It’s September! Find 30 Things to Do All Month Long!

Kids picking apples at Hofackers Apple Orchard in Appleton
Hofackers Apple Orchard, Appleton

Changing leaves. Pumpkin spice everything. Sweater weather. Firmly back into the school routine. So many things to do and lovable things about September!

We’ve rounded up some fun things to do this month in Northeast Wisconsin, from Oshkosh to Appleton to Green Bay (and beyond) for your family!

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Things to Do in September for Kids & Families

  1. September means back to school. Check out our Tips for a Successful Start to the School Year as you and your kids begin this end of summer transition!
  2. Don’t miss the annual Kites Over Lake Michigan! You’ll see some amazing flying objects!
  3. Did you know Appleton has its very own Irish festival? The 2nd Annual Irish Fest of the Fox Cities will be held September 16 and 17, 2022!
  4. Celebrate the Packers by making a visit to Titletown District!
  5. Pick some apples and make a pie! Or applesauce! Find an orchard in our Fall Guide!
  6. Cooler weather means more activity from the animals at the zoos! NEW Zoo, Menominee Park Zoo, Henry Vilas Zoo, and Milwaukee Zoo are great choices.
  7. Hit your favorite parks and discover some new ones with our Parks Guide as the weather cools off!
  8. Bay Beach closes for the season on September 25th, sneak in one last spin on the Ferris wheel. Here are 10 reasons we LOVE Bay Beach!
  9. Pumpkin season starts on September 24, 2022 at Cuff Farms in Hortonville!
  10. Rainy day? No problem! Check out The Best Fox Valley Coffee Shops & Cafes with Play Areas for Kids.
  11. Get lost in a maize maze! Find your adventure in our Wisconsin Corn Mazes Guide!
  12. Visit a Petting Zoo or Farm before they’re closed for the year!
  13. Road trip tip! Spend a breathtakingly beautiful fall day at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo.
  14. Skip making dinner and find a Kids Eat FREE option here.
  15. Did you know we have 16 Children’s Museums in Wisconsin? Check out a new one with your family this September!
  16. Walk or bike at one of these trails.
  17. Get out of town! Take off on a day trip!
  18. Another option for skipping town: try one of these Cozy Wisconsin Cabin Rentals that Make Perfect Fall & Winter Getaways!
  19. Spend some quiet time out engaging with nature. Season changes are perfect for having great conversations about the cycles of the world around us. Here are 12 nature centers an hour or less away from Appleton to explore.
  20. Late September is the perfect time to head to Door County! Beautiful weather and the riotous changing leaves. We have ideas for Things to Do with Kids in Door County for you.
  21. Fall may be the perfect time to check out celestial bodies in the nighttime sky at Wisconsin’s only Dark Sky Park: Newport State Park in Door County!
  22. Head to one of these Observation Towers and welcome the gorgeous arrival of fall!
  23. Fall is a perfect time to visit Rib Mountain State Park in Wausau and try the Granite Peak Fall Colors Ride! Also, check out all of the other fun things to do in Wausau while you’re here!
  24. View the start of the fall colors on one of these 7 Dreamy Wisconsin Road Trips for Fall Colors.
  25. Enjoy fresh late summer and fall produce from the farmer’s market.
  26. Explore and look for bugs!
  27. If you’re looking for a new or different local apple orchard to try, check out Star Orchard in Kaukauna which opens for the season on August 26th! We’ve got some great ideas for yummy nearby stops, too.
  28. Take family pictures! We love these photo-worthy backdrops.
  29. Take a Sunday drive any day of the week with these beautiful scenic drives!
  30. Find a new to you Wisconsin State Park! We have 26 Awesome State Parks Two Hours or Less from Appleton for you to explore!

Special thanks to our sponsor FVL Schools!

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