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Family Fall Fun

This is a great time of year to enjoy Wisconsin with the whole family

As the temperatures slowly get colder each week, it means we are beginning that transition period from fall to early winter. That makes getting out this time of year really important. It’s your chance to enjoy some of Wisconsin’s great temperatures along with the beautiful colors. You’re able to enjoy numerous activities without the worry of it getting too hot or too cold. That makes it a perfect time for families to get out and enjoy fall with your kids.

My family really enjoys this time of year probably more than any other time. My wife and I know that we won’t have to deal with the issues of overheating or of being too cold. It’s makes family time so much more enjoyable. And there is so many great things to do this time of year. That’s why I want to give you a few ideas of some family fun things to do this fall.

Getting our kids outdoors anytime of year is so important. But the fall season offers some of the best family fun of the year. There are numerous things you can do that will fill your weekend with smiles, laughs and memories.

-Pumpkin Patches

Wisconsin’s rich farming tradition is more than just the corn and soybean fields that you drive by on a daily basis. It also includes all the fruits that grow throughout the state. And pumpkins are a big deal. In fact, I don’t think you can really declare it’s the fall season until you have a pumpkin sitting in your front yard greeting passer-byes. But finding the right pumpkins is really half the fun of fall and Wisconsin’s numerous pumpkin patches throughout the state offer you and your family a chance to go and pick the perfect one. One of the great things about pumpkin patches is the wide variety of ways you can get your pumpkin. When you visit, you’ll more than likely have your choice to pick an already picked pumpkin or you can get your hands dirty and walk the patch to find the perfect pumpkin. And really what kid doesn’t enjoy running through the patch and finding that special pumpkin? And depending on the type of farm you go to, there may be other activities for the kids to go along with picking pumpkins. Things like playgrounds, corn piles, corn mazes and food can make a for a full day at the pumpkin patch.

Apples are one of many different fruits grown in Wisconsin

-Apple Orchards

If picking fruit from the ground really isn’t your thing, then maybe you’ll like the fruit from the tree variety. Apple picking is another fun way to get out and see some of the Wisconsin’s great produce. With so many different varieties of apples to choose from, you’re sure to find the right apple for that delicious pie. There’s usually more activities for the kids to do when you’re done picking. Like petting zoos and play areas and wagon rides. And of course you have to make sure you get some hot apple cider to end your day. It’s really a great time to get out and see what amazing things grow in our state.

-Corn Mazes

Some not all pumpkin patches offer some sort of corn maze. I’m always amazed at how interrogate these mazes can get and how many acres they can cover. Some of the larger ones in the state cover up to 15 acres. No matter the size, corn mazes can make for a fun afternoon and sometimes evening depending on the maze for the family to navigate through. This may not be a great activity for smaller children, but older kids will enjoy the challenge of getting through the maze. And most will offer checkpoints and sometime a scavenger hunt throughout the maze to keep things a little more interesting.

-Haunted House Tours

I’ll admit that this next one isn’t for everyone, in fact I’m not one who would partake in this activity. But for the family filled with thrill seekers this is going to be tops on your list. Believe it or not Wisconsin is full of haunted tells from beyond. From haunted graveyards to designed haunted houses, if you’re into being scared, this is your time of year. There are many different types and tours you can take throughout the state that will give you the thrills and chills you’re looking for. But be advised that some of these attractions have an age limit so make sure you check before you go.

-Trick or Treating

Of course I couldn’t put a list of fun family fall things to do without talking about trick or treating. It’s a right of passage for any kid to walk up to someone’s home and yell out those famous word and be rewarded with sweet treats. It’s a great activity for young and old and it’s a great way to get outdoors, walk a few neighborhoods and see all the Halloween and fall décor.

I realize these are only a few activities that one can do during the fall season and most are starting to wind down. That’s why it’s important to get out and experience them now while you can. Get to as many different fall festivals as you can and experience the fall flavors of Wisconsin. I’ve included a few links to help you get out and choose some events and activities to wrap up the fall season.

Great Resource for Haunted Fun:

Apple Orchards:

Corn Mazes:

Trick or Treating Times:

We are heading into a time period that I like to call seasonal limbo, it’s a time between Halloween and Thanksgiving that most outdoor festivals are over and getting out can be difficult because of the changing weather. That’s why I encourage you to get out now and be one of Wisconsin’s Outdoor Explorers during the peak of fall.

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