Lifting up your little ones to twist an apple straight from an orchard tree or huddling up on a hayride past a sea of pumpkins ripe and ready for the picking, family outings in Grand Rapids get a lot more magical when fall arrives.
From family fruit farms in existence for 100+ years to boutique orchards bringing new twists to the season’s delights — the memories you’ll make at these farms, orchards, and pumpkin patches in Grand Rapids will linger long after the last autumn leaves fall!
Frügthaven Farm (Greenville) A reimagined boutique orchard bringing a curated collection of experiences to its grounds, on-site the former Klackle Orchards. Here, you can both share in an orchard wagon ride and share a meal from the local food trucks that’ll gather here each season. Grab a cup of locally roasted MADCAP coffee from the Kaffeebar for yourself, and grab fresh cider and donuts for the kids. But, keep your eyes peeled for what’s to come in 2020; Frügthaven’s gathering space will host everything from vintage and makers’ markets to open-air movies and concerts on the lawns!
Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery (Grand Rapids) A local staple for more than 100 years, this orchard-meets-bakery-meets-cider-mill offers up all the things fall daydreams are made of! Climb onto a haywagon pulled by a team of Belgian horses, bike five miles of scenic farm trails that wind along the orchard, pick your own apples at peak perfection, and wander the 6.5-acre corn maze together. You can even time your visit to one of Robinette’s Petting Zoo Sundays, held September – October.
Schwallier’s Country Basket (Sparta) A humble roadside produce stand turned thriving farm market — complete with corn maze, pumpkin patch, and farm animal petting barn! Harvest u-pick pumpkins and apples before setting off into the orchard on a guided wagon outing, then let your little ones take a ride on the Cow Train or climb the straw mountain!
Moelker Orchards & Farm Market (Grand Rapids) Explore the u-pick pumpkin patches and apple orchards of this 100-plus-year fruit farm — with wheelbarrows and wagons for borrow that’ll help you haul back the harvest — then take a horse-drawn wagon ride for spectacular orchard views! Afterward, swing by the Old Bell Bakery for handmade fudge and warm donuts!
Post Family Farm (Hudsonville) Harvest-time happiness for the whole family, stretched out across 80 incredible acres. Enjoy their “Fall Festivals” on Saturdays, complete with hayrides to the u-pick pumpkin patch, horse-drawn wagon rides, friendly farm animals, and more. After a day of fun, cozy up by the bonfire with homemade pumpkin donuts — iced or coated in cinnamon sugar, and absolutely delicious either way!
Red Barn Market (Lowell) Pick your own pumpkins and apples, swing by the BarnYard to meet and pet your favorite farm animals, and don’t miss the Spooky Barn Maze! Afterward, pop into the Farm Store for some old-fashioned candies… maybe even an old-fashioned soda, sundae, or milkshake from the ice cream parlor!
Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm Market (Grand Rapids) Pick your own apples and pumpkins, journey through an eight-acre corn maze, and stop into the Farm Market for cider slushies, caramel apple shakes, and take-and-bake pies made with fresh fruit from the Ridge!
Wells Orchards (Grand Rapids) Wind through the apple orchards on a custom-made wagon, then pop into the pick-your-own pumpkin patch, where you’ll spot festive, painted pumpkins sprinkled throughout. After, sip fresh cider and enjoy the fall decorations while you shop the Farm Market for take-home goodies!
Don’t mind driving a little further to add more fall fun to your list?
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