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10 Autumn Activities that’ll Have You Fallin’ for Toledo

The Glass City is the perfect destination for a fall themed road-trip this season!

Fall is here! That means it's time for some Autumn staples like pumpkin patches and leaf peeping, and plenty of activities on the spookier side. Northwest Ohio is a beautiful place to visit as the colors are changing and we've got a full list of activities that'll have you fallin' for the 419. 

Apple Picking at MacQueen's

Grab your gang and get ready to pick some apples! MacQueen’s Orchards allows you to drive your vehicle right into the orchard and pick your own apples. MacQueen’s grows 16 varieties and 10 varieties of peaches, and sells a large variety of tasty bakery items and seasonal locally grown vegetables year round. Don’t forget to stop by Martha’s Gift Shop and Boutique on the grounds for unique gifts. Mark your calendar for MacQueen’s Apple Butter Stir Festival October 5 & 6 to enjoy pick your own apples, a fantastic arts & crafts show, a petting zoo, live entertainment and much much more.

#GetOutsideYourself in Toledo's Metroparks

Photo by Metroparks Toledo

From quality leaf peeping to fun fall programming, there’s few better places to be in the fall than Toledo Metroparks. With 16 Metroparks and 12,000 acres to explore, each one offers something unique. Take the kids to experience the new, multi-level children’s discovery area at Toledo Botanical Garden, the Secret Forest playground. If photography is more your speed, there’s no shortage of opportunities for great shots. Check out “The Spot” at Oak Openings to capture the amazing scenery of endless towering trees (they call it “The Spot” for good reason). Looking for some Halloween-themed activities? Attend Metropark's Spooktacular October 11 & 12 at Westwinds Metropark or the Tombstone Bicycle Tour & Family Haunted Bike Ride, October 19 at Oak Openings Preserve.

 

Visit a Local Farm for Fall Favorites

Photo by Fleitz Pumpkin Farm

It’s Pumpkin Time! Fleitz Pumpkin Farm is a great stop for all your favorite fall staples. In addition to a massive selection of pumpkins, Fleitz offers all sorts of free and affordable family-friendly activities including; multiple corn mazes, a corn “sandbox”, hayrides, farm animals and a straw climbing tower! Don’t forget to stop by the Snack Shack for freshly-made donuts, hot cider, hot chocolate or a cider slush. Fleitz Pumpkin Farm is open every day September 12 – October 31, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Country Lane Tree Farm is another perfect fall destination! Bring the whole family out for tons of animal encounters, the largest U-Pick Pumpkin Patch in the Toledo area and awesome events like Fall Family Festival Weekends each Saturday in October and for the adults, Panic in the Pines! Haunted Hayride, Trail and Woods!

Adams Street Zombie Crawl

Photo by @kimberlyacollins

Join thousands of the undead to swarm UpTown for the annual Adam’s Street Zombie Crawl on October 19. Put on your best bloody make up and tattered clothes to match, this event attracts thousands in the best zombie costumes to party like the night of the living dead! This event is 21+ so leave the kiddos at home, don’t forget your I.D. and be sure to read the Zombie Crawl Survival Guide beforehand!


TMA’s “Tales of Mystery and Adventure” Events

Photo by Toledo Museum of Art

The Toledo Museum of Art is always a must-do in Toledo but there fall programming will have you excited to see a spookier side of the museum! Explore the mysteries of the Toledo Museum of Art after-hours during their Flashlight Tours, a one-hour guided tour through TMA’s darkened galleries and secret spaces and places. Limited tour dates and times are October 24, 25, 31 and November 1 at 9:30 p.m. and October 26 and November 2 at 5:30 p.m. Get your tickets today before they sell out!

It doesn't stop there, Toledo Museum of Art is taking silent films to the next level with their “Sound of Silents” Film Screenings, four action-packed silent movies in the beautiful Peristyle Theater. Detroit-based organist, Stephen Warner, will perform the soundtrack for all four films on the Peristyle’s historic Skinner organ.

The Phantom of the Opera (1925, 78 minutes) | October 31 at 7 p.m.

Cabinet of Dr. Caligari ( 1920, 74 minutes) | November 1 at 7 p.m.

