Pandemic Friendly Fall Activities

 

 

One positive outcome of this pandemic has been the cultural switch toward embracing the outdoors! This summer, restaurants opened for al-fresco dining, many partook in picnics at parks, and outdoor adventures became plentiful. With fall among us, there’s no need to switch to indoor activities just yet, here are 5 pandemic friendly activities. 

  1.  Terror in the Timbers - Elgin, IL 

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This attraction allows visitors to get their dose of Halloween scares from the comfort of their cars! This drive-through haunted house takes visitors through Camp Big Timber for a mile-full of frights.

  1.  Pumpkin Patch and Walk - Lincoln Park Zoo

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Lincoln Park Zoo is delivering the ultimate fall vibes to all Chicagoland residents. The zoo is decorated with corn husks, carved pumpkin sculptures and jack-o-lanterns, and hay bales. Reservations are required.

  1. Apple Holler - Sturtevant, WI

Apple picking is an autumn must! This apple orchard is an easy drive up to Wisconsin and enforces CDC guidelines. The apple cider donuts are to-die-for, and buying at least a dozen is a necessity when visiting. 

  1. Strolls in Botanic Gardens -  Glencoe, IL

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One of the most beautiful parts about fall is the leaves changing colors. The Botanic Gardens is the perfect place to witness this amazing sight! With an abundance of tree and plant species, a peaceful stroll through this nature hotspot is a perfect escape.

  1. Jojo’s Shake Bar Pop-Up “Pumpkin Patch” - River North (Chicago)

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Located right in the heart of River North, this pop-up outdoor dining experience is unlike any other. Their extravagant shakes and decadent food comes with the perfect ambiance to get into the fall spirit! The patio of this trendy restaurant has socially distant dine-in bubbles, decorated with pumpkins and elegant balloon art. It is first come first served, but definitely worth the wait. 

Each of these fall activities makes for Instagram perfect photos. Make sure to share your experiences at these locations with @hercampusdepaul on Instagram!