When you find yourself craving candles like "Pumpkin Spice" and corn husks begin to turn golden amidst autumn's quintessential leaves, you know it's time to start planning your fall escape to Pure Michigan.

Apple Tree's Bayne's Apple Valley Farm 

Whether you take a fall color tour (by boat, bike, car, or even pedal trolley), peruse pumpkin farms, lose yourself in apple orchards and find your way through corn mazes, or tantalize your taste buds with fall flavors at farmers markets (and maybe sip on seasonal brews, too), the point is as clear and crisp as the season itself: enjoy each and every of these Michigan fall trip ideas on your Great Lakes Bay getaway!

Get Down on the Farm

Johnson's Giant Pumpkin Farm 

Options are ripe and absolutely ready in the u-pick farms & orchards found here! They're each a little of the same, offering pumpkins for carving (and don't forget your camera for annual pictures amongst the mums), but each also has a whole lot of something different, too! Have fun as you explore, to name a few:

Bayne's Apple Valley Farm 

  • Johnson's Giant Pumpkins - 25 acres of pumpkin-farm-fun, animals, corn maze, market, and a trebuchet that launches gigantic pumpkins through the air
  • Bayne's Apple Valley Farm - Pick-your-own or ready-to-purchase apples, cider mill, plus cider donuts and cider slushes absolutely loved by locals
  • Warmbier Farms - Uncommon pumpkins and gourds, massive home & garden market, animals, and a corn box that both young and young-at-heart will enjoy
  • Leaman's Green Apple Barn - On-site Country Store and bakery, play area, hayrides, apples, cider and donuts, cider slushes, and pumpkins, too
  • Grandpa Tiny's Farm - A working historical farm, hayrides and tours, and a hands-on experience not to be missed
  • Weiss Centennial Farm - Corn maze and a working dairy farm, feed baby cows and meet "Johann" the technologically savvy robotic milk machine

Fall into Adventure

Frankenmuth Aerial Park 

Ahh, decisions, decisions. Spend time on your getaway sauntering about flavor adventures at farmers markets? Or speed through the trees, zipping and zooming in the fall canopy of color? Whoop it up at fall festivals, or pedal your way through pints and picturesque cityscapes? Our advice? All of the above, and then some:  

  • Frankenmuth Aerial Park - Ziplining and climbing, aerial obstacle courses, family-friendly with multi-skill leveled options
  • Outdoor farmers markets and indoor year-round markets - Bountiful harvests, artisan goods, and a slew of tasty, seasonal options, make time for two new indoor, year-round favorites: City Market Bay City and SVRC Marketplace
  • Fall festivals - Antiquing to auto shows and even an indie film and music fest, plentiful scenes and fall fun guaranteed
  • Sunrise Pedal Trolley and PedAle Trolley - Memorable outings through Downtown Bay City or Frankenmuth, 16-passenger custom bike/trolleys, rides where pints and pit stops to watering holes are plentiful
  • Canopy Walk at Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens - Hover 40 feet in the air along the 1,400-foot longest canopy walk in the nation, fall beauty beyond what you can even imagine

Savor Seasonal Sips 

Midland Brewing Company 

For some people, fall's leaves are great and all... but autumn enjoyment actually means seasonal bounty by way of brewmasters and winemakers! Be sure to check here for breweries, here for wineries, and consider these "hoppy" spots along your self-guided tasting tour this fall:

  • Tri-City Brewing Company - Known to brew a darker Oktoberfest than most, and infamous for its seasonal Brownhoist Ale and flagship Hell's Half Mile brew, they don't serve food but welcome you to order in or bring in what you like
  • Midland Brewing Company - Sample the Midnight Wheat served only in fall and winter from their Lumberjack Brawl seasonal series, or sip year-round favorites like the Dublin Street Stout or Red Keg Amber Ale
  • Larkin Beer Garden - Laid back outdoor gathering place, tasty beer selections, life-size board games, and pet-friendly
  • Eastman's Forgotten Ciders - A "tree-to-tap" experience, specializing in hard ciders made from old world apple varieties
  • WhichCraft Taproom - Featuring more than 80 varieties of craft brews (40 available on tap), hard ciders, meads, and wines that are all made in Michigan
  • Frankenmuth Brewery - Michigan's original craft brewery, known for creative seasonal releases and unique small-batch brews, try the Oktoberfest or Pumpkin Chucker for an autumnal kick
  • Modern Craft Winery - Offering "anything but routine" wine tastings and fruit-infused flavors at locations in Bay City and Frankenmuth, sample the Cabin Cider wine
  • Woody's Draught House - Constantly rotating taplist with 100+ varieties of craft beer, cider, and mead, served up in a cozy tavern setting

To this fall, your getaway, and all the memories you'll make here in the Great Lakes Bay, cheers!