It won’t be long before the weather changes, the leaves turn beautiful colors, and fall is back for us to enjoy again. Whether you’re a Detroit native, just visiting, or new to the area, you may be wondering what you can do this fall for fun and entertainment. Here are the top 10 fall activities to do in Detroit this year as recommended by the knowledgeable team at Goodman Acker.
Whether you need a pumpkin to decorate a jack-o-lantern for Halloween, you just decorate your doorstep with festive fall items, or you plan to scoop out and roast some seeds, fall is the perfect time to visit the pumpkin patch. Pepe’s Pumpkin Patch, Maybury Farm, and Harnica Kid’s Pumpkin Farm are just a few spots to find the perfect pumpkin. You may also find pumpkins at the apple orchards and options that offer both a corn maze and pumpkin picking experiences, such as DeBuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch and CornFun Corn Maze Adventure and Pumpkin Patch.
One of the best activities any time of the year around Detroit is hiking. Fall is a great time to hit the trails to enjoy the cooler weather and changing leaves. Detroit has several Metroparks and nature preserves with scenic views and hiking trails. You can escape to an urban oasis to surround yourself with nature and wildlife. A couple of favorite places are Belle Isle, which offers miles of trails to explore, and Dequindre Cut, with its paved trail and murals to enjoy along the way. Grab your water bottle and head out for some relaxing time in nature.
The best time to go apple picking is September through early October, and the Detroit area has several orchards and farms that allow you to pick your own apples, or just stop by and grab a pre-picked bushel if you don’t have time to pick your own. Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill is located in Plymouth, just a little over a half-hour drive from Detroit. They have farm animals, wagon rides, and live music throughout the season. You can even watch them press their famous cider. Another option is Detroit Farm and Cider, offering hayrides, horse rides, and movie nights.
Wineries are about more than just the wine, although that’s a good enough reason to visit a winery this fall. Check out Detroit Vineyards for their large selection of wines and Pizzaplex on Fridays, where you can enjoy a handmade pizza with your wine. For a guided food and wine tour, try House of Pure Vin. They’ll walk you through pairings and teach you why certain wines are more appealing to your pallet with foods than others. You can reserve your 1.5-hour tasting for just you and that special someone or invite up to seven friends to join you.
Fall is salmon season in the Detroit area, with prime fishing in September and October. If this is your first time fishing for salmon, you can hire a charter service such as Capt. Steve Jones Charters or Gold Coast Charter Service. They’ll take you to the best waters for salmon and help you increase your odds of filling your limit. You’ll find Chinook Salmon in the deeper waters of the Great Lakes. Popular spots in the fall include along the piers of Lake Michigan or inland streams such as the St. Joseph rivers, Pere Marquette, and the Manistee.
Grab the motorcycle or load the family into your vehicle and hit the road for a scenic drive this fall. Take the time to meander through the trees and enjoy the brilliant colors of the changing leaves. Pack a picnic lunch and stop at a park along the way to get out and enjoy nature. Turn up the radio and turn off your thoughts as you enjoy the open road, sunshine, and cool air. If you’re looking for a spot to get out and stretch, check out the Scenic Pedestrian Bridge or Sunset Point.
If you’re an avid sportsman, you may consider going hunting this fall around the Detroit area. Mid-September through Mid-November is turkey hunting season in Michigan. You’ll want to apply for your hunting license between July 1 and August 1 to ensure that you get a tag to fill. Turkey licenses are limited quota, and if there are too many applicants, your application will be put in a drawing. If you don’t get drawn for a license in your requested hunt period, you can apply for leftover licenses in other hunt periods depending on the number of applications.
Corn mazes have increased in popularity over the years, and today you can find some relatively intricate and complicated mazes to attempt. Several mazes offer more accessible options for the little ones so that you can bring the whole family for an afternoon of puzzle-solving. The Blast Corn Maze provides 10 acres of mazes with 3.5 miles of trails and three exits. They have short, medium, and full options to please all maze enthusiasts. They’re located in Dexter at Nixon Farms and create their corn maze based on a theme. Last year’s theme was Dracula.
Make plans to visit the Detroit Zoo this fall to ride the mini-railroad and visit the animals. You’ll find animals of all kinds, including aardvarks, flamingos, chimpanzees, giraffes, pythons, lions, penguins, and more. The Detroit Zoo also has a 4-D theater, simulator ride, carousel, and two play areas to get the energy out during your visit. You can even navigate the map via smartphone to ensure you hit all your favorites.
While most people think of summer as the time to visit farmers markets, many markets run well into the fall in the Detroit area. It’s a great time to stock up on fresh produce, fall flowers, and baked goods. A few farmers markets to check out include the Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market on Scarsdale, Islandview Farmers Market on Mack, and Shed 3 in the Eastern Market on Russell. Enjoy your day browsing the goods while supporting local farmers and growers.
Cooler temperatures and plenty of sunshine make fall days the perfect time for adventures. If you feel that we’ve missed your favorite fall pastime, contact us at Goodman Acker to let us know that we need to check out your spot to consider adding it to our adventures.
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