Apple orchards, pumpkin patches, baked goods and hayrides…these are a few of my favorite things. What do they have in common? They can all be found in Wisconsin during fall! Our friends at Something Special from Wisconsin™ have helped us create the ultimate list of ways to enjoy everything this season has to offer. Happy trails!
- Rim’s Edge Orchard
A pick-your-own apple orchard just northwest of Milwaukee, Rim’s Edge Orchard spans 55 acres and offers more than 20 different types of apples, including fan-favorite Honeycrisp, Snow Sweet and Cortland. To top off your fun fall day, pick up some apple cider, honey, maple syrup and, because no stop at the orchard is complete without it, a delicious caramel apple.
- Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center
Did you know that Wisconsin produces 60 percent of the world’s cranberries? Or that Warrens is the Cranberry Capital of Wisconsin? And that Warrens hosts the world’s largest cranberry festival? The Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center provides a unique and entertaining experience for anyone looking to learn about Wisconsin’s cranberry industry, featuring a museum, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor and a gift shop featuring cranberry products from Wisconsin. Cranberries are in season in late September and early October, so this is the perfect fall getaway!
- J. Smith Farms
A third-generation family farm, J. Smith Farms opens its Pumpkin Farm in the fall for families and school groups to enjoy the best autumn activities, including a hayride, corn maze, jumping pillow, petting zoo, baked goods and, of course, pumpkins perfect for pies, carving, and decorating.
- Rainbow Ridge Farms
While Rainbow Ridge features a variety of farm favorites, this Coulee Region farm and bed a breakfast offers a must-see pumpkin patch. Starting on September 30, Rainbow Ridge Pumpkin Patch will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, offering hay rides, games, crafts, and a farm store. If you’re not yet convinced, they’ve been voted the second best place to take children to by Midwest Living.
- Creek Bed Country Farmacy
Are you up for the challenge of Wisconsin’s Largest Corn Maze? Visit Creek Bed Country Farmacy for 18 acres of twists and turns, as well as hay rides, a pumpkin patch full of pumpkins, gourds and squash (not to mention a pumpkin slingshot), plenty of family-friendly activities, and a gift shop.
- Apple Holler
With a pick-your-own orchard featuring apples, pears and pumpkins, as well as a selection of delicious bakery and deli items, unique gifts and an on-site restaurant, Apple Holler really has it all when it comes to fall fun. Enjoy hay rides and outdoor attractions at the Family Farm Park, and then enjoy a home-style meal in a cozy setting.
Which of these fall fun destinations have been your favorite? Share with us on social media using #discoverwisconsin.
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Kristen Finstad is a member of the Discover Wisconsin crew. Having grown up in River Falls, attending UW-Stevens Point and now living in Madison, she’s a Wisconsin girl through and through. Watch Discover Wisconsin TV Saturday mornings at 10 on Fox Sports Wisconsin. (Twitter: @DiscoverWI)