7 amazing things to do in Wisconsin in the fall

Playful young hiker throwing autumn leaves in the air in the colorful forest and embracing the nature

Wisconsin is a great place to explore when fall is in full swing. The dramatic transformation of the state’s sprawling verdant landscapes to radiant patches of crimson and scarlet is a sight to behold.

Make the most of the unforgettable views and experiences that the Badger State has to offer during this picture-perfect season. Here are seven Wisconsin vacation ideas to add to your fall itineraries:

Take a picturesque road trip or two

Looking for the quickest way to bask in Wisconsin’s golden autumn glow? Just hop in the car and hit the road.

Well-known Northern Wisconsin thoroughfares like the Wisconsin Lake Superior Scenic Byway, Door County Coastal Byway, and the Nicolet-Wolf River Scenic Byway are among the best scenic routes to take if you live near or are visiting the Bayfield Peninsula area.

The entire state also boasts of 119 designated rustic roads that showcase the crimson autumn hues. Wisconsin’s Department of Tourism even helps you keep track of where to find the most vivid autumn hues across the state. Just check this online Fall Color Report to see where you should go next.

See the sights of the season aboard a historic Wisconsin train

For a different kind of sight-seeing joy ride, Wisconsin’s rail lines offer memorable alternatives. The Mid-Continent Railway in North Freedom, for example, offers a seasonal Pumpkin Special. The trip stops midway to allow guests to pick the perfect pumpkins for their Halloween needs.

Other rail services worth checking out for a fall tour include the kid-friendly Riverside & Great Northern Railway in Wisconsin Dells, the historic Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway, and the Spooner-based Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad’s charming doodlebug (self-propelled railcar) called Madeline.

Experience hiking trails and state parks with a unique backdrop

Exploring the great outdoors on foot is one of the most satisfying ways to experience fall in Wisconsin. With so many open, natural spaces to choose from, there is always something new and different every year.

Copper Falls State Park in Mellen, WI is an outstanding example. The ancient lava flows, rushing gorges, and stunning waterfalls along the Bad River and Taylor Forks make Copper Falls one of Wisconsin’s most scenic parks.

You can also head to St. Peters Dome in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to marvel at the scarlet and golden treetops stretching out to the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands.

Get the freshest picks from a local apple orchard

Apple-picking is a beloved all-ages activity in Wisconsin in the fall. What started out as a treat for local kids has become a yearly tradition that entire families eagerly anticipate.

Erickson’s Orchards and Hauser’s Superior View Farm in Bayfield are quick stops for this unique seasonal experience in the northwestern part of the state. Be sure to sample Erikson’s popular apple cider doughnut when you visit.

Bayfield also stages an annual three-day Apple Festival every October, gathering the best produce from approximately 15 local orchards. Mark your calendars each year for this core event.

Bring the family to a pumpkin patch or corn maze

What is fall without the eager anticipation for Halloween? In Wisconsin, the abundance of local farms makes searching for the perfect pumpkins a yearly adventure that everyone looks forward to.

For residents of Northwest Wisconsin, a notable destination includes Mommsen’s Produce Patch in Rice Lake, which features jaw-dropping cannons and catapults that launch pumpkins several feet in the air.

The Oulu Corn Maze in Oulu, WI also offers a fall farm experience for the whole family every weekend of October.

Wade knee-deep in cranberries

Aside from apples and pumpkins, cranberries also take the spotlight in Wisconsin during the autumn months. The best place to enjoy all of the cranberry-related festivities is in Warrens, the “Cranberry Capital of Wisconsin.”

In late September every year, this modest village hosts the world’s largest celebration dedicated to cranberries. This three-day event features marsh tours that teaches guests everything there is to learn about Wisconsin’s official state fruit.

Plus, with more than three miles of farm market booths, arts and crafts vendors, and cranberry-based delicacies on sale, this festival is certainly worth the four-hour drive from the Bayfield Peninsula.

Zip over the autumn-tinged canopy

Do you enjoy having an adrenaline rush along with your sight-seeing? Maybe a zip line tour above the dense, autumn-colored tree tops is right up your alley.

For Wisconsinites based in the Bayfield Peninsula, one of the closest destinations for this kind of adventure is the Northwoods Zip Line in Minocqua. Other options located a bit farther include the Door County Adventure Center in Ellison Bay and Wilderness Canyon in Wisconsin Dells.

A similar, but more laid-back overhead sight-seeing experience can be found at Granite Park Ski Area outside Wassau. Their chairlift rides are a great way to see what Rib Mountain looks like right before the snowy ski season begins.

For more unforgettable weekend getaways in Wisconsin this fall season, get recommendations from the local experts at Windseeker Realty and Windseeker Rentals. Contact us today by calling 715.779.5000 or sending an email to Agent(at)WindseekerRealty(dotted)com.