As summer transitions into fall and the temperatures begin to cool, Ann Arbor is an awesome destination for fall activities. We wanted to highlight some of those to start off September, so here is a list of some wonderful things to do in and around the area.
1. Dexter Cider Mill in Dexter
As one of the oldest continuously operating cider mills in Michigan, the Dexter Cider Mill is an awesome experience. Their delicious ciders are a great intro to fall, and definitely worth a visit. Locally-grown apples and a splendid onsite store are just some of the highlights of this must-see place for fall.
2. Wasem Fruit Farm – Milan
This delightful, family-owned fruit farm is a great way to get out in another local community and enjoy the changing weather. Their fruit is some of the best in the area, and later in the season, they will have a you-pick pumpkin and apple experience. They are a staple at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market as well. Their fruits include peaches, plums, berries, currents, and fall raspberries.
3. Wiard’s Orchards – Ypsilanti
Wiard’s Orchards has a great place to experience fall, with animals such as goats and llamas gracing their grounds. There is a corn maze, pick your own apples, and even an apple cannon. This orchard was founded in 1837 and is a historic Ann Arbor tradition. Stop by their country store on the way out.
4. Alber Orchard and Cider Mill – Manchester
Another orchard and cider mill 30 minutes outside of Ann Arbor, the hills are home to this fanciful place that includes a corn maze, a tractor hayride, apples, and pumpkins to pick. The cider press is from 1877 and is a unique sight to see!
6. The Best Fall Coffees at Joe & Rosie Coffee and Tea – Dexter
Joe and Rosie Coffee and Tea boasts an awesome seasonal coffee menu, with everything from pumpkin spice to caramel apple. There are sweet treats and even a dirty chai latte.
7. Avalon Café & Kitchen – Ann Arbor
This downtown favorite has some of the best seasonal desserts around. Warm up with dark chocolate bread pudding or satisfy your sweet tooth with honeycomb ice cream.
8. Ann Arbor, Dexter, and Ypsilanti Fall Colors
Ann Arbor wouldn’t be called Ann Arbor without a plethora of trees, and with those trees come the best fall colors around. Huron River Drive boasts some amazing colors next to the Huron River. Nichols Arboretum has fall colors highlighting the University of Michigan, and Ypsilanti has some splendid leaves that start to change in Riverside Park
Do you have any favorite fall activities? Let us know in the comments!