I know Christmas is technically the most wonderful time of the year, but here in West Michigan the same can be said of the autumn. The leaves are straight out of a painting and there is a ton of fall related activities to be enjoyed. Here are a few for the whole family you won’t want to miss. They are all a bit of a drive from city center, but well worth it for a taste of fall.
- Coopersville Pumpkin Train: A fall tradition, hop on the train in Coopersville and take an hour and a half ride while you are entertained by The Great Pumpkin, Scarecrow and Little Crow. There will be singing, there will be dancing and there will be a free pumpkin at the end of your ride. Runs every Saturday and Sunday through October. See the website for times and prices.
- Robinettes Hayride and Pumpkin Maze: Known throughout Grand Rapids for its cider and doughnuts, there is a lot more to enjoy (although you definitely don’t want to miss those). Take a hayride, but instead of a tractor, you will be pulled by authentic, Belgian horses. Also check out the corn maze and jumping pillow. And did I mention the cider and doughnuts? Check out the website for times and prices.
- Klackles Orchard: One of the biggest orchards around, there is so much to do here I couldn’t possibly list them all. Or course there is a wagon ride through the orchard, but also inflatables, a petting zoo, a coaster slide and even pony and camel rides. Activities vary during the week and on the weekend, but check out the website for all the details.
- Schwailler’s Country Basket: If I had some dignity, I would not admit that I got lost in their corn maze this year, but I don’t. It is a great maze so don’t let my poor sense of direction keep you away. There is also a big play area, complete with a giant hay bale castle, and an animal barn. Don’t forget their cider and doughnuts. Or maybe grab a pie. All information can be found on their website.