By Jennifer Posh
Autumn is a magical time in Wisconsin, with crisp air and beautiful fall colors transforming the landscape.
The Greater Milwaukee area is filled with farms, parks and other scenic places to enjoy the fall. These autumn classics are just a short drive away from downtown, so you can enjoy rustic fall fun and the excitement of the city in the same trip!
Apple-picking, hayrides, train rides and more await your family at this charming farm. Take a break from filling a peck to warm up with fresh cider donuts in the donut shack.
In the store, you’ll find tasty treats like cider-baked ham, cheese, sausages and the famous “apple pie baked in a paper bag,” named the best pie in America by The Wall Street Journal, Food Network, Gourmet and everyone who’s tasted it!
Located on the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, this nature center is the perfect place to see how autumn comes to Wisconsin with six miles of trails through forests, wetlands, prairies, ravines, bluffs and Lake Michigan shoreline.
The 60-foot observation tower provides a stunning view of fall colors, and weekly educational events (including the popular raptor programs) are fun for the whole family.
The scenic drive to this Catholic shrine is an autumn favorite for locals and visitors alike, perfect for leaf-peeping.
It takes some extra effort to climb the 178 stairs of the basilica’s scenic tower, but the breathtaking view from the top is worth it. The tower is open through the end of October.
This farm offers more than 2,000 varieties of perennials and annuals for sale, but at this time of year, the spotlight is on unique and beautiful squashes and gourds.
In the shop, you’ll also find antiques, art and other giftables.
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