Although the sun and warmth have waned a bit and it's time to pack away the flip-flops and shorts, the cool air, changing color and fall themed events are ready to welcome you in Greater Lansing! You can find homemade donuts and cider, endless pumpkin patches, MSU football home games and all sorts of Halloween festivities. Here are our top picks of family-friendly fall activities in Greater Lansing.
A zoo for all seasons, Potter Park is open all year and the fall season is, in our opinion, the best time to visit. See all of your favorite animals while being surrounded by autumn colors and décor. The zoo also has lots of fun-themed events including their annual Fall Zoo-tacular. Prepare for a colorful event filled with costumes, candy, straw mazes and more! Bring the whole family, dress up in your best Halloween costume and enjoy this seasonal stroll through Potter Park.
Have a family of thrill seekers looking for a good scare? Then Awaken Haunted Attraction is just for you! Not for the faint of heart, seriously, you'll find over 32,000 sq. ft. of terror inside and outside. There is something sure to frighten everyone including differently themed haunted areas, The Black Box—an extreme horror experience, Dr. Cyclops Escape Room and Dead On Paintball—the newest attraction of zombie poppin' fast paced fun. This haunt also has food/concessions, a gift shop and hosts special events. Open for the 2022 Halloween season, September 23-October 30.
MSU's athletic program has over 20 varsity sports teams competing in the Big Ten Conference. So your Spartan family will have an abundance of options to choose from when it comes time to cheering on your favorite team. Our favorite during the fall season are football Saturdays. The kids will have so much fun screaming "GO GREEN!", "GO WHITE!", watching the Spartan Marching Band and helping our favorite muscular mascot, Sparty, cheer on the Spartans. The entire campus will be roaring with Spartan pride.
Greater Lansing is surrounded by family farms full of fall activities. Our favorite place for seasonal fun is Uncle John’s Cider Mill. Offering hay rides, train rides, a giant inflatable jumping pillow, pumpkin patches and special events. Check out their event calendar before you go, or simply stop by to indulge in their homemade donuts, apple cider, and baked goods. Those 21+ can sample hard ciders, meads and fruit wines in the tasting room or enjoy fun and games in the outdoor beer garden.
One of our favorite ways to color tour in Greater Lansing is kayaking the Grand and Red Cedar Rivers. It's such a unique way for the whole family to experience the autumn season. River Town Adventures will equip you with all you need. They also offer bike rentals for the 17+ mile Lansing River Trail along both the Grand and Red Cedar Rivers.
Not into paddling? Take a river cruise along the Grand River. The Michigan Princess offers color tours and for the adults, Halloween themed events including a Murder Mystery Dinner and Retro Halloween fun.
Woldumar, Harris and Fenner Nature Centers are perfect for the family to get out and walk some trails in natural settings this fall. Each nature center has seasonal festivities like Fenner’s Apple Butter Tours in October—a chance to visit the old orchard, stir the big vat of apple butter cooking on the fire and use the cider press.