South Bend Comes Alive During The Fall

The Golden Dome during Autumn
The Golden Dome during Autumn
Notre Dame

South Bend is plentiful with activities and opportunities if you just look for them. Since fall has begun, I’m here to give you insight into some festive activities you can participate in to make the most out of this beautiful season.

 

  • Thistleberry Farm: This farm combines a pumpkin patch, corn maze, flower field, and more into one six-acre plot of land. It is a one-stop shop for all things autumn, creating a great way to begin your fall festivities. You can pick up a warm cup of apple cider or one of their famous made-to-order apple cider donuts. When you are ready to leave, you can buy pumpkins to decorate your home or yard to celebrate harvest season. You can find more information and prices here.
    Pumpkin Patch (Thistleberry Farm)

     

  • South Bend Farmers Market: The Market is a perfect way to get your fall shopping in while supporting local farmers and sellers. You can buy fall produce, pumpkins of all sizes, and even fall drinks from the DeLo’s Coffee Shop. If you want to sit down and have a nice breakfast, you can go to the Cafe before or after shopping. They offer delicious food, a homey feel, and locally sourced ingredients. If you would like to learn more about the different vendors and different products sold, you can visit the Farmer’s Market website.
    South Bend Farmer’s Market Cafe

     

  • Local Hiking- Saint Patrick’s Park, Potato Creek, and Rum Village are all amazing options if you would like to take a long walk and view the leaves in their different stages of vibrant colors. There’s nothing like the feeling of taking a stroll through the beautiful trees and hearing the crunching leaves underfoot with each step. Notre Dame’s campus has beautiful foliage as well, and is an amazing place to photograph the beauty of autumn. Here you can find South Bend’s fall foliage guide, to guide you on your journey through the palette of a South Bend autumn.
    Rum Village

     

  • Niles Scream Park- Just 20 minutes north of central South Bend, Niles Scream Park is considered a must for many locals during the spooky season.  If you enjoy the scarier side of fall, this is the place for you. From a Haunted House to a Haunted Hayride, there are many horror-filled experiences to be had. Check out their website to explore all of the unique attractions they offer.
    Niles Scream Park

     

  • Cloud Walking Cafe- The cozy feel of the cafe is elevated during the cooler months, and it is a perfect place to study alone or with friends. The cafe offers delicious just-baked treats and drinks, and is a perfect place to buy local coffee and sweets. If you aren’t studying, you can use some of the coloring books and markers provided by the cafe to relax and wind-down. More information can be found on their website, or in a past article I wrote about the cafe.

    Cloud Walking Cafe

 

Small towns like South Bend are homey and close-knit, providing connections that might not be built in bigger towns. Just think about Gilmore Girls, which shows the epitome of a cozy small town and is the mood board for every season, especially fall. I would encourage you to make the most out of this fall, and take every opportunity to feel cozy and fulfilled in our wonderful small town.

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