Fall In Love With A Harvest Of Things To Do In The Peoria Area

I absolutely fall. The air is crisper, our clothes get cozier and there is an abundance of fun things to do. I love the smells of the season and the tastes even better. If you are in Peoria Illinois, here are some unique things to do in our area this time of year.

Farmers Markets

Peoria Riverfront Market- The Peoria Riverfront Market is held May through September on the riverfront. It is held every Saturday from 8:00-12:00. You can find fresh farm produce, meat from local sources, fresh eggs, breads and cheeses. There are also local artists selling their original creations like jewelry, pottery, blown glass, etc. You can find plenty of parking in the surrounding lots and on the surrounding streets.

Metro Centre Farmers Market- The Metro Centre in Peoria also has a farmers market on Saturdays from 8:00-2:00. It is located in the Farmer's Market Pavilion in the parking lot. Here you can find fresh produce, flowers, pasta ,etc. If you like to browse in a relaxed atmosphere you should feel right at home here.

U- Pick Orchards

Tanner's Orchard
- Although it's about 30 minutes away in Speer Illinois, Peoria residents will tell you, it's just not fall without a trip to Tanner's Orchard. If you're looking for a great family outing, you can't miss Tanners. They offer miniature golf and tether ball in the back 40 for the older kids and a petting zoo for the younger ones. There is also a corn maze. You can pick your own apples or pumpkins or buy them in the Farmer's Market. The Farmers Market also offers apple cider, jams and butters, gourmet foods, home decor and gifts, and candles. In the Apple Bin Bakery, you will find their famous apple cider donuts (these are a must buy if you have never had one), caramel apples and fresh homemade fudge. You will also find pies, danishes and muffins as well. The bakery also offers lunch and dinner on weekdays. Always a truly great experience for the entire family.

Love Nature?

One of our favorite things to do in the fall is to take a drive and look at the leaves. Nature is so beautiful at this time of year and I just love to take it all in. If you like nature too and are looking for a great eye-catching experience, I recommend driving the following.

Grandview Drive - I love Grandview Drive. Not only will you get a great view of the season's natural beauty you will also see some of the most expensive houses in the city. You will also get a fantastic view of the Illinois river. Another fun perk is if you go around Halloween time, the yards are usually decorated.

Plenty Of Pumpkin

Morton IL-
If you love pumpkin and are in our area the third week in September, you are going to be in heaven. Fifteen minutes from Peoria is the town of Morton which is also the pumpkin capital of the world. Every year they host the Morton Pumpkin Festival during the third week of September. You can get your fill of pumpkin delights such as pumpkin ice cream, donuts and even pumpkin chili. Events include pumpkin chuckin', pumpkin classic race and walk, and pumpkin lip sync battle. Also, don't miss the pumpkin pancake and sausage breakfast and the parade that Saturday morning.

There are plenty of ways to feast your eyes and tempt your taste buds during this time of year. Come out and enjoy what the autumn season in Central Illinois has to offer.

Carrie Lowrance is a freelance writer and author. She has lived in Illinois for twenty years. She has been published on Huffington Post, She Is Fierce, Horkey Handbook, etc. She has also published two books of poetry, one children's book and she writes her own personal finance blog.