The chilly weather is finally rolling in and there are plenty of seasonal fall activities worth indulging this year.
Trick-or-treating, dressing up and decorating pumpkins are definitely a must for kids, but you can also try activities like corn mazes, cider mills and haunted houses. Plus, more unique fall fun like moonlit wagon rides or horror-ible Halloween displays.
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 this year.
- Address: Belle Isle, 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.
- Address: Stony Creek Metropark, 4300 Main Park Drive, Shelby Township
- Time: 8-9:30 p.m. Oct. 20
- Cost: $5/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. Advanced registration required.
- 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 24
- Cost: $13/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. Don’t miss out on the Great Fall Festival Oct. 9-10.
- Address: Wilson Barn, 29350 W. Chicago, Livonia
- Time: Hours vary by attraction. Open Thursdays-Sundays Oct. 1-31
- Cost: Varies by attraction
This historical barn celebrates the Halloween season with hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo, bounces houses and a haunted barn. Find pumpkins, gourds and cornstalks for sale, too.
- Address: Terrorfied Forest, 145 Swarthout Road, Pinckney
- Time: 8-10 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, 8 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday through Oct. 31
- Cost: $20/Thursday and Sunday, $25/Friday-Saturday, $30-$35/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.
- Address: Oakwoods Metropark, 32911 Willow Road, New Boston
- Time: 7:30 p.m. October 15-16 and 22-23
- Cost: $12/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.
- Address: DeBuck’s Corn Maze, 50240 Martz Road, Belleville
- Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Select Saturdays and Sundays in October
- Cost: $18/general
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.
- Address: Detroit Zoo, 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: $17-$24/person, free/kids under 2, $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.
- Address: Yates Cider Mill, 1990 E. Avon Road, Rochester Hills
- Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 7 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.
- 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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