THINGS TO DO

Monroe is one of the oldest communities in the state of Michigan boasting a long and illustrious history and strong ties to the area’s original French habitants. Monroe was also the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the War of 1812—the significance of which has been recognized with the River Raisin Battlefield’s designation as the newest unit of the National Park Service.

Monroe hosts the River Raisin Jazz Festival – the largest free festival in southeastern Michigan, and the “coolest” place to be in August. The festival is held at St. Mary’s Park, on the banks of the historic River Raisin, just a stone’s throw from the General George A. Custer Equestrian Monument—which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Quaint shops, restaurants and cafes, historic neighborhoods, and an eclectic mix of architecture are only part of Monroe’s unique charm. The city, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, and community partners recently christened the River Raisin Heritage Trail connecting the William C. Sterling State Park to the River Raisin Battlefield National Park – unique to say the least.

See the "Events" tab at the top of the site to for a listing of specific events and their respective dates.

arthur Lesow community Center

120 Eastchester St., Monroe, 241-4313. Gymnasium, weight room, game room, kitchen, showers, classrooms, meeting rooms. Programs include boxing, youth leagues, Kids Club. Opens at noon Mondays through Saturdays.

Bounce Mania

Inside Monroe Multi-Sports Complex, 333 N. Dixie Hwy., Monroe, 242-1300. Inflatable party and play zone open Fridays through Sundays. monroemultisports.com

Calder Dairy Farm

9334 Finzel Rd., Carleton, 654-2622. Working farm, dairy and country store serving farm-style ice cream. Walk-in visitors welcome from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tours by appointment, includes ice cream, hayride and a chance to feed a calf a bottle and milk a cow. Open year round for non-guided tours also. Admission and parking are free.

Crosswinds Marsh Wetlands Interpretive Center

27600 Haggerty Rd., New Boston, 261-1990 Variety of wetlands habitats in a 1,050-acre preserve. Trails available for hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing. Interpretive programs available for groups. Picnic area. Canoe rental available but no personal watercraft allowed. Park open during daylight hours. No entrance fee or parking permit.

Francis Family YMCA

2000 W. Dean Rd., Temperance, 850-9622. Indoor six-lane swimming pool, family leisure pool, fitness center, teen center, climbing wall, gymnasium, aerobic studio, KidZone and Adventure Center, physical therapy and rehabilitation center, chapel, locker rooms. Open daily.

La-Z-Boy Center at Monroe County Community College

1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe, 242-7300. Houses Meyer Theater. Venue for performing arts such as plays, dance productions, concerts, films and other special events.

Monroe County Chamber of Commerce

1645 N. Dixie Hwy., Suite 2, Monroe, 384-3366. Monroe County business directory and business referrals available. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

Monroe County Convention & Tourism Bureau

103 W. Front St., Monroe, 457-1030. Tourism information, coloring books about Monroe County, wireless Internet in office for visitors, online event calendar.

Monroe Family YMCA

1111 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, 241-2606. Indoor six-lane pool, two gymnasiums, wellness center, strength-training equipment, weight room, racquetball, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, bike path, locker rooms, playground, inflatables, game room. Birthday party and other rentals available. Open daily; closed most holidays.

Monroe Multi-Sports Complex

333 N. Dixie Hwy., Monroe,
242-1300. Public ice skating, learn to skate, youth and adult ice hockey, youth and adult soccer, adult flag football, and dodgeball. Can be rented for parties or special events.

Monroe Riverwalk

Concrete walkway along the edge of the River Raisin in Monroe from the Martin Luther King Jr. Pedestrian Bridge off W. Front St. to the Veterans Parking Lot just east of S. Macomb St. Benches along the way, small park.

River Raisin Centre for the Arts

114 S. Monroe St., Monroe, 242-7722. Restored Art Deco theater, venue for national and local live productions. Seasonal subscriber series offered for variety of entertainment events. Also offers educational programs, such as dance and theater classes.

River Raisin Heritage Trail

Greenways trail that connects Sterling State Park, the Ford Marsh located within the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, the newly designated River Raisin National Battlefield Park and downtown Monroe.

