Google+ Authentic Parenting: Fall Family Destinations in the Midwest

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fall Family Destinations in the Midwest

Getting away for vacation in the summer is pretty standard, but I also enjoy traveling in the fall. It's a great way to appreciate the changing seasons and offers me some late-year fun before the holidays arrive. The Midwest offers many destinations for the travel-minded – locales that offer culture, fresh food, and a variety of entertainment that will suit families from all backgrounds. Here are some of my family's favorite places to visit.

Conner Prairie – Fishers, IN

Going to Conner Prairie Interactive History Park has been a longstanding tradition for my family. No matter how old the members of our party, we're all children when the Headless Horseman rides through the woods during a haunted hayride. Our visit offers the chance to make S'Mores, sing "Scary-o-ke," and see the Legend of Sleepy Hollow puppet show. It's a great way to celebrate fall before the weather turns wintry and it offers interactivity for younger folks.

Roosevelt Theatre – Chicago, IL

When deciding what to do in Chicago, options abound. In the past, my family has enjoyed touring the city by trolley, visiting Navy Pier, the Planetarium, or admiring the changing foliage after a walk through a local park. Consider taking in a show at the Roosevelt Theatre. It's a great place to see a dance company perform, such as The Joffrey Ballet or Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and a wonderful way to take the chill off after a day of sightseeing.

Soulard Farmers' Market – St. Louis, MO

If you're looking for local history and good food, visit Soulard Farmers' Market in St. Louis. Open year-round, the market is a great place to pick up seasonal foods, sample baked goods, and grab a bite. A great place to teach kids about proper nutrition, the indoor/outdoor market also offers the adults in my family the chance to sample local brews and wines.

Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room – Ann Arbor, MI

Located near the University of Michigan, Crazy Wisdom is a great landing place after crunching through the leaves on campus. Stop in for gifts and books about spirituality, holistic health, and raising your consciousness, and make time to go upstairs to the tea room where you can sample more than 100 varieties of tea. This year's Halloween bash includes folk music and a costume contest with prizes.

Frist Center for the Visual Arts – Nashville, TN

Along with an exhibit about Egypt, the Frist's fall offerings include chances for family members of all ages to make art during the Habitat for Humanity Fall Festival. A great chance to introduce people of all ages to the wonderful world of museums, visiting the Frist also exposes visitors to art that celebrates photography, video, and multimedia.

Getting away for a fall trip is generally pretty easy to do, especially when so many great cities are only a few hours' drive away. I like that I can enjoy art, culture, and incredible scenery without spending every last cent in my wallet, something I think all families can appreciate. What are some of your favorite fall destinations?


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