It’s finally fall y’all! Fall has definitely become one of my favorite seasons (hello PSL and sweater weather!). If you’re looking to add to your fall bucket list, here are a few unique fall experiences (because every list has apple picking and pumpkin picking, right?) you must add! Keep checking back because I’ll keep adding more.
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Unique Fall Experiences
- Combine the best of both worlds and have an apple cider donut ice cream sandwich. All Seasons Orchard and Julie Ann’s Custard offer these delectable treats!
- Love dinosaurs? See a pumpkin eating dinosaur then head to the market to buy the book “The Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur.” The author Deb Skog released a new book perfect for fall adventures, “A Day at the Pumpkin Farm.”
- Enjoy a fall lights show from the comfort of your car.
- Scope out more scarecrows in downtown Crystal Lake as part of their Johnny Appleseed Festival. TIP: Don’t miss stopping by and getting popcorn from Pop’s Corn Crib.
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- Cooler temps make hikes much more enjoyable.
- Take a relaxing stroll through a Japanese Garden surrounded by the fall colors. One of our favorites is at Anderson Japanese Garden in Rockford.
- Go on a fall cabin getaway. Kishauwau Starved Rock Area Cabins would be great. Imagine the fall colors during your hike at Starved Rock State Park or Matthiessen State Park.
- Everyone gets lost in a corn maze, but how about an apple maze?
- Head to Glacial Park in Ringwood then climb a kame, a hill formed by glaciers, and enjoy the beautiful views.
- Try any of the fall-inspired donuts at Craft Donuts and Coffee. Take your donut and coffee for a walk along the riverwalk.
- Find your new favorite fall drink at an independent coffee shop. Here are a few of my favorite coffee shops in the Northwest suburbs.
- Go for an art walk through downtown Elgin. Sculptures, murals, places to eat, and a new candy shop – what are you waiting for?
- Explore a cave! Take a short hike to the cave at Red Oaks Nature Center. When you’re done, hike any of the easy trails or walk to the nature-based playground at Lippold Park.
- See the leaves change color as you hunt for trolls at Morton Arboretum. Don’t miss the scarecrows on display on the scarecrow trail while you’re here!
- See more scarecrows at the Scarecrow Festival in St. Charles. This year it will be spread out all over town!
- Explore over 100 acres and find your favorite sculpture at Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park.
What is your favorite unique fall experience?