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!
Starting mid-September through the third week in October, you can drive your car right into MacQueen Orchards apple grove to pick your own apples! MacQueen’s grows 16 apple varieties along with 10 varieties of peaches and plenty of locally grown seasonal vegetables year round. The annual Apple Butter Stir Festival is back for 2021 on Saturday and Sunday, October 2-3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to celebrate the fall harvest. Also, be sure to visit Martha's Gift Shop and Boutique for unique gifts not found in most stores.
Wheeler Farms in Whitehouse, OH, known for creating one of the best corn mazes in the state, features three mazes of varying skill levels with a total of 16 acres of family fun. This year’s corn maze design and theme is ‘Be Kind’, perfect for a time when we all could use a little grace. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from September 18 through October 30.
What better way to enjoy the cooler summer days than to take a hike at one our 19 glorious Metroparks Toledo? In addition to endless miles of scenic trails to hike or bike, the Metroparks offer kayaking, overnight camping, archery and more. Check out the newest Metroparks to explore including Cannonball Prairie, Manhattan Marsh Preserve and Glass City Metropark. To search for activities and view the complete event calendar, click here.
FLEITZ PUMPKIN FARM
Fleitz Pumpkin Farm, opening for the season on September 7, is the perfect family outing with plenty of activities including two corn mazes (five acre and one acre), hayrides, a corn “sandbox” and much more. Arrive hungry and head over to the snack shack for a delicious hot sandwich 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, Indian corn, hardy mums, plus apple cider and popcorn. Fleitz is open through October 31.
SCHEDEL ARBORETUM & GARDENS
Schedel Arboretum & Gardens is a breathtaking 17 acre garden estate, located just 30 minutes southeast of Toledo. Explore gardens of nearly 20,000 annuals, roses, perennials, irises and lilies, including a Japanese garden complete with Torii, waterfall, pools, lanterns, bridges and a pagoda. Upcoming events include an Evening Guided Tour, Art Loop Festival, Beer & Wine Tasting and more.
419 ALE TRAIL
Why should kids have all the fun? Hop on the 419 Ale Trail to begin your northwest Ohio craft brewery adventure. To begin your journey, download the free, mobile-exclusive digitized passport to check in at participating breweries and craft beverage locations located in Toledo and throughout 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. Visit 419AleTrail.com and get started.
For more ideas on great attractions, shopping, restaurants and outdoor activities, check out 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, Wheeler Farms, Metroparks Toledo, Fleitz Pumpkin Farm, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens