All the fun things to do on your list this fall in Greater Lansing

The landscape of the trees when the leaves turn from green to orange, yellow and red is something to see. Breathe in the fresh, cool air, hear the crunch of footsteps over fallen leaves and enjoy the events and activities unique to this change of seasons.

Check out the list below for some of the best things to do and see in Greater Lansing this fall.

Experience autumn colors up close

One of the best things about autumn is the bright colors of the leaves, which change the colors of our trees. Regardless of whether you are taking a short photo session or are out on foot and want to spend time on the hiking trails, there are plenty of colorful autumn foliage on the hiking trails in the greater Lansing area.

Some examples:

Local nature centers

The Woldumar Nature Center at 5739 Old Lansing Road has more than eight kilometers of hiking trails and 180 acres of woodland, where the changing colors of the leaves can be seen in full for the next several weeks. The Fenner Nature Center, located on 2020 Mt. Hope Avenue, is also home to over 4 miles of hiking trails and 134 acres of land. Both are in Lansing, and there are many more trails outside of town.

Parks in Ingham County

Lake Lansing, Hawk Island, and more offer miles of hiking trails and acres of forest-covered land that changes with the weather. Visit to check parking times and find the best spots to take in the colorful views.

WJ Beal Botanical Garden

The outdoor laboratory for students on the MSU campus is open to the public. You not only get to know the different types of plants and flowers in the garden, but also offer beautiful views of the autumn colors that adorn the MSU campus. The best parking lot to visit the garden is around the IM West Fitness Center at 393 Chestnut Road. Visit for more information.

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Apple orchards, cider mills, pumpkin fields and more

What would autumn be without a cup of hot apple cider, cinnamon donuts and pumpkins to carve? With a variety of apple orchards, cider mills, and pumpkin fields, you can also taste the taste of autumn around Greater Lansing.

Some examples:

Uncle John’s cider mill

Uncle John’s, a fall favorite on 8614 North US Highway 127 in St. John’s, is a cider mill, pumpkin patch, and more! Open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Uncle John’s has everything from cakes, cider, and donuts to pumpkins, gifts, and loads of fall activities to keep you entertained and keep the season going. Schedule your visit to

Brimley’s Pumpkin Farm

Nothing says fall like a pumpkin on the porch! Brimley’s, 294 S. Every Road in Mason, has pumpkins of all shapes and sizes for your fall decorations. Brimley’s will be open every weekend in October starting October 2nd. You can pick your own pumpkin on the farm, and prices start at just $ 2. Visit for more information.

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Corn mazes and haunted events

Bestmaze corn maze

Located at 3803 Noble Road in Williamston, Bestmaze hosts multiple events and opened for the season on Friday, September 24th. Let yourself be put in the Halloween mood by the enchanted corn mazes or nightly hay rides, take the kids with you and enjoy a fairytale labyrinth with a pumpkin patch, or enjoy an old-fashioned search through the maze. Event tickets start at $ 20 for adults and $ 7 for children under four. Visit for more information.

Awaken enchanted attractions

Make your way to the spooky destination at 4760 Churchill Road in Leslie to have a good fear! Make your way to the 32,000-square-foot haunted house attraction with live actors, spooky merchandise, and other horror fun. The opening evening is October 1st, tickets are available from

Did we miss something?

If you know of a location or event that is not on this list, or have additional information that has been left out, please email details to [email protected]

Jordan Nelson is a news assistant with the Lansing State Journal. Contact him at [email protected] or 517.377.1029. Follow him on Twitter @ JordanNelson620.

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