Ready to add a few more adventures to your fall bucket list? Autumn in Wisconsin is short and sweet, and swiftly progressing color means every weekend counts. Head out and enjoy the best of the season with our favorite fall activities!
Ride the Rails
Wind your way through a forest of fall color with a ride on one of Wisconsin’s historic trains. Each season, rail lines around the state show Wisconsin dressed in its autumn best on scenery tours and themed rides, like Mid-Continent Railway’s Pumpkin Special, where riders hop off to pick pumpkins halfway though their journey.
Wondering if there’s a train near you? Check out these 5 Scenic Fall Train Rides in Wisconsin.
Pick Fresh Apples
Honeycrisp, Red Delicious, Gala, Granny Smith…whichever your favorite, pick it straight from the source at a Wisconsin orchard. You may come for fresh apples, but you’ll stay for the bounty of fall fun happening around the farm – hayrides, cider tastings, corn mazes and a whole bunch of apple-filled treats are all commonly found on site.
Find your filling for the perfect apple pie at these 5 Great Orchards to Visit This Fall.
Cruise Through Fall Colors
Experience fall color from comfort of your car on a ride along one of Wisconsin’s many scenic driving routes. The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the state’s western edge along the Mississippi River bluffs, Highways 42 and 57 in Door County give drivers a front row seat to changing color on the Lake Michigan shoreline, and an entire network of rustic roads crisscross the state in between, revealing the best of fall color off the beaten path.
If you hear a strange creak in the floorboards, or feel a soft breeze on the back of your neck…it’s probably just the wind. But if you feel that breeze while on the Dells Ghost Boat or a Door County Trolley Ghost Tour – well, in that case, we can’t say for sure. Fall is the perfect time of year to explore the spooky side of Wisconsin’s history on a tour through the state’s haunted hideouts.
Legend says there’s a few guests that never checked out of some of Wisconsin’s haunted hotels – but you’ll have to stay to see for yourself.
Tour Cranberry Country
Odds are, your cranberry juice came from Wisconsin. As did your cranberry sauce, and your cranberry trail mix, because Wisconsin is the country’s largest producer of these sweet, tart little berries. Fall is cranberry season, and this year’s harvest is on full display in bogs throughout Central Wisconsin’s cranberry country. Visitors can tour family bogs and learn more about the fruit at the Cranberry Discovery Center.
For tips on touring and tasting all things cranberry, don’t miss these Four Stops along the Wisconsin Cranberry Trail!
Raise your stein to good times when you celebrate a traditional Oktoberfest! German heritage runs deep in Wisconsin, and each year we embrace it by donning a dirndl, strapping on lederhosen and shouting “Prost!” with friends and neighbors. Follow the smell of fresh brats and come prepared to polka – we’ll save you a spot in the biergarten.
Dine at Supper Club
Dinner at a supper club: cozy any time of year, but extra cozy in the fall. Settle in for an Old Fashioned and Friday fish fry at one of many classic supper clubs around the state – try Timmer’s Resort for fireside dining, Greenwood Supper Club for towering dessert drinks and Toby’s for their homemade cinnamon rolls.
For a journey that just as charming as the destination, visit these 5 Supper Clubs Along Beautiful Fall Drives.
Sip an Autumn Brew
Wisconsin’s breweries and cideries are mixing up something special for the fall season – and now’s your chance to get it before it’s gone! Beer drinkers wait all year for a taste of New Glarus Staghorn and Capital Brewery’s Oktoberfest, and local favorites like Lakefront Brewery’s Pumpkin Lager and Sand Creek’s Hard Cranberry Lemonade (made with Wisconsin cranberry juice) round out an already stacked list of fall-flavored brews.
Can’t choose just one? Try a little bit of everything at these 8 Great Fall Beer and Wine Festivals.
Explore on Two Feet
Fresh air and fall color – a match made in Wisconsin. Keep it simple with a hike, bike or paddle through autumn woods; Wyalusing, Willow River and High Cliff state parks each boast gorgeous color views from their trails and waterways.
Keep your camera at the ready on these Fall Hikes with Picture-Perfect Views.
Soak Up Small Town Charm
A gentle breeze, a hot drink and a quiet stroll down leaf-strewn sidewalks: this is fall in small-town Wisconsin. Find Hallmark-level charm in the quaint cafes and local shops of towns like Cedarburg, Mineral Point and Sister Bay, where stresses feel a little lighter and the clock moves a little slower.
Whether you’re a foodie, an art-lover or an outdoor adventurer, find your fall escape on a getaway to Door County.