When and Where To See Fall Colors in Milwaukee This Year

Fall colors are estimated to peak a couple weeks later than usual in Wisconsin this year.

Autumn is less than a month away, which means that before too long, our landscape will light up in vibrant shades of yellow, red and orange.

AccuWeather just released its predictions about when fall weather will arrive throughout the U.S., and in Wisconsin, we’ll start seeing fall colors about two weeks later than usual this year.  

This delay is thanks to the warmer-than-usual weather we’ve experienced recently, which is supposed to last into the fall. The changing hues are expected to peak around the third week of October.



The leaves might change later than usual this year, but once they do, you won’t want to miss it. It’s the perfect reason to go on as many outdoor excursions as you can before the weather gets too cold.

There’s plenty of places in and around Milwaukee that offer gorgeous views of these autumnal colors. If you want to stay in the city, head over to Grant Park, the Oak Leaf Trail or any of Milwaukee’s other parks.

The view from Lapham Peak, the highest point in Waukesha County, is sure to take your breath away. (The hike to the observation tower might also take your breath away, but the red and orange landscape is well worth it.)

To make the most of your leaf-gazing experience, check out our list of the best fall foliage viewing spots in the area. And to make sure you don’t miss peak colors, you can track the season on Travel Wisconsin’s Fall Color Report.



Elizabeth Johnson is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine and a journalism major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.