31 Fall Activities Around Lansing
Are you ready for AMAZING FALL SEASON of FUN with the fam?!
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. Plus, these 35+ ideas for fun in the fall in the Lansing area.
01) Go to a Fall Event
If you’re wanting to find something to do right now, check out the recurring events calendar and the special events on the Facebook calendar.
02) Pick Pumpkins & Apples
Picking out the perfect pumpkin and creating all kinds of apple dishes are highlights for most Lansing families. It’s a real treat going to get them straight from the farm.
Find pumpkin patches in and around Lansing »
Find u-pick apples and apple tree farms »
03) Take the Cider & Donut Trail
Deliciousness awaits around every corner of Lansing and beyond!
Find local favorite cider and donut shops »
04) Explore a Corn Maze
Another right of passage for fall, right!? Here are a few Lansing area pumpkin patch farms with corn mazes: Shawhaven Farm, BestCorn Maze, Uncle John’s Cider Mill.
Find more farms with corn mazes »
05) 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 »
06) Paddle in a Kayak or Boat
Paddling along the river and lakes while the leaves are changing, you’ll see Lansing in a whole new way.
Find kayak and boat rentals in Lansing »
07) Go Biking
Get your bike out! If you need to rent a bike, here are some great places around town: Riverfront Cycle, River Town Adventures, MSU Bike Service Center
08) Play at a Park or Playground
We love parks in the fall. Hours of play + less hot sticky weather + brisk breeze = little to no complaining.
Make your own park bucket list using this guide »
09) Visit the Zoo
See the Animals at Potter Park Zoo at what may be 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. But the big draw to Potter Park in the fall is Boo at the Zoo!
*FREE admission for Ingham county residents on non-holiday Mondays from 9 am-Noon.
21 reasons to visit Potter Park Zoo year-round »
10) Walk the MSU Children’s Gardens & Arboretum
Fall is an awesome time to visit these grounds! The arboretum has several gardens in one, and the children’s garden has interactive play throughout.
Find a map to visit MSU Children’s Garden & Horticulture Gardens »
11) Explore a Nature Center
Each nature center in our area is fabulous. They each have many year-round interactive opportunities for kids and families.
Fenner Nature Center holds the Apple Butter Festival every year and it’s a fall must-do!
Find a Nature Center»
12) Fun at Capitol Area BMX
Get out on the bike track at Capitol Area BMX or just watch all of the action and fun from Nip N’ Sip.
13) Play a Game of Disk Golf
There are courses all around town and this is so much fun! If you haven’t been before here’s all you need to know to get started:
Find where and how to disk golf in Lansing »
14) Try Epic Mini Golfing at The Falcon
Go Mini Golfing at The Falcon – Hawk Hallow’s amazing nine-whole links-style golf course. 15101 Chandler Rd, Bath Twp, MI 48808, (517) 641-4295.
15) Visit Uncle John’s Cider Mill
There’s always something fun going on at Uncle John’s Cider Mill, especially during fall. Some of their annual events are canceled this year due to Covid-19 but there are still plenty of other options for the family this year.
Check out their event calendar before you go or just stop by to eat donuts, drink cider, pick pumpkins, jump on the big jumping pillow, watch them make cider, and the list goes on!
16) Feed the Horses
Visit and feed Horses at MSU. Bring the horses apples and carrots only and enjoy a peaceful day with these gorgeous animals.
17) Discover a Garden
Lansing has gardens all over the city, from the community to MSU projects. Some of the most exciting and beautiful to visit are:
MSU River trail, Horticultural Gardens, Arboretum, and Greenhouses
Cooley Law School Garden
LCC Shigematsu Memorial Japanese Garden
18) Relax in Horrocks’ Beer Garden
Go to Horrocks because no matter the time of year there’s bound to be something new to explore. They have recently added a Beer Garden near the north entrance.
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.
19) Try Horseback Riding
Go horseback riding with Sundance Riding Stables and Northfork Farms and Outback.
20) Stroll and Explore Old Town & Reo Town
Start your visit at the Brenke Fish Ladder then stroll around Old Town. There’s a newly added playground behind Crossroads church that’s kitty-corner to Scoops on the corner of Grand River and Washington.
Walk the riverfront trail to REO Town for more fall fun and shops.
21) Feed the Fish at Preuss Pets
Feed the Koi Fish in the outdoor and indoor ponds at Preuss Pets. It’s fun for ALL and just $1. While you’re there try petting the fish!
We were so excited to hear from a Preuss employee that petting koi is totally a thing!
22) Wath a Movie at the Drive-In
Drive-In Movie theatres are all over Michigan. This family favorite has made a comeback as of recent and we hope it never goes away!
Find a Drive-In Movie Theatre »
23) Play Indoors
Playing indoors has changed a lot in the last six months but there are a few places that are open and taking precautions to keep families safe.
Find an indoor play place »
24) Support the Local Farmers Markets
Most Lansing farmer’s markets end their seasons in October and November. Plus, a couple are year-round locations!
Find a Farmers Market »
25) Celebrate Halloween
Celebrate and Dress up for Halloween! Lansing doesn’t play around when it comes to Halloween, find all of the fun listed here.
26) Spartan Tailgating
Brisk air and Autumn vibes mean football season has arrived! Who’s ready to scream Go Green! Go, White!?
Tips on Tailgating with the Family »