Autumn is a great time for family adventures. There are so many seasonal activities that kids of all ages can enjoy! So pack up the kids and head into the Elgin Area for an overnight getaway to make some fun fall memories together
Once arriving in the Elgin Area, it’s best to start by checking into your hotel.
After checking in, head into Pingree Grove to experience one of the Elgin Area’s local favorite attractions for all things fall. Goebbert’s Farm is the perfect family-oriented location to enjoy everything the fall season has to offer- and then some! Stroll through the apple orchard or pumpkin patch, savor apple cider, apple cider donuts, and caramel apples all made fresh on site. Rides, slides, and animals are also at Goebbert’s. And of course, you cannot forget to stop by and say hi to the pumpkin-eating dinosaur before taking a ride on the pumpkin express train.
After enjoying all of the activities at Goebbert’s stop by Hart’s Garage for dinner. This motor-themed bar and grill are decorated with various car and motorcycle memorabilia. Hart’s is known for their pizza and smash burgers.
But make sure you leave space for dessert at the last stop for the day: The Milk House. This artisan ice cream shop is open year-round and features classic and seasonal flavors. For fall their s’mores and pumpkin cheesecake are fan favorites. Stop by for a quick scoop before heading back to the hotel.
First, check out of your hotel and make your way to Alexander’s Café for breakfast. Or, if you slept in, it also makes an excellent spot for brunch! There are a variety of options to make even the pickiest eater happy.
Once you’re done with your meal, the next stop is Randall Oaks Zoo in West Dundee. This fall Randall Oaks Zoo has brought back their Fall Fest. During Fall Fest there are weekend animal shows, free crafts for kids, hayrides, and bonfires! It’s a great way to spend an afternoon.
The last stop on your getaway is Cook’s Sweet Boutique in downtown Elgin. This classic candy store features all kinds of current and nostalgic favorites, as well as chocolate truffles and other novelties and accessories. Grab and enjoy the treat of your choice before trekking back home.
After all is done, we hope you enjoyed spending quality time with your family in Elgin!
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