Washington County Fall colors
Just 35 minutes northwest of Milwaukee, the pace slows down, the smiles get bigger, and the rolling hills of the Kettle Moraine take people to Washington County, known for its beauty and friendly people.
Washington County is full of lakes, hunting grounds, hiking and biking trails, dog friendly parks, historical attractions mixed with modern museums, festivals and farmers markets.
The Washington County Park System includes more than 1,200 acres of breathtaking views, wooded trails, dog parks, and serene lakes and ponds. Outside activities include bike trails for all stages of bike riding, hiking, picnicking, boating, canoeing, fishing. In winter, the parks are bustling with activities such as ice-fishing, sledding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
Award-winning golf courses lure golfers through three seasons, and two ski hills beckon during winter.
Designed for strolling and exploring are quaint downtowns in communities such as Germantown, West Bend, Jackson, Hartford, Richfield, Slinger and Kewaskum.
In Richfield, Holy Hill Road leads to the Basilica of Holy Hill, the Shrine of Mary, open to the public with more than 400 acres of scenery. At Richfield Historical Park, an 1870 gristmill and 1900s farmhouse provide a picturesque outing. richfieldhistoricalsociety.org
In Germantown, the Dheinsville Settlement includes historic buildings with furnishings from the original German settlers to the area, while the Bast Bell Museum houses more than 5,000 unique bells. germantownhistoricalsociety.org.
In West Bend, the Tower Heritage Center finds new fans around Halloween (Oct. 28-31) when there are paranormal tours! thetowerheritagecenter.org.
Jackson is in the center of Washington County, with the Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area a Mecca for hunters, birders and other outdoor enthusiasts. villageofjackson.com
Hartford, close to the Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, provides great hikes and views as well as a charming downtown area. (Fall Frolic is Oct. 3.) downtownhartfordwi.com.
Don't miss these amazing Attractions
• The Museum of Wisconsin Art West Bend
Collects and exhibits contemporary and historical art from the state of Wisconsin. wisconsinart.org
• Wisconsin Auto Museum Hartford
Features an ever-changing display of classic and vintage autos and artifacts. wisconsinautomuseum.com
• Dheinsville Settlement Germantown
A registered national landmark, 1850's original German settlement. germantownhistoricalsociety.org
• The Eisenbahn Trail 25 miles of walking, running,
and biking. Start in Kewaskum and head south for your own personalized fall color tour.
• Shalom Wildlife Zoo, West Bend
100 acres of natural habitat for 75 species of animals.
Hartford’s Fall Frolic
Oct. 3 / Shop and dine in downtown, then take in the fall colors at Pike Lake State Park.
Park Eats & Treats Food Truck Festival
Oct. 3 / Enjoy delicious food, entertainment and games for kids. wcfairpark.com Washington County Fair Park
Imprisoned Spirits: Candlelight Paranormal Museum Tour
Oct. 28-31 / Experience the bizarre phenomenon in the haunted Washington Courthouse Museum and Old Jailhouse. thetowerheritagecenter.org West Bend