HARNESS AND HITCH Tuesday, September 13 @ Wolcott Mill Metropark, Ray Watch our staff get our draft horses ready for action. Take pictures and ask questions in this behind the scenes look at what it takes to get the draft horses harnessed and hitched to the wagon. Learn what makes draft horses so special, and how we care for these amazing animals. Then climb aboard for a short wagon ride around the farm. This fun and relaxing adventure is great for the entire family. Our wagon is wheelchair accessible. Patrons will walk on gravel roads to get to horse barn.
HAYRIDE ADVENTURES Sunday, September 25 @ Kensington Metropark, Milford Help our staff get our draft horses ready for action. Grab a brush and get them groomed. Take part behind the scenes as the draft horses are harnessed and hitched to the wagon. Learn what the different elements of their harness do and how they work together. When the horses are dressed and ready, you’ll be all set for a relaxing hayride along the farm’s wooded trails. Don’t miss out on this unique hands-on experience!
GREAT FALL FESTIVAL Saturday, October 1 & Sunday, October 2 @ Maybury Farm, Northville The weekend festival features live music, activities, games, demonstrations and a tractor drawn wagon ride. You can also enjoy delicious eats & treats from one of the visiting food trucks.
FALL WAGON TOURS October 1 & 2, 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 29 & 30 @ Stony Creek Metropark, Shelby Township Hop on our tractor-drawn wagon and enjoy the beauty of fall along a Nature Trail. Along the way, our staff will share stories about Stony Creek’s history and various natural features. After your tour, we welcome you to a roaring campfire to celebrate the season. Program is weather dependent. Participants will need to climb 3 stairs to get on the wagon.
PUMPKIN PATCH WAGON RIDES October 1 & 2, 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 29 & 30 @ Wolcott Mill Metropark, Ray Join us for a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch to pick out your Halloween pumpkin. Go through the corn maze and warm up near the bon fire while enjoying a cup of cider and a doughnut. On site pumpkin carving is available along with some fun field activities. Last wagon to the pumpkin patch leaves at 2:30 p.m. Pumpkins are additional price based on size.
HARVEST HAPPENING Sunday, October 2 @ Hess-Hathaway Park, Waterford The day of fun will be filled with games & activities, crafters, entertainment, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, historic house tours, food and more!
GROUP HAYRIDES October 6, 7, 13 & 14 @ Marshbank Park, West Bloomfield Experience the changing seasons at Marshbank Park while enjoying a 20 minute tractor-drawn hayride. You’ll encounter a few nature knowledge stops along your route for added adventure. Take your picnic blanket and find a cozy spot to enjoy cider and a seasonal treat.
HARVEST DAY Saturday, October 8 @ Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores Get outside and kick off autumn at Harvest Day at Ford House. There will be lots of free fun for everyone, including old-school lawn games, a petting zoo, horse and pony rides, face painting, a giant leaf pile, hands-on-activities, and plenty of photo opportunities!
PUMPKINFEST Saturday, October 8 & Sunday, October 9 @ MSU Tollgate Farm Children’s Garden, Novi Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your perfect pumpkin. Food, music, farm animals, educational exhibits, and children’s activities all make for a fun fall outing for all ages.
HARVEST FESTIVAL Saturday, October 15 @ Crosswinds Marsh Wetland Interpretive Preserve Join us for Harvest Festival at Crosswinds Marsh. Enjoy a forested hayride and gather around the bonfire for kid-friendly stories while enjoying cider and donuts. Kids 17 years old and younger can participate in a costume parade.
BOWERS FARM FALL FESTIVAL Saturday, October 15 & Sunday, October 16 @ Bowers School Farm, Bloomfield Hills The Fall Festival brings together the most cherished farm activities such as pumpkin picking, wagon rides, animal visits, live music performances, food, straw tower, crafts, games and much more to provide a great opportunity for community engagement and relationship building within a family friendly atmosphere.
You don’t need a special event to find a hayride. Here are some places that offer rides throughout the season.
- Blake Farms // 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada, MI 48005
- Maybury Farm // 50165 W 8 Mile Rd, Northville, MI 48167
- Kensington Metropark Farm Center // 4570 Huron River Parkway, Mildford, MI 48380*
- Corn Fun // 9391 Lindsey, Casco MI 48064
- Three Cedars Farm // 7897 Six Mile Rd, Northville, MI 48167
- Wiard’s Orchard // 5565 Merritt Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 // wagon rides
- Porter’s Orchard // 12060 Hegel Rd, Goodrich, MI 48438