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 wont 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.
Robinette's 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.
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.