17 Ways to Fall in Love with Autumn in Wisconsin


1. Rustic roads and changing leaves: There are 100+ stunning rustic routes to experience in Wisconsin during the fall. Check out our Fall Color Tour Guide:  Fall Color Guide
2. Barn tours: Round up the kids, hit the back roads and enjoy some of Wisconsin’s most beautiful rustic barns set against a brilliantly colorful backdrop.

3. Fall daytrips:  Done the tour by car? Head off the beaten path and take in Wisconsin’s gorgeous fall colors by boat or bike or on foot.

4. Backyard bonfires:  Bonfires may be a year-round leisure here in Wisconsin but there’s just something different about bonfires during the fall.

5. Beer and brats:  Summer barbecues are popular in Wisconsin but grill-outs are still very much a pastime in the fall.

6. Boots, jeans and hoodies:  Wisconsin fashion to be at its best during the fall. Warm, comfy and hassle-free outfits.

7. Hunting and fishing:  Outdoor sportsmen are tuning their bows, trapshooting, and hitting the less-crowded lakes, where the fish bite all day in the fall.

8. Crisp, cool weather:  If you find the word “cool” unsettling, think of it this way: less humidity.

9. Apple Orchards:  Fall’s true mascot, apple orchards provide a wonderful place for kids and kids at heart to enjoy an autumn hayride together, sip some warm apple cider and of course, pick a bucketful of Honey-crisps.

10. Open windows: A light breeze means we can keep our windows open during the fall here in Wisconsin. Just make sure to have a few warm blankets on hand.

11. Pumpkin patches:  Search for the perfect pumpkin at one of Wisconsin’s many pumpkin patches.

12. Tundra swans and Canadian Geese:  Nature is abundant year round in Wisconsin but fall brings us a different set of visitors: Tundra swans and Canada Geese overtake the Badger State during the autumn months.

13. Corn mazes:  Grab a sweatshirt, a decent navigational companion and get lost together at one of Wisconsin’s farm corn mazes.

14. Fall festivals:  Summer is fantastic for festivals but fall just might be the party season in Wisconsin.

15. The food: Ripe cherries, caramel apples, beer cheese soup and pumpkin-flavored everything. (And that’s just a slice of what Wisconsin offers on its fall menu!)

16. The smell: Falling leaves, Maple trees, fresh air and warm apple pie

17. Football:  The unofficial sport of Wisconsin: football! Fields and stadiums across the state light up every Friday night for hometown games. And I love seeing fans gather at local bars and restaurants– adorned in Bucky wear and cheeseheads – to cheer on the Badgers and Packers each weekend.