Fall Trip Ideas to Experience the Autumn Season by Traveling Around the Tri-State Area
21 miles from Toledo, Ohio
Country Lane Tree Farm has a petting farm, hayrides, fresh donuts and cider, and more. Come to this farm for the epitome of fall activities. Watch out for their Panic in Pines haunted experience in October.
BONUS: Hoen’s Garden in Holland, Ohio also has family-friendly fall activities such as a straw maze, tractor rides, and pick a pumpkin patch.
Bowling Green, Ohio
24 miles from Toledo, Ohio
Wood County Center and Museum features WWI exhibits focusing on Wood County residents. This museum was the former Wood County Infirmary, which some think is still haunted by the ghosts of the past. Stop by Pagliais Pizza for an appetizing, and less spooky, time!
Grand Rapids, Ohio
30 miles from Toledo, Ohio
Famous for their Apple Butter Festival (always the 2nd Sunday in October), Grand Rapids will be bursting with arts and crafts sales, children’s activities, historical re-enactments, and live music. Take some time to stroll by the Might Maumee while enjoying your apple cuisine.
BONUS! Explore these other great annual fall festivities in Northwest Ohio:
For those who are looking for adventure surrounded in the fall foliage, Portage River Paddling Company rents kayaks, canoes, or stand-up paddleboards, daily 9 am – 6 pm until the end of October (weather permitting). Dock your floatation device at the Lagoon Saloon to grab a bite to eat on your way!
55 miles from Toledo, Ohio
Autumn’s chill is the perfect atmosphere to frightened. Stopover at the Sandusky County Jail for a Dungeon Tour to get absolutely terrified! On your way home, settle your nerves at the historic Mon Ami Restaurant and Winery, one of the oldest wineries in the region.
The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, a National Historic Landmark, is an exquisite 87-acre estate located on Lake St. Clair with its own peninsula, rose and flower gardens, lagoon, modest mansion, and the best little playhouse that you’ll ever see. This is a great place to step back in time to learn about history and culture. Lake St. Clair also has quite a few restaurants that will satisfy any hungry traveler.
150 miles from Toledo, Ohio
Ohio Renaissance Festival is the perfect place to visit on a nice cool autumn day. Practice your archery or axe throwing, ride a sea dragon, taste a turkey leg, and enjoy the swordsmen show. The 2017’s festival begins September 2nd and runs through October 29th.
149 miles from Toledo, Ohio
Lake View Cemetery, known locally as the “outdoor museum,” is eerily beautiful, especially with the fall foliage. This cemetery is famous for the crying angel, the chapel designed by Louis Tiffany, famous residents, and Victorian style gardens. Cleveland’s Little Italy is right around the corner, so grab a bite to eat!
South Haven, Michigan
190 miles from Toledo, Ohio
One of the best places to view fall foliage is our neighboring state the to the north, Michigan. South Haven is a charming little lake town that is known for their lighthouse, shops, and vibrant trees. For more information, visit Michigan’s Fall Color Tour.
326 miles from Toledo, Ohio
Indiana Caverns is an enchanted spot where you can take an underground boat ride, view waterfall caverns, and biodiversity. Take a break from the long car ride to see the West Baden Springs Hotel, a National Historic Landmark. When the hotel opened in 1902, some called it the eighth wonder of the world because of the huge atrium and many amenities.
Youth Services Librarians love to read, too! Check out what your favorite Children’s and Teen Librarians at Main Library are reading, whether it be a picture book about penguins, a middle grade adventure in a treehouse, vampires in Louisiana, or a time-traveling phone booth!