Gas Tank Getaway: Autumn in Lake Geneva, WI

Lake Geneva is a charming little town for all seasons. The changing colors around the lake create a breathtaking backdrop for shopping, dinning out, bike riding, and much more. The painted ladies, quaint lake cottages, and mansions of the historic vacation destination shine amidst the towering old trees in the community, making Lake Geneva a beautiful place to visit after the summer tourist season has passed.

Autumn in Lake Geneva
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Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or a good meal, Lake Geneva has something to offer. Begin the season with Lake Geneva’s Oktoberfest, for two days of special events including a giant pumpkin weigh-in, German music, and children’s activities.

Lake Geneva Oktoberfest
Throughout downtown Lake Geneva
Main Street and Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva, WI 53147
October 8-9

Lake Geneva, WI
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If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s no better way to take in the fall colors than with Lake Geneva Canopy Tours. Excursions are offered for adventure-seekers starting ages seven and older, who weigh at least 65 pounds and are four feet (48 inches) tall. In addition to the breathtaking ropes courses, there are nine miles of hiking and biking trails available for use for a fee.

Lake Geneva Canopy Tours
N3219 County Road H, Lake Geneva, WI 53147 | (262) 248-9271

Lake Geneva, WI
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Enjoy Friday Night Fright at Timber Ridge Lodge in October. Located just minutes from the heart of downtown Lake Geneva, this family-centric resort is the perfect place to stay. Special room rates, family activities, apple cider, games, and a weekly costume contest are offered from October 7 – October 28. See the website for booking details. Other fall activities offered at Timber Ridge for additional fees include pumpkin painting every Saturday, pony rides, and a haunted hay ride at Dan Patch Stables. Jessica and her family recently visited Timber Ridge, and loved the water park. You can read about her stay here.

Timber Ridge Lodge at Grand Geneva
7020 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva, WI 53147| (866) 636-4502  

Lake Geneva, WI
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Run, hike, or bike the breathtaking Lake Geneva Shore Path. Take in the lake, beautiful homes, crisp air, and fall colors on the 26-mile, weaving path. View historic estates, including the Wrigley Mansion, parks, neighborhoods, and of course, Geneva Lake. This is a long trail, so plan your trek ahead of time. Library Park downtown is a great starting point, where there is street, metered, and city lot parking available.

Lake Geneva Shore Path via Library Park
900 Block of Main St., Lake Geneva, WI

And don’t forget about the food–my favorite part. From quick and casual to gourmet fare, Lake Geneva has it all. At Oktoberfest, visit the Sprechtoberfest, Sprecher’s event tent. Like any proper vacation town, Lake Geneva has a selection of ice cream parlors and fudge shops, too!

Popeye’s is a Lake Geneva institution. With the eclectic nautical decor and traditional family-friendly menu served right on the lake you can’t go wrong. Popeye’s can get very crowded! Call ahead to check wait times, or make a reservation in advance.

Popeye’s on Lake Geneva
811 Wrigley Dr., Lake Geneva, WI 53147| (262) 248-4381

Lake Geneva, WI
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Little Lake County’s writer Jessica G. recommends Sopra Bistro, a chic, newer spot on the main drag. The American bistro offers classic dishes with a farm-to-table bent, and serves craft beers, specialty cocktails, and interesting wines.

Sopra Bistro
724 W. Main St., Lake Geneva, WI 53147 | (262) 249-0800  |

Perfectly situated in town near shopping and the lake, The Original Chicago Pizza Co. has been dishing up pies in Lake Geneva for years. Pizza, wings, hot dogs, Italian Beefs, and more are offered in this quaint restaurant, where root beer is served up in a frosty mug.

The Original Chicago Pizza Co.
150 Center St., Lake Geneva, WI 53147 | (262) 248-8544

Whether your planning a quick romantic getaway or a fun family day, Lake Geneva has something for everyone. The unique shopping, excursions, dining, and scenery make this town worth the trip.

Have you visited Lake Geneva? What are your family’s favorite spots?


About Holly Garvey 78 Articles
Stay-at-home mom who works! On again/off again work in family real estate business, babysitter, dog rescue and historical society volunteer all while chasing my new-found dream to be a writer.I live in Antioch with my husband, Jake, and kids, Cecilia (5) and Mark (3), and our dog Isabella. I'm an aspiring vegan (I cheat a lot), Jazzercise addict and runner. As a family, we love to travel and spend time outdoors. I love to go antique shopping and garage sale-ing, cook, and read in my (rare) free time.

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