8 Must-Do Fall Activities in Illinois That Will Put You In A Festive Mindset
Now that Autumn is here, everyone is looking for those fun fall festivities to participate in. Pumpkin patches, apple picking, corn mazes, tractor rides, etc. If you are looking for things to do, you are in the right place! We have put together a nice variety of activities for you! Maybe you can plan a road trip and visit them all.
Here are 8 fun Fall activities to do in Illinois!
Worlds Largest Corn Maze
Many farms have cool corn mazes, but not many can live up to the size and detail of the Richardson Adventure Farm Corn Maze! With its 9 - 10 miles of trail winding through 28 acres of live corn, you are in for a challenge and a treat!
According to the website, the maze is created out of 4 smaller mazes. Each one has its own dedicated in and out path. There are multiple checkpoints throughout the maze as well as three bridges that will help you find your bearings while looking at the map.
"Finding the checkpoints is the challenge and the way to solve the maze, but if you have had enough and need to get out and get a fresh donut or a cup of hot chocolate for added strength and stamina, you can find your way out in just minutes. There is a perimeter path surrounding the entire maze and there are no dead ends in this maze! And it is completely up to you whether to do one maze or all four!" -Richardson Farm
"The Richardson Farm 2022 “World’s Largest” corn maze celebrates 60 years of James Bond with some familiar famous faces that have portrayed 007 over the years! The actors are; upper left, Roger Moore; center left, Sean Connery; lower left, Timothy Dalton; center right, Daniel Craig; far right, Pierce Bosman. That’s the casino in Monaco in the background and an Aston Martin in the foreground. Do you accept this mission to find your way through our 2022 corn maze design?" -Richardson Farm
Hiking at Shawnee National Forest
There are many miles of diverse hiking and backpacking trails in the Shawnee National Forest including the 160-mile River to River Trail.
"Shawnee National Forest lies between the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, in southern Illinois. Its terrain spans woodlands, hills, and lakes. Wildlife includes bald eagles. The Garden of the Gods wilderness area features ancient sandstone cliffs and formations. Trails include the long River to River Trail and the Rim Rock National Recreation Trail, circling an escarpment. Jackson Falls has steep bluffs and a waterfall." -Shawnee Forest
Kayak The Cache Bayou
"While paddling in a canoe or kayak explorers can expect to encounter deer, beaver, otters, muskrat, wild turkey, a large variety of birds such as bald eagle, herons, egrets, and several different species of fish such as gar, smallmouth bass, bowfin, crappie, and catfish. There is a 4.6-mile canoe trail loop that provides a path through Bottom land Swamp that returns to the Cache Bayou Outfitters' main office." -Cache Bayou Outfitters
"You can't skip this fascinating canopy tour! With 7 different zip lines, 2 suspension bridges, walking trails in between, and a surprise at the end, the Grafton Zipline is the ultimate adventure. Friendly and professionally certified guides lead all sorts of thrill-seekers on tours daily. Tours last anywhere from 1-2.5 hours depending on the size of the group, making this the perfect activity for family and friends!" -Grafton Zipline
According to the website, the Eckert family has been growing apples for more than 100 years in rural Illinois, near St. Louis. Proud of their farming heritage and diligent stewards of the land, the Eckerts have cultivated and preserved their orchard business for seven generations.
"Fun for the entire family awaits year-round at Eckert’s Belleville Farm. Whether you’re looking to pick your own fruits and vegetables or cool off with a visit to our Frozen Custard Shop, you’re sure to have an adventure of the ages. Keep reading to see all we have to offer for the entire family." -Eckerts
Didier Farms Pumpkin Fest
"During our Pumpkinfest, the last week of September and all of October, corn maze, straw maze, pony rides, camel rides, kiddie rides, pumpkin playland and have an animal land to explore, in beautiful Lake County, Illinois." -Didier Farms
The Great Pumpkin Patch
Hardy's Reindeer Ranch
"Hardy's Reindeer Ranch is a unique and fun tour destination in Central Illinois. The ranch is an unusual and unique attraction that features a herd of authentic Alaskan reindeer ready for you to have an up-close encounter. Hardy's Reindeer Ranch plays host to visitors from all across the nation and many countries." -Hardy's