Must-Do Fall Activities in Michigan for Families

Summer is fading, and the crisp, cool mornings are signaling that Fall is just around the corner. If you’re sad to see summer go, perhaps seeing all the amazing Fall activities that you and your little ones can enjoy will help you feel better! Fall is a magical season for many families, simply because of the beautiful changing colors, the fun holidays, and the abundance of Fall activities make for awesome traditions and memories. From the best cider mills to local apple orchards and holiday special events, we’ll share some of our favorite recommendations for Fall activities for you and your littles in this blog.


  • Go Hiking/Camping

What are better ways there to see the gorgeous fall foliage than by immersing yourself in nature with a hike — or even taking a long weekend to camp? Bonus: stop by one of Michigan’s famous cider mills on the way to your outdoor excursion and take some sweet treats with you. 😉

  • Visit an Apple Orchard

During fall, everyone all over the US craves Michigan apples. Take advantage of this unique, bountiful harvest by picking your own apples at an orchard local to you.

  • Go to Various Cider Mills

With 25+ cider mills in metro Detroit alone, Michigan offers so many opportunities to enjoy delicious donuts and refreshing cider. And, many cider mills are set up with other fun Fall activities like hayrides, petting zoos, and more! Here’s a resource that outlines some of the best cider mills to visit.

  • Make a Sugar Skull

For some multicultural flair, learn about the Mexican tradition of sugar skulls and make your own at the Detroit Institute of Arts Sunday workshops.

  • Pick a Pumpkin

Head to the pumpkin patch to find your perfect pumpkin for carving, and check out the Romulus Pumpkin Festival, the South Lyon Area Pumpkinfest, and/or the Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest for even more pumpkin-centered family fun.

  • Go to Harvest Happening

Right here in Waterford, Harvest Happening on October 7 is sure to be a fun-filled day for all ages. Fall activities include: “a children’s area with: inflatables, trackless train, Science Alive, make and take crafts, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, pony rides, farm animals” and more!

  • Go Indoor Trick-or-Treating (or Trunk-or-Treating)

Candy, costumes, and more candy! Check out this roundup of places for the best metro Detroit areas for indoor trick-or-treating.

  • Check out a Thanksgiving Parade

Whether you go to a local parade or to incredible America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, your kids are sure to love watching the floats stroll by and catching the goodies tossed into the crowd.

What are other Fall activities we missing from the list? We’d love to hear your recommendations, as well as your favorite