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In Michigan, fun is never too far away. Here are seven fun places you can visit in under three hours.

MICHIGAN—Did you know Michigan is one of the nation’s leading producers of apples? So, it goes without saying that when the tree leaves fall to the ground and the smell of autumn fills the air, the state has a plethora of apple orchards and cider mills ready to visit. 

But many of us are busy. Whether it be taking the kiddos to their fall sports practice or running errands between work and school, it can be a chore to find time to relax and enjoy some fall fun. 

Luckily, no matter where you are in Michigan, fun isn’t far away. Below are seven Metro Detroit cider mills you and the family can visit in less than three hours. Each offers a little bit of everything and a little bit of something different, promising fun for all. 

Diehl’s Orchard and Cider Mill 

1479 Ranch Rd., Holly, MI 48442

We’re starting our trip to southeast Michigan cider mills in Holly, where you’ll like Diehl’s Orchard and Cider Mill if you like longtime fixtures in the community. The business has been running for more than 60 years and offers an assortment of activities and fun. 

While the orchard doesn’t allow U-pick apples, it does offer prepackaged Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Golden Supreme, and Gala apples. It also has a Pack-n-Tote room where you can mix and match your favorite varieties of apples at a discounted price. 

Diehl’s this year is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day until the end of October. Then, it reopens on weekends beginning Nov. 6, with hours ranging from noon to 5 p.m. It closes for the season on Nov. 22. 

Any questions about the orchard? Give them a call at (248) 634-8981.

Goodison Cider Mill

4295 Orion Rd., Rochester, MI 48306

Heading east, next we head to Goodison Cider Mill in Rochester, which, despite its name including cider mill, is known most for its pistachio nut bread. The mill says the bread is world-famous, selling hundreds of loaves every year. Many locals might wish the bread was a little more of a secret so they could have more themselves. 

But the mill features more than just delicious dessert bread. Goodison offers pies, doughnuts, jams, apples, candies, and more. It’s not just about the food at Goodison, either. On Sundays, the mill typically features fun activities, such as balloon creations and bluegrass music. 

The cider mill is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Thanksgiving. Then, the mill is open Friday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., until Christmas Eve. 

Have questions? Call the cider mill at (248) 652-8450.

Rochester Cider Mill

5125 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester, MI 48306

As we head a little more east, Rochester Cider Mill in Rochester has a little bit of something for everyone. Do you like petting farms? It has those. How about your classic apple cider doughnuts and cider? Of course, it has those, too. And if you’re a parent looking for something fun to do with the kiddos? It might be worth knowing that activities at the mill are free. 

Adding to the fall feel of Michigan, Rochester Cider Mill uses only Michigan ingredients in its doughnuts, caramel apples, and fudge, according to the mill’s website. Its pies are baked fresh every day and its apple crisp is homemade. 

The cider mill is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, meaning there are plenty of chances to take a visit and get some cider and doughnuts. 

You can reach the cider mill at (248) 651-4224.

Yates Cider Mill

1990 E. Avon Rd., Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Yates Cider Mill to the south dates back to 1863, opening then beside the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal. Today, the Clinton River provides water power to the mill. But more than just a cool history lesson, the mill offers a variety of delicious apples, ranging from Golden Delicious, McIntosh, and Gala apples. 

The mill is open from 9 a.m.. to 7 p.m. every day. Current hours for the apple tent and Fudge Shoppe are listed as 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. Pony rides are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends, weather permitting. 

Want to know more about the mill? Reach out at (248) 651-8300. 

Franklin Cider Mill

7450 Franklin Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

Are you someone who goes to a cider mill and simply can’t choose between doughnuts, pies, or other delicious apple-flavored treats? If you’re raising your hand, you’ll be happy to take the jog southwest to check out Franklin Cider Mill in Bloomfield Hills. 

The cider mill has everything you might want for the fall season. Cider can be purchased by the gallon or in smaller quantities, doughnuts by the dozen, and, if you’re still in the mood for some dessert, fresh pies are available each day.

Franklin’s opened for the year at the beginning of September and closes for the season on Nov. 28.

For more information on the mill, call (248) 626-8261. 

Three Cedars Farm

7897 Six Mile Rd., Northville, MI 48167

Our trip journeys back west a smidge for a stop at Three Cedars Farm in Northville. The farm offers 5 acres of U-pick apples, with a barnyard playland, hayrides, and train rides for the kiddos. 

And if you’re a Michigander with a sweet tooth, you won’t go without at Three Cedars Farm. Visitors of the Donut Hut at the farm will find cinnamon sugar doughnuts, cider slushies, and warm apple cider. 

The farm is open for the fall season from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Sundays through Thursday. 

Call (248) 437-8200 for more information. 

Erwin Orchards

61475 Silver Lake Rd., South Lyon, MI 48178

Erwin Orchards is another longtime fixture in southeast Michigan, having opened more than 100 years ago when James N. Erwin planted his first apple tree in 1920, according to the orchard website. It rounds out our circle of cider mills in the southeast part of the state.

The third-generation farm offers everything families might be looking for from an orchard or cider mill, with U-pick apples, a cider mill, a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, and a raspberry patch. 

Erwin’s is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sundays until Oct. 31. The orchard is closed every Monday. 

Looking for more info? Call the orchards at (248) 437-0150.