Häxan (1922, 105 minutes) | November 1 at 9 p.m.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920, 82 minutes) | November 2 at 2 p.m.

 

Check out the Toledo Brew Scene

Photo by @mbaybrew

It’s hard to imagine autumn without your favorite fall beer in hand and Toledo has no shortage of local breweries to visit this season. Maumee Bay Brewing Co. operates out of the historic Oliver House, the oldest commercial building in downtown still in operation. This circa-1859 former hotel now houses an on-site brewery and pub with over 12 beers on tap and is best known for brewing Toledo’s own Buckeye Beer. But come fall, you’ll find their well-balanced Oktoberfest on tap followed by their seasonally brewed pumpkin ale, a fan favorite. If you're a hard cider fan, try their MacQueen's Cider, a collaboration with the local apple orchard. Earnest Brew Works has made quite a name for itself in its few short years on the Toledo beer scene. With their knack for creating a great IPA, you will find no shortage of this hoppy/citrusy style beer on the menu. But come fall, we recommend indulging in a brown ale like the popular Crunchy Hippie or the Worker’s Porter. Cheers!

 

Cheer on the Rockets!

Photo by University of Toledo

You can’t celebrate fall without football! University of Toledo Rocket Football is back with an exciting 2019 season schedule lined up. Put on your blue and gold and grab your tickets for a home game at The Glass Bowl. Here’s a list of this season’s home games:

9/14 - Murray State vs. Toledo - 7 p.m.

9/28 - BYU vs. Toledo - 12 p.m.

10/5 - Western Michigan vs. Toledo (Homecoming) - 3:30 p.m.

10/26 - Eastern Michigan vs. Toledo - TBA

11/5 - Kent State vs. Toledo - TBA

11/13 - Northern Illinois vs. Toledo - 8 p.m.

Get your tickets HERE!

 

Go on a Ghost Walk

Photo by Metroparks Toledo

Providence Metropark is located in the real ghost town of Providence, Ohio, a once booming canal town abandoned after a cholera epidemic, a devastating fire and the decline of canal traffic. As Halloween approaches every year, the sprits of the park’s past begin to stir. Go on a Ghosts of Providence Lantern Walk and meet characters from long ago as they tell you the dirt from the ditch on this lantern lit evening walk. These 45-minute tours will take place October 18-19, reserve your spot in advance! 

Fort Meigs: Ohio’s War of 1812 Battlefield hosts it’s annual "spirited" strolls, the Garrison Ghost Walks October 18-19 & 25-26. Tour the fort with your 1812 guide after dark and encounter the spookier side of this historic place. The whole family will enjoy hearing tales from the past, and while the ghosts may not be real, the fun certainly is! Advanced tickets are required so get yours today! If you book your tours right, you could hit two ghost walks in one weekend.

Boo! at The Toledo Zoo

Photo by Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

We aren’t the only ones who like to get in the Halloween spirit, the animals like to partake too! Visit the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium on October 26 for their annual Stomp & Chomp, and observe the animals as they discover pumpkins in their exhibits! Get your costumes ready October 19 & 20 for Pumpkin Path and enjoy costumed trick or treating for all ages, games, artistic pumpkin carving demonstration, bounce houses and magic shows to entertain all the ghosts and goblins! If you’ve got little ones in your crew, don’t miss Little Boo at the Zoo! Little Boo is for the pre-school pirates’ and princesses’ chance to delight without the fright, Thursday - Friday, October 17 & 18.

Fall Family Fun at Sauder Village

Photo by Sauder Village

'Tis the season for simple pleasures, so why not take a step back to also enjoy a simpler time at Sauder Village. From the farms and gardens to the Historic Village and Museums there’s so much to explore! Check out some of their great fall programming like Fall on the Farm on October 12 as you join in all the activities as Sauder Village prepares for harvest and winter. Bring everybody out for Fall Family Fun Nights, October 18 & 19, to enjoy a trolley ride, learn about Native American life, decorate a pumpkin, warm up with some hot cocoa and enjoy a snack.

 

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Believe it or not, this is just the beginning of all the things to do in Toledo this fall. For a full list of upcoming fall events, check out our full Calendar of Events.

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