By Jeniece Smith
You and the whole family will have a ball this fall at these Wisconsin farms, offering apple orchards, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hayrides, autumn treats, and plenty of fun for kids and kids at heart alike.
Check out some of our favorite farm stops across the state!
If fall means apples to you and yours, plan a stop at this family owned fruit farm along one of Wisconsin’s prettiest fall drives – the Great River Road. You’ll find 20 varieties of apples, with handicap-accessible John Deere “train” Honeycrisp Express ready to shuttle you through the rows.
Nature-loving kids will enjoy seeing bees at work in an observational hive. The grownups will like the on-site Hog’s Back Brew Farm serving craft beers.
In addition to apples and pears in the fall, Ecker’s offers morel mushrooms in the spring and blueberries in the summer. Be sure to stop by the orchard store and pick up some cider and apple pie. Check out even more great Wisconsin apple orchards for fun fall visits!
Games galore await adventurous kids (and adults, too) at Polly’s, from wandering a 15-acre corn maze with a hidden snack stand inside to bowling with pumpkins and shooting corn cobs from cannons. Saturday and Sunday mean hot sandwiches and pizza in the farm market shop, which specializes in Door County goods and other local products, along with crafts and gardening supplies.
Take a tractor-drawn wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch to pick your own, and don’t miss the barnyard animals or 40-foot slide! If you love all things pumpkin, browse even more patches and gourd-themed fun in Wisconsin.
You can pick your own apples or pumpkins at Apple Holler, but this Sturtevant institution is much more than a farm, with an on-site restaurant, bakery, store and even a dinner theatre! Kids have a menu, seasonal programs and shows just for them, along with fun activities like a farm park (don’t miss the “Golden Goat Bridge!”), gemstone and fossil panning, and pedal cart races.
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With dozens of activities to pick from, highlights include face painting, mini golf, long slides that send you underground, a haunted granary and a chance to compete in the Pumpkin Olympics! Have burgers and ice cream at the Stagecoach Café, and visit the Apple Kitchen for fresh donuts and caramel apples.
A tractor-drawn hayride to the pumpkin patch will lead you to a variety of choices, from orange to white to pink! The can’t-miss event is the Waldvogel Express, a tractor outfitted to look like a real locomotive, which will take you on a tour of this working family farm.
If your little ones love all things trains, consider these fall color rides on the rails!
You can milk a cow, fire a pumpkin from a slingshot or play in a corn sandbox at Treinen. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride to the 14-acre pumpkin patch, where more than 15 varieties are ripe for the picking.
And as for the maze, the other headlining attraction? This is one you won't want to miss, as it was named one of America’s top corn mazes by USA TODAY!
Explore more corn mazes in Wisconsin and find a place to get lost near you.