Fall Activities & Fun Ideas in Lansing + Beyond 2021
Changing of the leaves, brisk weather in the mornings with cozy sweaters and warm apple cider – the transition into fall and fall activities helps remind us why we love Michigan’s seasons.
To quote Fraulein Maria in the ‘Sound of Music,’ “then I don’t feel so bad” heading into the colder months. In fact, we can actually get excited about it!
From hayrides, apple, and pumpkin picking, to beach trips, hiking, and fall activities, there are so many things to do during Fall in Lansing.
Fall Activities: Festivals and Events
Go to a Fall Event or Festival
Apple Butter Festivals, hayrides, drinking hot apple cider while the kids enjoy fall activities – that is fall in Lansing, right?!
Here’s a list of festivals and events you’ll want to mark your calendar for.
Fall Events and Festivals listed below:
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Fall Festivals and Events in Fowlerville, MI
Fall Festivals and Events in Perry, MI
Fall Festivals and Events in Howell, MI
Fall Festivals and Events in Marshall, MI
Fall Activities: Orchards, Hay Rides, & Corn Mazes
Support and Shop the Local Farmers Markets
Most Lansing farmer’s markets end their seasons in October and November making this a very fun fall activity plus, a great way to support local. Many include orchards and farms selling lovely fall produce.
*Note: a couple are year-round locations!
» Find a Farmers Market
Fall Activities: Bucket List
It’s time to break out the big knit sweaters, drink hot cups of hot chocolate or coffee on the porch, and take walks in the brisk wind around town.
See The Changing Colors
It’s no secret that we have tons of trails and hiking destinations around Lansing. Many connect to each other and you could hike for days! But the great thing about these places in the fall is the variety of colors that show up on each trail!
Because of the different types of trees present, some are in vibrant yellow, others in magnificent orange, and some in a rainbow of reds galore!
Find fall color tours:
» The Lansing River Trails
» Nature Centers
» Fitzgerald Park Ledges and Trails
» Hawk Island
» Lansing Parks all over town
Visit Uncle John’s Cider Mill
There’s always something fun going on at Uncle John’s Cider Mill, especially during fall.
You can stop by to eat donuts, drink cider, pick pumpkins, jump on the big jumping pillow, watch the cider mill in action, and the list goes on!
They also host epic events through the fall season.
» Uncle John’s Cider Mill
8614 N. US-127,
St Johns, MI 48879
Bike the trails
Get your bike out! If you need to rent a bike, here are some great places around town:
» Riverfront Cycle
507 E Shiawassee St,
Lansing, MI 48912
» River Town Adventures
305 City Market Dr,
Lansing, MI 48912
» MSU Bike Service Center
434 Farm Ln Room B10,
East Lansing, MI 48824
Visit the Potter Park Zoo
The big draw to Potter Park in the fall is Boo at the Zoo! Seeing the animals at Potter Park Zoo during any time in the fall though, is what we consider one of the best times to visit!
The cooler weather brings out the fun and playfulness of the animals and their interaction with visitors makes this place a blast.
*FREE admission for Ingham county residents on non-holiday Mondays from 9 am-Noon.
» 21 reasons to visit Potter Park Zoo year-round
1301 S Pennsylvania Ave,
Lansing, MI 48912
Walk the Gardens
Fall is an awesome time to visit garden grounds! Lansing has gardens all over the city, from the community to MSU projects.
The MSU arboretum has several gardens in one, and the children’s garden has interactive play throughout. The other gardens have their own unique flare and in the fall can transport you to what feels like another world.
» Find a map to visit MSU Children’s Garden & Horticulture Gardens
1066 Bogue St,
East Lansing, MI 48823
» Cooley Gardens & Scott Sunken Gardens
125 W Malcolm X St,
Lansing, MI 48933
» LCC Shigematsu Memorial Japanese Garden
598 N Capitol Ave,
Lansing, MI 48933
Feed the Horses
Visit and feed Horses at the MSU horse barns.
Bring the horses apples and whole carrots only and enjoy a peaceful day with these gorgeous animals.
» MSU Horse Barns & Teaching Center
3327 Collins Rd,
Lansing, MI 48910
Relax in Horrocks’ Beer Garden
Go to Horrocks in the fall is like a wonderland of cozy vibes and delicious smells. Their Beer Garden entrance is one of the best ways to spend a fall evening.
There’s room to be socially distanced outside where you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere with a bevy and food of choice.
Plus shop their seasonal food, plants, and amazing atmosphere.
» Horrocks Farmers Market
7420 W Saginaw Hwy,
Lansing, MI 48917
Take the Lansing River Trail and Explore Downtown, Old Town, & REO Town Lansing
Start your stroll near Brenke Fish Ladder then stroll around Old Town. Then continue on the riverfront trail to Downtown and on to REO Town for more fall fun and shops to explore.
» Things to do in Downtown, Old Town, & REO Town
Feed the Fish at Preuss Pets
Feed the Koi Fish in both the outdoor and indoor ponds at Preuss Pets.
Also, we were so excited to hear from a Preuss employee that petting koi is totally a thing! It’s fun for ALL and just $1. While you’re there try petting the fish!
» Visit Animals and feed the fish at Preuss Pets
1127 N Cedar St,
Lansing, MI 48906
Take a Fall Road Trip
As the leaves are changing, fall is one of the most entertaining times to take a road trip. Here are some places where the destination is pretty great during this time, as well: »
» Find a beach on the West and East Coasts for your fall trip
» Find more ideas of epic places to visit in Detroit
» Find great fall ideas while you’re there
» Use this Fall Fun guide while visiting.
Traverse City area
» Use my free guide for your fall trip.
Fall Activities: Halloween
Celebrate and dress up for Halloween!
Lansing doesn’t play around when it comes to Halloween, find the daily fun listed here.
Halloween Fun in Lansing
There are several ways to celebrate Halloween in Lansing. Trick or Treat activities, Trunk or Treats, Events, and the list goes on.
Here’s the Hub to get you started:
» Halloween in Lansing Hub
Fall Activities: ArtPrize
ArtPrize is in full effect this year from September 16 – October 3, 2021. A trip to downtown Grand Rapids to see ArtPrize in the fall is something our family looks forward to.
Stay tuned for our top pick and must-sees this year!
Stay Connected this Fall with the LFF Newsletter
We’d love to keep you up to date during this Fall season. Stay in the know each week with the twice-monthly LFF newsletter.
This is where you’ll get highlights and fun tidbits. It’s also a great way for us to stay connected as a parent community.
Have a great Fall Season, Lansing!