10 Outdoor Fall Activities

Get you and your kids out of the house this fall for some safe fun. Not sure where to go or what to do? Try these 10 must-do outdoor fall activities for families.

Two little girls laughing while playing in a pile of leaves

The chilly weather is finally rolling in. And while going out is a bit different this year, your family should have no problem indulging in some seasonal fall festivities.

Kids are used to trick-or-treating, dressing up and decorating pumpkins. There is no reason that these activities should cease — and with corn mazes, cider mills and haunted houses open with COVID-19 protocols in place, there’s no reason why kids can’t get out and enjoy some fresh air

Whether you have spooky preferences or want something a little cuter, there is an activity for everyone (even the romantics). Check out this list of our favorite outdoor fall activities and get to planning your fall fun.

Watch the leaves change colors on Belle Isle

  • Address: 99 Pleasure Drive, Detroit
  • Time: Open daily 5 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Cost: $12/recreation passport

Who doesn’t love a good fall color tour? Detroit’s urban island offers spectacular views of the leaves changing colors along the banks of the Detroit river. Bring the kids and check it out.

Take a Moonlight Wagon Ride with your family

  • Address: Stony Creek Metropark, Nature Center
  • Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29
  • Cost: $3/person, $10/parking

This night under the stars is a romantic getaway not so far from home. A moonlit wagon ride through the forest, the night doesn’t end there. Gathered around a campfire, stories are told as you warm back up. Friendly for kids with strict mask and distancing rules, this activity is sure to bring up everyone’s spirits. Pre-registration is required.

Enjoy Maybury Farm’s corn maze & hayrides

  • Address: Maybury Farm, 50165 Eight Mile Road, Northville
  • Time: 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday through October 25
  • Cost: $10/person, free/kids 2 and under

Enjoy a one-acre corn maze, scavenger hunt, and hayrides. Cider, donuts, and other festive snacks will also be available to add a little more magic into the season. Preregistration is required.

Visit In Search of Halloween in Ferndale

  • Address: 660 E. 10 Mile Road, Ferndale
  • Time: 3 p.m.-midnight October 8-November 1
  • Cost: $20/person

This 11,000 square foot funhouse is sure to keep your family on the edge of their seats this Halloween. With laser projections, a maze, sounds and lights, this show is definitely worthwhile Preregistration, masks and temperature checks are required.

Get spooked in the Terrorfied Forest

  • Address: 145 Swarthout Road, Pinckney
  • Time: 8-10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, 8 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday through Nov. 1 (8-10 p.m. closing night)
  • Cost: $20/general, $30/VIP

Grown-ups and kids over the age of 13 take a 45-minute walk through a forest infested with blood-thirsty monsters and other creepy critters. Masks and social distancing is required. Expect your temperature to be taken.

Take an Evening Lantern Tour

  • Address: Oakwoods Metropark, 32911 Willow Road, New Boston
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. October 16-17 and 23-24
  • Cost: $8/person.

This lantern tour is unique in execution and story. A lantern guide takes you through a pumpkin-lit trail where you get to see characters in odd situations. Not a haunted tour, or even a scary one. this tour offers a fun take on Michigan’s legends and history. Preregistration is required a day in advance. This event is geared at children 8 years and older.

Get lost in Debuck’s corn maze

  • Address: 50240 Martz Road, Belleville
  • Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, October. 2-31
  • Cost: $12-$15, free/kids under 2

This 15-acre corn maze is a cute place to let your kids roam and maybe even get some Instagram pictures. With a 20-acre pumpkin patch to boot, there are slides, swings, jump boxes and more to get out all of your kid’s pent up energy.

Take in the Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

  • Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Hours: 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Sunday, 5-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday starting Nov. 21
  • Cost: $15-$20/person, $8/parking

Looking to get into the spirit of Christmas? Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo is the best place to get your fix before the holidays. With stunning light displays in countless shapes and patterns, you’ll be starstruck on entry.

Visit the historic Yates Cider Mill

  • Address: 1990 E. Avon Road, Rochester Hills
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Cost: Free/admission; fees apply for some activities

What’s more fall than cider? A cider mill! This unique atmosphere is a piece of history where your kids can relax while taking a look into the process behind the drink you crave the most in cold weather.

Check out Crane Orchard and Corn Maze

  • Address: 6054 124th Ave., Fennville
  • Time: 10am-6pm daily starting Labor Day weekend
  • Cost: $7/ages 11-plus, $5/ages 6-10, free/five and under

This 20-acre corn maze is meticulously thought-out and cleverly designed. A competition for those looking to get lost for a while, the family will be racing to see who can make it to the end first.

Do you love any other outdoor fall activities? Share them with us in the comments.

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