Fall in Michigan can be finicky – one day the weather can be beautiful and in the mid 70’s, the next day it can be snowing and frigid. Planning a fall trip to Michigan can be risky business, but when it all works out it can really pay off in amazing sights and incredible fun. Since the window of fall color and warmth is so short, make the most of your fall trip by planning to do these ten things at Boyne Mountain resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan.
Michigan is a beautiful place to spend the autumn weeks – the air chills, the trees turn from green into shades of crimson red, burnt orange and yellow and a faint smell of winter begins to blow through the breeze. This is the time of year that no matter where you go in Northern Michigan, it feels like a whole new world. There is one place in Northern Michigan, however, that keeps me coming back year after year because it not only has one of the most beautiful outlooks over the autumn scenery that I have ever seen, but also because it offers a wide variety of fun fall activities that my entire family can enjoy. Just be sure to book your excursions at Boyne Mountain Resort in advance as they do typically sell out.
What to Do this Fall at Boyne Mountain Resort
- Go Ziplining – Going ziplining in itself is an adventure, but pair it with racing through a kaleidoscope of colorful trees and it becomes a moment that you will never forget. Also, to add to the ziplining fun, Boyne Mountain staff are very hands on during the course runs and are even willing to teach their guests a few fun tricks to try along the way. Have you ever wanted to zipline upside down? If a the multi-line tour seems like too much of a commitment, Boyne Mountain Resort also offers a short, two time run right through the center of the resort grounds – a great way to ease yourself into it.
- Take a Segway Tour – Are you the type of person that would rather keep your feet on the ground? Lucky for you Boyne Mountain also offers several other ways to see the autumn colors throughout the resort. One of those ways is through a segway tour. I didn’t get a chance to wobble around with this tour, but I did see a group of riders rolling past me through the main grounds and found myself longing to jump on board. Next time for sure.
- Ride a Chair Lift Up the Mountain – Did you think chair lifts were just for winter skiers? During the fall months at Boyne Mountain Resort, the chair lifts can still be found in constant motion taking fall color tour participants to the top of Boyne Mountain for a long stretching view of speckled color and to a mountaintop cafe which serves my favorite fall drink – a hot toddie. For those staying on the resort grounds the ride is free. For all others, round trip tickets may be purchased at the base of the hill.
- Rent a Golf Cart – There are several other ways to get to the top of the mountain besides the chair lift. One of those ways is by renting a golf cart to tour the grounds or to go golfing on one of the resorts two beautiful on site courses.
- Hit the Trails – Another way to enjoy the fall colors up close and personal is by going on a self-guided walking tour or bike ride through the resort’s many tree tunneled trails. Bikes are available for rent through the resort so there is no need to bring your own from home.
- Water Play at Avalanche Bay – If you thought that racing down water slides or relaxing in a lazy river was over for the year, Boyne Mountain has an indoor water park that lets the summer fun last well into the fall and winter months. What I loved most about this park was that there are activities available for all members of the family, such as a small play section for the toddlers and a surf zone for the more experienced water participants. There are also tables set up throughout the indoor park for those who wish to watch instead or for resting and grabbing a bite to eat in the pool cafe.
- Go Swimming in an Outdoor Heated Pool – This is one way to see the beautiful fall colors like you’ve never done before – from the relaxing heated outdoor pool at the Clock Tower Lodge. This area is free to enjoy for all resort lodging guests. However, if you are not staying at the Mountain Grand Lodge, you may purchase day passes.
- Take a Harvest Hayride – One of my families favorite ways to spend a brisk fall evening is by taking a hayride together. For those staying as guests at the resort, hayrides are offered free as part of their weekend fun events. Be sure to check the hayride schedule on the resorts web site because the hayrides are only offered at specific times and are first come first served.
- Roast S’mores Over a Bonfire – Another free event for resort guests are bonfires and s’mores at night per the resort schedule; however, if you’d like to follow your own schedule, many of the cabins feature their own bonfire pits if you choose to stay at one of these on-site housing options.
- Venture Out – Surrounding the resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan, are several other amazing places that are within a day trip drive. One of the places we drove to during our stay was the Tunnel of Trees – a historic drive famed for it’s tree covered, one lane road and gorgeous cliff side look over. This scenic drive also offers a few retro style stops perfect for photographing.
Watch as our family experienced these fun activities at Boyne Mountain Resort this fall then tell us which activity you would most like to try in the comments section below.
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1 Boyne Mountain Road
Boyne Falls, MI 49713