Hardwood forests ablaze with color, geese on the wing, caramel apples from a roadside stand, barns bursting with the harvest, and everywhere everyone packing some extra fun into the last warm days of the year – that’s fall in Wisconsin.
It’s a delightful time of the year. Make it special for your family and friends by planning a fall outing they’ll never forget.
Families out for the storied “Sunday drive” can enjoy the fall colors and stop at any of more than 150 apple orchards in Wisconsin to purchase a picked-peck, or pick-your-own. And what could be more fall than a pumpkin? Farm fields and roadside stands are ablaze with the orange beauties in all sizes; simply select and carve.
The kids will also love a chance to crack the code of any of a dozen Wisconsin corn mazes. Navigate these tasseled twisters, then enjoy an autumn hayride behind the steady gait of true horse power.
Located on two continental flyways, Wisconsin has an international reputation among birders. Fall brings thousands of migrating tundra swans to refuges on the Mississippi River Flyway, along with scores of other waterfowl species. Along eastern Wisconsin, the Lake Michigan Flyway harbors hundreds of thousands of migrating Canada Geese as they rest and refuel in Wisconsin’s Great Horicon Marsh.
Wisconsin state parks and forests are great places to view the fall color; the ninety-five properties in the system offer more than 600,000 acres of prime viewing. Waterfalls – many in pristine settings – are another popular fall destination. Concentrations of waterfalls in Iron and Marinette Counties in northern Wisconsin add a touch of drama to any autumn outing.
Boat tours are another fun way to get in on fall’s scenic sideshow. Cruise the Apostle Islands in Bayfield, the Mississippi River out of La Crosse, lovely Lake Geneva, or the fabled sandstone bluffs of Wisconsin Dells.
Another fall option is a scenic train ride, complete with special weekend hours and pumpkins for the kids. Go “all aboard” with the Mid-Continent Railway Museum at North Freedom, the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway at Osceola, or the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad at Spooner.
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