Looking for something to do in Wisconsin this fall? Janesville has a lot to offer! From pumpkin donuts to hiking, here are 8 of our favorite fall activities in Janesville. 


 1. Skelly’s Farm Market

Skelly’s Farm Market is the heart of Janesville’s fall activities. Inside their store, you’ll find many locally produced treats, adorable decor, and their famous pumpkin and apple cider donuts. Outside of their store, you’ll find hundreds if not thousands of pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes. Kid-friendly games and activities are scattered around the property, including an apple cannon and their A-Maze-ing Obstacle Race. Take a ride on their adventure wagon or venture into the field to pick your own pumpkin! Best of all, they offer a 7-acre and a 9-acre corn maze! Skelly’s truly offers affordable fall fun for all ages. 

Open: daily from 9:00 am-6:00 pm


 2. Rotary Botanical Gardens

Rotary Botanical Gardens may be known for their summer landscaping and their Holiday Light Show, but don’t forget about this gem during the fall. Take a scroll through the 20 acres garden and enjoy the changing colors against the thousands of plant varieties that grow there. Need another excuse to visit RGB? Visit the Gardens on November 2nd for their Fall Garden Symposium! Enjoy a continental breakfast, lunch, a walk through the Gardens, and peruse the items in our popular silent auction. You can pre-register for this event by clicking here.

Open: daily 9:00 am-6:00 pm through October

Open: Mon-Sat 9:00 am-4:30 pm through November


 3. Janesville Farmers Market

Did you know that the Janesville Farmers Market runs through October? While the selection of corn and tomatoes may be dwindling, you can still find a variety of cheeses, jams, breads and more. For a more seasonal selection, keep your eye out for pumpkins, gourds, apples, apple butter, and fall-inspired bakery! 

Open: Saturdays from 8:00 am-1:00 pm


 4. Enchanted Forest and Hollywood Hayride

Not a fan of spooky things? The Enchanted Forest and Hollywood Hayride is for you! Take a stroll through the Enchanted Forest and explore famous scenes from fairytales and nursery rhymes. Then, hop on the Hollywood Hayride to witness scenes from popular movies. More games and activities are spread out throughout Palmer Park. If you’re looking for a kid-friendly Halloween activity, you can’t miss this. 

Open: Oct 16-17 5:30-8:00 pm

Oct. 18-19 5:30-8:30 pm


 5. Hiking 

Did you know that Janesville has several beautiful trails? Just minutes away from the busy center of town, you can escape into a quiet wooded wonderland to witness all of fall’s colors. Bring the kids for a gentle stroll around Rockport or gear up for the 3+ mile walk around the Northeast Park Trail. Our favorite hike? The Devil’s Staircase portion of the Ice Age Trail!

Open: daily from 5:00 am-11:00 pm


 6. Halloween Walk

Want to celebrate Halloween indoors? Bring your family to the Spotlight on Kids’ Halloween Walk! Located inside the Janesville Mall, this kid-friendly event features short stories, songs, and skits all performed by Janesville’s local children’s theater. Costumes are encouraged!

Open: Oct. 17-19 5:00-8:00 pm

Oct. 20 1:00-3:00 pm


 7. Festival Foods Turkey Trot 

Burn off those Thanksgiving calories! All proceeds from this 5-mile timed run go to benefit the YMCA, Boys and Girls club, and ECHO. Not a runner? Participate in their 2-mile fun run/walk or bring your furry friend to the 2-mile Dog Jog! This event is open to all ages and ability levels. To sign up before Nov. 1st to get their early bird pricing, click here!

Race begins at 8:00 am on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28th


 8. Test Out Fall Menus

We’ll be honest; we love to eat- especially new foods! Fall brings new seasonal menus to many of our local restaurants. Luke’s Deli features a variety of soups and chili, Bodacious Brew brings out fall drinks like their fall spice latte and apple cider, and 29 South Cafe offers daily specials with seasonal twists. Our favorite stop is Lark, who crafts a seasonal menu featuring locally sourced ingredients. 

Hours vary


What’s your favorite fall activity in Janesville? Leave it in the comments below! 



Photography by Lovelenakate Photography