Must Do Fall Activities In Michigan
Fall is possibly the most beautiful time of year here in Michigan. As we say goodbye to the warm weather of summer and welcome the brisk temperatures of autumn, we are graced with a beautiful show of color that is unmatched anywhere else in the world. Weather you are a seasoned veteran or a brand new Michigander, you can’t help but be amazed by the beauty and wonder of the Michigan outdoors. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, there are still plenty of activities to fill your schedule with and to help, we’ve created this hand checklist so that you can make the most of this fall season! Enjoy!!!
Michigan has more than a thousand campgrounds statewide and each unique site offers something for everyone. You can camp along rivers, lakes, sand dunes and beaches, near the Great Lakes, in state parks and national forests. Whether you enjoy camping in tents, RVs, cabins, or sleeping under the stars, there is no denying that Michigan has some of the best campsites around. Make your reservations today by checking out this handy State Park campground reservation page. Animal lover? Bring your dog along to these dog friendly campgrounds.
Build a Bonfire
The chill of the crisp fall air is brisk as it rolls across your sun kissed summer skin. You strike the match and touch it to old news. As the flame reaches out, catches and gathers, the sparks fly skyward and set the night a blaze. Whether you prefer a bit of spooky story telling or just some good old marshmallow roasting, a bonfire is the perfect way to unite family and friends this fall. You can sit around for hours on end while the flames keep you warm and offer up a tune of snap, crackle, pop. Throw on your flannel shirt, stack some dried lumber and start a fall tradition that you and your friends will keep burning bright for years to come.
Eat Michigan Made Food
Michigan’s local food scene is exploding with new artisan products and specialty goods. New businesses are popping up left and right making everything from salsa, jam and beef jerky, to toffee, cupcakes, and soda pop. Each distinctive product has a unique backstory and is made with pride by people who live here, in Michigan. So help support our neighbors and keep our dollars here in Michigan this fall. Try something new for yourself or send some goodies to family and friends and see what “Michigan Made” is all about!
From the grand sand dunes of southern Lake Michigan to the hard granite cliffs of Lake Superior in the north, opportunities for hiking in Michigan are plentiful and the terrain can vary greatly. There are plenty of places to explore only a short drive from the major metropolitan areas, but if the wilderness is more your style, then the Upper Peninsula is the place to go. Renowned for its countless waterfalls, many accessible only by foot, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is any outdoorsman’s dream.
Add to that the numerous state and national parks and you’ll agree that there is plenty to explore for hikers of any skill level.
Catch a Tigers game
Swing and a fly ball, left field, it’s deep, IT’S WAY BACK …HOMERUN!! THE TIGERS WIN IT!!!! Autumn is playoff time for MLB Baseball and your Detroit Tigers are poised to make yet another run for an elusive World Series Championship this October. With only a few games left in the regular season, the cool weather and sunshine make it the perfect time of year to head down to Comerica Park and cheer your team on to victory. Arrive early and have a blast tailgating with your fellow fans and stay late to catch a beer and an epic meal at one of downtown’s unique dining establishments. Tickets for games are still available by clicking here. Go Tigers!!
Hit the wine trails
They say that grapes love beautiful scenery, and that certainly seems to be true in Traverse City’s wine country. The vineyards and wineries are surrounded by some of the region’s loveliest landscapes, where the steep vine-covered slopes of the Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas rise above the blue waters of Grand Traverse Bay. A wine-tasting excursion to several of these picturesque tasting rooms can be a wonderful way to spend a day or two. One of the best ways to enjoy such an adventure is to use a local tour company that can help you select an itinerary that’s best suited to your needs, interests and time constraints. When someone else is doing the driving, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of the countryside without worrying about getting lost!
