Founded in 1989 as a roadside produce stand, the family-owned Schwallier?s Country Basket has since expanded into a full-grown farm market filled with autumnal attractions. Clues based around an annual theme are hidden within the corn maze, which guests of all ages navigate under the watchful eye of safety enforcers. Upon emerging from the labyrinth, visitors can pedal down the tricycle path, tour the grounds on a guided wagon ride, or greet a baby goat at the animal barn. A gated kids area also entices youngsters with attractions such as duck races and a straw mountain swarmed with prospectors trying to spin it into gold.
Elsewhere, raspberries, pumpkins, and more than 15 varieties of apples await picking in the farm's fields and patches. An onsite store also stocks various fall goodies, such as apple cider, indian corn, and homemade pies alongside crafts, toys, and fall-themed decorations.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable visitors to fortify their physical well-being with a cornucopia of advanced fitness equipment and certified personal trainers. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man or one of his many secretaries tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength-training gear or top-of-the-line cardio machines, which feature televisions and other media diversions. A friendly, unintimidating atmosphere provides a refreshing change of pace from aloof gym employees and ear-splitting pump-up jams. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
The Club Fitness & Tanning is a full-service fitness center fostering a healthier lifestyle for its members through a host of sweat-inducing services. Members gain access to a plethora of strength-building circuit-training equipment, free weights, and cardio machines, which, unlike racing thoughts and running jokes, actively work to combust calories. Keep muscles motivated and limbs limber with a wide array of group fitness classes, including aerobics, kickboxing, toning, and yoga, and build tone and group-mind under the watchful eye of a skilled instructor.
Westgate Bowl offers pin-pulverizers 60 well-waxed bowling lanes with automatic scoring. Step up and sidestep the gutters as you and a friend roll reactive resin orbs toward lane’s end, competing for dominance over 10 maple-wood enemies during an hour of bowling. In between turkeys and spares, bowlers can split a 16-inch pizza and wash it down with a pitcher of soda. Bring a crew of keglers and use up to three Groupons per lane—call ahead to reserve extra lanes for groups larger than six.
Alpine Golf Club spreads its course across an undulating landscape specked with trees and dotted with water. Putting quartets head out on 18-stop road trips in rented carts, pausing to uncover hidden approach shots and gold coins that turn out to just be chocolate. Towering pines surround the 13th hole—a long par 3—and an elevated green rises above a creek lorded over by a heron with a bullwhip on hole 16. After the round, golfers can replenish energy and debate about the shot of the day over hot dogs and soda or beer at the Alpine Bar and Grille.
Part of Sparta’s Harvest on the Ridge festival, which celebrates the township’s colorful crop of fruits and vegetables, the Dirty Apple Obstacle Run sets challengers on a 2.5-mile quest through “applesauce” mud pits, defiantly unflipped tractor tires, hurdles, and other agility tests. Whether participants struggle individually, work together as a family, or construct a mud-proof robotic surrogate, the point of the event is friendly competition and general good times rather than time trials. Afterward, racers gather at the festival downtown, where kids might put together a puppet or two, adults can swap stories and sip Michigan brews, and the whole clan can soak up the classic rock of West Side Soul Surfers.