* This post is in partnership with Ohio. Find It Here.
Sweater weather is upon us as well as all of the fun Fall activities that come with it. It’s the most beautiful season to experience in Ohio. The perfect season to get out and explore. I’ve partnered with Ohio. Find It Here. to bring you the ultimate list of things to do this fall in Northwest Ohio. Take a look and choose your next adventure.
The activity I look forward to most in the fall is apple picking. It’s a family tradition that I’ll probably continue to do year after year because it’s always a good time. Walking around an orchard searching for the perfect apple to pick is so relaxing. There is something so satisfying about making apple desserts with the apples you’ve picked yourself. Visit these orchards in Northwest Ohio to start your Fall season on a sweet note.
MacQueen Orchards | 7605 Garden Road
Hoen’s Orchard | 12540 County Rd 7-2
Delta, OH 43515
Johnston’s Fruit Farm | 2790 US-20 ALT Swanton, Ohio 43558
HOP ON THE 419 ALE TRAIL & ENJOY SOME FALL CRAFT BEERS
Celebrate Fall by toasting with a local craft beer. The craft beer culture is rooted in creativity and local breweries showcase their creativity through their unique seasonal beers. These creations adopt the flavors of the particular season. In the fall, we get to experience the flavors of pumpkin, maple, and ginger.
The 419 Ale Trail features 29 breweries in 10 counties across Northwest Ohio. It’s the perfect way to explore the craft beer scene in Northwest Ohio and get a taste of the flavors of Fall. Visit https://www.visittoledo.org/419-ale-trail/ to sign up!
TAKE A FALL FOLIAGE DRIVE
As October approaches, we will start seeing the leaves on the trees starting to change. It’s such a beautiful time of year. Take advantage of this beautiful foliage and plan a fall drive around Ohio’s most scenic areas. The Scenic Route Road Trip, curated by Ohio. Find It Here, features 17 stops in Ohio for you to enjoy.
ATTEND A FALL FESTIVAL
Many orchards and farms also have fall festivals to celebrate the harvest season. Here are some fun Fall festivals to check out:
Island Wine Festival | Put-in-Bay Winery Bayview Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH
October 2, 2021 | Saturday 11:00 AM– 5:00 PM
MacQueen Apple Stir & Crafts Festival | MacQueen Orchard Holland, Ohio
October 2-3, 2021
Northwood Ohio Fall Festival | 6000 Wales Rd. Northwood, OH
October 9, 2021 | Saturday 11 AM
Oak Harbor Apple Festival | Downtown Oak Harbor
October 9-10, 2021 | Saturday 9:30 AM-8 PM, Sunday 10:30 AM-3:30 PM
44th Annual Grand Rapids Apple Butter Festival | 24232 Front St. Grand Rapids, Ohio 43522
October 10, 2021 | Sunday 10 AM-5 PM
MAKE FALL-SCENTED SOAP
When I think of fall I think of warm and cozy scents like vanilla, mint, and cinnamon. It’s the lovely smell that welcomes you in pretty much every store you walk in during the fall season. This season try making your own fall scented items to get your house ready for the season.
My daughter and I recently took a soap-making class at Buff City Soap and had the best time! Upon arrival, we were suited up with safety gear and were provided with all of the ingredients needed to make a loaf of soap. They had just released their fall collection so we chose Cinnamint as our scent. We chose the colors of white and light teal with a swirl of gold. It was so pretty and smelled amazing! A couple of days later, we picked up our soap that was sliced and ready to be used. It was a very nice experience.
Commemorate the festivities of Oktoberfest with your favorite local beers at these Ohio Oktoberfest events.
Oktoberfest | Maumee Bay Brewing Co. | 27 Broadway St. Toledo, OH 43604
Sunday, September 26, 2021 | Noon – 10 p.m.
Put-in-Bay Oktoberfest | 470 Loraine Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
October 9, 2021 | Saturday 11:00 AM-7:00 PM & Sunday 12:00 PM-5:00 PM
Oktoberfest Findlay | Downtown Findlay
September 25, 2021 | Saturday 2 PM-10:30 PM
Minster Oktoberfest | E 4th St, Minster, OH 45865
October 1-3, 2021 | Friday 6 PM-Midnight, Saturday 9:30 AM-Midnight, Sunday 9:30 AM-8 PM
VISIT A PUMPKIN PATCH
Sure you can just grab a pumpkin at your local grocery store but if you’re looking for fun fall activities, a family outing to a local pumpkin patch is much more exciting. In addition to a wide selection of pumpkins to choose from, most pumpkin patches have hayrides, corn mazes, and petting zoos. Plus you’ll make some great family memories!
Check out these Ohio pumpkin farms this fall;
Fleitz Pumpkin Farm | 7133 Seaman Rd, Oregon, OH 43616
Pumpkin Pete’s & Gwen’s Gourds | 10988 Neiderhouse Rd Perrysburg, Ohio
Stevens Gardens | 4550 Weckerly Rd, Monclova, OH 43542
MacQueen Orchards | 7605 Garden Road
TASTE PUMPKIN SPICE & EVERYTHING NICE
It’s that time of year for your local coffee shops to be serving up all of the delicious flavors of fall. The season brings notes of cinnamon, maple, clove, sage, and of course pumpkin. Join Coffee Quest 419 to check all of the amazing local coffee shops in the 419. The Quest includes 15 coffee shops in the 419 area code. Grab a passport at any participating coffee shop and start your quest. Complete the quest by visiting and purchasing something at 14 of 15 coffee shops and getting a stamp for each stop. For all of your efforts in supporting these amazing local coffee, you receive a T-shirt to commemorate your dedication.
Check out these seasonal coffee beverages:
•The Flying Joe | Fall 21 Coffee Flights (The Lumberjack, Pumpkin Cold Brew w/ Cold Foam, Autumn Sage, Nitro Coffee
•Flatlands Coffee | Autumn Spiced Latte
•Brew House Coffee & Bake Shop | Caramel Apple Butter Latte
•Maddie & Bella Coffee Roasters | Pumpkin Spiced Latte
BOOK A FALL PICNIC
As the weather starts to cool off and leaves start to change, Fall is the perfect time to plan a picnic. You can plan one yourself or book a luxury picnic with Picnic Perfect. Picnic Perfect offers a unique experience complete with a custom-built picnic table, blankets, pillows, and table decor. They are currently offering 4 theme options including 2 new fall themes to choose from. The location of your picnic can be at your favorite park or in your backyard. There are many options to make your picnic a most special experience.
MORE FALL ACTIVITIES TO ENJOY
•Take a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
•Sip the best wines from Ohio’s Wine Country.
•Discover Ohio’s 75 State Parks with ODNR’s State Park Passport.
•Enjoy a cider donut.
•Visit Sauders Village | Celebrate the start of Fall with a week dedicated to apples during Apple Week | Wednesday, September 22 – Saturday, September 25, 2021
•Visit Schedel Arboretum Gardens.
•Hike the trails at a State Park or one of the 19 beautiful Metroparks Toledo.
•Discover your new favorite restaurant on the Ohio. Find It Here. Foodie Road Trip.
•Try an Ohio-Inspired fall recipe.
•Walk through a beautiful sunflower field.
•Visit a Castle in Ohio.
•Visit the Toledo Museum of Art and all of the museums on the Ohio. Find It Here. Art Road Trip.
•Enter the MacQueen Orchards
Annual Apple Pie Contest | October 2, 2021
•Book a stay at the Cannaley Treehouse Village
•Make Fall Candles | Riverfront Candle Company