Fall Road Trip – East Side of Lake Winnebago

Columbia Park Tower view2

One of our favorite things to do in fall is to slip on a cozy sweater, fill up the travel mugs with coffee and cocoa, and head out for a family fall road trip on a sunny, mild day.

With kids, it seems like two hours is the day trip sweet spot. These 4 spots on the east side of Lake Winnebago are even less! Clocking in at about an hour away and you won’t be disappointed!

The Little Farmer, Malone, Wi


Located just north of Fond du Lac in Malone Wisconsin, Little Farmer is nearly 120 acres. This family farm grows 20 acres each of pumpkins and apples. There are a ton of activities and this sign says it all! Admission is free but each activity will have a charge. If you bring your furry friend along they will be welcomed. Dogs are fine on a leash.


Hayrides run from Labor Day weekend through October 31st on Saturdays and Sundays only. The ride is about 25 minutes through the apple orchards, fields and woods.


Don’t forget to get a caramel apple! People rave about it being the best caramel around. Choose from lots of topping that rotate like peanuts, coconut, candy, cookies and more. You also won’t be able to miss the delicious smell of freshly baked apple pies!


There is lots to explore on their beautiful grounds. Kids can enjoy the play area and feed animals as well. Plan extra time for all the activities!

Columbia Park, Malone, Wi

Located in Pipe, Wisconsin, the 70 foot Columbia Park Tower has a breathtaking view of Lake Winnebago. This park is probably best known for its boating facilities. If you have any little boat lovers in your family it would be a great place to see them!

Columbia Park Tower1

Meuer Farms, Chilton, Wi

Meuer Cornmaze-Simpsons

Meuer Farm is also a family-owned working farm with 150 acres. They grow corn, soybeans, and wheat, strawberries, tap maple trees for syrup and have a small herd of beef cattle. The owners, David and Leslie Meuer enjoy working the land and teaching others about farming and preservation of the land. In the fall, they are known for its corn maze that changes every year. They also have a 45-minute hayride.


Check out the Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch as well.


There are lots of activities for kids including an 80-foot tube slide, duck races, corn box, straw fort, and animal area!


You won’t be able to miss the delicious smell of fresh kettle corn! Regular and Cinnamon Sugar will usually be popping. Yum!

La Clare Farms, Malone, Wi


LaClare Farms is an award-winning, family-owned goat farm. This family farm started as a hobby and has grown into a passionate business. Check out the milking process from 4:30 to about 6 pm daily from the Viewing Room. They have 375 dairy goats and if you are lucky the kids (baby goats) as well can be viewed from the window as well!


Watch the goats on the farm and feed them in a petting area as well.


The retail store and cafe are beautiful. Focusing on local products, enjoy ice cream, cheese, Wisconsin wine and more. If the weather is nice, the courtyard patio space outside is beautiful.

What are your favorite things to do in fall? Leave a comment with your go-to spots!

For more information about fun things in and around the Fond du Lac area check out Fond du Lac Convention and Visitor’s Bureau!


related articles

2 thoughts on “Fall Road Trip – East Side of Lake Winnebago”

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top