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With fall colors peaking, crisp autumn air here, and plenty of places to play, here are five ways to stay active and enjoy the outdoors in the Fox Cities in October.
Put some power to the pedals while learning about the history of hydroelectricity.
The Fox Cities Cycling Association recently released a Hydroelectric History Bicycle Tour, which is a self-guided bike ride route that takes you past hydroelectrical historical sites and the natural beauty of our riverfront region. Our region is steeped in hydroelectric history, powered by the Fox River and generations of innovators who harnessed its power.
This bike route winds past Hearthstone Historic House Museum, which was the first house in the world lit with an Edison Central hydroelectric station and the Waverly House, which was the "first electrically lit hotel in the Middle West," among other original sites.
Take a hike, bike, or ride through layers of fall colors at this one-of-a-kind state park.
High Cliff State Park is known for its awe-inspiring views of Wisconsin's largest inland lake, its miles of adventure-ready trails, and its historic effigy mounds. During September and October, layers of vibrant fall colors bring a whole new beauty to this Fox Cities Original. Hike through the colorful woods; ride horseback on the park's trails; take in a fall sunset; and be inspired by nature.
Paddle our waterways during this changing season.
As the seasons change, so do the views from the water. Put in your kayak or canoe, paddle our waterways, and experience the fall colors from a different perspective.
Get in a few more rounds on the green this season.
Take full advantage of golf season in Wisconsin with a few more rounds with friends or family this fall. Fall foliage is peaking and on full display on many of our tree-lined courses. Book a tee time at Reid Golf Course, High Cliff Golf Course, Winagamie Golf Course, or another Fox Cities course. Our region is home to more than a dozen public and private golf courses and clubs for varying experience levels; search all of them here.
Stroll through storied neighborhoods, natural areas, and historic sites on these walking tours.
Walking tours are a great way to combine physical activity with learning about the Fox Cities. These six walking tours take you past some of the Fox Cities' most stately and exquisitely homes from our rich papermaking and industrial past, along natural areas and the mighty Fox River, and past vibrant, engaging art pieces and sculptures. Lace up those sneakers, bundle up a bit, and experience our communities on a walking tour this fall.
Bonus Idea: Pumpkin Patches, Apple Orchard, and Fall Farm Fun
Fall in the Fox Cities isn't complete without apple and pumpkin picking, enjoying flavorful seasonal meals, and participating in annual autumn events. Find those fall ideas here.