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5 Ways Make the Most of Fall in the Fox Cities

*Updated on 9/20/2018

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
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
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
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

Sherwood Fall Fest
October 6 - Wanick Choute Park
Enjoy a fall farm market, live music, kids activites, seasonal brews from Rowland's Calumet Brewing Co. and more! 

44th Annual Greenville Fall Craft Fair
October 7 - Greenville Lions Park
You'll find everything from homemade crafts and bakery to fresh seasonal produce and some fall food favorites.

Neighborhood Beer Garden 
October 12 - Scheels USA Youth Sports Complex, Appleton
Come have some fun with friends, family and neighbors! Enjoy beer, brats, pretzels, live music and more at this authentic German Beer Garden!

Downtown Appleton Annual Soup Walk
October 20 - Downtown Appleton
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
October 27 - Bubolz Nature Preserve
Celebrate the season with a hay-ride, trick-or-treat trail, Halloween games, and more!

Get in the Halloween Spirit with some Spooky Family Fun

Halloween Campground Walk
October 6 - High Cliff State Park
Trick-or-treating throughout the parks campground! Open to the public but vehicle admission is required.

October 20 - Neenah Farm Market
Enjoy 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
October 27 - Pierce Park
The run/walk event where costumes are encouraged! Enter to win the costume contest, all participants receive a Halloween goodie bag!

Creepy Crawlies Halloween
October 5-6 - Heckrodt Nature Reserve
Enjoy hayrides, kids crafts, live owl interactions and haunted trail! Fun for kids of all ages! Advance registration encouraged.

Haunted Hearthstone
October 5, 12, 19 & 26 - Hearthstone Historic House Museum
Take a tour through the Hearthstone Historic House Museum and get a theatrical glimpse into the 19th century beginnings of serial murder investigation through the eyes of victims, detectives, and the perpetrators who stalked them. Features a walk-through tour of Hearthstone, decorated for mourning. Tours will be every Friday night through October from 6-8pm.

For a full list of area events visit FOXCITIES.ORG

Posted on September 27, 2017 at 09:34

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