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10 Ways to Spend a Fall Day in Detroit

Posted on Sunday, October 02 2016 in Outdoors

Ways to Spend a Fall Day

Football games, the leaves changing color and pumpkins make fall one of our four favorite seasons. Here’s our to-do list for fall fun in The D!


  1. Savor the crisp fresh air. Run or bike the Dequindre Cut, an urban recreational path between the Detroit RiverWalk and Eastern Market.

  2. While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by Eastern Market for a bounty of fall veggies. It’s also a great place to tailgate before a Detroit Lions game at Ford Field.

  3. Fall kicks off a new theater season. How about The Book of Mormon at the Fisher Theatre or Evil Dead: The Musical at the City Theatre?

  4. Shop for some cool-weather duds — think cozy sweaters — at the open-air Village of Rochester Hills or The Mall at Partridge Creek.

  5. An afternoon at the cider mill is a must for donuts, hayrides, corn mazes, apple cannons and more. You can also enjoy an adult beverage at Westview Orchards Winery or Blake’s Cider House & Winery.

    Detroit Zoo
    The Detroit Zoo's Zoo Boo is one of metro Detroit's most popular fall events.
  6. The Detroit Zoo's Zoo Boo is one of metro Detroit's most popular events – and a great chance to check out the new Polk Penguin Conservation Center. Just remember, most habitats are closed after dark. A day visit is the best time to see the animals.

  7. The Detroit Fall Beer Festival offers yet another reason to raise your glass.

  8. Round up your friends for a fright night at Blake's Zombie Paintball Safari or Pontiac's Erebus haunted attraction.

  9. There’s scare in the air during Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford.

  10. Last but not least? Hey, this IS Hockeytown! Fall brings our beloved Detroit Red Wings back to the ice at The Joe for their final season at this memorable arena. Let’s go Red Wings!

Need more inspiration? Check out Visit Detroit’s Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 issue for a full calendar of events.


What’s on your fall to-do list in The D?

About the writer: Freelance writer Michelle Fusco rings in fall with fresh, warm cinnamon-sugar doughnuts and a cold glass of cider. Worth every decadent calorie!

Photo Credit: Detroit Zoo