Fall is finally here, and you know what that means: vibrant colors, a crisp autumn breeze, time spent with family and friends and a warm slice of apple pie. And what better way to have it all than by getting in the fall spirit with a trip to a Wisconsin apple orchard?
These orchards have so much more than just apple picking — there are fresh bakeries, cider tastings, wineries, hayrides and more for the entire family. Here are seven orchards worth the pick this fall.
Erickson Orchard – Bayfield
A warm, fluffy apple cider doughnut is in your hand and extra sugar is stuck to your lips — that’s when you realize that you’re not dreaming, you’re at the Erickson Orchard near Bayfield. Share one with a sibling, parent, or friend (or each get your own) and enjoy them together with some fresh apple cider straight from the tree. The Erickson bakery has been making these now-popular sweets for decades, earning a well-deserved reputation as having some of the best around.
For an even bigger taste of Northern Wisconsin autumn, plan your visit during the annual Bayfield Apple Festival for an apple-solutely perfect family day including music, a parade, an apple-peeling contest, and the crowning of the Apple Festival Queen.
The Elegant Farmer – Mukwonago
Have you ever tried an Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag? This Mukwonago seasonal staple is worth the hype, and you can even take some home to share with family and friends. People come to the Elegant Farmer for the pie but stay for the lively atmosphere around the orchard: pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, a corn maze, hot sandwiches, pony rides, and tractor-pulled hayrides.
Sunrise Orchards – Gays Mills
Journey to the bluffs of Southwest Wisconsin to find picturesque Sunrise Orchards with over 300 acres of apple trees to pick from. Kids will love the horse-shaped tire swings and lawn bowling and adults will love the Sunrise Apple Slush and local produce stand. There’s even a dog walk park so your furry friends can come along! Be sure to check the orchard’s schedule and stop by for their popular cheese curd weekend and community chili dinner at the end of the season.
Oneida Nation Apple Orchard
Mix fall fun with a meaningful cultural experience you won’t soon forget. The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin purchased this property outside of Green Bay in 1994 in a continuing effort to reunite the Tribe with their land. Since then, it has become a prosperous orchard that both sustains the Tribe and acts as a way to share Oneida culture with visitors. Stop by with friends or family to pick your own apples and tour the traditional longhouse. For extra fun, plan a visit during Oneida Apple fest for a petting zoo, barrel race demonstrations, a cider press, and best apple pie contest.
Apple Holler Family Farm – Sturtevant
This family farm south of Racine is open year-round, but visitors flock in the fall season to pick their own apples, feed the goats, enjoy brandied cherry French toast at the onsite café and spend hours with friends in the Hard Cider Bar and Biergarten. The quintessential farm store, bakery, and restaurant are housed in an old dairy barn and the grounds are so gorgeous they also serve as a popular wedding venue. Spend a perfect fall day with people you love at this ideal autumn escape.
Ferguson’s Orchards – Eau Claire and Galesville
Ferguson’s multiple family-owned orchards and family parks in Eau Claire and Galesville will keep you and your crew entertained for a whole day of autumn adventures. Picking your own apples is just the beginning of the fun here, where other favorite attractions include apple canons, corn mazes, farm animals, giant spinning apple rides, hay pyramids, and much more.
Want to make more memories with family and add to your fall bucket list? Check out the Top Ten Things To Do This Fall in Wisconsin.