It’s officially fall. Which means pumpkin spice lattes, crisp air and the color change of the leaves. If you’re a Michigan native, then you know there is no better place to see the dynamic colors of the forestry lining the Michigan roads. If you truly want to experience the feeling of autumn, then here are some places to visit that will get you in the fall spirit.
Blake Farms Cider Mill
Join in on the festivities at Blake Farms Cider Mill located in Armada, Michigan. During the month of September and October you can enjoy the many fall filled activities they have to offer. Have fun with the family driving out to the orchard to pick your favorite fresh fruits and vegetables or watch how cider is made with the Blake Farms 80 year old recipe. Enjoy old fashioned fudge, donuts and caramel apples for a treat. If you have young kids they will enjoy the 10 acre Barnyard Funland which includes a petting zoo,a hayride to the pumpkin patch, a haunted village, train tour to through the orchard and many other fun activities. The Fall Festival also includes the Funland Night Time Adventure which are on Friday and Saturday Nights in October. This includes all Barnyard Funland Activities plus hayrides!
One of northern midwest’s best kept secrets, the Keweenaw Peninsula showcases the brilliant colors of sugar maples, birch and oaks. The best viewing times at the Keweenaw Peninsula for the color changing of the leaves, happens from mid-September to early October. This event shows stunning displays of vibrant red, orange and golds that cover the hills forming colorful tunnels along the winding two lane roads. The length along the peninsula runs a 100 miles with various discoveries along the way; such as the Isle Royale National Park, Keweenaw National Historic Park, Ft. Wilkins State Historic Park, Calumet Theater, Delaware Copper Mine & Quincy Mine, lighthouses, guided tours and the Jampot. The Keweenaw Peninsula we’ll leave you with a breathtaking view and plenty of things to do.
Western Upper Peninsula Drive
If you’re looking for some really breathtaking views to see the spectacular color change of the leaves, then take a drive along the Western Upper Peninsula. This drive includes vistas, waterfalls, country roads and the Lake Superior Shore. This is a perfect spot for photographers to capture some really great photos. Ninety percent of the area is covered in forest; so prepare yourself to be surrounded in gorgeous red, orange, gold and green leaves that tint landscape. Mountains, bluffs and lakes are outlined by a rainbow of fall colors creating a perfectly picturesque autumn day straight out of a magazine. The best time to view the color change of the leaves is between mid-September to early October. Some places of interest to stop on your tour include: the Ottawa National Forest, Copper Peak, Porcupine Mountains, the Gogebic Ridge Hiking Trail and Lake Gogebic State park.
The Wild Pumpkin
Nothing says fall like a good ol pumpkin patch. Check out The Wild Pumpkin in Beaverton, Michigan for some family fun! There’s plenty to do at The Wild Pumpkin; they offer a farmers market, petting farm, pumpkin picking, corn and hay mazes. Their farmers market features local farmers and venders throughout the year. Since the farmers market is currently in their off season, they are selling some of their products online! So don’t worry, even though you can’t visit the farmer’s market right now, feel free to purchase some of their delicious jams and carmel corn on their website. No need to worry though,you can still get tasty treats on your visit to The Wild Pumpkin, don’t forget to try the salted caramel donuts while you’re there! If you’re looking to have a little adventure, get lost in the corn and hay mazes. They offer mazes for all ages, including an advanced hay and corn maze for those looking for a challenge. Let’s not forget the most important part…pumpkins! When you purchase a ticket to the farm you will get a hay wagon ride to the pumpkin patch where you can choose your favorite pumpkin. If you need more information on hours and prices, check out The Wild Pumpkin website.
With all the fun things to do in Michigan this fall, you’re sure to keep your weekends busy and full of fun fall activities. Make sure to visit some of these activities listed above. If you visit any of the following places mentioned in this blog or have a favorite fall activity you’d like to share, we’d love to hear about it!