Happy Faces and Photo Places! Fall Family Photo Locations

The best part about Fall is the change of colors in the leaves. Personally, I am a nut about Halloween, but you can’t debate the beautiful pictures of your friends and their families on Facebook during this time of year.

Many of these pictures you’ll see are selfies in their flannels or football jerseys (Well not the Bears this year, More like their brothers on the northside), drinking ciders or foamy pumpkin ales, picking pumpkins and taking a Scrooge McDuck type of leap into a pile of leaves.

No one can’t miss a second especially with the time of month. So we’re here to share with you some of the best places to go vogue – autumn style or shake it like a Polaroid picture. Here are some of best Fall Family Photo Locations in Lake County. Be sure to share regularly with #LetsGoLakeCounty!

Autumn’s here FTW!

Lake County Forest Preserves

We have over 30,000 acres of forest preserves in Lake County, and this time of year they’re a kaleidoscope of colors!  From burnt oranges, bright yellows to glowing red, Lake County’s natural spaces provide the perfect landscape for fall photos.  Ryerson Forest Preserve has pictures favorites like wooden fences and an old barn to add to the mix.  Or try Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve for a long wooden board walk through tall brown grasses!  And one of the best options is the Des Plaines River trail because of its stunning natural landscapes.  I mean… look at some of these beautiful scenes! Not to mention there is a filled gap newly constructed on the Des Plaines River Trail. Be sure to be on a look out for our Fall Bike Trails blog next week.

Cuba Marsh - Photo by Avis Meade

Cuba Marsh – Photo by Avis Meade


Didier Farms Pumpkin Fest in Lincolnshire

Bring the family out for this annual fall festival. Hayrides, pony rides, camel rides. Children’s kiddie rides, exotic petting zoo, corn maze, concessions, Pig Races(weekends only) Be sure to visit Grandma D.’s Bake Shop for the best pies, cookies, and fudge. You have to try the homemade apple cider and delicious pumpkin donuts. Hours, location and more here
didier farms collage

Richardson’s Adventure Farm

Explore the World’s Largest Corn Maze and then snuggle up with family and friends around a campfire site, complete with logs for chairs! Get some cider, pose with a goat or friendly pig, and then head to the pumpkin patch for the ultimate fall experience. Everything from tiny gourds to pumpkins of all kinds of shapes and sizes – red, white, blue, warty, flattened, and of course, orange. Choose from 4 inch pumpkins up to 30, 40, 50 pounds or more!

Watch this video to see the corn maze, the 700 foot zip line and a bird’s eye view of the farm!

Krolls Corn Maze and Farm 

All aboard a hayride! What’s more “fall” than a hayride?! Find your pumpkins and fall decoration at Kroll’s! For your entertainment and education they also offer a corn maze, farm tour hay rides, and a petting zoo. They also have a huge selection of different kinds of pumpkins in their pumpkin farm, and they also have gourds and winter squash.

Patch 22’s Pumpkins and Events

Pick from thousands of pumpkins on this real, working farm! They have tons of varieties, plus other decorations like gourds, corn stalks, hay bales and ornamental corn. Enjoy a taffy apple and other refreshments while on a hayride and get spooked in their haunted barn! See their horses, and other farm animals like goats, sheep, cows, and learn all about working farms.



Welcome to the finest facility for spiritual gatherings in America. Now this place has wonderful colors in their leaves when it starts to turn. The Conference Center at the Univeristy of St. Mary of the Lake (USML) has over 800 acres of peaceful natural surroundings ideal for walking.  Relax, reflect and renew in the haven or bring the family to take some wonderful snapshots with a fall color plethora in the background.

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