Travel Wisconsin: Outdoor Fall Activities


Pumpkin Patches

It’s not fall without a stop at a local farm for pumpkin picking. Treinen Farms in Lodi has a lot of family-friendly seasonal activities.

  • Guests can hop on a wagon pulled by Belgian draft horses to the farm’s 14 acres of pumpkin patches. They have 15 different varieties of to choose from.
    • The pumpkin patch is open through the end of October.
  • The corn maze at Treinen Farms is one of the largest in Wisconsin and was named one of the best fall corn mazes by readers of USAToday.
    • This year’s theme is “The Elephant’s Child.” The maze comes with a fragmented map, meaning you need to find mailboxes within the maze to get the next section of the map.
    • The maze is open through the second weekend in November.
  • Families can also time their visit for a fall hay ride, shoot off a pumpkin with a slingshot, meet the farm animals and play in a hay fort.   


Apple Orchards & Festivals

Gays Mills is the Apple Capital of Wisconsin. Farmers discovered in the early 1900s the conditions on either side of the Kickapoo River offered excellent conditions for apple growing.

Today, there are ten orchards lined up on a five mile stretch on County Hwy 171 between Gays Mills and Rolling Ground.

  • This year marks the 60th annual Apple Festival in Gays Mills.
    • Visitors can celebrate the apple harvest with parades, carnivals, arts & craft flea markets, live music and a fun run/walk.
  • The festival takes place Sept. 28-30.


Bayfield is home to the city’s popular Apple Festival. It has been hailed as one of the country’s 10 best fall harvest festivals by USA Today.

  • This year’s festival is being held Oct. 5-7.
  • More than 50,000 people travel to downtown Bayfield to celebrate the season with everything from apple pies to apple brats to the classic caramel apple.
    • The Grand Parade featuring a Mass Band of 400 musicians playing the On Wisconsin fight song.


Farmers’ Markets

Farmers markets are still going strong in the fall as the produce switches to fall favorites like apples and squash.

The Dane County Farmer’s Market wraps around the Capitol Square in downtown Madison. It’s the largest producer-only market in the nation.

  • This year the market runs through Saturday, Nov. 10.
  • Shoppers can find fresh seasonal vegetables, flowers, and specialty products from nearly 300 vendors throughout the season – more than 160 vendors attend every Saturday.
  • Just off the square, visitors can browse hand-crafted goods like jewelry, clothing, ceramics and artwork. 

Kristina Levan with Travel Wisconsin was a guest on Wisconsin's Afternoon News. Listen to the conversation above.

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