As the weather cools down, and the kids are back to school, our focus shifts from those hot summer days to cozy fall adventures. We know Metro Detroit has so many wonderful fall events and orchards to visit . . . but sometimes it is hard to track them all down.
Our team here at Detroit Mom took the planning off your plate. Our list of metro Detroit fall activities from A to Z is sure to keep your family busy this fall.
Whatever you choose to do, remember to have FUN and share with us on social media. We can’t wait to see all the fun things you do this fall!
Metro Detroit Fall Activities from A to Z: Fall Bucket List
A: Apple Picking at Stony Creek Orchard | Romeo
Pick a variety of your own apples, as well as enjoying the fresh-pressed apple cider from their own mill. In the salesroom you will find a variety of pies, caramel apples, and many tasty treats.
B: Belle Isle | Detroit
Be sure to take in all the fall colors right in the heart of Detroit. The Belle Isle Nature Centers offers many guided hikes and programs for people of all ages. Also be sure to check out the aquarium Friday-Sunday to take in the beautiful architecture and many underwater creatures of the oldest aquarium in the country. Also, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum are prefect for those rainy fall days.
Bonus: Stop in at Blake Farms to fill all your fall needs–they now have three locations in Almont, Armada, and South Lyon.
C: Corn Fun | Casco
Corn Fun is the perfect cider mill for those with young children. It offers lots of open space to run and play. There are many fun activities such as a corn digging pit, sunflower fields, and a corn maze to keep your little one busy for hours. They also just added a new barn to house their tickets and concessions.
D: DeBuck’s Corn Maze | Belleville
DeBuck’s is most well-known for their elaborate 15 acre corn maze. The family fun area has countless activities for people of all ages from super slides, to swings, to bounce pads.
E: Eagle Tavern Harvest Supper | Dearborn
Start off your Hallowe’en evening at Greenfield Village by transporting yourselves back to the 19th century to enjoy dinner by candle light. The Harvest Supper offers up items such as squash soup, roasted chicken, and pumpkin pie.
F: Ford House | Grosse Pointe Shores
Stroll the grounds of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House and take in the many fall colors on the 87 acres of grounds and nature areas. Explore Bird Island, the rose garden, and take in the gorgeous views of Lake St. Clair. The Ford House also hosts Harvests Days and Little Goblins in the month of October.
Bonus: Head to Franklin Cider Mill in Bloomfield Hills!
G: Glenlore Trails | Commerce Township
Glenlore Trails is a fully immersive nighttime stroll through the forest, as you watch the lights and sounds come alive before your eyes.
H: Huckleberry Railroad | Flint
Stroll the village and collect treats at 20 different stops. Children can also enjoy a straw maze. The village offers drive-through only nights, as well as the opportunity to end your day on a 40-minute Huckleberry Ghost Train Express ride.
I: Indian Springs Metropark | White Lake
Watch the colors changing on the many nature trails. After, head over to the Environmental Discovery Center to view everything from touch tables with a variety of nature artifacts, to several sculptures where you can learn about the habitats of the area, and many classrooms and science labs which host community and private events.
J: Jack-o’-Lantern Evening Lighting at the Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival | Rochester Hills
Watch all of the Jack-o’-Lanterns come to life at Van Hoosen Farm at the Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival. By day you can enjoy food, crafts, and live entertainment. But once the sun goes down, the farm will be illuminated by hundreds of glowing pumpkins.
K: Kensington Metro Park | Milford
Head over to the nature center to grab a map to explore over 700 acres of outdoor beauty. The nature center also houses 20 animals as well as many displays and artifacts. The nature center offers many programs about animals and the natural habitat for people of all ages.
L: Lake St. Clair Halloween Hustle | Harrison Township
Get out those running shoes and lace up for a fun filled family run. This event offers a 5K and an 8K, as well as a family fun run/walk.
