2020 Fall Fun Ideas for Southeast Michigan Families

Fall is going to be just as crazy as the rest of 2020 but you can harness that uncertainty and channel it with these 2020 fall fun ideas for families.

A man giving a child a piggy-back ride up a mountain

Despite a disrupted spring and summer, the beauty of fall is that no pandemic can stop the trees from starting to show off, the late September days from getting that perfect cool nip in the air and the juicy tang of just-picked apples.

Even better yet, much of the fun of fall means being outside as much as possible before the wicked winds of winter blow through. (We’re not even going to mention the s-word yet.)

Without further ado, here are four ways we’re falling for fall:

1. Apple picking

A trip to the apple orchard just might be the perfect annual family outing. One spot to consider, Westview Orchards in Washington with its outdoor petting farm, tire mountain, giant slide and this year’s “Bee Happy” Corn Maze. Oh, and there’s apple picking, too.

The farm will offer wagon rides (masks required) to the u-pick fields. New this year is online ticketing to make check-in go quickly without long lines while controlling the crowds.

2. Doughnut indulging

Literally one of the tastiest treats of fall is the hot apple cider doughnuts you can find at nearly every cider mill, orchard and farm. One place to feed that craving: the historic Franklin Cider Mill in Bloomfield Hills, which opens Sept. 5. Don’t pass up the chance for some cold apple cider while you’re there.

3. Mural spotting

Although the popular fall Murals in the Market Festival in Detroit’s Eastern Market is canceled this year, there are still more than 150 colorful murals to discover throughout the market, an activity that allows your family to stay socially distant while enjoying a day out. If you fill up on yummy food, even better.

4. Farm hopping

We’re lucky we have so many farms to enjoy. Try the Farm Center at Kensington Metropark in Milford. Kids love getting eyeball level to all the animals that call it home. The Farm Center has stepped up cleaning to help families be safe and socially distant while enjoying the day out.

Looking for even more 2020 fall fun ideas? Download our free September Let’s Go Digital guide.

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