You'll have no trouble finding fall family fun in Racine County. Apple orchards, hayrides, pumpkin farms and farm animals are among our many seasonal destinations. Enjoy exploring! (Information updated for 2017.)
Apple Holler Farm
5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant
Pick your own apples, pears and pumpkins on a 78-acre farm. Petting zoo, mini-train ride, hayrides and pony rides. Ranked 6th Best Apple Orchard in USA Today Reader's Choice survey. Orchard and Farm Park open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Pumpkin-Scarecrow Festival runs Oct. 1 through 31.
1072 88th Ave., rural Burlington.
Orchard: (262) 878-3000. Winery: (262) 878-5343
Fresh picked apples. AeppelTreow Winery & Distillery (adjacent) has hard ciders, whiskies, brandies. Tasting room. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Old Homestead Orchard
7814 Raynor Ave., Caledonia
Pick your own apples. Raw honey, cider, jams, sauces and jellies. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Farms and food
Borzynski’s Farm & Floral Market
11600 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant
Market open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The 8-acre corn maze open Sept. 23 through Oct. 29. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (corn maze admission: $8.50 adults; $6.50 children ages 4 through 12). Weekends include hayrides, kids play area, make-your-own caramel apples.
Swan's Pumpkin Farm
5930 Hwy. H, Franksville.
Pumpkins, watermelons, great home-made food (including cider muffins). Family activities include hayrides, pony rides, pedal tractors, haunted house. Open daily Sept. 23 through Oct. 31.
Green Meadows Petting Farm
33603 High Drive (Hwy. 20), East Troy
Pony rides, farm animals, cow milking, hayrides. Weekends (Saturday-Sunday) Sept. 23 through Oct. 29. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Land of the Giants Pumpkin Farm
11823 Durand Ave., Sturtevant
Open Sept. 30 through Oct 31. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Featuring pumpkin picking, 8-acre corn maze ($2 per person), Army truck ride to the pumpkin patch ($3 per person), kids play area, farm animals.
Bear Den Zoo & Petting Farm
6831 Big Bend Road (Hwy. 164), Tichigan
See exotic, farm and wildlife animals in a farm setting. Admission include a hayride (weather permitting).
Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $10 adults, $8 children ages 11 and younger.
Events and Spooky Stuff!
Abandoned Haunted House Complex
2328 East Frontage Road, Mount Pleasant
Choose any or all - three haunted attractions. Season opener: Saturday, Sept. 23. Open weekends Sept. 29 through Nov. 4. Hours are: 7 to 11 p.m Fridays and Saturdays; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $15 to $30.
Experience the City of Racine's folklore and history at a Walking Ghost Tour of Downtown Racine. This three-hour guided tour takes visitors to places of legends and into some buildings that are said to be haunted. Requires extensive walking - not for children under age 10. Meet at Divino Gelato, 245 Main St., 6 p.m. Tours offered Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 29-30, Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, Nov. 3-4. Admission is $25 per person; $30 day of tour. Fundraiser for the Volunteer Center of Racine. Advance tickets at: www.racineghosttour.com or www.volunteercenterofracine.org
Heads up for flying orange squash! The Great Pumpkin Chuckin' Fest is back Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-22 at the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., Union Grove. Don't miss this annual competition to see which device can hurl a pumpkin the greatest distance.This weekend event also includes the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) Best of the Midwest BBQ Cook-off and much more! Free admission and parking. Details at www.uniongrovechamber.org/pumpkin-chuckin-fest