As much as I love summer with its hot, sunny days, trips to the pool, family vacations and relaxing on the beach, I still think fall is my favorite season. As a September baby and with two fall babies of my own, maybe I’m partial. Not to mention that my wedding anniversary is in October (soon to be 13 years!). But there’s just so much to love—leaves changing colors, pumpkins, mums, warm days & cool nights, candy corn, caramel apples, apple cider, donuts, beautiful or spooky decorations, haunted houses, scarecrows, scary movies, apple orchards, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and Halloween.
So now that fall is here, it’s time to get out and enjoy some apple orchards and pumpkin patches! I have put together a list of just such family-friendly places to visit that are an hour or less from the Green Bay area. I hope you and your family find time to check out at least one. Happy fall!!
1) Oneida Nation Apple Orchard
3976 West Mason St
Oneida, WI 54155
Distance: 22 minutes from Green Bay
Pick your own apples with over 20 varieties available.
2) Apple Valley
1670 Mar-El Rd
De Pere, WI 54115
Road Construction Note: If you are coming from the north please follow the detour signs to Hwy PP, turn right on Rockland Road and a left back on to Hwy 57. Watch for our signs!!
Distance: 23 minutes from Green Bay
Apple orchard with eighteen varieties of apples available for picking. On the weekends, enjoy a wagon-ride to the apple trees. Large outdoor open grassy/picnic area with wooden train for kids to climb in, picnic tables and fun fall cut-outs for photo ops. There is also an animal zoo the kids are sure to love. Before or after getting your apples, take a walk to see the animals. They have everything from goats, sheep, peacocks, cattle and more. Admission prices for animal zoo is: $2 each for adults, $1 each for kids 3-12 and FREE for kids 2 & under.
Store sells pre-picked apples as well as pies, cider, caramel apples, jams and jellies (food is sold to take-and-eat, no tables for eating in store). Also available for purchase are items for all of your fall decorating needs: pre-picked pumpkins, gourds, mums, corn cob bundles, corn stalk bundles and straw bales.
Tips: Bring your own containers (bags, buckets, pails, etc) for pick-your-own apples. Stop at the store for directions before going out to pick your apples.
Animal Zoo: Adults $2 each, Kids 3-12 $1 each, Kids 2 & under FREE
5687 Steinkraus Lane
Abrams, WI 54101
Directions Note: Located on east frontage road—just north of McDonalds at the Farmhouse Ice Cream Parlor
Distance: 30 minutes from Green Bay
9/26 through end of October
Munchkin Maze, Ducky Derby, Pony Hops, Face Painting, Giant Bale Fort, Corn Box & Game Tent. Geared toward younger kids. Kid-friendly haunted hayrides every Sat & Sun beginning 9/26 from 10-4. Cost for hayride is $5/per person, which includes a “pick-your-own pumpkin” from the pumpkin patch.
Optional Hayride: $5/per person
4) Mulberry Lane Farm
W3190 Co Rd B
Hilbert, WI 54129
Distance: 45 minutes from Green Bay
Open through October 31
Mon-Fri: 10-5 (last admission at 3)
Sat-Sun: 9:30-6 (last admission at 4)
On weekdays, enjoy a guided, 45-minute tour of the farm that includes a chance to milk a cow, catch a chicken, kiss a pig, cuddle a kitten, feed the goats and sheep, ride a pony and enjoy a hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin!! There is also an old-fashioned play area where kids can climb on and through huge tractor tires. On fall weekends, tour the farm at your own pace on a self-guided tour.
Also available for purchase at the farm in fall are Farmer Felicia’s caramel apples, Farmer Barb’s homemade sloppy joes and chilli, Farmer Bonnie’s chocolate chip cookies and hot apple cider and hot chocolate!
$13 per person over age 2
kids under age 2 FREE
5) Polly’s Pumpkins
N4367 Highway 57
Chilton, WI 53014
Distance: 48 minutes from Green Bay
Pick out your pumpkins and enjoy tons of fall fun with a hay bale climb, duck-n-frog races, pumpkin bowling, rope maze, hillbilly downs, corn cannons and a 15-acre corn maze. Also be sure to visit Polly’s Pets with barnyard friends goats, cows and pigs.
Corn maze : The 2015 Maze Design is “Old Glory Honor Flight”. 15 acres of fun with three different mazes, and three different games for one price. You can also explore the mazes at night on Fridays & Saturdays! Cost is $5 each 5-12 or $8 each for ages 13+ for daytime maze. Add $1 for night maze. Maze takes about 1-hour to complete. Maze & shop do not close until everyone is out of the maze.
Corn Cannons: Have fun launching corn cobs at targets for prizes, and if you make it in the barrel, win $50. Cost is 1 cob for $1, 4 cobs for $3 or 8 cobs for $5. Cash only.
