With a crisp feeling in the air and the crunch of leaves underfoot, autumn is beautiful in Milwaukee. Whether you’re looking for old-fashioned farm fun, leaf-peeping, or even something a little spooky, check out our suggestions and start planning the perfect fall getaway in Milwaukee.
Orchards & Art
There’s no better way to celebrate fall than with apple picking, pumpkins, and harvest fun! Just outside of city limits you’ll find charming, old-fashioned farms, so you can have the best of both worlds on your fall getaway. Apple-picking, hayrides, train rides, the “best pie in America,” and more await you at the Elegant Farmer.
Gardeners can take a scenic trip out to Monches Farm, where you can procure intriguing plants for your garden along with one-of-a-kind art and antiques. The stunning vintage glass greenhouse on-site is a showstopper! Weston Antique Apple Orchard is the oldest active orchard in Waukesha County and grows more than 100 apple varieties as well as berries, pears, and more.
Enjoy the beautiful changing leaves at scenic locales around the city. The basilica at Holy Hill is built on the highest elevation in southeast Wisconsin, making it the perfect place to see trees changing for miles around. Another great place to make a climb is the observation tower at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. From the top, you’ll be able to admire the fall colors through the diverse terrain that makes up the 185-acre preserve.
Stroll through the beautiful Boerner Botanical Gardens’ arboretum to see ash, maple, oak, and more in their fall finest, as well as flowers, plants, and waterfalls throughout the gardens. Or, try the 200 wooded acres of the Milwaukee County Zoo! Where else can you see stunning fall foliage and a new baby giraffe at the same time?
Hauntings & History
Fall is also the perfect time to get a little spooky! Take a walking tour with Gothic Milwaukee to learn the fascinating (and ghoulish) history of downtown Milwaukee, or see the resting places of the late, great Milwaukeeans who helped shape the city’s past, from beer barons to mayors, at Forest Home Cemetery.
If what you really want is to be scared out of your wits, you’ll find five terrifying haunts rolled into one at The Hill Has Eyes, Milwaukee’s scariest haunted attraction. Thankfully, the nightly bonfire party will help lift your spirits…if you survive! (Find more spooky fun in Milwaukee.)
Taste the season when you eat local at Milwaukee’s nationally-acclaimed farm-to-table restaurants. The bounty of autumn in Wisconsin is obvious at restaurants like Braise, where everything from bread to cocktails are hand-crafted under the supervision of chef/owner Dave Swanson, a three-time nominee for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef Midwest. Or enjoy rustic European dishes featuring local and sustainable ingredients, including produce from an on-site garden, at Wolf Peach. (Click here for more farm-to-table dining in Milwaukee.)
Keep planning your fall getaway at VISITMilwaukee.org!