Cider and Pumpkins and Mazes, Oh My!

As the leaves turn colors and the weather becomes cooler, it’s the perfect time to visit cider mills, apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Here are a few fun spots around southeastern Michigan where you can engage in one (or more) of these traditional fall pastimes.

Some of these locations may also have extra activities, like hayrides or haunted/spooky walks. Always check on hours and activities before you go, as the information below may not reflect recent changes or daily variations. Note that several venues use Facebook as their online presence, and a Facebook account login may be required to view their pages.

Let’s take a look at what our local communities have to offer.

Near Canton, check out Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill, where you can pick pumpkins in the field, hear live music, and enjoy fresh cider and donuts. Open since 1977, this is a Michigan staple for fun fall excursions.

Also located within a short drive is Denny’s U Pick Pumpkin Patch, with options for both u-pick and harvested pumpkins for selection, as well as a corn maze.

In neighboring Belleville, The Pumpkin Factory offers pumpkins both ready for picking and already gathered from the field, a corn maze, petting farm, and hayrides, plus numerous additional activities during the Halloween season.

Also in Belleville is DeBuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, offering “acres and acres of family fun and activities,” including wagon rides to the pumpkin patches, a tire play area and a super slide.

Wiard’s in Ypsilanti has it all! Pumpkins, apple picking, a nature center and zoo—it even has a winery/cidery and brewery. There are fall fun activities including a corn maze, Halloween events and haunted attractions. You can even host your birthday here.

Further away from Canton, you might check out Obstbaum Orchards in Northville, with its 40-year-old apple orchard and cider mill, or visit Bird’s Big Pumpkins (a.k.a. Bird’s Big Punk’ns) in Romulus, featuring pumpkins in a variety of sizes and different colors as well as pick-your-own red raspberries.

Alternately, try Apple Charlies in New Boston, featuring pick-your-own apples, tractor-pulled hayrides, farm animals and fresh apple cider made on site.

Head a little west into Washtenaw County, and you’ll find The Blast Corn Maze at Nixon Farms in Dexter and three different corn mazes at Coleman’s Farm and Corn Maze in Saline.

Slow Farm in Ann Arbor provides u-pick experiences for a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers, while Donahee Farms in Salem offers a straw maze, pumpkin picking and a variety of farm-produced products.

Further south, in Manchester, the Alber Orchard and Cider Mill features over 100 varieties of apples, including both traditional and heirloom varieties.

Wander around the rest of southeast Michigan, and there are a number of other places to visit. Diehl’s Orchard and Cider Mill in Holly offers a pumpkin patch and wagon rides, as does Cook’s Farm Dairy in Ortonville (plus cows!).

Farmer J’s World Record Corn Maze in Dundee provides a family-friendly corn maze experience, and Kackleberry Farm in Monroe is home to three corn mazes spread over 12 acres, pig races, and live animal attractions featuring lambs, goats and chickens. Experience an old timey tractor ride and don’t forget to visit the pumpkin patch where you can fire off the Chick-A-Bunga pumpkin cannon!

Finally, Spicer Orchards in Fenton provides adult fun with wine tasting and hard cider sampling, plus a corn maze and cider mill for all-ages enjoyment.

The above is just a sampling of the fall attractions that Michigan has to offer. Check out the My Michigan Beach website for their list of the best Michigan pumpkin patches and corn mazes in 2023 for additional locations in southeastern Michigan and elsewhere around the state.