With the weather turning and Fall in full swing, there are still fun outdoor activities that the whole family can enjoy. Check out all the different activities you and the whole family can explore this fall!
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House (Grosse Pointe Shores)
Through November 30, The Ford House is offering free grounds passes for kids 12 and under, plus they can claim a free educational activity kit at the gate. Adult passes are $5.
Bring the kids and use the fun tools and guides to learn and explore together this fall. Your grounds pass lets you roam through the grounds and gardens of the historic estate. Bring a picnic and sit on the lawn, watch the boats on Lake St. Clair, stroll through the Rose Garden, marvel at the beautiful architecture, and soak in the open spaces and wooded areas.
Go here for more information and to reserve your free and paid passes:
Debuck’s Corn Maza & Pumpkin Patch (Belleville)
Come for the pumpkins & corn maze, stay for the family fun area & our country kitchen. Your admission includes acres and acres of family fun and activities. These activities include: human foosball wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, punchin pumpkins, rat races, pedal trike track, tire play area, swings, duck races, pedal go carts, super slide, double trouble slide, king of the hill, bouncy balls, combine slides, gaga ball pit, and fun goat village.
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Fairy Doors Scavenger Hunt (Belle Isle)
Fairies have landed on Belle Isle! The fairies invite you to explore and look for their fairy doors in a fun, interactive scavenger hunt. All of their doors are located on the grounds surrounding the Belle Isle Aquarium and Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. You’ll find the general whereabouts on the map, but it is up to you to find their exact locations. Each door is a nod to environmental stewardship and the connection fairies (and humans) feel to the world around them. As you discover the fairy doors, you can read about the inspiration behind each one by taking the corresponding number from the map and matching it with the numbered description below.
Just as the fairies leave no trace of themselves, Belle Isle asks you to do the same. Please be respectful of all doors and leave them as they were found. Fairies will be fading away on Sunday, November 29, 2020 so catch them soon!
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Fenner Nature Center (Lansing)
Fenner Nature Center is an environmental education center encompassing 134 acres of publicly accessible green space. The property includes over four miles of trails, rolling glacial eskers, towering maple groves and so much more. Inside the visitor center, there are collections of live native reptiles and amphibians as well as a viewing area to watch songbirds, deer and wild turkeys.
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Toledo Botanical Garden (Toledo)
Come enjoy fall colors at the Toledo Botanical Garden. A museum for plants, the garden offers visitors the opportunity to share, discover, and enjoy nature’s beauty. With more than 60 acres of display gardens and relevant plant collections, Toledo Botanical Garden is full of beauty, tranquility and opportunities for exploration and reflection.
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Historic Old West End (Toledo)
Take a walking tour through the Historical Old West End of Toledo. This neighborhood is one of the best kept secrets in the country with 25 city blocks making up one of the largest collections of late Victorian houses left standing in the United States. Frank Lloyd Wright studied this area in his planning of his Oak Park Project in Illinois. Pristine examples of Colonial, Georgian, Italian Renaissance, Queen Ann, Dutch Colonial, French Second Empire and Arts and Crafts homes fill our streets. Come experience this rich and glorious history and architecture!
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Autrey Mill Nature Preserve (Johns Creek)
This is the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy and learn about the local environment. Located on 46 acres of preserve with trails, woodlands, wetland and creek; animal exhibits; historic buildings, indoor and outdoor classrooms, artifacts, and heritage gardens. With over 2.5 miles of walking trails wandering past a scenic creek with rocky shoals, many spring seeps, mature trees, wildflowers, native plants, and a variety of animal life. There is plenty to explore with bridges, an overlook, a gold mine, foundation stones of the old mill, plus benches and pavilions. Visitors can listen to our cell phone audio tour to enhance their experience. The audio tour features information about our historic buildings and the preserve trails.
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Suwanee SculpTour (Suwanee)
The City of Suwanee is committed to supporting public art as a means of enhancing residents’ quality of life as well as creating a colorful and unique sense of identity and place. Suwanee’s public art initiative distinguishes Suwanee as an artful destination, supports a diverse and thriving economy, and creates a more connected community. Kids can download and print their very own Parker’s Passport – a super fun guide to the SculpTour exhibit or simply stop by City Hall between 8:00am and 5:00pm to pick one up.
Go here to learn more and plan your art tour: