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20 Great Ways to Enjoy North Central Ohio in the Fall

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The changing leaves signal a whole new season of adventures in store for you in Lorain County! From pick-your-own produce, to crisp bike rides over the fallen leaves and Halloween fairs, you’ll never be bored! Don’t worry, we’ve done the ground work for you and gathered a list of some scenic ways to enjoy the Autumn season. All you have to do is get out there and explore!

1. Corn Maze

Corn Mazes are a weekend staple in North Central Ohio this time of year. Navigating the maze is a great way to have fun with a couple friends or the whole family! Test your skills at the metro park 6 acre maze, or visit Terror in the Field’s haunted maze!

2. Apple Picking

Food is always better fresh, and it doesn’t get fresher than picking it with your own two hands! You can hit the orchard at the “Apple Pickin’ Spree” at Miller’s Apple Hill, or visit nearby orchards and farmers markets all season long! After all that picking, you deserve a fresh apple pie!

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It’s the first year that the Common Ground Canopy Tours have been open, and their season is still going! What better view of the beautiful fall foliage will you find than being in the trees themselves? Already taken a canopy tour this summer? The changing leaves will surely add an entirely new perspective! Haven’t taken the plunge yet? No time like the present to experience the 2 1/2 hour zip line, floating platform and aerial staircase adventure!

4. History Walk

The Oberlin Heritage Center offers many history walks throughout the year. You’ll be getting up close and personal with some bits of Oberlin’s history and no doubt learning something new!

5. Woollybear Festival

The largest one day festival in the state of Ohio, the Woollybear Festival, sets up every year at the end up September. Legend has it that the amount of black on the woolly bear caterpillar can predict how severe the coming winter will be!

6. Pumpkin Picking

Before you get to carving, you need to pick out the perfect pumpkin! There are plenty of places for you to find and snatch your  favorite right here in Lorain County. Swing by the Old West Pumpkin Fest (which, by the way, offers A LOT more than just pumpkins- think fun houses and ponies!), or Schuster’s Greenhouse and explore the pumpkin patch!

7. Fall Foliage Cruise

Discover the beauty of North Central Ohio in the fall with a fall foliage cruise along the Black River! The cruises board at the Black River Landing dock every Saturday until October 19th!


 8. Red Flannel Bike Ride

Calling all cyclists! We have the perfect fall event for you. The 40th annual Red Flannel Metric Century (64 mi.) and half metric (37 mi.) is on November 2nd, 2014.  This year’s route will take you through Mill Hollow and west along Mason & Darrow Roads, entering Milan via River Road straight into Edison Park.  From there, you’ll head east through Berlin Heights, then south on Florence-Wakeman Road to Garfield Road and home. The short route runs north to Amherst then west along N. Ridge Road & decend Mill Hollow.  From there you’ll make your way up the west side of Mill Hollow and on to Swift Hollow, Birmingham and back to Oberlin.



 9. Back Roads and Beaches

Of course, you don’t need an event to cycle! The Back Roads and Beaches cycling route is a great place to ride this time of year. The route map also features great suggestions for pit stops or spur routes, directing you to all kinds of area adventures like kayaking and hiking. The map also includes suggestions for some ways to relax like  museums, wineries, and nearby lodging. There’s something for every mood you’re in!

10. Patchwork Trails10476087_10152631086529414_3422178251390167942_o

While you’re on the Back Roads and Beaches route, try to spot all of the Patchwork Trails Quilt Squares! They are beautifully painted 8×8 foot squares mounted on the side of barns.They sure do look beautiful up against the bright fall leaves!



11. Hay Ride

Hop on a relaxing hay ride through the woods! You can find them at many places, including the metro park corn mazeSchuster’s Greenhouse and the Old West Pumpkin Fest that we mentioned earlier!


12. Haunted House

Of course, we all know that getting scared is one of the most fun parts of the fall season. We have some awesome haunted houses in North Central Ohio that are sure to get a scream or two out of anyone!

13. Bonnie Brae Elk Farm Bugle Days

Did you know that the sound that an elk makes is called a bugle? Well Bonnie Brae Elk Farm sure knows that, and they want you to hear it! In the fall, elk are known to bugle in the fields so loud, that you can hear them from up to 2 miles away! But you don’t have to stay so far away, Bonnie Brae also offers wagon rides for a more up close experience where you can even give them a tasty treat! Bonnie Brae Bugle Days are weekly on Saturdays and Sundays in October, starting October 11th! 


14. Live Music at Wineries

If you haven’t checked out the amazing selection of wineries here in North Central Ohio, fall is the time! Not only do each of them offer a unique selection of yummy wines, most of them invite you to relax on the patio and listen to some live music during the weekends! Check out our event calendar, grab a sweater and take turns seeing what each winery has to offer in this beautiful season! You may even catch a clam bake!

15. Camping

Spend some quality time outdoors and let the crisp fall air refresh your lungs! We have a lot of great places to camp in North Central Ohio- including the beautiful Findley State Park! They also have a Halloween camping event!

16. Back Roads and Beaches Geo Trail

Get excited! Visit Lorain County is announcing its own part in the latest global craze…geocaching! Geocaching is like a giant outdoor treasure hunt in which participants use GPS-enabled devices and online clues to search for hidden containers known as geocaches in unique and interesting places. The Back Roads and Beaches Geo Trail kicks off on October 4,2014, releasing the coordinates to 15 caches along our premier cycling and multi-sport route. Anyone can participate at any time throughout the year, and what more scenic time than the fall?

17. Craft Shows and Boutique Shopping

There are opportunities to buy unique, handmade items year-round in Lorain County! Autumn, however, is the king of craft shows! The JVS has its annual craft show on October 25th, which just happens to be the largest in Lorain County with over 200 vendors! Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Head over to Halloween at Jamie’s Flea Market where the kids can trick-or-treat while you scavenge for a chance to win gift certificates!

18. Lorain County Speedway


Ready, set, go! The Lorain County Speedway season zooms into fall with some races that will guarantee and excitement filled weekend!

19. Carlisle Reservation Halloween Fair

For a more family friendly fall scare, don’t miss the Lorain County Metro Parks haunted trail! This Halloween fair at the Carlisle Reservation lasts for three weekends leading up to Halloween, and has something for everyone! Food trucks, games and both friendly and spooky scares for the whole family!

20. Halloweekends at Cedar Point

The Cedar Point season goes out with a bang every year with Halloweekends! After night falls the park fills with fear! Visit petrifying haunted houses and family friendly attractions in between rides on your favorite coasters!


Now get out there and enjoy this unique, beautiful season in Lorain County!


posted by lorain at 10:10 am

Just down the road…

Just down the road…

   Taking in the new fall season has definitely been easy…these past few days have been beautiful. As I drove along some of our back roads today I noticed some crimson leaves and realized autumn adventures for me and my family were “just down the road” – literally! Dean Rd. along Back Roads and Beaches […]

posted by lorain at 5:05 pm

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