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Fall Fun in Grand Rapids

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Fall Harvest

Many of the orchards and farms of Kent Harvest Trails and Fruit Ridge Market offer corn mazes, hayrides and fun kids activities in addition to just-picked fall produce.

Chrysanthemums & More! at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park pays tribute to this iconic fall flower with an array of dazzling displays, inside and out. Through October 26.

Fall Play Days at Koetsiers Greenhouse feature games, inflatables, pumpkin painting, hayrides and more, designed for kids 10 years and younger. Monday-Saturday from September 19 to October 30.

The Crane Orchards Corn Maze is a 20-acre marvel of creative design and family fun. Kids under 5 years old get in free! September - October.

The Harvest Festival at Blandford Nature Center offers wagon rides, make & take scarecrows, face painting and more. Wander the trails to see great fall colors! October 18.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park presents a special weekend of family fun, including Fall Family Days in the Children's Garden, Giant Pumpkins in Michigan's Farm Garden, Tree-mendous Tree Tours and a Hallowee-ones costume party. October 18-19.

Fall on Post Family Farm means u-pick pumpkins, hayrides, corn mazes, bonfires, homemade pumpkins and more. Fun Farm Days are Monday-Friday through November 1; Fall Festivals take place every Saturday through October 25.

Heidi's Farmstand & Bakery offers two corn mazes: Wilbur the Pig, designed so children can complete it in 15-20 minutes; and a larger, more challenging Charlotte's Web maze. Open Monday through Saturday. Bring a flashlight to tackle the mazes after dark on Fridays and Saturdays.

Fruit Ridge Hayrides' Fall Harvest Festival celebrates the season with hayrides, two separate corn mazes, pony rides, a goofy graveyard, farm market and more. Weekends through November 2.

Robinette's Apple Haus teams up with John Ball Zoo for a corn maze inspired by the zoo's new Tigers of the Forest Realm exhibit. Robinette's also offers hayrides and a giant jumping pillow as well as just-picked apples, fresh-squeezed apple cider and delicious baked goods.

Weekends Full of Fun at Klackle Orchards feature numerous rides, a corn maze, petting zoo, BMX track and more. Through October 31.

Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm Market has created a five-acre corn maze that tests your knowledge of pop culture, agriculture and history. Answer the questions correctly to get through the maze more quickly - so you can get busy picking or buying apples and pumpkins, munching on fresh-made donuts or taking a wagon ride through the farm. Through October 31.

Fall Colors

Take a self-guided Fall Color Tour that runs through lush stands of forest, bustling family farms and charming covered bridges. Or follow our Scenic Beauty route that starts and ends downtown. Either way, bring your camera!

Bike, hike or blade your way through paved trails with incredible views of changing colors.

GR Paddling invites you to enjoy fall colors from a different perspective - a custom kayak or canoe trip on area lakes and rivers. Paddling season runs through October 31.

Fall Food & Drink

Brewtoberfest at Berlin Raceway serves up great beer, great bands and amazingly weird sideshow acts, including jugglers, illusionists, fire-breathers and sword swallowers. Also: Beer Pong! October 18.

The 4th Annual West Michigan Toasting Hope Wine & Beer Event combines beer and wine tasting with a wide array of delectable hors d'oeuvres and crudités. Live entertainment by Brian VanderArk of The Verve Pipe. October 23.

Founders Brewing Company, recognized as one of the world's best craft breweries, has announced four new fall releases, including Harvest Ale, a limited-edition wet-hopped ale that celebrates the hop harvest. Download the Beer City Ale Trail tour map, which includes Founders and 30+ more local breweries.

Taste how local farm-to-fork restaurants are incorporating just-harvested fall fruits and vegetables into their menus.

Check out the fall-themed flavors at Furniture City Creamery, a "microcreamery" specializing in unique, handcrafted ice cream.

Halloween Thrills

For Kids and Families:

The Famous Pumpkin Train takes off with a cast of singing and dancing characters, Saturdays and Sundays from September 27 to October 26. Kids under 2 years old ride free!

