As the West Michigan weather turns chilly and brisk, many people prepare for the long winter months and extra time spent indoors. However, before it’s time to hibernate, there are lots of great ways to take advantage of the fall colors, cooler weather, and smaller crowds. 

Michigan has beautiful natural resources, great museums, and lots of attractions that are fun to visit any time of year. When you’re not looking to buy or sell your West Michigan home over the next few months, here are some great ways to spend your Fall days.

Experience The Fall Colors

There are several ways to take advantage of the fall color in West Michigan. Bike tours, hiking, or scenic drives are all available, although each has an advantage over the other depending on where you are. 

Near South Haven, hike of bike the Kal-Haven trail to get a slow speed tour of the beautiful Fall foliage. In Holland, a hike through the gorgeous trails of the Holland State Park can bring you to some towering dunes and an incredible view of the color and the lakeshore. Plenty of other color tours provide residents and tourists alike with spectacular views. 

Historical Lighthouses 

For lighthouse lovers, West Michigan features some picturesque and historically significant structures. For visitors to South Haven, the South Pierhead Light guards the entrance to Black River. The station was lit in 1872 and is still operational today. 

In Holland, the inlet to Lake Macatawa has been guarded by a lighthouse since 1807. The current structure, Big Red, is now one of the most photographed lighthouses in all of Michigan. The original Fresnel lens can also be seen at the Holland Museum.

Iconic Big Red lighthouse in Holland, MI

Seasonal Attractions  

Whether it’s for family fun, a first date, or an interesting anniversary celebration, fall provides some great seasonal attractions like corn mazes, haunted hayrides, and apple-picking adventures. At Crane Orchards in Fennville, the legendary pies are not the only attraction. Wander the 20-acre maze before settling in for some fresh apple pie and home-made ice cream. 

Cranes Orchard

For those looking for a more intense activity, West Michigan’s The Haunt has been providing spooky fun for more than 20 years. Stop by for a little kick-start to the heart. 

The Haunt - Grand Rapids


When the weather gets too cold or wet, West Michigan has lots of great museums to tour that cover a variety of topics. In Muskegon, visitors can tour a World War II submarine at the USS Silversides Museum, while Holland shares it’s best historical event through the Holland Museum exhibits downtown.


Holland Museum


Whether you wish to stay out of the cold or prefer to hike through the woods, West Michigan has so many great attractions that are open year rounds. Take a tour around West Michigan and experience the many reasons why the Lakeshore is such a great place to live year round!

If you are thinking about relocating to West Michigan or buying a second home on the lakeshore, please reach out to the Andrea Crossman Group team and let us show you why life is better at the beach!






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