a ride along a paved trail and enjoy the sunflower garden. Syrup, jam, honey, and more are also available for purchase at the mill. Wagon rides, petting farm (weekends), and a carnival bounce (weekends) are available for an additional price. You can even come back at night for a barn of horrors or a corn stalker maze.
1540 E. Commerce Rd., Commerce Twp.
Open September 16th; check website for hours
38035 S. Huron, New Boston
At Apple Charlies you can enjoy cider and donuts, as well as weekend entertainment. They offer you-pick apples, as well as a variety of other activities (at a price) for the kids.
10685 Warren Road, Plymouth
Sunday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
At Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill, you can watch and learn how cider is made. While it’s not a you-pick orchard, there are still many apples, donuts, pies, and more available for purchase. For $3/person (3 and under free), you can take a wagon ride through the orchard.
9252 Curies Road, Salem
Open Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Obstabaum is a smaller orchard which makes it “less crowded and more personal”. Throughout the fall, you can enjoy the outdoor or indoor picnic area, pumpkins, cider, donuts, seasonal crafts, and you-pick apples.
Lesser Farms and Orchard
12651 Island Lake Rd, Dexter
Open Labor Day week:
Wednesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Lesser farms offer apples, cider (no donuts), along with jams, jellies, and pumpkins. You can also purchase pre-picked Michigan apples (no you-pick available).
*You pick apples*
11030 Macon Rd, Saline
If you are looking for a simple you-pick orchard, then look into Lutz. They provide an assortment of apples, including heirloom varieties. There is no cider mill or donuts to be found here, just simply apple picking.
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
10411 Clyde Rd, Fenton
Pick-Your-Own Hours: 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Spicer Orchards is another place to go if you are looking for a place with lots of activities. Besides being able to pick your own apples, they have fall festival weekends. On the weekend, you can enjoy a hayride, take a train ride, or get your face painted, just to name a few. They also have a winery where they sell wine, fruit wine, and hard cider.