Fall Activities Near Livingston County

Eating an apple at Spicer Orchards in Fenton

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It’s been a memorable summer in Pure Michigan, but it's time to turn our attention to fall. Between the changing colors, cider mills and fall festivals, there's a lot to plan to fully enjoy the autumn season in the Great Lakes state. Plan early to get around to doing all the fall festivities Michigan has to offer. Read more on a handful of can't-miss fall activities and locations near Livingston County to visit and explore during the coming season.

1. Cider Mills, Parks and U-Pick Farms

Historic Parshallville Grist Mill & Cider MillFenton
Take the first sip of fresh, sweet and crisp cider at this iconic mill. Take home a (strictly from scratch) Dutch apple pie and munch on a toasty donut, rolled in cinnamon sugar. A variety of heirloom apples, apple cinnamon bread, apple butter, caramel apples and more make this tasty stop “Apple Central”.

Spicer Orchards & Carriage House Cellars Winery and Tasting Room - Fenton
Spicer commemorates farm life of early settlers with antique tractor and machinery, corn grinding demonstration and old fashioned kids play area. You'll find a daytime corn maze, train rides, arts and crafts fair and home-style BBQ meaning you will leave full and happy. In addition to the festival, Spicer offers a variety of u-pick fruits and vegetables and free wine tastings for the adults.
 
Kensington Metropark - Milford

 Horseback Riding in Kensington Metropark
 Horseback Riding in Kensington Metropark | Photo Courtesy of Instagram Fan jsiatczy

This recreational facility is an ideal destination if you enjoy colorful forest vistas and native wildlife, and nothing says fall tradition like a horse-drawn wagon ride to a U-pick pumpkin patch. Plan to allow time to explore the 150-year-old restored barn farm exhibit, poultry house and pet the animals at the Farm Center. Be sure to take some time to ride a horse through the colors too!

2. Fall Colors and Autumn Festivals 

Mayhew’s Tree Farm - Fowlerville
Hop aboard the covered wagon hayride through Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and the Ghost Town of Tombstone to the U-Pick pumpkin patch. Find the magic pumpkin in the Evergreen Maze and win a prize. Kids love to pet the farm animals and relish the apple cider and donuts.

Howell Rotary's Tour de LivingstonBrighton 
Get your bike ready - This scenic ride provides cyclists with a perfect panoramic view of early fall colors as they journey through the breathtaking countryside of Livingston County. The tour features the exclusive opportunity to cruise your bicycle on the GM Proving Grounds and includes hospitality tents, a full breakfast, snacks and a hearty meal prepared by the chef at Mt. Brighton Ski Area when the ride is over. Choose between five and 10-mile family rides or 29, 38, 62-mile metric century or a century route.

3. Spooky and Haunted Attractions

Hell-O-Hollow Weekends - Hell
The thrills are in Hell, where Halloween is celebrated all year long! Take the Grave Digger Sundae Challenge and win the official death certificate, if you survive. Dip scary named toppings like bat droppings, toenails, worms and ectoplasm out of the authentic Coffin Bar.

The Legend of Sleepy Howell and Haunted Howell Ghost Tours - Howell
The Legend of Sleepy Howell is a Halloween costume party for the whole family! Historic downtown Howell is transformed into a magical site for trick-or-treating, live music, hayrides, costume contests, games and prizes. Don't forget about the Headless Horseman Race while you're there! The ghost tours are guided by Medium Dianna O’Grady who shares her personal insights and experiences at several historic sites rumored to be haunted. Tour guests are encouraged to arrive in advance to visit Howell’s MainStreet Winery, sample some wine and ask about the many “encounters” staff and visitors have shared. Tours by appointment all season long.
 
The Terrified Forest and Manor Haunted Attractions - Pinckney
The Terrified Forest and Manor Haunted Attractions are not recommended for the faint of heart. Traversing the dark pathways of the forest will unearth the terrors lurking in the depths of the forest. If you dare, prepare to have your blood run cold as you experience a different thrill in every room of the haunted manor. Not recommended for small children, as these frights are sure to leave even the bravest adults trembling.

4. Pumpkin Patches

Erwin Orchards & Cider MillSouth Lyon
A third-generation family farm that serves the community with more than just fresh apples and cider. Come ready to pick a variety of fresh goods, everything from sweet cherries, raspberries, asparagus and Saskatoon berries. Make sure to stop by the pumpkin patch to select pumpkins for all your pumpkin recipes during the fall season.

Three Cedars FarmNorthville
Spend a day doing all the fall festivities you can think of. Three Cedars Farm offers a corn maze, Barn Yard Playland, hayrides, train rides and even bonfire sites. The pumpkin patch is also a popular activity, but you may want to make it the last stop of the day because pumpkins are on the larger side on this farm.