Stop in Polly’s Country Store for fresh-baked pies (dutch apple, strawberry rhubarb, cherry, pumpkin and more), delicious caramel apples, snacks, soda and water.
On Saturdays & Sundays enjoy some additional perks: Tractor-drawn wagon rides to the pumpkin patch from 10-4:30. Cost is $2 for ages 5 & up, FREE for kids 4 & under. Bring back any pumpkin for $4 each. Cash only. A variety of sandwiches will also be available for purchase on weekends
Optional corn maze or corn cannons—see above pricing.
6) Meuer Farm
N2564 Highway 151
Chilton, WI 53014
Distance: 60 minutes from Green Bay
Mon-Thur: 12-6 (ticket sales end at 5:30)
Fri-Sat: 10-10 (ticket sales end at 10; kids’ activity area closes at 8)
Sun: 10-6 (ticket sales end at 5:30)
Fall fun activities for people of all ages. Hayrides are 45-minute rides along 2 miles of trails. Huge corn maze—this year’s theme is “Back to the Future”. Activity area for kids with an 80’ tube slide, duck races, corn box, straw fort, corn cannons and animal area. Pick-your-own pumpkin patch with more pumpkins than can be counted. Take a ride to the patch in the pumpkin tram. Pre-picked pumpkins also available. Jumping Cow Café offers brats, burgers, hot dogs, pizza, bbq ribs, beer and other refreshments. Indoor seating in the main building with a view of the big screen TV for football games and movies.
Kids’ Activity Area: $3 per person*
Day Maze: $6 ages 3-11, $8 ages 12+
Night Maze w/Glo-Stick: $8 ages 3-11, $10 ages 12+
Hayrides (daytime only): $4 ages 3-11, $6 ages 12+
Day Maze/Hayride Combo: $8 ages 3-11, $12 ages 12+
*Activity area admission free with purchase of any corn maze, hayride or combo tickets.
NOTE: Ages 2 & under FREE for all activities.
7) Star Orchard
253 County Rd CE
Kaukauna, WI 54130
Directions Note: About 4 miles east of Kaukauna High School
Distance: 38 minutes from Green Bay
Pick-your-own apple orchard with over 20 varieties of apples on 55 acres, plus a small corn maze and pumpkin patch where you can pick a pumpkin. Apples are 70 cents per pound. Pumpkins are $3, $6 and $9. The Orchard Store sells all sorts of treats from honey, jams, jellies and syrup to salsa, salad dressings, mustards, apple cider and bags of pre-picked apples.
Tip: Don’t forget to bring a few containers or bags for picking.
8) Porter’s Pumpkin Patch
W4314 State Hwy 156
Bonduel, WI 54107
Distance: 39 minutes from Green Bay
9/26 through end of October
Many fun activities to choose from in the “Big Pumpkin Village”: Scenic, relaxing wagon hay ride, 8-acre corn maze, corn cob chuck, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making or the “Little Pumpkin Village: old-fashioned water pump races, tug-o-war, silo graffiti, pumpkin checkers, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, pumpkin twister, pumpkin toss, round bale hay play.
The Farm Store will be stocked with squash, ornamental corn, straw bales, corn stalk bundles and all sizes of pumpkins. Pumpkins range in price from $1 (mini) to $8 (huge). Drinks including apple cider, water and soda will be available for purchase.
On 9/26 & 9/27 ONLY it is Pumpkin Palooza: All huge & large pumpkins are only $5!
1) FREE (just pay for pumpkins and/or any activities you choose to do)
2) Big & Little Pumpkin Village Wristband: $15 per person
3) Little Pumpkin Village Wristband: $4 per person
9) Hofacker’s Hillside Orchard
W3964 Wege Rd
Appleton, WI 54913
Directions note: located between Green Bay and Appleton in the Town of Center
Distance: 38 minutes from Green Bay
Have fun picking your own apples. Also available for purchase are: jams, caramel dip, popcorn, pickles, honey, maple syrup, salsa, cider, caramel apples, straw bales, corn stalks and pre-picked pumpkins. Small corn maze for kids will be opening in early October.
10) Delzer’s Pumpkin Farm
9581 Delzer Circle
Oconto Falls, WI 54154
Distance: 46 minutes from Green Bay
Come enjoy some fall fun with haunted hayrides, corn mazes, an animal petting zoo, foods & crafts, a haunted granary, face painting and plenty of pumpkins! Kids can also have fun playing on the train cart ride in the yard. If you’re hungry (the kids always are) there will be a concession stand selling hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, cookies, hot cider and hot chocolate with tables and chairs where you can eat. There are many sizes of pumpkins to choose from ranging in price from 50 cents up to $5 (not including giant pumpkins which are more expensive).
Optional activities: $5/ticket (includes 4 activities)