The crisp breeze in the air, the colorful foliage of the trees, and the oversized sweatshirts make fall the ideal time to get out and do a little exploring. Sometimes the best options, and often most overlooked, are those in your own backyard. Check out these 5 fall destinations that will be sure to satisfy most of your fall bucket list this year!
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Lake Catherine Nature Center
Whether you’re looking for woodlands, wetlands, prairies or gardens, this nature center has it all as well as a beautiful waterfall that feeds into the large lake in the center. Take a stroll on the mile-long shaded wood chip trail that leads around the lake. Rent a canoe or kayak and take in the breathtaking fall foliage from the water. Bring a camera or use your phone to capture fall photos of your family.
Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm and Fall Fest
This nearby pumpkin patch offers several must-do fall activities for every age! Visit the petting zoo, take advantage of several festive photo ops, or enjoy one of the many amusement park style rides like the “Barnyard Dance Cow Coaster”. Take a hayride out into the pumpkin patch and pick your favorite to bring home. Or, if you’re feeling brave, take a trip through the Haunted Barn to get into the Halloween spirit. Make sure to try a churro, the sweet corn, or an apple cider donut while you’re there.
Swallow Cliff Stairs
If you feel like stretching your legs and getting some steps in, head over to the Swallow Cliff Stairs in Palos Park for a little exercise and fresh air. The attached wooded hiking trails range in skill level from green to black diamond, so be sure to know before you go! Feeling energetic? Try the yellow trail #8 and then take on the stairs. Pack a picnic lunch or a good book and enjoy the panoramic fall landscape after you make it to the top of the stairs.
Hailstorm Brewing Company
For a change of pace, visit the family friendly (and dog friendly) Hailstorm Brewing Company. Enjoy an industrial warehouse setting and sample top of the line craft beers. Partake in the collection of food trucks outside and be serenaded by one of the local bands on the weekend. If you have an open Thursday night, visit on open mike night to hear some up and coming talent.
Odyssey Fun Farm
Visit this 110 acre farm and appreciate all this seasonal business has to offer. Whether that’s jumping on the giant bouncy pillows, careening through the air on a zipline, or trying your hand at navigating a corn maze, there’s sure to be something everyone will enjoy. Follow their yellow brick road that leads you into the wonderful world of Oz, take a turn at the corn cannons, or visit the barnyard zoo.
With all these wonderful options at your fingertips, you will be enjoying all the splendor that fall has to offer. So grab your blankets and all things pumpkin spice and get ready for all the fun that awaits you!
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