It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I know, I know…the “holidays” are not upon us yet, but for me Autumn is one of MY favorite seasons.
From the crisp, cool weather (it could come along anytime, by the way!) to delicious fall-inspired dishes, to the smells of bonfires and sights of eerie jack-o-lanterns on porches, the warmth and glow of the next three months are something I look forward to year-round.
Who else has done a little Pinterest searching for Autumn projects, decorations and desserts?!
So, inspired by my favorite time of year, I share with you a few of my favorite things to do in the Fall in the Quad Cities:
- Go to Stone’s Apple Barn. This has been a favorite since I was a little girl. Located in East Moline, this is a great, family-friendly place to enjoy. Children are welcome to help pick, and you can take a tractor-pulled hayrack ride around the orchard. After you pick (a minimum of 20 pounds), you can head across the street to enjoy the barnyard animals & their store, which includes more fresh produce (if you prefer not to pick your own), as well as treats like fresh caramel, toffees, popcorn balls, and more.
- Gather leaves & make memories. I remember gathering leaves as a kid and bringing them home to my mom. She’d help me carefully use old crayons to make shavings onto waxed paper and she’d use her iron to press the beautiful fall leaves between the paper. You can get as decorative as you like, by making a construction paper frame to decorate around the paper, or cutting the wax paper into different shapes. When my husband was in Afghanistan, our son picked some beautiful fall leaves to press for him and give him a taste of midwest Autumn.
- Spend the day playing at Pride of the Wapsi. Located in Long Grove, you could spend a good afternoon being entertained here! Take a hayrack ride, play in some inflatables, check out their corn maze, or pick your own pumpkin.
- Take a scenic drive. There are so many beautiful locations around and a little bit outside of the Quad Cities to “look out” and see the beautiful foliage of Fall. Blackhawk State Park in Rock Island, Wildcat Den in Muscatine, or even a daytrip up to Eagle Point Park in Dubuque are just a few with gorgeous views and hiking trails. Where do you like to drive and play in the fall?
- Bake. Using pumpkin & apples in dishes are on the top of my fall baking list. This is one of my favorite Apple Crisp recipes. And here are a few of the spooktacular cookies we baked and decorated one year! Last year I shared some of my favorite Autumn recipes on this blog… What are your favorite Fall dishes or desserts?
- Take in an outdoor event. Do something in the great outdoors before we get shut up inside for winter! Band Spectacular, local high school or college football games…Pick your stadium and you can find an event there probably any Thursday-Saturday evening! Bring the kids & cheer loud for your favorite team…or just cheer loud!
- Dress in costume. What is fall without a little Halloween? Costumes at our house are a year-round trend, but for many this is a fun time to get creative and pretend.
- And who can resist pumpkin spiced ANYTHING?! From coffee creamer to lattes, “pumpkin spice” is back in season! In honor of these, we’ve hooked YOU, our faithful Quad City Moms Blog readers, up!
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Tell me about some of your favorite places to go and things to do in the Quad Cities in Fall!