Dive into fun fall activities and check out these spots as we welcome Autumn in Northwest Ohio!
Shorter summer days signal the start of corn mazes and pumpkin farms while still providing plenty of warm temps to enjoy all the outdoor activities the whole family will love. Be sure to squeeze in some time for a local craft beer for mom and dad!
Celebrate September with a visit to MacQueen Orchards in Holland, Ohio. Starting in mid-September through the third week in October, you can drive your car right into the apple orchard to pick your own apples! MacQueen’s grows 16 apple varieties along with 10 varieties of peaches, along with plenty of locally grown seasonal vegetables year round. Also, be sure to visit Martha's Gift Shop and Boutique for unique gifts not found in most stores.
COUNTRY LANE TREE FARM
Have some animal lovers in your family? Head out to Country Lane Tree Farm in Genoa, Ohio to pet and feed animals on a real farm! Fall Family Fun Days kick off September 26 and run daily through October 31. They also offer a variety of activities such as a Corn Maze, Straw/Hay Climb, Play in the Corn Wagons, U-Pick Pumpkins from the Path and much more.
Wheeler Farms in Whitehouse, Ohio has quite the reputation for creating one of the best corn mazes in the state of Ohio, featuring a unique maze theme each season with nearly seven miles of trails. This year’s design is Hometown Heroes, and officially opens for the season September 19. The maze will be open Fridays 5 -10 p.m., Saturdays Noon-10 p.m. and Sundays Noon - 6 p.m. through October 31. Check out their website for more details and pricing.
What better way to enjoy the cooler summer days than to take a hike at one our 16 glorious Metroparks Toledo parks? In addition to endless miles of scenic trails to hike or bike, the Metroparks offer kayaking, overnight camping and archery in addition to some new adventures as well. Visitors can register for a self-guided tour of the recently opened Cannaley Treehouse Village located at Oak Openings, or take a hard-hat tour to see the new Glass City Metropark still under construction. Tours book up fast, so register soon for your next Metropark adventure by clicking here.
FLEITZ PUMPKIN FARM
Fleitz Pumpkin Farm opens for the season on September 8 and is the perfect family outing with plenty of activities including two corn mazes (a five acre and one acre), hayrides, a corn “sandbox” and much more. Arrive hungry and head over to the snack shack and munch on hot sandwiches or freshly-made donuts and wash it down with cider slushes, or choose from a delicious variety of donut sundaes. Unique fall produce includes all sizes and shapes of pumpkins, gourds and squash, apples, straw bales, corn shocks, Indian corn, hardy mums, squirrel corn and broom corn, plus apple cider and popcorn. Fleitz is open daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m., September 8 through October 31.
TOLEDO LOCAL BREWERIES
Why should kids have all the fun? Toledo has plenty of breweries to grab a bite to eat and enjoy a few craft beers. Head over to Toledo’s oldest brewery, Maumee Bay Brew Pub and order a beer flight to pair with a great selection of sandwiches, wood-fire brick oven pizzas and burgers, with a perfect view of the 500-gallon tanks of the original brew house.
Stop by Inside the Five in Sylvania and enjoy lunch or dinner in a beautiful setting while sampling a great selection of craft brews. Just across the street awaits Upside Brewing, Sylvania’s first brewery born inside J&G Pizza Palace. Grab a pie to pair with a great selection of rotating craft beer. Owned by military veteran and Toledo native, Chris Harris, Black Frog Brewery uses only top quality ingredients in his beers with no fillers giving customers a superb, clean product. Both kid and dog friendly, Patron Saints Brewery (a west Toledo Nano-brewery) and Earnest Brew Works (a south Toledo brewery) both feature food trucks along with a wide variety of beer styles. For hours, menus and current beers available, click Breweries.
For more ideas on great attractions, shopping, restaurants and outdoor activities, explore VisitToledo.org. Don’t forget to share your adventures with us @ToledoCVB and use #ThisIsToledo on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Photos Credit (in order): MacQueen Orchards, Country Lane Tree Farms, Wheeler Farms, Metroparks Toledo, Fleitz Pumpkin Farm, Maumee Bay Brewing Company