M: Maybury Farm | Northville
Head over to Maybury Farm to explore the nine acre corn maze. A fun tractor ride will take your family to and from the corn maze. Maybury also will be hosting the Great Fall Festival October 1-2. There will be plenty of food trucks, children’s activities, and games galore.
Bonus: Check out the Michigan Fall Festival at Canterbury Village taking place September 24-25 in Lake Orion!
N: Northville Skeletons | Northville
Watch Northville come to life as more than 120 skeletons take over the downtown. Be sure to stop and welcome their arrival at the Launch Party on October 7th. This free event will have food trucks and other entertainment.
O: Owl Encounters | Troy
Meet and learn all about owls during Owl Encounters at the Stage Nature Center. The nature center offers many other programs such as outdoor yoga, trick or treating among the trees, nature hikes, and homeschool classes.
P: Parmenters Cider Mill | Northville
Donuts, cider, and many fall goodies . . . Parmenters Northville Cider Mill has something to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. The kids will enjoy playing on the play equipment while the adults can head next door to the Northville Winery and Brewery Company.
Q: Quarton Lake | Birmingham
Take in the fall air with views of a man-made waterfall tucked into a neighborhood of Birmingham. Walk along the scenic pathway around the lake and view a wide variety of wildlife and man-made art.
R: Renaissance Festival | Holly
Step back into medieval times for the day. Enjoy 17 stages of different entertainment, over 100 vendors for a variety of shopping, and feast on an array of food options. You will find theme weekends throughout September and October which will have cultivated entertainment and food options. Also, be sure to check out the live jousting!
S: South Lyon Pumpkinfest | South Lyon
Celebrate the South Lyon Pumpkinfest September 24-25 with this year’s theme of a Harvest Hoedown. Enjoy an indoor craft show as well as an art competition. Take part in a pie eating contest or go and watch the ultimate air dogs. There will be many food vendors as well as local restaurants to enjoy. Also, you’ll find many inflatable games and activities for fun for all ages!
T: Three Cedars Farm | Northville
Three Cedars has a five acre pumpkin patch, a corn maze, and a barn yard playland, as well as train and wagon rides. They also have the cutest country store which has lots of fall and Halloween décor, as well as straw bales and fresh mums.
Bonus: Go for a drive through the Tunnel of Trees!
U: U-Pick at Spicer Orchards | Fenton
Take the wagon out to the orchard for apple picking. You can also get lost in the corn maze. This year’s corn maze theme is an eagle!
V: Van Houtte Farms | Armada
Van Houtte is currently open for u-pick flowers. With the purchase of a wristband and a mason jar, you are free to roam the fields and cut your own bouquet of flowers to take home.
W: Westview Orchards | Washington
From a market, playground, sunflowers, and u-pick . . . Westview has it all. During the Fun Fall Weekends, you pay one admission price and can take part in all the fall activities!
Bonus: Head on over to Wiard’s Orchard in Ypsilanti!
X: eXtreme Heights at TreeRunner Adventure Park | West Bloomfield
What better way to take in the fall colors than to truly be up in the trees! At TreeRunner, you test your fear of heights by tackling over 250 obstacles up in the trees and more than 45 zip lines. During the month of October, you can take part in their HallowGlow nights–climb among the trees during their glow nights and end the night with a little trick or treating.
Y: Yates Cider Miller | Rochester Hills
Enjoy the three picturesque trails along the Clinton River. The main trail is stroller-friendly and you will find many smaller trails down below which allow for walking right along the river. Yates is pet-friendly and offers a wonderful outdoor environment for your animals. After a walk along the trail, step inside to watch as they make fresh cider and donuts.
Z: Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth | Frankenmuth
Enjoy an overnight trip, or just a day, in Frankenmuth at Zehnder’s. The water park is separated into three sections: Atrium Waterpark, Splash Waterpark, and Outdoor Pool. The Splash Waterpark has an amazing toddler zone and the atrium area offers waterslides that will come toe-to-toe with the daredevils of the family. The hotel offers combo packages that include breakfast and dinner at the restaurant. The waterpark also offers day passes.