Ahhh Fall is finally here! Time for the leaves to change colors; to eat and drink pumpkin spiced everything, watch replays of Hocus Pocus, visit haunted houses, pick apples, carve pumpkins and many more fun activities before it gets too cold outside. Needs some ideas on the fun things to do? Here are 4 places in the United States you and your friends can visit to get your fix of fall fun.
Stribling Apple Orchard –Markham, VA
How do you like them apples? Stribling Orchard is one of the top places in the country for apple picking. This historic farm contains approximately 30 acres of apple trees and 15 acres of peach trees. During the fall, apple pickers have the opportunity pick four different types of apple and/or purchase five types of already picked apples and pumpkins. Visitors can also check out the Stribling’s bakery where they can purchase freshly made apple cider as well as many sweet treats like their famous apple-cinnamon raisin bread, and other delicacies such as: apple pie, pumpkin pie, fruit cake, fruit jams, jellies, preserves, and fruit and nut butters. This place is a weekend day trip for those who live or are visiting the DMV area. The orchard is located in Northern, Virginia about two hours away from Washington, D.C.
Eastern State Penitentiary –Philadelphia PA
Are you afraid of the dark? If your answer is no check out the grand Eastern State Penitentiary (if your answer is yes, come anyway). The Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) was a former American prison between 1829 and 1971 located in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. Notorious criminals like Al Capone, were once held behind these prison walls. Twenty years after closing the prison, ESP became a historic site, where visitors had the opportunity to go on guided tours. In the fall of 1991, the Halloween fundraiser, Terror Behind The Walls, debuted. It started off as theatrical performances of prison murder and violence. In 2001, it turned into a haunted house attraction with six different sections. Beware, you’re in for a scare! End your evening of terror with an unforgettable Philly Cheesesteak. Head down to South Philly and check out Geno’s, Philly’s oldest cheesesteak joint, on 9th and Passyunk Avenue. For my fellow vegetarians and vegans, head to HipCityVeg in Center City (18th and Samson Street) for the BEST vegan cheesesteak ever!
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch –Hampshire, IL
If you’re looking for pumpkins, this is the place to check out. Goebbert’s Farm is a 200 acre farm located two hours away from Chicago, the Windy City. For only $10 visitors will have access to the wagon ride through the farm, corn stalk maze, haunted house, pumpkin slide, and paint balling (for an additional fee). For those who are looking to pick fresh vegetables, you can participate in the U-Pick fields, where you can pick sweet peppers, hot peppers, plum tomatoes, green tomatoes, eggplant, and sweet corn for the price of $15 per bushel! You can also check out the cafes and bakeries on the farm where you can indulge on the notorious apple cider donuts, as well as other delicious homemade treats!
Jarrettsville Pike Sunflower Field –Monkton, MD
Jarrettsville Pike is home of the field of sunflowers located approximately an hour away from Baltimore, Maryland. This is a great weekend day trip for those who want to get away from the city madness and spend the day in nature. You can prance in the flowers while enjoying the crisp and clear fall air. Bring a blanket and picnic basket and share a meal with your friends or significant other to complete your day outdoors. I should also add that you should bring a camera and wear your favorite fall outfit. This is a GREAT place to take pictures. Start practicing your artsy poses and put on your thinking caps for a clever caption so you’re Instagram ready. Stick around to watch the sunset for some breathtaking views of the sky.
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Nicole is the ‘Jill of all Trades.’ She’s an English teacher, a writer, a history buff, a former track and field athlete, and a plant based foodie. She gained her global perspective after participating in a travel study trip to Hong Kong and Singapore. Since then, she’s been on a mission to inspire Millennials to take the leap abroad. Stay updated on her latest adventures by following her on Instagram @nic_nac93 or her blog.