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.