Michigan Fall Bucket List

The beauty of Michigan’s fall colors is one of the many reasons Michiganders put up with cold bitter winters. It is a great time to be outside and enjoy the weather without being overwhelmed by the heat summer can bring. If you are looking for things to do this fall in Michigan, we’ve rounded up a bucket list for you to tackle.

  1. Visit Oktoberfest, which takes place in Frankenmuth each year.
  2. Take a weekend getaway to one of the best fall getaways in Michigan.
  3. Catch a football game at The Big House, Spartan Stadium, or a MAC school.
  4. Find out how brave you are and visit one of the many haunted locations in Michigan.
  5. Admire ArtPrize entries throughout Grand Rapids.
  6. Take a trip to a haunted house if you dare!
  7. The Canopy Walk at Dow Gardens is simply breathtaking with the changing leaves.
  8. Visit one or more cider mills throughout Michigan for some apple picking or an adult beverage!
  9. Enjoy the Apple Festival in Charlevoix.
  10. Bike the amazing Northern Michigan trails to enjoy the colorful trees in a different way.
  11. Pick pumpkins at a Michigan pumpkin patch.
  12. Set up your tent or pop-up camper at one of the best fall camping locations in Michigan.
  13. Missed Oktoberfest in Frankenmuth? Try West Michigan Octoberfest.
  14. Check out the Hillsdale County Fair for games, rides, delicious food and more.
  15. Test your speed with a 5k, 10k, or longer race in Michigan.
  16. See how fast you can get through one of the best corn mazes.
  17. Mackinac Island is beautiful during the fall months. See for yourself!
  18. The Tunnel of Trees is a must-see during peak fall colors.
  19. Visit an indoor water park on the days when you’re missing summer fun.
  20. The Riverboat Ride at Tahquamenon Falls is amazing!
  21. Play 9 or 18 holes at a Michigan golf course; some with spectacular fall colors.
  22. Head out on opening day bright and early to get a buck!
  23. Cruise on a hayride around a farm, pumpkin patch or cider mill.
  24. Stroll through botanical gardens before the first frost to take in the wonderful colors. 
  25. Spend some time on the water, fishing for trout, salmon, steelhead and more!
  26. Climb the Sleeping Bear Dunes on a cool fall morning or evening.
  27. Visit the Great Lakes and its fantastic lighthouses; the lakeshore isn’t just for summer!
  28. Take a trip to a farmers’ market for Michigan produce including apples, brussel sprouts, carrots and more.
  29. Greenfield Village is worth a trip for their annual Hallowe’en event.
  30. Visit a Michigan zoo for fun Halloween activities such as Boo at the Zoo!
  31. Go to the Scarecrow Festival in Metro Detroit for a scarecrow contest, dog costume contest and plenty of games and rides.
  32. Take a trip to Northern Michigan after the leaves have changed for a quiet and peaceful experience!

What’s a must-do for you and your family during the fall months in Michigan? We’d love to hear what’s on your Michigan fall bucket list!