If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: I love, love LOVE (almost) everything about fall in Michigan. Thinking about spending the warm, Indian summer afternoons in my hometown, I’m beyond giddy about the changing of seasons. I’ve rounded up some of my absolute favorite fall activities to enjoy in Grand Ledge with your friends and family before the dreaded S-word arrives.
The Ledges at Fitzgerald Park
Primarily used by recreational rock climbers, the sandstone and quartz rock ledges rise approximately 60 feet above the Grand River. The jutting rock ledges create 3 miles of picturesque walking trails accessible through Fitzgerald Park. The park also boasts 78 acres that include horse shoe pits, basketball courts, softball diamonds, a playground, and a full size disc golf course. While the park is a wonderful destination year round, it is absolutely breathtaking during the fall. From the Ledges Trail, park goers can view flecks of burnt orange, red, and gold of the trees from a unique standpoint that is unlike any other. Fitzgerald Park is also home to The Ledges Playhouse, a 348 seat theatrical venue that produces shows throughout the year. In addition, Fitzgerald Park will host the upcoming The Grand Adventure Race, a modified triathlon of paddling, biking, and running that helps raise funds for park improvement happening on September 28, 2014.
When weather turns too cool for exploring the quaint downtown or numerous parks, residents and visitors are most likely to be found at the Sun Theatre located at 316 S. Bridge Street. While the theatre only shows one movie a week, it makes up for the lack of options with tons of hometown charm. The Grand Ledge Sun recently received a new facade face lift as well as a new digital projector. The theatre plays big name movies nightly at 7:15 pm. They also have 4 pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Besides the family atmosphere and welcoming employees, ALL SHOWINGS ARE ONLY $2! You can take your entire family for the same price as one ticket at some of the other theaters in town!
Color Cruise and Island Festival
The festival takes place the second full week of October and is a hometown favorite. Festival attendees can take in the fall splendor of the Grand River by riverboat, canoe, or horse and wagon rides. The smoky smells of blacksmiths mixed with the warm smell of fresh donuts is ensured to make everyone feel nostalgic. The three day event takes place at the Island Park and includes a myriad of full activities for the whole family. Some of my favorites include pumpkin painting, candle dipping, cider pressing, and fur traders.