MILFORD (WWJ) - Summer is fading away and the smell of fall is in the air.
The change of the seasons means Autumn’s reds, yellows and golds will soon be coloring the trees.
Slow your pace by taking a scenic fall hayride at these Huron-Clinton Metroparks:
- Tractor-drawn Pick Your Pumpkin Hayrides
October weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and weekends from noon to 4 p.m. Take a hayride to and from the farm’s pumpkin patch where you can select your perfect Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin. Hayride fees are: $5/adult, $3/child & senior, children 2 years and younger, free. Pumpkins and gourds are priced according to size. For more information, call 810-227-8910.
- Chartered Hayrides
Privately chartered hayrides can be reserved any day throughout the year. Pile up to approximately 20 passengers into a straw-filled tractor drawn wagon for a scenic ride along the Huron River. Evening charters are available on the hour at 5, 6, 7 and 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Daytime rate: one-half hour/$50. Evening rate: one-hour/$150, two-hour/$250, three-hour/$375, four-hour/$500. Extend your evening with a bonfire for $50. Daytime charters are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more details or for reservations, call 810-227-8910.
- Evening Hayride & Bonfire
Friday, October 4 & 25 at 6 p.m. Enjoy a fun hayride followed by cider and donuts, plus a fireside program sure to make your evening an enjoyable one. Fee: $7 per person. Preregistration required. For more information or to register, call 734-782-3956.
- Evening Lantern Tours
Fridays and Saturdays, October 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Take a hayride followed by a lantern-lit hike around nature trails where a host of interesting characters are sure to make you laugh, learn and have a great time. Enjoy cider and cookies before embarking on a hayride back to your car. Fee: $12 per person. Advance ticket purchase is required. For more information or to register, call 734-782-3956.
Wolcott Mill Metropark
- Pumpkin, Cider & Donut Wagon Rides
Saturdays and Sundays, October 5, 6, 12, 13, 20, 26 & 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take a wagon ride down the farm lane to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin, and then stop for a cup of cider and a donut. This year, take a walk to the farm’s 5-acre corn maze from the pumpkin patch. Fee: $6/adult, $4/ child & senior. Pumpkins are priced according to size. For more information, call 586-752-5932.
Stony Creek Metropark
- Moonlight Wagonrides/Campfire Songs
Fridays, October 4, 11 and 18 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Come enjoy the beauty of the fall season with a nature-themed wagon ride through the woods and fields. Gather around the fire-ring for music, cider and donuts. Fee: $6 per person. Preregistration is required. For more information, call 586-781-9113.
- Cub Scout Moonlight Wagon Rides
Wednesday, October 23 between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Visit the Nature Center exhibits, and then take a wagon ride through the woods and fields, followed by cider and donuts around the campfire. Fee: $6 per person. Reservations are required, and are accepted beginning October 1. For more information or to register, call 586-781-9113.
- Girl Scout Moonlight Wagon Rides
Thursday, October 24 between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Visit the Nature Center exhibits, and then take a wagon ride through the woods and fields, followed by cider and donuts around the campfire. Fee: $6 per person. Reservations are required, and are accepted beginning October 1. For more information or to register, call 586-781-9113.
For more information, visit www.metroparks.com.