Summer Has Ended But The Fun Doesn’t Have To! Fun Fall Activities
The leaves are beginning to change, and with that bring autumn and winter. The temperatures drop outside, the days become shorter, and it seems like summer is just a memory. This doesn’t have to mean all of the fun you had this summer has to end! All it means is you get to try all of the different adventures that come with the change in seasons. There are so many fun activities and adventures to embark upon this fall that you are sure to stay busy and have fun! Check out some of the great past times that West Michigan has to offer in this short article.
Project 1 by Art Prize
Project 1 by Art Prize launches this Saturday, September 7th. This “mini” art festival runs for 7 weeks and features 5 globally acclaimed artists. Every week, there is a schedule of events on Saturday to enjoy throughout the festival as well. This includes performances and interactive exhibits. The main pieces and exhibits are very diverse and include work with canvasses on buildings, urban art, architecture and more. Make sure you take some time out of the next few weeks with your family, friends, or loved ones to check out this fantastic art festival in one of the fifteen different citywide locations that will be displaying art throughout the festival. Anther cool fact about Project 1 by Art Prize: It’s completely free for you to attend!
Apple Orchards and Pie
If there is anything that goes with fall pumpkins and leaves, it has got to be apple cider and pie! As the leaves turn from green to brilliant bright golds and oranges, we find ourselves flocking toward a nice glass of apple cider and campfires with our loved ones. One of the best places to combine all things autumn that we love, is Cranes Orchard. You can bring your family and friends here for orchard rides, fantastic apple cider, delicious and fresh food, amazing wine and hard ciders, and of course don’t forget the award winning pies! People come from all over the Midwest just to get some Crane’s pie and I highly suggest you give it a shot, too! Check out their Cider-fest 2019 this Saturday, September 7th as well!
Another popular autumn past time is a hay ride! When going on a hayride, families pile in the back of hay filled trailer behind one of the farm tractors. After everyone is on, bundled up, and has their hot apple cider, the ride begins. The actual tour and ride depends on where you go, but I can assure you no matter which hayride you choose, you will see some beautiful Autumn nature. Some hayrides have a set path they take over and over, but others kind of free roam for a set amount of time before returning you and your family to the beginning or end of the “course”. Robinette’s is a fantastic choice for those looking to take their family, friends, or loved ones out on an evening filled with Fall fun, apple cider, pumpkins, and of course, hayrides!
What is fall without pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns? I remember one of my favorite fall past times (aside from football, of course) being when I would go with my family to a pumpkin patch, and try to pick out the perfect one. We then would take them home and lay out newspaper, grab some carving knives, scoops, markers, and get to work! This was and still is a perfect way to express yourself artistically through your carving, not to mention the delicious seeds you can bake and enjoy as a snack! Baking the seeds not only reduce waste, but also make for great salty snacks for the season to throw in lunches or on the go. I remember pumpkin carving as a fun family activity and will always cherish it. Robinette’s is a great Grand Rapids company to get pumpkins from, along with other fun activities like hayrides and apple picking.
Just Be Outside!
While there are many traditional activities that people can take advantage of for autumn fun, you can just enjoy nature as well! West Michigan has some of the most beautiful and picturesque trails in the entire country, and the fall makes them even more beautiful. The lake shore has some amazing sunsets and scenery, and as you move inland, the forestry becomes more and more mesmerizing. You can even take advantage of the outdoors in an urban setting! Grand Rapids has many bars and restaurants that have outdoor seating whether that is a patio, or a rooftop bar. Try some of them out! Some of my favorite bars and restaurants that have outdoor seating can be found right downtown, such as Brick and Porter, or the roof of New Hotel Mertens.