33 Ideas for your Family’s Fall Bucket List: Festivals, Events and More!


33 Fall Things to Do Near You – Family Events and Ideas in Lansing + Beyond

Don’t want summer to end? Either do we! That’s why I love making these seasonal lists. Fun bucket lists help to remind us why we love Michigan and its many seasons. There are so many things to do this Fall in Lansing that I’ll bet we won’t think about Summer again until about mid-March (ok – let’s be real, more like January.)

As much as I mourn the warm summer months through the end of August heading into September, I have a true confession. I start longing for my big knit sweaters, hot cups of hot chocolate or coffee on the porch, and walks in the brisk wind around town. I even texted a friend one year saying, “Is it wrong that I’m secretly dreaming of cozy winter time right now? Don’t tell anyone!”

Well, I’m not dreaming of winter right now – BUT I’ve finally embraced the next season and I’m ready for AMAZING FALL SEASON FUN! (My family is especially pumped for number 13 on this list.)

Lansing’s 33 ideas to enjoy with your family this Fall Season

If you’re wanting to find something to do right nowcheck out our calendar. Read on to start making your own catered fall bucket list:

Outdoor Play Lansing Leaf trail

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Fall Things to Do
Fall Festivals and Events
Fall Road Trips

Fun Activities Around Lansing to Enjoy During Fall Season:

June Calendar Kayaking River Town Adventures Downtown Lansing

01 – Kayak while the leaves change and see Lansing in a whole new way with River Town Adventures 7 days a week.  

02 – Go Biking:

Riverfront Cycle

River Town Adventures

MSU Bike Service Center

03 – Go on a COLOR TOUR/hike:

River Trails

Nature Centers

Fitzgerald Park Ledges and Trails

Hawk Island


04 – Play at amazing parks and playgrounds. Make your own park bucket list using our guide.

05 – Pick Apples. See our big list of U Pick farms around town. Know a great apple pie recipe you’d like to share? Comment below!


06 – Pick and carve pumpkinsComment below with your favorite spots families should check out.


07 – See the Animals at Potter Park Zoo at what we think is 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.

08 – Enjoy a walk through the MSU Children’s Garden Center/Horticulture Center or attend one of their story times in the garden.


09 – Explore a Nature Center: Every facility listed is fabulous. They each have many year-round interactive opportunities for kids and families.

10 – Get out on the bike track at Capitol Area BMX or just watch all of the action and fun from Nip N’ Sip.

11 – Race at Grand Woods Park’s RC Car Track or go Disk Golfing in their trails along the Grand River.

12 – 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.


13 – Visit Uncle John’s Cider Mill There’s always something fun going on at Uncle John’s. Check out their event calendar or just stop by to eat donuts, drink cider, pick pumpkins, jump on the big jumping pillow, watch them make cider and more.

14 – Visit and feed Horses at MSU. Bring the horses apples and carrots only and enjoy a peaceful day with these gorgeous animals.

15 – Play a game of soccer the two Beacon Fields.


16 – Visit a garden:

MSU River trail and Gardens and Greenhouses

Cooley Law School Garden

LCC Shigematsu Memorial Japanese Garden

17 – Go to Horrocks and read in the book nook. Plus shop their seasonal food, plants, and amazing atmosphere. Don’t forget your FREE cup of coffee.

18 – Go horseback riding:

Sundance Riding Stables

Northfork Farms and Outback.

19 – Try out High Ropes Courses in Howell, MI


20 – Visit 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. 


21 – Feed the Fish in the outdoor and indoor ponds at Preuss Pets. It’s fun for ALL and just $1.

22 – Drive into a Drive-In Movie in Coldwater, MI.

23 – Play Indoors at these fun locations around town.

Horrocks Farmers Market lansing

24 – Visit our many farmer’s markets ending their seasons in October, November + a couple of year-round locations!


25 – Celebrate and Dress up for Halloween. Lansing doesn’t play around when it comes to Halloween, find all of the fun listed here + indoor halloween ideas.

26 – Go to a football game and tailgate. Brisk air and Autumn vibes means football season has arrived! Read our tips on how to have a great tailgating experience with the family.

27 – Go to a corn maze. Know a corn maze we missed? Comment below!

Shawhaven Farm

BestCorn Maze

Uncle John’s Cider Mill

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28 – Hit up a Mid – Michigan Fall Festival or Fair from this Big List

Here you’ll find events like Apple Butter Festival at Fenner, Boo at the Zoo at Potter Park and more! Does your family have a go-to adventure during the Fall season? If so, comment below we’d love to hear and share with our community!

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or, Hit the Road and Find Fall Fun Beyond Lansing


29 – Take a drive to the Beach – On Both the East and West Shores.

Beach time is usually known for being a summer experience but Fall season is a great time to visit. The crowds are gone and you’ve got the whole place to yourself almost. It’s not too hot to play on the playgrounds directly on the beach, and the sunsets are gorgeous. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointing.


30 – Head over to Detroit.

Go on a bike ride through Dequindre Cut and land at the splash pad in front of the Renaissance Center to cool off. Cross the bridge to Belle Isle to see the Conservatory, Aquarium, Nature Center, sit at the look out point, and slide on a burlap bag down the huge slide. 


31 – Experience Fall in Grand Rapids.

Our sister site and friends over at GRkids.com have been doing “fun with kids” for almost a decade and will hook you up with some great ideas while you’re there.

32 – Go boating or tubing on the Muskegon River with Wisner Rents Canoes.

33 – Go to Ann Arbor With Kids

Our friends at Ann Arbor with Kids have all the details on where to go and what’s awesome to do with your kiddos during this season.

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Delta District Library Trail Kids Walking Lansing

Make the Most of this Lansing Fall Season with Our Bucket List

We’d love to keep you up to date during this Fall season. Stay in-the-know each week with our newsletter. This is where I send our highlights for the week and fun tidbits. It’s also a great way for us to stay connected as a parent community. We’d love to hear form you!

Have a great Fall Season, Lansing!

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