Milwaukee Area Pumpkin Patches and Apple Orchards

When the leaves start to change and the air turns crisp, my family loves to welcome the fall season by visiting local pumpkin patches and orchards. Below are some of our favorite places to find the perfect pumpkin and pick your own delicious apples!

PUMPKIN PATCHES

Basse’s Taste of Country – Colgate

Dates: September 23rd – October 31st (Weekend Hours: 10 am – 5:30 pm; Weekday Hours: 1:30 – 5:30 pm)

Cost: General Admission is $11.99 + tax (Weekends) and $8.99 + tax (Weekdays). Children under 2 years are FREE.

Description: Take a hay wagon ride to pick your own pumpkin and find plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained! Pumpkin Fest includes corn mazes, play areas, giant slides, games and more. On weekends, check out the pony rides (additional fee applies) and pig races. Don’t miss the cafe, which serves up mouth-watering treats including apple cider donuts and hand dipped caramel apples with toppings of your choice.

Cedarburg Creek Farm – Cedarburg

Dates: Begins September 24th – open daily 10 am to 6 pm

Cost: FREE admission and hay wagon rides

Description: In addition to the pumpkin patch and corn maze, kids can enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, and a barrel train! 

Elegant Farmer – Mukwonago

Dates: Autumn Harvest Festival runs from September 9th – October 22nd, 10 am – 5 pm. Saturdays & Sundays Only.

Cost: Varies.

Description: Select your perfect pumpkin from the patch and enjoy a tractor-pulled hayride. Elegant Farmer offers fun activities for all ages, including pony rides, train rides, and a five-acre corn maze. Stick around to try some specialty foods, including warm cider donuts, pulled pork and more!milwaukee pumpkin patches

Jim’s Pumpkin Farm – Germantown

Dates: Open daily 9 am – 6 pm. Hayrides offered Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am – 6 pm.

Cost: FREE admission. **Bring cash for any purchases.

Description: This quaint and peaceful farm offers an ample selection of fall decorations such as gourds, straw bales and pre-picked pumpkins. Kids can explore the corn maze, stuff their own scarecrow and check out the Straw Jumping Area and fun head cut outs! 

Lindner Pumpkin Farm – New Berlin

Dates: Open daily from 10 am – 6 pm, September 16th through October 31st

Cost: $4 per person ($3 per person with a non-perishable food donation for the New Berlin Food Pantry) for admission to the Petting Zoo and Lindners Big Back Yard. 

Description: Meet the goats, mini-pigs, llamas, mini-horses, bunnies and more! Kiddos can enjoy unlimited playtime on the Giant Slide, Olde Tyme Playground, Corn Maze, Scarecrow Speedway pedal tractor racetrack and Li’l Punkin Playground; other rides and games available for an additional fee. Check out Megan’s experience at Lindner Pumpkin Farm in 2015. 

Creekside Valley Farm – Mequon

Dates: September 16th through October 31st

Cost: FREE general admission. Corn maze is $5/person (FREE for ages 4 and under).

Description: One of our Facebook friends described it as “organized, affordable and fun,” while another said it was “EVERYTHING you would want in a good, wholesome, family pumpkin farm experience without all the extra commercialism.” Clean, affordable and low-key. There is a corn maze for the kids and they show Packer games in the barn. What’s not to love?

Swan’s Pumpkin Farm – Franksville

Dates: Pumpkin season opens September 23rd and runs through October 31st.

Cost: FREE general admission and parking. Adventure wristbands are $10 per person and include unlimited access for the day to the tractor drawn hayride, Witch Hollow Corn Maze, Farmer Ken’s barrel train ride, the pedal kart adventure, Wanda’s Spook House (a beginner haunted house for children), and the all new “Big Green” slide.

Description: A Watermelon Festival (September 9th and 10th) kicks off the season with a flourish! The “Not-so-Scary Stuff” includes a corn city, petting zoo, hayrides, barrel train rides, puppet theater and pony rides. There’s also “Scary Stuff” like Wanda’s Spook House, The Witch Hollow Corn Maze and The Graveyard. And what would a pumpkin farm be without Eats & Treats? Check out The Cauldron Cafe for cider donuts, caramel apples and pumpkin pie or browse The Country Market for a variety of seasonal produce.

Schuett Farms – Mukwanago

Dates: Fall festivities begin on the last weekend of September.

Cost: FREE general admission; plenty of activities to enjoy and stuff to buy!

