10 Fall Activities to Enjoy Before Winter

October 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm Leave a comment

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Fall is a great time to get outside and enjoy the colors and beauty of Wisconsin.  Before those cold winter months arrive, check out these fall activities with your family and friends!

  1. Go to an apple orchard. Fall is the best time to head over to an orchard for some fresh fruit! Apple picking is a fun activity for the whole family and supports local farms and orchards.  Plus, you can take home baskets full of fresh, healthy fruit!  The Cooking Mom has some great apple recipes to make the most out of your haul.
  2. Go on a hike. Wisconsin has over 2,500 miles of beautiful trails to explore!  Travel Wisconsin has a great list of trails all over the state, from lake shores and forests to prairies.  Looking to stay local?  Head over to the Lakeshore Nature Preserve near UW-Madison for a great view of Lake Mendota.  The UW-Madison Arboretum is also full of gorgeous colors during the fall and has numerous trails for your family to explore.
  3. Make some fall crafts. Stock up on fall leaves, acorns, and other trinkets while you’re on a hike so you can spend those colder fall days indoors making fun crafts with your kids.  Check out our Pinterest page for some ideas!
  4. Go on a bike ride. The League of American Bicyclists has repeatedly ranked Wisconsin as one of the top bicycling destinations in the nation.  Its numerous bike trails are perfect for a sunny fall afternoon with some family or friends.  Get outside and enjoy the beauty of Wisconsin while getting exercise as well!
  5. Visit your local zoo. Fall is a great time to take one last visit to your local zoo before the cold weather settles in.  The cooler fall temperatures are perfect for most animals to be outside and easily viewable for visitors, and the fall leaves will add a little more color to your trip.
  6. Visit a farmer’s market. Support local farmers by purchasing locally grown fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and other products at a farmer’s market.  The Dane County Farmer’s Market occurs every Saturday morning from 6:00 am until 2:00 pm around The Wisconsin State Capitol Square.  After November 8th, the market will move indoors to Monona Terrace.
  7. Play football. We’re in the heart of football season!  Grab your family and friends and head outside for a friendly game of football.  It’s a great way to get exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and spend time with those you love.
  8. Go horseback riding. Fall is the perfect time for horseback riding because the trails are full of color and the temperature is perfect for wearing pants and boots.  Many farms and ranches have kid-friendly options and will teach you everything you need to know for a great experience.  Check out Travel Wisconsin for a list of horseback riding locations.
  9. Take some friends and family on a hayride. Madison Parks offers special event hayrides in November for $2 a person. The hay wagon will take you on a scenic tour of one of Madison’s parks and will even include a view of the holiday lights in November.  For more information, head over to the Madison Parks website.
  10. Spend a night under the stars. Grab some friends, a blanket, some pillows, and snacks and find an open spot in your backyard for some stargazing.  It’s a great way to spend quality time with your friends while viewing constellations that are only viewable in the fall.

What other fun activities do you like to do in the fall? Leave a comment below!

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