Fall colors trees southeastern Wisconsin

Where to See Fall Colors around Waukesha County

Those who know me well or have been following Lake Country Family Fun for awhile, know that I am #teamsummer all the way. BUT, that doesn’t mean I’m not a fall fan. I love when the seasons change. I love the school schedule coming back to life from a carefree summer. I love the cooling temps (just a little bit 😉). I love the flitter flutter of the leaves as they fall. BUT most importantly, before the leaves fall, I love the changing color from bright green to flecks of gold, orange, yellow, red, and sometimes purple. 

There are many places to see the beautiful leaves change color – the image above was taken from a drive around Oconomowoc Lake. But, to really be awed and amazed, we have three places to visit for breathtaking views. 

So where to go to see these changing fall colors? Try one of five locations below.

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As the leaves begin to change and the air turns crisp, there’s a certain magic in the atmosphere that ignites our passion for the arts. It’s the perfect time to fall in love with creativity all over again, and at Brio Studios, we’re here to make that happen!

So we invite you to cuddle up with us this fall and explore your creative side! This Fall explore music with an 8 week music lesson package, or audit a dance class to see how you like it, take home an art kit and have fun as a family, join the ensemble of a theatre show and have a blast trying something new! 

This Fall Say YES and make time for your Creative Side Again! Make this YOUR Fall! Check out the options below!


Where to See Fall Colors

1. Holy Hill

Hands down the prettiest, just outside of Waukesha County to the north in Washington County, you’ll find the rolling hills of the Kettle Moraine. Around a town with my namesake, lies the cathedral on the hill, known as Holy Hill. Directions HERE.

Holy Hill Fall Leaves

2. Lapham Peak

Known as being the tallest point in Waukesha County, climbing the observation tower gives spectacular views of the tree tops from 360 aerial view. In fall 2019, I went on a field trip to Lapham Peak with my child’s class and the views were breathtaking! They are breathtaking in every season, but fall is beautiful! 

Kettle Moraine State Forest Lapham Peak Delafield

3. Retzer Nature Center

Located in the heart of Waukesha County, just outside of the city of Waukesha, is Retzer Nature Center. Spanning and encompassing 450 acres, you’ll be able to see amazing colors as your hike along the trails.

Wee wonders at Retzer Nature Center

4.  Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit

The Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit is 61 miles east of Madison and 37 miles southwest of Milwaukee. It’s located in Waukesha County, with headquarters in Eagle, WI. Directions HERE. Be sure to check out the Paradise Springs Nature Trail while down there.  You won’t be disappointed!

Why we love to call Eagle Home Old World Wisconsin

5. Minors Park

Minors Park in Mukwonago is an area attraction for its beautiful oak trees. When the leaves start to change, you won’t want to miss this gorgeous view!

If you are wondering when to go view – Travel Wisconsin has a Wisconsin Fall Color Report map.  Waukesha County is set to peak about the fourth week in October 2023.

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2 thoughts on “Where to See Fall Colors around Waukesha County”

  1. Definitely going to check out 3 of these places on the list! And also love that you included travel Wisconsin’s when the leaves will peak! Perfect!! Our go to place for being in the know!

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