The Cider Mill at Bayne's Apple Valley Farm in Freeland, beautifully lit by string lights as the sun sets

📍Bayne's Apple Valley Farm 📷 @adamkostus

 


 

Touring a real-life working farm, twisting juicy apples straight from the tree, or taking a harvest-time hayride to find the perfect carving pumpkin — fall fun for the whole family is as ripe and ready as the homegrown goodness that fills our farms and orchards.

 

Enjoy each vivid memory made here with the kids this fall — at some of our favorite apple orchards, pumpkin patches, family farms, and corn mazes in the Great Lakes Bay:

 


 

Apple Orchards in the Great Lakes Bay

Close-up of apples on tree at Bayne's Apple Valley Farm in Freeland

📍Bayne's Apple Valley Farm 📷 @rachelwazhere

 

Leaman's Green Applebarn

Named "Mid-Michigan's Best Apple Orchard" by locals for multiple years, experience this family-owned farm that's been around for 130-plus! Enjoy pre-picked or u-pick apples, fresh-pressed cider and cider slush, and pure fun on the farm — even Goat Yoga! Meet the farm animals, take a hayride, and hop aboard the Apple Barrel Express — then treat the kids to a cider sundae (cider slush, ice cream, whipped cream, and caramel drizzle, topped off with a cinnamon-sugared donut and a caramel-coated rim)!

 

Close-up of a Cider Sundae from Leaman's Green Applebarn in Freeland: featuring cider slush, ice cream, whipped cream, and caramel drizzle, topped with a cider donut and caramel-coated rim

📍Leaman's Green Applebarn 📷 @leamansgreenapplebarn

 

Bayne's Apple Valley Farm

Family-owned fruit farm and cider mill — touting, "Love, peace, and apples". Stop into this small-town orchard with heart to browse 30 different bakery items and the wares of 30+ Michigan vendors! Devour fresh-baked cider donuts locals rave about or a gourmet caramel apple — and let the kids sip cider slushies while you sample from what's on tap at the Bayne's Hard Cider House. There's even a cozy back patio where you can enjoy your treats outside on a perfect fall day.

 

Woman holding up a cider slush with a cider donut sitting on top, in front of the wooden-clad Cider Mill barn at Bayne's Apple Valley Farm in Freeland

📍Bayne's Apple Valley Farm 📷 @lizziebaylerian

 

Apple Blossom Orchard

Hometown orchard with 23 varieties of apples, made-fresh-daily cinnamon apple donuts, fresh-pressed cider, and tasty caramel apples, too. Be there for Apple Butter Day in October, where you can hayride through the orchard and even help stir the bubbling cauldron as a batch of their delicious apple butter gets made.

Witzgall Apple Orchard

Small, family-owned farm offering 40 apple varieties. Enjoy gourmet caramel apples, apple cider and apple cider slush, homegrown honey, and apple cinnamon donuts whipped up fresh daily.

 

Little girl petting a baby goat in the petting zoo at Leaman's Green Applebarn in Freeland

📍Leaman's Green Applebarn 📷 @elle_em_twins

 

Moore Orchards

2,500 apple trees of more than 100 varieties, spread across 22 acres. Head to the Apple Haus to purchase, and treat the whole family to freshly made donuts and caramel apples.

Jacques Orchard

2,000-tree orchard with over 20 varieties. Find their apples, cider, jams, and jellies at the Midland Area Farmers Market or Downtown Saginaw Farmers Market, or stop by the orchard.

Apple Valley Orchard

Freshly picked apples to gourmet caramel apples, warm cider to cider donuts — dive into seasonal deliciousness here.

 

Close-up of cinnamon-sugared cider donut six-packs and jugs of fresh-pressed apple cider on a table at Leaman's Green Applebarn in Freeland

📍Leaman's Green Applebarn 📷 @epiceatswithem

 

Pumpkin Patches in the Great Lakes Bay

Little boy sitting on an antique tractor at Johnson's Giant Pumpkins in the fall

📍Johnson's Giant Pumpkins 📷 @lovethewolfgangs

 

Johnson's Giant Pumpkins

25-acre pumpkin farm with u-pick pumpkins that range from small 50-cent gourds to gargantuan $20 pumpkins you'll barely fit in the backseat! Enjoy the on-site petting farm — with llamas and emu, goats and alpaca — and everything from a corn maze to a soybean maze, horse rides to a kiddie barrel train.

Grandma's Pumpkin Patch

20 acres of pumpkin-farm joy, plus pony rides, barrel train rides, a Kidland Play Yard, and a three-acre corn maze that turns into a flashlight maze after dark. Pick from the patch, then swing inside for cinnamon sugar donuts and apple cider slushies.

Tomac Pumpkins

Countryside, fourth-generation family farm specializing in over 200 varieties of squash & pumpkins. From fall accents and decor to delicious, fresh produce — even soaps, syrups, and jams — enjoy this special, tucked-away spot.

 

Child picking out pumpkins and gourds at Leaman's Green Applebarn

📍Leaman's Green Applebarn 📷 @shineonsunfish

 

Family Farm Tours in the Great Lakes Bay

Little boy on a miniature red tractor at Grandpa Tiny's Farm in Frankenmuth, with a big, blue barn in the background

📍Grandpa Tiny's Farm 📷 @k_bier_h

 

Grandpa Tiny's Farm

Tour this working historical farm in Frankenmuth for hands-on family fun from start to finish! Take a Petting Zoo Tour to meet and greet the animals (Apr - Dec), or weave your way through the Amazing Maize! corn maze and pick your own pumpkins in September and October.

Weiss Centennial Farm

Family-owned working dairy operation where you'll learn about life on the farm! From feeding baby calves to harvesting crops, spreading straw to stocking hay — experience the ins-and-outs, and maybe even see the magical cow-milking robot.

LeCronier's Baby Acres

Pet, feed, and hold cute-as-a-button baby animals on this educational farm — from bunnies and chicks to piglets and goats! Take a hayride to pick your own pumpkins, and enjoy other extras from pony rides to a corn maze.

 

Little boy smiling while helping feed the chickens at Grandpa Tiny's Farm in Frankenmuth

📍Grandpa Tiny's Farm 📷 @x_stina

 

Corn Mazes in the Great Lakes Bay

Frankenmuth Corn Maze

Massive five-acre maze with 2.5 miles of winding trails, three observation bridges, and more than 20 interactive game stations! Enjoy yard games in the courtyard, a petting zoo, and weekend hayrides on the grounds of Weiss Centennial Farm.

Amazing Maize! Corn Maze

On-site corn maze of Grandpa Tiny's Farm, open September - October. Wind your way through the stalks, then pick your own pumpkins and take a petting zoo tour.