Top 20 Things to do this Fall in WisconsinTop 20 Things to do this Fall in Wisconsin

Whether your vibe is more brews and boos or pumpkin spice, fall in Wisconsin offers so many options.

It’s finally October which in Wisconsin, and there’s plenty to do and more than enough to celebrate. So, we’ve gathered this list of our favorite things to do this fall!

Go apple picking

It’s apple season! That means it’s time for you to pick your favorite apples straight from the source. Apples are generally ready for picking in mid-September, with most orchards staying open through October. Knowing where to pick apples in Wisconsin can make all the difference in just how much fun you have doing it. So, grab your best buddy and get picking.

Cheer on your favorite team

Fall in Wisconsin means it’s football season. Roughly a 2-hour drive from Milwaukee, fans can experience Lambeau Field and cheer on the Green Bay Packers. Getting to the game early, fans can tailgate or walk around Titletown. Trust me, a Packers game does not disappoint.

Walk through a haunted house

Fall is Halloween season, which means haunted houses are open. If you’re in the mood to get scared, there are many haunted options in Wisconsin. Not all the attractions are houses either; there are corn mazes, trails, and even abandoned warehouses. Grab a group of friends and find the scariest houses near you.

Go hiking at a state park

Fall is the perfect time to go hiking at Wisconsin’s beautiful state parks. Bring a picnic and make it a day trip. State parks are throughout the state, some of our favorites are Devil’s Lake, Newport State Park, and Kohler-Andrae.

Pick some pumpkins

It’s fall, so of course, we had to include pumpkins. There are plenty of places to pick pumpkins in Wisconsin, but Waldvogel’s Farm in Juneau claims to be Wisconsin’s biggest, with more than 60 attractions to go along with its pumpkin patch. Wherever you go, don’t get lost in the corn maze.

Visit Holy Hill

If you love history and amazing views check out Holy Hill. It is located in Hubertus with glorious scenery on the highest elevation in Southeastern Wisconsin. Holy Hill is a destination for those looking to celebrate their faith in a place of beauty and peace. It is open to the public and fall is the best time to visit.

Visit Door County

Door County is the perfect place for fall activities. There are many activities such as hiking, kayaking, shopping, and sightseeing. There is also Door County Trolly that offers wine tours, scenic tours, ghost tours, and more. You really can’t go wrong during a weekend visit to Door County.

Go on a brewery tour

For those old enough, brewery tours are a fun way to learn about beer and taste some samples. Tours are fun for everyone, as many places offer non-alcoholic options for non-drinkers and youth. One of our local favorites is Sprecher Brewing Co. Sprecher’s tour offers beer tasting as well as a tasting of their cream soda. After the tour, why not check out a local restaurant?

Explore Cave of the Mounds

Did you know you can explore underground caves in Wisconsin? Located 25 miles west of Madison, Cave of the Mounds is a great destination for those looking for a day or weekend trip. Visitors get a tour of the underground cave and learn about the history and geology of the cave.

Take your date to a drive-in movie

Another fun and unique fall idea is going to see a movie at a drive-in. While not many are left in the state, they offer a fun experience underneath the stars. You can bring some movie snacks or buy that classic movie popcorn there. Who wouldn’t love to see their favorite movie from the comfort of their own car?

Take a scenic drive

If you’re looking for a more relaxing way to enjoy the beauty of fall, take a scenic drive. You don’t even need to have a final destination, just drive. You might even find some cool things along the way.

Get a thrill at Fright Fest

While not in Wisconsin, Six Flags Great America’s Fright Fest is only an hour’s drive from Milwaukee. If you a fan of thrills and chills, this event is for you. While there you not only get to ride rollercoasters in the dark but will run into ghouls along the way.

Bake a pie

Don’t want to go out? Stay in and bake a pie. Read about the most popular kinds of pie to figure out what to make. Whether alone, with friends, or family, baking is a great way to come together.

— This story is written by Maddie Schueller, content marketing lead for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at

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