Visit a cider mill
The beginning of fall is a colorful time of year for us in Michigan. A cascade of color falls over our trees and foliage while a different palate of reds, yellows, greens, golds and amber falls upon our markets and weekend trips. Yes we are talking about baskets, bushels, buckets and barrels of apples! Check out one of the over 100 Michigan cider mills that are sure to help you get your cider fix. Cider, doughnuts, candies, pie, caramel, and of course apples! The sweet nectar of Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala and Honey Crisp apples await!! Check out our Blog Post on Cider Mills.
Get spooked in a haunted house
Michigan haunted houses have grown over the years into some very exciting attractions! Hayrides, corn mazes, forests, and asylums, this time of year, they pop up around every corner in all parts of the state. Whether you just want to be a bit spooked or scared completely out of your mind, Michigan haunted attractions have something for everyone.
Get lost in a corn maze
If a haunted house is not quite your speed, perhaps you should consider trying your hand at navigating one of the state’s giant corn mazes. Use a map or just wander in blindly and get lost for a few hours in a labyrinth of maize. Bring a flashlight for some nighttime fun but make sure to dress warm in case you get lost. This is a great idea for kids and it’s a surprisingly good time for the whole family.
Take a hot air balloon ride
Michigan has some of the most beautiful foliage in the country this time of year. The reds are deep, the yellows are bright, and mixed with the vibrant shades of orange, entire forests seem to spark ablaze with color. There is no better way to take it all in than from thousands of feet above, in the basket of a hot air balloon. Sailing above the trees and taking in the bouquet of color is something that you will remember forever and never regret.
Tailgate at a Lions game
20…10…5…TOUCHDOWN!!! Fall is also the beginning of football season and there’s nothing quite like tossing around the pigskin in a parking lot while grilling out with your buddies before the big game. Let’s be honest. The Detroit Lions have had their ups and downs over the years (ok mostly downs… and not the 1st downs we wish they would have) but every true Lion’s fan knows that a Super Bowl Championship is just a few personnel changes away. Am I right?!? One thing we do have is a great fan base. Not to mention a pretty cool stadium and beautiful fall weather. One thing is for sure, you don’t want to miss your chance to tailgate with friends this fall and cheer the Lions on to victory!
Attend a fall festival
Celebrate cooler weather, changing leaves and the harvest season at one of Michigan’s many fall festivals. The autumn doesn’t merely mean Halloween happenings and sporting events; this time of year is also ripe for colorful festivals, focused on everything from apples to fish flies, German traditions to Michigan’s newly emerging craft beer industry. Celebrate autumn’s onset with food and drink fests, brew fests and more. Now that’s Pure Michigan!!
Jump in a pile of leaves
Fall means cooler temperatures and cooler temperatures mean falling leaves. This, of course, can only mean one thing; Massive piles of colorful cushion for your inner child’s endless amusement. Head outdoors and take advantage of this gift and pile those leaves as high as you can. Just make sure to be careful of sharp sticks. Sharp sticks are bad.
Visit Eastern Market
Each week thousands of people flock to Eastern Market for its Saturday Market to enjoy one of the most authentic urban adventures in the United States. The market and the adjacent district are rare finds in a global economy – a local food district with more than 250 independent vendors and merchants processing, wholesaling, and retailing food.
At the heart of Eastern Market is a six-block public market that has been feeding Detroit since 1891. Every Saturday it is transformed into a vibrant marketplace with hundreds of open-air stalls where everyone from toddlers to tycoons enjoy the strong conviviality served up along with great selections of fruits, veggies, fresh-cut flowers, homemade jams, maple syrups, locally produced specialty food products, pasture and/or grass-fed meat and even an occasional goose or rabbit.
Head on down and join the fiesta. Devour the great bounty of Michigan, find paradise in the dazzling array of plants and flowers, and relish the rich history and colorful stories of the market and its characters.
About Mitten Crate
Michigan’s local food scene is exploding with new artisan products and specialty goods. Mitten Crate sends a deliciously curated assortment right to your doorstep every month. We’ve teamed up with Gleaner’s to provide three people with meals for every crate shipped. Sign up yourself, or send a crate to family and friends, and see what “Michigan Made” is all about!