Description: Here you can pick your own pumpkin, explore the 8-acre Corn Maze, enjoy Hayrides and Pumpkin Launching, plus view Hay Bales painted to look like ginormous Jack-o-Lanterns! New this year, Schuett Farms will offer a nighttime flashlight maze on select weekends; check the website for current details. 

The Family Farm – Grafton

Dates: The farm opens on September 19th (closed Mondays). E-mail [email protected] or call 262-377-6161 for the most current info.

Cost: $6.25 per adult; $3.75 per child (age 2-12 years); FREE for children under 2. Wagon rides are $1 per person.

Description: Fall festivities are plentiful at this historic 30-acre farmstead, which originated in the 1870s. Start your visit in the Admission Barn which offers harvest treats (pumpkin pie, pumpkin torte, delicious apple cider, caramel apple sundaes, fresh baked cookies, kettle and caramel corn) and lunch for all ages. You’ll find gifts, fall decor, mums and antiques for sale in the Barn too. Take a hayride to the patch and pick your own pumpkin, or collect some from the grounds, which also feature a peaceful nature walk, pond and creek. Explore six restored farm buildings and see antique tools and implements on display – many of which were used 100 years ago! Kiddos will enjoy feeding and petting the animals at the farm zoo and nursery. 

APPLE ORCHARDS

Barthel Fruit Farm – Mequon

Dates: Pick your own apples begins in early September, until sold out. Call 262-242-2737 for picking hours before you head there.

Cost: Varies. After you pick and load your apples into your car, exit the farm through the handy “drive-thru” window, where your produce will be weighed and priced.

Description: One of my family’s favorites places to pick our own fruit! It’s pretty laid-back, and the fruit never disappoints. The farm offers both pre-picked and pick-your-own apples; varieties include McIntosh, Honeycrisp, and Red and Golden Delicious. milwaukee apple orchards

Elegant Farmer – Mukwonago

Dates: Autumn Harvest Festival runs from September 9th – October 22nd, 10 am – 5 pm. Saturdays & Sundays Only.

Cost: Varies.

Description: Elegant Farmer features 12 varieties of apples for picking, and its “Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag” is so good, it beat Bobby Flay’s fried creation on a previous episode of Throwdown. Look for this famous treat and sample other yummy homemade specialties after you pick your own fruit fresh from the orchard.

Nieman Orchards – Cedarburg

Dates: September and October; call 262-377-4284 for hours and availability.

Cost: Varies.

Description: Nine generations of the Nieman family have lived and worked at this historic farm. Several apple varieties are available for picking, and wagon rides to the orchard are offered on weekends. Nieman’s also makes its own fresh-pressed apple cider.

Peck & Bushel Organic Fruit Company Colgate

Dates: The 2017 apple picking season will open in late August and runs through early October. Weekends only; open from 10 am – 4 pm. Call 414-418-0336 for details.

Cost: $28 per one-peck bag (about 10 pounds of fruit). 

Description: Established in 2010, Peck & Bushel now offers more than 17 organic apple varieties throughout the growing season. You can also find fresh-pressed cider, caramel apples, and other treats at the apple barn.

Basse Country Delight – Muskego

Dates: Open Tuesday – Friday from 8 am – 6 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 8 am – 4 pm. Call 414-422-0315 for picking availability.

Cost: Varies.

Description: Pick your own apples including Honey Crisp and other varieties, feed the goats and chickens, and enjoy famous homemade apple cider donuts! The farm also sells seasonal decorations, handcrafted items, honey, maple syrup, jelly and jam. 

Apple Holler – Sturtevant

Dates: Apple picking is available daily beginning in August and ending in early November, 10 am – 4 pm. Call 262-884-7100 for the most current details.

Cost: $15 per person for a 1/4 Peck Bag (3-4 lbs.) or $20 per person for a 1/2 Peck Bag (5-7 lbs.). Each person entering the orchard must pay for apple picking and will receive a bag. Farm Park Admission is included FREE with your apple picking package.

Description: There’s plenty to keep everyone busy, from pick your own apples, to the petting zoo, country store, corn maze, pony rides, and ginormous wooden cutouts of apples with an opening for your kid’s face. Autumnal Heaven, right here. Be warned — it’s easy to spend a LOT of money here. Between parking, apples, activities and everything else….it adds up quick.


Where are your favorite places to pick the perfect pumpkin or search out apples? 

We’ve got plenty more resources for fall in Milwaukee coming in hot, so be on the lookout! 

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