WMIM–My 98.3 FM  

14 S. Monroe St, 242-6600. Also 3225 Arlington Ave., Toledo. Tours by reservation. Elementary-age children in groups of 10 accompanied by adults recommended. Free. my983.com

 

Orchards/farms/corn mazes

Everything from fruits and vegetables to flowers and evergreens are available at “pick your own” farms and orchards in Monroe County. It’s best to call ahead because dates and availability of fruits and vegetables may vary with the weather.

Albring Farms & Greenhouse

11112 Crabb Rd., Temperance, 854-5580. Flowers, perennials, annuals, bushes, vegetables.

Apple Charlie’s

38035 S. Huron Rd., New Boston, 753-9380. Peaches, apples, cider mill, doughnuts, animal farm, hayrides, country store. Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. August through October; 8 a.m.-dark November and December.

Bennett’s Orchard

5647 Consear Rd., Ottawa Lake, 854-2523. Family business offering apples, fresh cider, mums, pumpkins, gourds, straw, cornstalks, peaches, country store, jams and jellies, popcorn, honey. Open July through October; call for hours.

BJ Farm

9774 Secor Rd. at Erie Rd., Temperance, 856-6740. Open mid-September to Halloween, providing varieties of pre-picked pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks and straw. The family-oriented entertainment includes a corn maze for smaller children, a straw tunnel, a spook house for small children and character cutouts for taking photos.

Bliss Nursery

13437 Todd Rd., Ida, 269-2346. Four miles south of Ida near Secor Rd. The family-owned business usually opens in April and sells seasonal goods, plants, nursery stock, vegetables.

Calder Dairy Farm

9334 Finzel Rd., Carleton, 654-2622. Since 1946. Working farm, dairy, country store, ice cream parlor. Store open 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. Walk-in visitors welcome; calf feeding at 3 p.m., milking at 4 p.m. daily. Tours available by appointment.

Charter Farms

12140 Ida Center Rd., Ida, 269-6297. Open late May through October, offering seasonal produce ranging from asparagus early to pumpkins late. Sweet corn and tomatoes are specialties. Call or visit Web site for hours and crop availability.

Clark’s Greenhouse and Farm

7816 Todd Rd., Temperance, 269-6471. Four miles south of Ida, quarter mile east of Lewis Ave. Open April 1 through mid-July for bedding plants and from mid-September through November for produce. The family-run business has been operating for more than 60 years.

Crots’ Corn Maze

4800 W. Temperance Rd., Ottawa Lake, 856-7183. Forty acres, 2.5 miles of paths. Open mid September through October, 11 a.m. to dark Saturdays , 1 p.m. to dark Sundays. Refreshments available in store.

Dundee Farmers Market

Tecumseh St. (M-50) near Barnum St. Open 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays May 21 through mid-October.

Erie Orchards and Cider Mill

1235 Erie Rd., Erie, 848-4518. West of S. Telegraph Rd. Open July through December, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. Peaches, blueberries, apples, pumpkins, fritters, doughnuts, pies, caramel apples, sweet cider, straw, Indian corn, animal center, fall hayrides. Weekday tours available. Weekend special events September and October. Christmas trees November and December.

Farmer Charley’s Corn Maze Adventures

6421 N. Stony Creek Rd, Monroe, 240-0825. Three corn mazes, pumpkins, hay rides, country store, barnyard friends. Open Sept. 1 through October, 4-10 p.m. Thursdays, 4 -11 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays.

Farmer J’s Corn Maze

16405 Pherdun Rd, Dundee, 216-6230. Located just north of Cabela’s. Corn maze is open late August through October, 5- 9 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Group rates for 25 or more people.

Fun Acres Corn Maze and Family Fun Time

11665 Haggerman Rd., South Rockwood, 934-6532. Open September and October. Ten-acre corn maze, corn cannon, petting farm, duck races, kids’ activity area, hayrides, doughnuts and cider, hayrides. Group reservations for 20 or more.

Grodi Farm and Greenhouse

2917 E. Erie Rd., Erie, 848-2257. Perennials, flowers and produce stand, mid July-frost. Greenhouses open mid April through frost.

Gust Brothers Pumpkin Farms

13639 Mulberry Rd., Ottawa Lake, (517) 486-2237. U-pick pumpkins, gourds, squash, Amish jams, apples, potted mums, barnyard animals, weekend hayrides. Open mid-September through Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to dark.

