The Best of Fall in Michigan

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Article by Wendy McCance

Aw, Michigan.  The only place I know of where people show you where they live by pointing it out on their hand.  There is just something special about living in a state that looks like a mitten.

Autumn is such a beautiful time of year here in Michigan.  The air is crisp, the leaves are turning brilliant orange, gold and bright red colors.  It’s a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors.

On any given weekend, there are so many incredible things to do with the family, and in the fall, the choices seem to be magnified.

If you are looking for a fun way to enjoy this official first day of fall in Michigan, the below list might just give you a head start in planning your itinerary.


Cider Mills

Enjoy the outdoors with this link to all of the cider mills located in most of lower Michigan.  The site below also has a list of pumpkin patches, haunted houses, craft shows and other fun things to do.


Detroit Zoo

Everyone visits the zoo in the summer.  Get a different perspective during a visit in the fall.  See how the animals are adapting to the cooler climate all the while avoiding the big crowds.


Fairs and Festivals

Pure Michigan has a great site for looking up what is happening on any given day.  Autumn is a perfect time of year to look into a fair or festival.  The Rennaisance Fair is one particularly well-known way to spend a day as fall gets under way.  Check out the best of fairs and festivals at the link below.


Farmers Market

There is nothing like heading to the local farmer’s market on an early Sunday morning.  I love picking out gorgeous vegetables, taking the haul back home and whipping up a terrific Sunday dinner.  The Michigan Farmers Market Association has a good website with a treasure trove of farmers markets that can be visited.


Michigan Fall Color Tour

Enjoy the changing colors on a fall color tour.  You can go on a tour in the country, forest or along the lakeshore.



Baseball and Football collide.  You can see the Tigers play some baseball, the Lions play football or check out a college football game.


Wine Tour

There is nothing like a crisp autumn day where you are bundled up and walking through a trail of crunchy leaves.  Add a glass of wine to that scenario and you have perfection.


If you have any favorite places you visit in the fall, please leave a comment and let us know.


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Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 6 local papers online, including the Oakland Press.The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

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3 thoughts on “The Best of Fall in Michigan

  1. It sounds beautiful, Wendy. I love this time of year too and here in Colorado we’re gearing up for the change of the Aspens (a bright gold) across the mountain sides.

    We see streams of people coming up to our hills this time of year to see them. We call them, “leaf lookers” and we’re included.

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