FROM PUMPKIN PATCH TO LAKESIDE BEER GARDEN
Fall traditions in the greater Madison area go way beyond apple picking. Make sure to pack a cozy flannel and pick a cup of cider to soak up the most of the season when visiting.
The Dane County Farmers’ Market is a Saturday ritual, bringing bounties of fresh produce like sweet corn and wild mushrooms. Visitors will find plenty of delicious baked items sold at the market like scones, muffins and cider donuts. The market surrounds the Capitol Square until mid-November when it moves indoors to Monona Terrace. Then in January, find the market inside the Madison Senior Center.
The eight-acre corn maze at Schuster’s Playtime Farm draws visitors near and far. This year it features a special design to mark the 75th Anniversary of the World War II Allied Invasion of Normandy, a battle in which owner Don Schuster’s dad fought. The maze is not only about gratitude for Veterans and our freedom – it also hopes to raise awareness for the lifelong effects military experiences have on vets and their families.
Known for its giant slide, Enchanted Valley Acres is a great place to spend a fall day. Visitors can pick their favorite pumpkins and gourds from the patch, then enjoy the corn maze and a variety of family activities.
After a long day of apple picking and donut eating, relax on a hayride with Madison Parks. Hayrides are scheduled in city parks throughout the fall; and on some nights campfires and s’mores are included. Find more information, or reserve a private hayride at cityofmadison.com/parks/events/hayrides.cfm.
When the leaves start to change colors, head to the UW-Madison Arboretum. Explore the 1,260-acre nature preserve by foot or on bicycle – or join one of the many guided walks.
Quench that fall thirst with a local beer. The Olbrich Biergarten along Lake Monona is a popular beer garden to enjoy Oktoberfest vibes without leaving the States. There is a play area for kids, and young and old alike can enjoy the giant pretzels.