Where to go to find fall family fun in West Michigan

Michigan has achieved bragging rights for the beautiful fall seasons we produce. The changing colors from all our trees are enough for many, but there is an abundance of fun family activities made especially for enjoying a Michigan fall. Specifically, West Michigan provides apple orchards, football games, color tours, haunted houses, races, and much more.

Robinette’s: This apple orchard offers a plethora of fall activities for the family. From apple picking, hayrides, a corn maze, and a cider mill to a winery and a Michigan products shop, Robinette’s takes everything to love about fall and West Michigan into a one-stop-shop.

Fruit Ridge Hayrides: Known for their corn mazes, Fruit Ridge has enough to fill the entire day with family friendly activities. This year’s corn maze has a “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” theme in support of our Michigan farmers.

Arts and Eats Tours: From Oct. 19 to 21, Arts and Eats Tours start with a menu of Michigan fare, a color tour through artist studios, and farm visits to see where our Michigan food comes from.

Fall Color Tour: West Michigan is full of fall color and beautiful landscapes. Take a drive through the cities and suburbs on a fall color tour before the weather gets too cold! Experience Grand Rapids offers a great set of driving directions to enjoy the very best of fall color in Grand Rapids.

Colorburst Charity Bicycle Tour: In honor of two avid cyclists who were killed by drunk drivers, Colorburst on Oct. 13 consists of a fall color ride with breakfast and lunch at stops along the way. Proceeds from the charity ride benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

Zombie Dash: On Oct. 27, sign up to participate in Grand Rapids’ very own Zombie Dash. A 5K run from sunset to dark, participants have two flags at their waists that they must protect from “zombies” hidden around the city ready to jump out when you least expect!

Nights of Fear: Open Oct. 5 to 31, Nights of Fear has three different haunted houses in one scary locale. You can buy admission to one or all three haunted mazes.

The Haunt: Easily the most popular haunted house adventure in West Michigan, The Haunt is open through Nov. 3. With new themes and courses every year, The Haunt has easily met its 2011 ranking as Michigan’s scariest haunted house. From personal experience, it’s not for the faint of heart!

Grand Valley State Football Games: GVSU is West Michigan’s largest university. A newly renovated football stadium promises to provide a fun and memorable experience while watching our Lakers win! Come celebrate Homecoming Weekend on Oct. 20.

Visit each of these websites for more information and to plan your weekend activities. All of these activities occur every year in West Michigan, so don’t worry if you can’t fit them all in this year.

What is your favorite fall activity?

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