Weekend Fall Activities In + Around Lansing

This summer was definitely not what we had planned, but it forced my family to reinvent our weekends and make the most of them. As summer has come to a close, I have been fearful of what fall will look like. Will we be stuck inside like we were in March? No, because I refuse to let that happen. We live in a city that is surrounded by fun and safe places to take the family while keeping us all from going stir crazy in our homes. The temps may be cooler, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying all the weekend fall activities in and around Lansing. I have a list for you to get started and hope you add to this as well.



Enjoy the fall colors while exploring the Grand River with Rivertown Adventures. This is a great date night activity or you could bring the kids, too! 


Head over to Grand Ledge for their annual Grand Ledge Fall Festival on October 10th.


Campus Tours

Michigan State is the perfect spot to enjoy fall and social distance. Check out our guide to things to do on MSU’s Campus here

Potter Park Zoo

Potter’s Park Zoo is a great way to be outside while occupying the kiddos with animals. They are even still holding their Boo at the Zoo weekends this year.


Summer ending does not mean that parks are out of the question. There are a ton of options to keep your family busy for hours. Check out our guide to parks here


Cider Mills

Lansing is surrounded by excellent cider mill options. The Country Mill, located in Charlotte, and Uncle John’s Cider Mill, located in St. Johns, are our family favorites. Check out our guide to local apple picking here.

Drive-in Movie

Theaters may be closed or seem unsafe right now, but you can still enjoy a flick at the drive-in! Celebration is holding weekly pop-up drive-ins and so is the Historic Howell Theater.

Take a Drive

Get the family in the car and head out for a mini vacation! Traverse City has the Tunnel of Trees and delicious wineries at The Old Mission Peninsula. Check out Michigan’s Top 5 Fall Foliage Scenic Drives.


Given we live in the Midwest, each weekend may not have the driest weather. This is why you should have some fun, indoor ideas up your sleeve. Try these sources for pumpkin carving ideas, baking pumpkin cookies, and fall crafts

You could also try making a Boo Basket or jump in on our sister site, Detroit Mom’s 31 Days of Halloween Fun.

Looking for more fall activities this weekend? Check out Fall Family Fun Events and More In + Around Lansing.


I am a working mom who left the education world after 7 years to pursue my business career. I work as a product developer at a local insurance company and love it. My husband and sons are my world. We struggled for 3 years with fertility prior to adopting our first son. Later, we really wanted him to have a sibling so pursued IVF using donor embryos (because we firmly believe love makes a family) and were then blessed with our second son. When I’m not working or playing the wife/mom role, I love to run, read, bake, write, and tinker with photography. We all have a story to share and I hope some of my experiences will help others.


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