Fall in the Grand Haven Area

The Fall season is one of the most beautiful times to visit the Grand Haven Area. There are miles of colorful trees, incredible sunsets and plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors.

Grand Haven Area Fall Colors

If you travel inland of Grand Haven you can experience beautiful colors from now until October 26; however, if you want to see pretty colors closer to the lake shore there is a lag time of about week. For example, current prediction peak colors for the Grand Haven area is Oct. 14-21; which would make peak colors along the lake shore Oct. 21-28.

Pumpkin, Apples, Chestnuts & More

Nothing welcomes the Fall quite like carving pumpkins, loading up your wagon at Bethke Farms or finding your way through the Corn or Sunflower maze.
Bethke Farms  (616) 846-8986, U-pick Pumpkins/Corn Maze, Mon.-Thurs: 4 PM – 7 PM, Fri., Sat., Sun.: 10 AM – 7 PM
September 26-October 30, 2020
Rasch Cherries (616) 899-2611, Haunted Sun Flower Maze, Cider Donuts, Apple Cider, Turnovers, U-pick Apples, Pumpkins/Gourds,
Fri., Sat., 8:30am-11pm, $10
Winkel Chestnut Farm  (616) 895-1332, U Pick Chestnuts, $3.25 per pound, only open while supplies last or until Oct 17 – whichever comes first

The Famous Pumpkin Train

Speaking of pumpkins, you definitely don’t want to miss this Fall tradition. The Famous Pumpkin Train in Coopersville will take you on a fun-filled ride of characters like the Grand Pumpkin and Scarecrow, Fall colors and a pumpkin patch to pick from at the end. For a full list of dates the train runs and ticket pricing, click here – 50% Capacity Train Rides: October 11,  11am and 1:30pm, October 24, 1:30pm and 3:30pm.

Spectacular Sunsets

Did you know that sunsets are scientifically more beautiful in the Fall? Take a stroll down the boardwalk or find a quiet spot at the beach just before  sunset and you’ll be greeted with a stunning water color sky.


Historic Driving Tour

No matter which direction you’re coming from into the Grand Haven Area you’ll be sure to enjoy the fall colors on your way here. An option for exploring area history while experiencing the fall colors is the Historic River Road Tour. Estimated peak color from 10/14 through 10/21.  This would be a great time to visit if you’re looking for a getaway.


Nick Irwin - Fall in the Grand Haven areaTrails & Hiking 

One of the best way to view the beautiful colors of the leaves changing is to hike your way through the Grand Haven Area. Head to places like Rosy Mound Natural Area, Grand River Park, Hemlock Crossing Park or for a more secluded hike head out to West Olive and visit the Port Sheldon Natural Area or Hiawatha Forest.

Fall Flavors 

There are many ways to enjoy local flavors in the Grand Haven Area. Do a tasting at 12 Corners Vineyard or a brew from the new Burzurk Brewing, Co.  Head to Village Baker for Fall themed cookies and cupcakes.


Nick Irwin - Fall in Grand Haven MichiganTrick or Treat

Coopersville Farm Museum is hosting a free indoor/outdoor event.  Community costume contest, trick or treat, kids crafts on October 31  (616) 997-8555.

You don’t want to miss all the Grand Haven Area has to offer this Fall.


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