If autumn is your favorite time of year in Milwaukee and you’re feeling a little down thanks to the “COVID blues,” don’t despair! We’ve gathered up a list of opportunities around the area that’ll give you the “fall feeling” you anticipate every year come September. If you have others suggestions to enjoy in and around Brookfield, Milwaukee, and New Berlin, please add them in the comments below.
- Go apple picking
Milwaukeeans certainly have their allegiances to different apple orchards in the area – Apple Holler in Racine County and Barthel Fruit Farm in Mequon come to mind – but we’re just happy this is one activity that’ll make fall feel like “normal.” Pick up a jug of apple cider or a few baked goods to give these locally owned businesses a much-needed boost!
- Wander the woods at Grant Park
There’s a Japanese practice called forest therapy that refers to spending time in forested areas to enhance health, wellness, and happiness. If you’ve enjoyed the peace of quiet of the woods, you know how calming it can be – and how relaxed you feel afterward. With 381 acres of autumn wonderland along the shore of Lake Michigan, South Milwaukee’s Grant Park is just the destination to partake in forest therapy. The park’s 2-mile Seven Bridges Trail is the perfect hiking path for admiring Wisconsin’s standout fall colors. What are you waiting for? Get those hiking boots (or tennis shoes) on and head out!
- Take in the views at Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve
With ½ mile of 90- to 100-foot bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan in the Town of Grafton, the jaw-dropping water views are only enhanced by the leafy pops of color along the way. Soak up the views or explore 73 acres featuring boardwalks, bridges, and stairs that’ll take you right on down to the lake.
- Eat your way through the city . . .
Pumpkin donuts, cupcakes, lattes, bagels, custard, and – wait for it – beer? Yep, you’ve got that right. We’re not called the Beer Capital of the World for nothing. These fall flavors are available at restaurants, bakeries, and breweries all over Milwaukee. It’s up to you to decide on your favorites!
- Participate in a FIRST at the Milwaukee County Zoo
This year’s “Boo at the Zoo” features a new drive-thru “merry not scary” adventure. From the comfort of your own vehicle, you’ll ride on Zoo pathways past a variety of Halloween-themed areas, carved pumpkins, and illuminated light shows. Advance online reservations are required. Please note that for safety purposes, animals are not viewable during this event. Boo at the Zoo runs from Oct. 22 through Oct. 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Enjoy the Fall Floral Show at the Mitchell Park Domes
From Sept. 26 to Nov. 8, travel through an autumnal garden featuring six colonial characters with clues to help solve the mystery of Sleep Hollow. Along the way, you’ll see fall-colored pot mums, and several surprisingly poisonous plant specimens.
Carved pumpkins will be lit from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. from Oct. 28th to the 31st at Schoolhouse Park. This festive tradition will incorporate social distancing and pumpkin carving will be done off-site. Trust us – the crisp air and jack-o-lantern display is exactly what you need to get that fall feeling!
At Krause Funeral Home we hope that you and your family make the most of the fall season. We want you to know that we’re here for you! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our caring team.