As a mecca for scenic fall foliage, Michigan begs residents to get outside and enjoy the season. From apple picking and maze wandering to enjoying a sweet, hot beverage while sitting atop a 20-pound block of hay, the list of activities excites and inspires folks of all ages. So, grab the family, head out to one of these popular venues, and celebrate all the rich blessings of a Michigan autumn.
1.Hayes Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch: This Upper Peninsula gem is situated in the town of Rock. With a list of activities suitable for the laid-back visitor or a hard-core veteran maze master, this venue aims to please. Get your maze on with a corn maze, hay maze, and rope maze, and do more than look at pumpkins with games like pumpkin bowling and pumpkin treehouse. When you’ve worn yourself out, head to the concessions for a hamburger and hand-dipped cone.
2.Fleming Farm: Serving northeast Michigan in Gaylord, Fleming Farm’s claim to fame is its collection of giant pumpkins. Of course, visitors also enjoy hayrides, a petting zoo, and a corn maze.
3.Fruit Ridge Hayrides: With a charming farmhouse feel, this Kent City venue keeps it classic with horse-drawn hayrides and you-pick-’em orchards. They also offer a 10-acre corn maze and petting zoo for the kiddos. After you’ve worn the family out, head to the picnic area and indulge in homemade doughnuts and apple cider.
4.Amazing Acres Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch: Set in Edwardsburg, this location is easy-to-reach from Kalamazoo and surrounding areas. As a bona fide working farm, Amazing Acres brings authenticity and old-fashioned whimsy to the fall season, with a focus on outdoor fun in the corn maze. Wear the kids out on Miners Mountain Slide, the kids’ jumping pad, zipline, corn stalk tunnel, or farm animal fence maze (to name a few).
5.Gull Meadow Farms: Also in the Kalamazoo area, Gull Meadow Farms is known for its apple barn and bakery. So fill up on sweet treats before heading over to the apple orchard, pumpkin patch and corn maze.
6.Morse Brothers Farm: This Comstock Park titan boasts pumpkins ranging from one to 600 pounds. If seasonal decorating is at the top of your to-do list, head here first, as their massive gourd selection beats all others.
7.Jacob’s Corn Maze: As a seasonal staple in Traverse City, Jacob’s is sought after for its giant corn maze with over five miles of trails. Make sure you free up the whole day to explore the farmer’s market and sip old-fashioned cider while meandering through the pumpkin patch.
8.Klackle Orchards: Conveniently located near the Grand Rapids, Grand Haven areas, this Greenville wonderland offers wagon rides through the orchard, face painting, fire truck rides, petting zoo, apple slingshots, and enchanted pumpkin rides.
With so many choices, you have no excuse not to load up the car and spend the day picking gourdes for seasonal decorating, indulging in fresh baked goodies, and chasing wayward kin across miles of corn-laced Michigan earth.
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