“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall . . .”
Poet Oscar Wilde may have written these words about his native Ireland, but they apply just as readily to autumn in Milwaukee, don’t you think?
Anyone who has grown up in the area knows that a nip in the air can replace the heat and humidity of summer overnight. One minute, it seems, the trees are at their fullest – and then the leaves start to fall.
Our care team here at Krause Funeral Homes agrees that while there are many things to love about every season in Wisconsin, fall is something special. Here, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite spots around the city to enjoy the sights, smells, and tastes unique to autumn. Do you have another can’t-miss destination we should check out? Let us know in the comments below.
Atop the North Point Lighthouse
This historic treasure is the perfect place to experience in a bird’s-eye view of Lake Park, Lake Michigan, and Downtown Milwaukee. Stroll the grounds then climb the 84 steps of this of this beautifully restored 1888 landmark, and you’ll see why the lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
From the sidelines of a collegiate sporting event
There’s nothing like cheering on one of our professional sports teams, but this fall, give collegiate sports a try by attending a soccer game at one of our area schools. UWM’s Engelmann Stadium has a reputation as one of the top soccer atmospheres in the region, and Marquette University’s Valley Fields boasts 13.5 acres of outdoor recreational space. Grab a blanket and hot chocolate and encourage these athletes who give it their all!
Stroll through an area farmers market
It’s common to associate farmers markets with summertime, but there’s nothing better than enjoying a market on a brisk fall morning with a cider doughnut in hand. Many local markets are open through the end of October, including the well-known Fondy Farmers Market, the Greenfield Farmers Market in Konkel Park, and Garden District Farmers Market at the Wilson Park Senior Center.
Along the shore of Lake Michigan at Grant Park
With sandy beaches and miles of wooded trails, Milwaukee County’s second-largest park is the perfect place for admiring fall colors. Check out the 2-mile Seven Bridges Trail, featuring numerous foot bridges and lannon stone paths.
On a birdwatching hike at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
With six miles of trails through forests, prairies, and wetlands, Schlitz Audubon is a birding hotspot in Milwaukee. During peak nights of migration, hundreds of thousands of birds fly over Southeastern Wisconsin. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars!