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
Photo by MacQueen Orchards
Grab your gang and get ready to pick some apples! MacQueen Orchards allows you to drive your vehicle right into the orchard and pick your own apples. MacQueen’s grows 16 apple 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 Orchards Apple Stir & Crafts Festival October 2 and 3 to enjoy great food, kid’s rides and attractions, a fantastic arts & crafts show, pony rides, an apple pie contest, live entertainment and more.
#GetOutsideYourself in Toledo's Metroparks
Photo by Metroparks Toledo
From quality leaf peeping to fun scheduled activities, there’s few better places to be in the fall than Metroparks Toledo. With 19 Metroparks and 12,000 acres to explore, each one offers something unique. Mark your calendar for September 18 to attend the Outdoor Expo and try out the new Mobile Rock Wall! Also, try your hand at tree climbing, archery, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), mountain biking, the Kidz Zone and more. 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 the Tombstone Bicycle Tour & Family Haunted Bike Ride on October 16 at Oak Openings Preserve and Ghosts of Providence October 22 and 23 at Providence Metropark.
Visit a Local Farm for Fall Favorites
Photo by Fleitz Pumpkin Farm
It’s Pumpkin Time! Fleitz Pumpkin Farm is a great spot 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 7 – 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 brave, Panic in the Pines! Haunted Hayride, Trail and Woods.
Adams Street Zombie Crawl
Photo by Toledo Blade / Andy Morrison
Join thousands of the undead to swarm UpTown for the annual Adam’s Street Zombie Crawl on Saturday, October 9 on Adams Street between 11th - 21st. Put on your best bloody make up and tattered clothes to match as 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!
Enjoy a Fall Color Cruise on The Sandpiper
Photo by Sandpiper
Travel down the Maumee River on a Fall Color Cruise October 2-3, 10, 16-17, 23-24 and 30 to enjoy the fall festival of color on the Sandpiper Boat. Make sure to bring your camera for some of the most beautiful photo opportunities along the Maumee and pack a picnic lunch to enjoy. Hop on board the Sandpiper for a Halloween celebration like no other. The Halloween BOO! Cruise is a family-friendly 30-minute cruise experience for kids of all ages filled with Halloween treats and lots of fun. See the Sandpiper calendar for the complete schedule of cruise offerings.
Hop on the 419 Ale Trail!
Photo at Earnest Brew Works, Original Location
Why should kids have all the fun this fall? Hop on the 419 Ale Trail to begin your northwest Ohio craft beverage adventure. The Trail includes 31 total stops, and participants have until June 17, 2022 to complete it, so plan on making several trips to experience all the locations! To begin your journey, download the free, mobile-exclusive passport at 419AleTrail.com to check in at participating breweries and craft beverage makers located in Toledo and throughout 10 counties in northwest Ohio. Guests who sign up for the 419 Ale Trail will receive a sticker upon their initial stop, followed by halfway prizes, completion prizes and entries into grand prizes drawings. A number of breweries provide special discounts to redeem along the Trail and fall is the perfect time to explore, so get out and get started today!
Photo by University of Toledo
You can’t celebrate fall without football! University of Toledo Rocket Football is back with an exciting 2021 season schedule lined up. Put on your midnight blue and gold and grab your tickets for a home game at The Glass Bowl. Picks for not-to-miss away games include at Notre Dame (tickets very limited) on September 11, and at Bowling Green on November 10. Here’s a list of this season’s home games:
9/4 – Norfolk State vs. Toledo - 7 p.m.
9/18 – Colorado State vs. Toledo - 4 p.m.
10/9 – Northern Illinois vs. Toledo (Homecoming) – Noon
10/23 - Western Michigan vs. Toledo - TBA
11/2 – Eastern Michigan vs. Toledo – 7 or 7:30 p.m.
11/27 - Akron vs. Toledo - TBA
Go on a Ghost Walk
Photo by Fort Meigs: Ohio's War of 1812 Battlefield
Head over to Maumee Bay State Park and hop on the Haunted Glow Trail. Travel the spooky trail October 8 and 9 from 6-10 p.m. behind the “big hill” for some thrills and chills. Enjoy kid’s games, a bake sale, raffles and food from Andrew Z’s Queso Truck.
Experience Fort Meigs: Ohio’s War of 1812 Battlefield after dark on a Fort Meigs After Dark Lantern Tour September 24 or October 8. Led by costumed guides, guests will tour the fort by lantern light, witness a nighttime musket demonstration, and experience the historic battlefield as soldiers did during the War of 1812. Fort Meigs also hosts its annual "spirited" strolls, the Garrison Ghost Walks, October 22-23 & 29-30. 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 maybe encounter an otherworldly experience! Advanced tickets are required so get yours today.
Boo! at The Toledo Zoo
Photo by Toledo Zoo & Aquarium
October fun kicks off at the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium with Little Boo at the Zoo October 14 and 15. Toddlers and preschool aged children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo and enjoy puppet shows, strolling magic, pumpkin carving demos and all kinds of fun festivities. Get your costumes ready October 16 and 17 for Pumpkin Path and enjoy costumed trick or treating for all ages. Other activities include games, artistic pumpkin carving demonstrations, the Jack-o-lantern Express Train and Glass City Steel Drums performances to entertain all the ghosts and goblins. Kids aren’t the only ones who like to get into the Halloween spirit, the animals like to partake too! Visit the Zoo on October 23 for the annual Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp, and observe the animals as they discover pumpkins in their exhibits.
Fall Family Fun at Sauder Village
Photo by Sauder Village
What better way to welcome in the fall season than a trip to Sauder Village? Come celebrate all things apple September 22-25 during Apple Week when this favorite fall fruit will be highlighted with special apple-themed recipes featured at the historic homes, plus hands-on apple activities for all ages. Visitors will be able to visit the 150-year-old cider mill and guests will want to stop by the Doughbox Bakery to take home some delicious apple treats. The entire family will enjoy Fall on the Farm & Scout Day on October 9 as you explore the many ways our ancestors sustained themselves by preparing for the fall harvest and winter. Check out the entire fall events calendar at Sauder Village here.
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 complete Calendar of Events.
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