When the air cools down and the leaves blaze into vibrant oranges and reds, it’s a sign that it’s time to head out of the city for a fall family must-do: fun at the farm. From apple orchards and pumpkin patches to petting ponies and zig-zagging through corn mazes, the best fall activities in Madison blend outdoor adventure and time together.

Find your favorite fall farm adventure:

For all the classic fall must-dos

Enchanted Valley Acres 

Minutes from Madison: 32 minutes

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. September: Saturday-Sunday; October: Friday-Sunday 

Famous for: Two, 200-foot long slides you ride down on a burlap sack, an 8-acre corn maze, and a large deck where you can rest while overlooking stunning scenery

Schuster's Farm 

Minutes from Madison: 27 minutes

Hours: Weekdays and Weekends (activity schedules vary; see site for details)

Famous for: An 8-acre corn maze, 14+ acres of pumpkins, and a totally terrifying Haunted Forest. New in 2023: Bonfires hosted as public and private events.

Treinen Farm 

Minutes from Madison: 42 minutes

Hours: Days and schedules vary; see site for details

Famous for: This 200-acre farm has been in the Treinen family for nearly a century. Its corn maze was voted 10Best by USA Today readers and their website even features a Maze Gallery!

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For the fall flavor savorers


Minutes from Madison: 22 minutes

Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays

Famous for: A family-run farm experience with Norwegian flair, featuring apple orchards and pumpkin patches for picking, plus the farm’s famous cider brats and cider donuts.

Door Creek Orchard

Minutes from Madison: 20 minutes

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays

Famous for: A sustainable-focused, family-run orchard on historic farm land dating back to the early 1800s. Celebrate heirloom apples with Door Creek every November during their annual celebration.

Appleberry Farm 

Minutes from Madison: 27 minutes

Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays

Famous for: Pick-your-own apples in the orchard plus pre-picked varieties to try from the farm store. In addition to pressed cider, Appleberry Farm offers cider donuts and fresh-baked apple pies weekly.

Eugster's Farm Market 

Minutes from Madison: 23 minutes

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day (closed on Tuesdays)

Famous for: Providing wholesome family fun for more than 40 years! Don’t miss seasonal events like Orchard Days in September and the Fall Festival in October.

Sadie Bee's Orchard: Fall River

Minutes from Madison: 39 minutes

Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; Noon to 11 p.m. Fridays through Sundays

Famous for: Sadie, the orchard's loveable pup who offers free petting and dog kisses! The orchard features apples, peaches and pears (pick your own or pick up a peck from the seasonal store).

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For the animal lovers

Hinchley's Dairy Farm Tours 

Minutes from Madison: 30 minutes

Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays, Wednesdays, Saturdays (tours scheduled by appointment)

Famous for: Hayrides that deliver hands-on, family-friendly tours that teach guests what farming is all about—often, featuring baby animals to hold, pet and feed!

Heartland Farm Sanctuary: Verona

Minutes from Madison: 31 minutes

Hours: Tours, classes, camps and field trips by appointment only. See site for details.

Famous for: Bringing together people and farm animals in a safe, welcoming space. Specializing in animal rescue and care, in addition to education and experimental therapy.

Wegmueller Farm: Monroe

Minutes from Madison: 64 minutes

Hours: Interactive tours offered by appointment. See site for details.

Famous for: A fourth-generation, family farm experience that offers farmstays, educational tours, and a chance to interact with cows, horses, donkeys, pigs and chickens.

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