THINGS TO DO
01 – Experience Fun, Fall Activities at Gull Meadow Farms
Gull Meadow Farms
8544 Gull Rd, Richland, MI 49083
Gull Meadow Farms is a one-stop-shop for fall family fun: apple picking, petting zoo, zip lines, jumping pillow and corn maze are all at one farm. Add cider and melt in your mouth donuts, and it’s easy to see why this local favorite is a must-do for families.
Beyond the fall activities, Gull Meadow also hosts a hot air balloon festival, Christmas visits with Santa and has sunflower days in the summer.
02 – Take an Automobile Tour at the Gilmore Car Museum
Gilmore Car Museum
6865 W Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Nestled in Hickory Corners, the Gilmore Car Museum is the largest auto museum in North America, featuring nearly 400 vehicles. After you visit your favorite cars and motorcycles, grab some food from the 1941 Silk City Diner (try the frozen custard).
The museum is open year-round. The grounds also include a recreated 1930s Shell gas station and a rustic campground.
03 – Grab a Grinder from NEDS
NEDS on Gull Lake
15450 S M 43 Hwy, Hickory Corners, MI
NEDS is known for its food (pizza, grinders, burgers) and their location on Gull Lake (they deliver to the boat launch). They are also a local favorite for the latest food craze: the pickle pizza.
04 – Go Camping at Fort Custer
Fort Custer Recreation Area
5163 W Fort Custer Dr, State Highway M-96, Augusta, MI 49012
Families will find a vast recreation space at Fort Custer for camping. This area features three lakes, wetlands, forests and rolling meadows. There are also 22 miles of trails for hiking and biking.
05 – Travel Back in Time at the Kellogg Manor House
Kellogg Manor House
3700 E Gull Lake Dr, Hickory Corners, MI 49060
W.K. Kellogg Manor House is the former summer residence of breakfast cereal pioneer W.K. Kellogg and his wife, Dr. Carrie Staines Kellogg. Located on Gull Lake, the grounds also include a carriage house with chauffeur’s residence, a greenhouse with potting shed, caretaker’s cottage, boathouse, a lakeside pagoda and a windmill imported from Holland.
Built in 1926, this property was fully restored in 2000 and serves as host for many private events and weddings. Visitors are welcome to take a self-guided walking tour of the grounds.
Photo: W.K. Kellogg Manor House
06 – Walk the Richland Area Community Center Trails
Richland Area Community Center Trails
9400 East CD Ave, Richland, MI 49083
The RACC features 22 acres of mowed trails through forest and open grassy areas, plus a quarter-mile paved loop path. This area also features benches and a gazebo. Leashed dogs are welcome.
07 – Enjoy Southern Inspired Cooking at Chicken House
Chicken House Restaurant
12443 E D Ave, Richland, MI 49083
Opened in 2020, Chicken House serves (not surprisingly) chicken sandwiches. Featuring Crystal Hot Sauce and Duke’s Mayonnaise, these dishes blend some southern flavor with Michigan-made ingredients.
The restaurant also serves burgers, tacos and Plainwell ice cream.
08 – Feed the Birds at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary
W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary
12685 E C Ave, Augusta, MI 49060
Three miles of trails surround Wintergreen Lake at the bird sanctuary, where families can feed the waterfowl (geese, ducks, swans) with buckets of corn from the visitor’s center.
After your corn buckets are empty, tour their rescued raptors area featuring owls, hawks and eagles. Families will also enjoy the stroller-friendly paved walking path.
09 – Play Cornhole at Gull Lake Distilling Company
Gull Lake Distilling Company
92 E Michigan Ave, Galesburg, MI 49053
Opened in 2020, Gull Lake Distilling Company is a locally-sourced craft distillery, brewery, and winery. This fun place is unique in that it does not serve food- however, you can bring your own to complement their customized cocktails and beer and wine selections. Many grab pizza next door from neighboring Pizza King or visiting food trucks.
GLDC also offers weekly scheduled events, including live music on Tuesdays and cornhole leagues on Wednesdays. Their outdoor space is massive and includes family-friendly picnic table seating.
10 – Grab a Cone at Lickity Split Ice Cream
Lickity Split Ice Cream Shop
301 E Michigan Ave, Augusta, MI 49012
Lickity Split features two local favorites: Plainwell and Mooville brand ice cream. They also sell sno balls, shakes, malts, snacks, sundaes and hot dogs. This shop is also allergen-friendly as they carry sugar-free, dairy-free and nut-free flavors.
11 – Swing, Slide and Play at Richland Township Park
Richland Township Park
6996 N 32nd St, Richland, MI 49083
Richland Township Park offers 48 acres of space to run and play including lacrosse fields, baseball/softball fields, basketball courts and a playground. Families can reserve two pavilions and a gazebo for gatherings.
The park also features 1.75 miles of paved trails for walking, rolling or pushing a stroller.
12 – Pick up Some Pasties from U.P. North Sandwich & Pasty Co
U.P. North Sandwich & Pasty Co
8140 N 32nd St, Richland, MI 49083
For those unfamiliar, a “pasty” (rhymes with “nasty”) is a widely popular Yooper food from the Upper Peninsula. This portable meat pie dates back to the 1800s when English copper miners came to the UP- and brought their portable, protein-packed pastries with them.
As the name implies, this shop sells plenty of pasties including frozen varieties to warm up at home (take and bake). Make sure to grab a Monster Cookie with your meal (trust us).
Photo: U.P. North Sandwich & Pasty Co
13 – Go Boating on Gull Lake
Spanning over 2,000 acres, Gull Lake is a local beauty and favorite for boating, fishing and scuba diving. The majority of it resides in Kalamazoo County, with the northern tip extending into Barry County. Locals love the clear, deep water with some areas reaching over 100 feet deep.
Fishermen typically fish for bluegill and bass in the spring, and trout in the fall. Scuba divers can explore Gull Lake year-round; there are hidden underwater artifacts for them to find including a phone booth, car and motorcycle.
Gull Lake is also home to a private island with a walking bridge to the mainland.
14 – Cool off at the River Oaks County Park Splash Pad
River Oaks County Park
9202 E Michigan Ave, Galesburg, MI 49053
River Oaks County Park in Galesburg is well-known for its large splash pad (open Memorial Day-Labor Day). This park also includes a playground, 20 soccer fields, dog park, and a model airplane field.
All county parks have an admission fee. Daily and annual passes are available for purchase.
Photo: Kalamazoo County Parks
15 – Hike Chipman Preserve
8395 E Main St, Galesburg, MI 49053
Chipman Preserve offers six miles of scenic trails through forest and grassland. The Preserve is part of the HOP (Hike Our Preserves) Program.
This trail is also popular in the winter for cross-country skiing.