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Leaves are falling, activities are calling

Its time for exams, projects and yes midterm prep. That means fall break cant come soon enough for most of us.

In the meantime, you might need something to take your mind off the madness of school, so check out this miniature list of nearby attractions to distract you from classes. Dont worry we tried to avoid the clich and only included one outdoor autumn attraction.


TANNERS ORCHARD: A Hilltop favorite and a one-stop shop for autumn, Tanners Orchard is the place for apple picking, cider donuts and farm animals. Their orchard has nearly 20 varieties of apples to pick, and they offer a by-the-bushel U-Pick option. Pick out a pumpkin, recline on a hay bale and enjoy the fall weather as you gorge yourself with cinnamon treats. Located at 740 IL-40 in Speer, IL. Open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.


NORTHMOOR OBSERVATORY: The greater Peoria area has its own observatory something many students arent aware of. Bradley originally purchased the telescope decades ago, but it was put away and never used until the Peoria Astronomical Society took over. The Northmoor Observatory is close to campus, located on Knoxville Avenue. Stop by through the end of October to see a view of the heavens like nothing youve ever seen. The Northmoor Observatory is located at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. and is open on cloudless Saturday nights for free viewings.


TOURS: The Bradley Bubble is a favorite phrase for students but stepping off campus and learning more about the city we study in is one way to pop it. The Peoria Historical Society offers a variety of tours of the area, including rides through Grandview Drive, the historic Springdale Cemetery and even haunted tours of the city that begin around Halloween. Tours can be booked through the Peoria Riverfront Museum at 222 SW Washington St., and tickets average around $10. The number to call for tickets is 309-674-1921.

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