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Falling for Autumn

A rundown on fun fall activities for when the weather cools

Lone Elk Park

Lone Elk Park is a must-see in the fall, being both entertaining and beautiful with only about a 20 minute drive. For free, you can see the bison, elk, deer and turkey roaming in the roads and the forests on either side. Though most people choose to drive through the park, visitors are also allowed to hike on the White Bison Trail Loop. Visitors are welcome to walk on it as long as they are conscious of the surrounding wildlife and do not bring pets.

Hiking Spots 

It is getting cooler out, and that means that hiking is a far less miserable activity. One good hiking spot is the Fort Belle Fontaine loop trail. With a view of the lake, old stone walls and staircases, this hiking spot is the perfect place for a walk and a picnic. Another good trail to try is the Cliff Cave County Park loop. This hike is slightly longer than the first but well worth the visit. With many cliffs, waterfalls and cool cave entrances, this is the perfect place for a photo-op. 


Pumpkin carving is a classic fall activity, but there are other things you can do with a pumpkin to spice up your season. You can cook the seeds or even make pumpkin pie out of your own pumpkin. All of these things can be done with just one simple pumpkin! Don’t get me started on pumpkin picking itself. this is such a great activity to do with your family or friends once the fields open, and another great opportunity for a photo-op. 


Fall Festivals 

Stargazing Festival 

On Oct. 21, amateur astronomers will be able to have a night dedicated to stargazing at Tower Grove Park. There will also be night hikes and other fun activities for people who don’t enjoy looking at the stars, though you do have to register for them. Bring your blanket, hot cocoa and your camera, and have fun in the park. 

Renaissance Festival

The Renaissance Festival is every weekend from September until mid-October. It is a good mix of everything magical and mystical. Some of the events that are held at the Renaissance Festival are jousting, marriages and many other contests and events. Dressing up is very much encouraged for attendees.

Fright Fest

Every October, Six Flags hosts a Halloween-themed festival where the nights are filled with good frights, good food and good rides. Actors are hired to dress in costumes and jump out at random to scare visitors across the park. This is a great place to go with friends, family or your significant other during the Halloween season. 

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Jay Heintz, A&E Editor
Junior Jay Heintz is the Arts and Entertainment editor on panorama. It is her second year on staff. She enjoys reading and spending all of her money at the goodwill bins.

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