Delight your taste buds with some fresh cinnamon sugar doughnuts and homemade apple cider at southeast Michigan best cider mills and apple orchards this fall.
Bring out the whole family and make a day of it — head to one of your local orchards to pick apples, venture through a corn maze or one of the many other cool attractions offered.
Many locations are open daily; some even year ’round. Browse this list of the best cider mills in Michigan’s southeast region — and head out to your hometown orchard to make sweet fall memories with your family and friends!
- Address: 16580 25 Mile Road, Macomb
Altermatt Farms has been family owned and operated since 1960. They offer a variety of produce, including pumpkins when they are in season. Items are sold in their farmer’s market daily.
- Address: 4900 32 Mile Road, Washington
Take a wagon ride to the fields and pick your own apples or pumpkins. Enjoy some free family fun activities including cornhole, straw mountain, a petting zoo and more. Pick apples or pumpkins and enjoy cider slushies and caramel apples.
- Address: 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada
Head into the fields to pick your own apples or select pre-picked apples and other apple products in the market. Kids will love the Funland, which includes petting zoo, Amish play structures, haunted village & blackhole, John Deere speedway, straw mountain, inflatable ax throwing, sand diggers and much more.
- Address: 6350 37 Mile Road, Romeo
Hy’s is a great Michigan spot to spend a day picking apples, eating fresh donuts and drinking fresh cider from the working mill. Open weekends only September-October, check the website for updated picking schedule of your favorite apple and for changes in restrictions.
The orchard and farm offers everything from a corn maze, three-acre playground, farm animals, straw mountain to apples straight from the trees.
- Address: 3925 Seymour Lake Road, Ortonville
For top-notch cider and donuts that melt in your mouth, visit Ashton. Stop in the bakery for pies, breads, caramel apples, pastries and apple sauce.
Cook’s has been serving the metro Detroit area since 1933. In October, families can enjoy hayrides to the pumpkin patch to pick their own pumpkins. Then, stay for a donut or try seasonal ice cream flavors like pumpkin crunch in the Fall and peppermint stick and egg nog in the Winter.
- Address: 1479 Ranch Road, Holly
Bring the whole family (leashed dogs included). There will be no U-Pick apples, only for pumpkins. Ciderfest 2022 will be held 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 24-25, and the Ciderfest Run will take place 8-10 a.m. on Sept. 24. The Corn Maze will open in early September.
- Address: 7450 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills
Check the mill’s Facebook page or website to learn what is being picked each week from the 25 varieties of apples. The 2022 season begins on September 3. The Honey Crisp Cider will be available in gallon and half gallon sizes in late September. Make sure to ask about their gluten free donuts, apple bars and vegan scones.
Pick your own apples and pumpkins, take a relaxing wagon ride and check out the Corn Maze. Try some homemade doughnuts and cider. Pick up some honey, apple butter, preserves and breads too.
- Address: 5125 N. Rochester Road, Rochester
Pick up apples in the store, then take the kiddos out to climb the straw pyramid and see the petting farm. You can also admire a collection of antique farm equipment outside and in, where you can guess what the old tools were used for by matching their number to a description.
- Address: 1990 E Avon Road, Rochester Hills
Pick up your apples in the apple tent, then head to the Fudge Shoppe for even more tasty treats. Enjoy fresh cider and donuts. Kids love the petting zoo and pony rides. Pets are allowed on the premises as long as they are on a leash.
- Address: 13011 Bethel Church Road, Manchester
Families can select from more than 100 varieties of apples that are pre-picked from the heirloom orchard. Try their apple cider, too.
- Address: 3685 Central St., Dexter
This is Michigan’s oldest continuously operating cider mill. Dexter Cider Mill offers fresh doughnuts and apple nut bread daily, as well as apples from the barrel. More homemade treats are available on the weekends. Cash or check only.
- Address: 8366 Island Lake Road, Dexter
Come check out the free straw maze and petting farm and pick out your own apples or pumpkins. Enjoy pony or hayrides and shop the store for apple cider, donuts, mums, canned pickles, jams and salsas.
- Address: 12651 Island Lake Road, Dexter
At this fifth-generation family farm, stock up on pre-picked apples, fresh cider, fresh eggs, honeycomb, homemade jams and jellies and more.
- Address: 6580 Judd Road, Milan
Cider and doughnuts are lures in addition to over a dozen varieties of apples. Guests can u-pick pumpkins this year.
- Address: 5565 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti
The fall season of apples, pumpkins and fair will open Sept. 10. Families can enjoy the corn maze with the cost of admission, which also includes the family play areas, wagon rides, mega triple slide, wagon rides and more. County Fair tickets are only available online.
- Address: 38035 S. Huron Road, New Boston
This cider mill and farm farm has u-pick home grown apple, beginning at the end of August. The pumpkins will be ready to pick at the beginning of October. Donuts and apple cider available, too.
- Address: 50240 Martz Road, Belleville
With 20 acres of pumpkins in varying colors and shapes, there’s plenty to choose from at DeBuck’s. Admission includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch, plus access to the corn mazes and family fun areas.
- Address: 9252 Curie Road, Northville
This family-run, 40-year-old orchard, named the German word for “fruit tree,” has fresh-picked apples, pressed cider, caramel apples, pumpkins and homemade donuts.
- Address: 714 Baseline Road, Northville
Since 1873, Parmenter’s has offered the best in fall fare, including donuts, pies, pumpkin butter, cider, roasted almonds and much more.
This post was originally published in September 2011 and is updated regularly.