Harnica Kids’ Pumpkins

12406 Bigelow Rd., Dundee, 529-2122. Open in October only, dawn to dusk seven days a week. Pumpkins, squash, various gourds, corn stalks. Specializing in giant pumpkins.

Heck of a Corn Maze

4309 W. Albain Rd., Monroe, 243-1790. Just west of S. Telegraph Rd. 8-plus acre corn maze. Open mid-September-October, 5-11 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-11-p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays.

Houpt’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

19929 Tecumseh Rd (M-50), Dundee, 529-3371. Five miles west of Dundee and Cabela’s on M-50. Two-acre corn maze, u-pick pumpkins, cider and doughnuts, winter squash, gourds, corn stalks , straw bales, mums, weekend hayrides, petting farm, kids’ haunted house. Open late September through October. 10 a.m. to dusk.

J. Webb Farm

4262 Post Rd., Newport, 586-7605 or 652-4287. Seven-generation, centennial family grain and livestock farm. Fall produce including Indian corn, gourds, squash, pumpkins. Corn mazes, hayrides, bonfires, farm animals, private shelter area, free children’s activities. Open to the public Fridays through Sundays September and October. Discounted group rates.

Kreps Apple Barn

12500 Minx Rd., LaSalle (between Stein and Woods Rds.), 777-8159.

Matthes Evergreen Farm

13416 Lulu Rd., Ida, 269-2668. Farm and bluebird tours, spring to fall by appointment; fall hayrides. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily Friday after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve for cut-your-own, pre-cut and balled Christmas trees. Petting zoo, kitchen and crafters in heated barn.

Milan Farmers Market

Original Gravity parking lot, 440 County St., Milan. Open 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Monroe Farmer’s Market

20 E. Willow St., Monroe. Behind Big Boy restaurant. Monroe County growers sell fruits, vegetables and flowers. Open 6 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Saturdays during summer,  Saturdays only rest of the year.

Parran’s Greenhouse and Farm Market  

5355 Secor Rd., Ida, 269-3610. Opens in spring with bedding plants and strawberries.  Plants, fresh fruits and vegetables, pumpkins, fall decorations, Christmas poinsettias. Also store at 1144 W. Front St., Monroe, 384-8844.

Steuwe Farms

7926 Sylvania-Petersburg Rd., Petersburg, 279-2892. Raspberries, strawberries. Crops are usually available in June, July, September, October. Call for picking times.

Talladay Farms

6270 Judd Rd., Milan, 645-1791. Open September and October. Twenty-five acre corn maze. A second, haunted maze is open Fridays and Saturdays in October only. 6-10 p.m. Fridays, 1-10 p.m. Saturday,1-6 p.m. Sunday.

Temperance Farmers Market

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church parking lot, 9144 Lewis Ave., Temperance. Open 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays June through September.

Trabbic Family Farm

1560 E. Sterns Rd., Erie, 848-4049. Open Sept. 25-Oct. 31, seven days a week. Pumpkins, apples, straw, cornstalks, squash, corn maze, straw maze, pumpkin train rides, pony rides, country store, weekend hayrides.

Uncle Sam’s Corn Maze

At All American Novelties, 6263 Sterns Rd., Ottawa Lake, 854-3752. Just off US-23. Three corn mazes, pumpkin patch, fun kids’ zone. Open late August through October, 4
10 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 4-11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays.

U-Pick Blueberries

15682 Albain Rd., Petersburg, 279-2308. Blueberries (no pesticides). Call before coming.

Vogt’s Greenhouse and Nursery ­

6855 Geiger Rd., Ida, 269-6362. Flats and hanging baskets. Open Mondays through Saturdays.

Wasem Fruit Farm ­

6580 Judd Rd., Milan, 482-2342. Pick-your-own orchard, farm market, cider mill, doughnuts. Tart cherries in late June-July, apples September-November, plums in early September, raspberries September-October, pumpkins in October.

Whittaker Berry Farm

6724 Todd Rd., LaSalle, 269-6612. U-pick and already picked strawberries and raspberries. Strawberry season starts in June; red raspberry season starts in late August. Open 8 a.m.-8 pm. Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.

Calder Dairy

A Visit to Calder Dairy

YMCA

Pilates at the YMCA in Monroe

Pumpkins

Picking pumpkins