Bissell Howl-O-Ween Hoof & Woof Carnival is a fun-filled day for families and their two- and four-legged kids, offering games, food and activities. October 19.

Zoo Goes Boo is six days of Halloween-themed fun at John Ball Zoo, complete with entertainment, crafts, games, prizes, animal activities and a kooky-not-spooky trick-or-treat trail. October 17-19 & 24-26.

Grand Rapids Ballet Junior Company dances a Halloween Spooktacular complete with witches, mummies, tricks and treats. October 24-26.

The Alger Heights Halloween 5K includes a Kid's Fun Run with two courses to choose from. Wear your costume! October 25.

The Wonka Wonderland Halloween Party is a family-friendly night of prizes, games, food and more, to support the Children's Dyslexia Center of West Michigan. October 25.

Trick or Treat Night at Grand Rapids Children's Museum is an opportunity for kids to put on their best costume, trick or treat through the museum and create a spooky art project. October 30.

For Older Teens and Adults:

The Haunt features a host of terrifying experiences - Haunted Hallways, Ghost Town, Madness and more - in one 20,000 sq. ft. compound of fear. Grand Rapids magazine named The Haunt to its Ultimate Bucket List of 50 things you really need to do at least once - if you dare!

Witches of New Salem offers a scarifying trio of after-dark attractions: Haunted Witches Woods, Haunted Corn Maze and Zombie Attack, in which guests take up paintball guns to defend New Salem from the zombie onslaught. Fridays and Saturdays, September 26 - November 1. Families can enter the corn maze during the day for non-scary good times - and also enjoy a hayride, wander the pumpkin patch, see farm animals and more. Saturdays and Sundays, September 27 - October 26.

The Ghosts of Grand Rapids Walking Tour is a two-hour, one-mile trek through the creeper corners of Grand Rapids, starting and ending at downtown's Public Library. October 11, and 23.

The Zombie Dash is the wildest 5K you will ever experience, as you dodge 300 zombies on your way through post-apocalyptic downtown streets and paths. It's the ultimate adrenaline rush! October 25.

GRBarcrawl's Annual Halloween Crawl is a high-energy party bus excursion to five local hotspots. Costumes encouraged! October 25.

The Grand Rapids Original Swing Society hosts a Halloween Dance inside Grand Rapids Public Museum. Bring your costume and your dancing shoes, October 28.

The Pyramid Scheme nightclub presents an entire weekend of frightful fun:
• An all-ages Walking Dead Pinball Release Party & Tournament, October 29
Retro D'Luxe Halloween Edition, a retro-video dance attack/costume party, October 30
Stepdad + Sphinx + Flint Eastwood concert and Halloween party, October 31
Villains Take Over Dance Party with costume and photo contests, sponsored by local comic shop Vault of Midnight, November 1

The Intersection nightclub presents four eerily entertaining shows:
Mega 80s SPOOKTACULAR, a Halloween-theme show and contest, October 25
Halloween Bash at the Stache, a concert with Tru-Burn, Knives are Quiet and EverGreen Shade, October 31
Monsters Ball: Angels vs. Demons with special guest Bad Boy Bill, October 31
Oceans Over Earth concert with a prize for best costume, November 1

The Diva de los Muertos Dance Party at the Downtown Market is a 21-and-older event featuring a costume contest, cash bar and tunes from DJ Adrian Butler. Free admission, October 31 from 8 pm to midnight.

The Halloween on Ionia street party features live entertainment, fresh cuisine from Hopcat and Grand Rapids Brewing Company, and numerous heated tents - including a Michigan Craft Beer tent. Wear your best costume to win a share of $5,000 in cash prizes. November 1 from 3 pm to midnight.

Hotel Package

Old Fashioned Fun in Grand Rapids, MI

Always Available
Country Inn & Suites Grand Rapids Airport

Have some old fashioned fun at the Public Museum! Offer includes: General admission to the Grand Rapids Public Museum for up to four guests Four carousel rides 10% off total purchases at the museum cafe and curiosity shop Swimming in our indoor pool after a long day of fun Daily breakfast, featuring waffles with syrup and whipped cream Terms and Conditions Guests will receive the Grand Rapids Public Museum package voucher at check-in.

