15 Fun Fall Outdoor Activities for Families in Grand Rapids

Zoos & animal parks to u-pick pumpkin patches & orchards: each of these dozen-plus spots is a must-experience, families!

John Ball Zoo (Grand Rapids) Get up-close to over 200 species, ride the Funicular (or even a camel!) and interact with the animals on the Hobby Farm. Buy tickets for IllumiZoo Wild Hues to see the zoo come alive with colorful lights at night, or watch for special events like Wizarding Weekends!

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (Grand Rapids) Explore Michigan’s Farm Garden (and a patch filled with giant pumpkins that are perfect for photo ops) or let the kids enjoy Treehouse Village to climb between connected trees and sit in an enormous bird’s nest! Visit the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden to play with old-fashioned toys at the Log Cabin and dig for fossils at the Rock Quarry!

Blandford Nature Center (Grand Rapids) Bring your little explorers to this 264-acre oasis and let Blandford’s new virtual trail map lead you to some of the most popular kid-favorite spots — like the Nature Nook Playscape, Farm Playscape, and Children’s Garden!

Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park (Alto) Feed the giraffes, meet the rhinos, and take a safari ride through 80 acres of exotic animals! Let the kids run wild on two new playgrounds, then try on-site Boulder Bites for slushies and a snack!

Deer Tracks Junction Adventure Park (Cedar Springs) See goats, donkeys, camels, alpacas, and even baby bears — then enjoy the fun barn and playhouse before sampling scoops at Plop Plop Ice Cream Shop. Or, try the drive-thru safari for a totally different experience!

TreeRunner Grand Rapids Adventure Park (Grand Rapids) Zipline & climb through the autumn leaves or explore the aerial park after dark during colorful, LED-lit Glow Nights! Ages 7 & up can brave the aerial forest, and kids ages 4-7 will love the pint-sized Junior Park.

Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm (Grand Rapids) Pick apples and pumpkins, meet the farm animals, wander through the corn maze, or tour the farm on a wagon ride. Top off your trip with fresh, warm donuts (or donut ice cream sandwiches) and hot cider (or cider slushies)!

Schwallier’s Country Basket (Sparta) Let the kids conquer the straw mountain, then take the cow train or a hayride (weekends only). Pick your own apples and pumpkins — and pet adorable goats and bunnies — before grabbing cider & donuts to bring back home! 

Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery (Grand Rapids) U-pick from 125 acres of orchards, tackle a 6.5-acre corn maze, try the petting zoo and giant jumping pillow, or take a horse-drawn hayride. Pumpkin spice donuts and fresh-pressed cider are the perfect ending to a perfect fall day at the Apple Haus!

Moelker Orchards (Grand Rapids) Hop on a horse-drawn wagon for a 30-minute orchard ride, pick your own produce in the patches and orchards, and indulge in donuts and fudge from Old Bell Bakery! 

Frugthaven Farm (Greenville) Pick apples and pumpkins, enjoy an orchard hayride, and stop by the Kaffeebar for fresh donuts, bagels, and cider — plus Madcap Coffee, parents!

Red Barn Market (Lowell) Say hi to the animals at the BarnYard, pull wagons through the u-pick patch, and harvest your own apples before a visit to the Farm Store!

Deep Roots Produce (Caledonia) Visit nine friends on the farm — three alpacas, three goats, two sheep, and a free-range chicken — before braving the 11-acre corn maze. U-pick pumpkins and weekend hayrides for the win!

Post Family Farm (Hudsonville) Take a tractor-drawn hayride to the u-pick patch, meet some friendly farm animals, and navigate the corn maze — then toast with delicious pumpkin donuts by the bonfire!

Heidi’s Farmstand & Bakery (Lowell) Pick the corn maze that fits your fam (Large Maze for ages 8 & up; Junior Maze for 8 & under). Track down the perfect pumpkin and treat the kids to cinnamon sugar donuts!