Fall Break!

Every Fall Term, University of Michigan students get a long weekend known as “Fall Break.” Most Fordies take advantage of this extra time to explore our beautiful state and its spectacular falls colors and attractions. From the Upper Peninsula to Frankenmuth, there’s a lot to see and do in Michigan, and no better time to explore than during the month of October. Here are the Top 10 Fall Break Attractions from our Admissions team:

1.Go to an apple orchard and cider mill

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Michigan is the third largest apple producer in the United States, and home to some beautiful apple orchards and cider mills all across the state. You can go pick some apples, eat some donuts, and try fresh apple cider! Some Fordie favorites include the Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill and the Dexter Cider Mill, both of which are relatively close to Ann Arbor.

2. Visit towns along the Great Lakes

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The Great Lakes and Michigan are deeply intertwined – culturally, historically, politically, and literally (we have shorelines with all five lakes). There are lots of towns and cities along our lakes that are worth visiting – whether you go to Traverse City, Grand Haven, or make your way up to Copper Harbor, there’s a lot of beautiful lake views and beaches to check out before things get too cold (fair warning: the water is almost certainly already too cold for swimming, but it’ll be nice to look at).

3. Check out lighthouses

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While we’re talking about the lakes, Michigan is home to some truly remarkable lighthouses! You could say that visiting them will be an illuminating experience.

4. Camp in Sleeping Bear Dunes Park

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One of Michigan’s most popular attractions on the Lake Michigan coast, the Sleeping Bear Dunes are home to spectacular bluffs, beautiful forests, and incredible sand beaches. There’s camping, hiking, kayaking, and other activities – and you’re not too far from some of Michigan’s most popular lake towns.

5. Make your way to Frankenmuth

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Also known as “Michigan’s Little Bavaria,” Frankenmuth is home to the world’s largest Christmas store, Bronner’s, and two extremely awesome family-style fried chicken restaurants. You can also check out a riverboat cruise, petting zoo, and even a Michigan-style Oktoberfest.

6. Visit Michigan breweries


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Michigan is home to nearly 300 breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs, serving local beers, meads, and more. From Detroit to Grand Rapids, there is no shortage of great local brews to try and breweries to visit.

7. Get over to Detroit’s Eastern Market

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One of the largest and oldest year-round farmer’s markets in the United States, the Eastern Market, and the surrounding area, are home to some of the coolest shops and restaurants in Detroit.

8. Make your way up to the Upper Peninsula

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Michigan got the U.P. after fighting an actual war with Ohio over Toledo,  and frankly, we think we got the better end of that deal. Full of beautiful forests, surrounded by three of the five Great Lakes, and home to Yoopers, there’s a lot of great camping and sightseeing to do in the Upper Peninsula.

9. Eat your way through Dearborn

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Part of the Greater Metro Detroit area, Dearborn is where Ford Motor Company started and is now home to the country’s largest population center of the Arab American community. That latter fact has contributed to an excellent Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine scene, including standards like Al Ameer and Shatila Bakery.

10. Or, just stay in Ann Arbor!

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Nichols Arboretum. Kerrytown Market. Finding the Fairy Doors. The Museum of Art. Ann Arbor is not a shabby place to spend a long weekend, with plenty of great restaurants and bars as well as all the museums affiliated with the university, so take advantage of your time here to the fullest.