Booking Method
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Meijer Gardens

Always Available
Holiday Inn Express Grand Rapids Southwest

Package includes the free hot express start breakfast in the morning and 2 tickets to Meijer Gardens. More tickets can be bought at the gardens. The hotel also has an indoor pool and spa. Rates vary depending on room type and start $129.99 and up plus tax.

Booking Method
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Booking Code
Meijer Garden

Breakfast Package

Always Available
JW Marriott Grand Rapids

Enjoy a fabulous night out and a relaxing morning in at the JW. Rates starting at $199 plus tax for Standard room. Breakfast Package includes: Deluxe overnight accommodations (Friday or Saturday night) Complimentary self-parking Breakfast for two adults and two children at six.one.six Contact us for reservations.

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Frederik Meijer Gardens Package

November 01, 2011 – November 01, 2023
Prince Conference Center at Calvin College

Come visit one of Grand Rapids most prized attractions. The Frederik Meijer Gardens is ready for you to come and explore it. Whether traveling alone or with your family the Frederik Meijer Gardens will keep your day packed full of adventures. Attractions such as the Children's Garden, Tropical Conservatory, Arid Garden or the Carnivorous Plant House are just a few stops in your day. Visiting relatives during the holidays? Don't miss out on the "Christmas and Holidays Traditions around the World". You and your family will enjoy the spirit of the season while taking a ride on a horse-drawn carriage, hopping on the trolley or riding on the train around the Railway Garden, the choice is yours! This package includes two tickets to the Gardens ($24 value), and we are just a mile down the road from the Gardens.

Booking Method
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Old Fashioned Fun Package

November 01, 2011 – November 01, 2023
Prince Conference Center at Calvin College

The Grand Rapids Public Museum has many full time exhibits and special exhibits that will intrigue everyone. Stop by and see the history of furniture city, stroll the old streets of Grand Rapids, or go on a scavenger hunt through the hallways. You can also take a ride on a carousel from 1928 above the Grand River. Offer includes: General admission to the Grand Rapids Public Museum for up to four guests, 2 adults and 2 children, Four carousel rides, 10% off total purchases at the museum cafe and curiosity shop, and enjoy our new bedding package, complimentary wireless internet, and complimentary hot breakfast to get your day started right.

Booking Method
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Frederik Meijer Gardens Package

Always Available
Ramada Plaza Hotel

Includes overnight accommodations, a $25.00 Old Chicago Certificate, complimentary round trip shuttle transportation, and two adult passes to Frederik Meijer Gardens (children’s passes available at ticket counter at gardens) starting at $139.00.

Booking Method
Visit Their Website

Get-A-Way & Play

Always Available
Ramada Plaza Hotel

Includes deluxe overnight accommodations for up to four people, four Castaway Bay wristbands, and a Craig’s Cruisers entertainment voucher that includes four passes to Craig’s Incredible Pizza Buffet, Craig’s Cruisers activity passes and 20 Game Credits, starting at $139.00.

Booking Method
Visit Their Website

Island Birthday Party Package

Always Available
Ramada Plaza Hotel

Includes ten Castaway Bay wrist bands, two large one-topping pizzas, three 2-liter Pepsi products, $10 in game tokens, all for $179.00 + tax. (package valid Sundays only) Call hotel directly for booking - (616) 949-9222

Booking Method
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Pizza Plunge Package

Always Available
Ramada Plaza Hotel

Includes overnight accommodations in a standard king or two double, a 2-liter bottle Pepsi product, one large one-topping pizza, and four Castaway Bay passes, starting at $119.00.

Booking Method
Visit Their Website

Gas Card Package

October 06, 2014 – December 31, 2017
Residence Inn by Marriott Grand Rapids West

Package Includes one night's accommodations in a studio/one bedroom/two bedroom suites, deluxe hot breakfast buffet each morning, and wireless internet access and 1 $25 gas card

Booking Method
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