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5 Ways Make the Most of Fall in the Fox Cities

Although we’re experiencing warmer than normal temps for September, Fall is still fast approaching and people are gearing up for sweater weather, football season, apple-picking, pumpkin patches and all things fall. We've put together a little list of ways to make the most of your fall in the Fox Cities!

Farm Markets
Many of our area farm markets run through October. It's the perfect time to check out new fall crafts, fresh in-season produce and enjoy the tastes of fall! Click here to see a full list of farm markets in our area.

Orchards and Pumpkin Patches 

Visit an orchard for fresh local apples and have even more fall fun with a visit to our local farms for pumpkins and traditional fall activities.

Sprangers Orchard

Mulberry Lane Farm, Hilbert: Visit for their Pumpkin Harvest Celebration mid-September through October. Pick a FREE pumpkin, and while you're there take some time to ride a pony, play with a pig, pet a goat, take a hayride and have some fun of the farm!

Cuff Farms, Hortonville: Corn maze, straw bale maze, combine slide, corn pool, farm play rooms, duck racer, and rock n' rollers. Take their pumpkin ride for $10 per person (2 and under free), it includes one large pumpkin, two mini pumpkins, two gourds, and two pieces of corn, all picked by you! They also have fall food and craft items, corn stalks and more!

Meuer Farm, Chilton: Take short drive outside the Fox Cities and test your corn maze skills. They feature the area’s largest corn maze and plenty of other great fall activities.


Enjoy the fall colors at High Cliff State Park. With trails for any skill level. Take a leisurely walk or hike a more challenging trail, enjoy the views of Lake Winnebago or visit the old Lime Kiln Ruins. Best time for peak fall colors is late September to mid-October.

Experience fall colors from the water with a relaxing paddle on the Fox River. While most think of kayaking as a summer activity, October is still a beautiful time to head out (dressed accordingly of course). The Recyclist Bicycle Co. in Appleton offers kayak rentals and can give route suggestions. Fox River Kayaking Company offers guided tours and rental options. Keep in mind the Fox River lock system closes this time of year so be sure to plan your route accordingly.

For a list of other great nature spots for fall colors, click here

Attend Fall Events

43rd Annual Greenville Fall Craft Fair: Held at Greenville Lions Park on Sunday, October 1. You'll find everything from homemade crafts and bakery to fresh seasonal produce and some fall food favorites.

Downtown Appleton Annual Soup Walk: Spend the afternoon in Downtown Appleton on Saturday October 21 for their annual soup walk. Stop at participating downtown restaurants to taste their soups and vote for your favorite! Tickets go on sale October 1 and quantities limited so don't wait!

Romp in the Autumn Swamp: Head out to Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve October 21 and celebrate the season with a hay-ride, trick-or-treat trail, Halloween games, and more!

Downtown Appleton Fall Into Fashion Ladies Day -  Grab your girls and head to Downtown Appleton on Saturday, October 14 for ladies’ day! Enjoy a fall fashion show, pastry breakfast, door prizes and goody bag with special discounts, then explore the 60+ shops and 70+ pubs & restaurants you’ll find downtown!

Pumpkin Hayrides at Cavanaugh Carriages: Take a family fun hayride through tthe woods, pick a pumpkin and visit their farm animals. Visit at night for thier haunted hayridefor some spooky fun in the woods.

Get in the Halloween Spirit with some Spooky Family Fun

Halloween Campground Walk: Visit High Cliff State Park on October 21 for trick-or-treating throughout the parks campground! Open to the public but vehicle admission is required.

Neenah's Farm Market Boo Fest: Neenah's last farm market on October 21 will be hauntingly fun! With a costume contest, trick-or-treating, and activities for the whole family, it will be a Boo-tastic event you won't want to miss!

YMCA Freeky 5k - The run/walk event where costumes are encouraged! Enter to win the costume contest, all participants receive a Halloween goodie bag. Register by October 28.

Creepy Crawlies Halloween : Make plans to head out to Heckrodt Wetland Reserve in Menasha on October 6-7. Enjoy hayrides, kids crafts, live owl interactions and haunted trail! Fun for kids of all ages! Advance registration encouraged.

Haunted Hearthstone: Take a tour through the Hearthstone Historic House Museum and explore the Victorian customs of death, the supernatural, and mysticism. Tours will be every Friday night through October from 6-8pm. On October 28 they will have an extended haunted tour from 8:30-10:30pm where you'll get a glimpse of Hearthstone's ghostly past.

Posted on September 27, 2017 at 09:34

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