5 Places To Visit Near The Quad Cities This Fall

5 Places To Visit Near The Quad Cities This Fall

The best places for all thing fall in the Quad Cities

Ever wonder what there is to do in the Quad Cities area during the fall? As summer fades into fall, the leaves begin to change and we are surrounded by the lovely orange and red leaves everywhere. Fall is personally my favorite season. I love how the weather isn't too hot, but it isn't too cold. I love when the leaves fall off the trees and crunch beneath my feet. I love everything about pumpkin patches, apple farms, and all things Fall. If you are like myself and love Fall, here is a list of places you need to check out.

1. Freight House Farmer's Market

Location: 421 W River Dr, Davenport, IA 52801

Every Saturday and Sunday down by the Mississippi River in Davenport is the cutest farmer's market. There are so many vendors that sell a variety of locally grown produce, backed goods, jewelry, crafts, and so much more. I love seeing all of the pumpkins, gourds, and indian corn for sale. Want pumpkins but don't have time to go to the pumpkin patch? Vendors sell pumpkins in every size, shape, and color for super cheap. I also love all the fall baked good and coffees for sale. Who doesn't love a fresh gluten free pumpkin bar or a local coffee shop's pumpkin spice latte? You also get a pretty view of the Davenport Bridge and Ferris Wheel and can pet plenty of friendly dogs.

2. Buffalo Pumpkin Patch

Location: 1500 Front Street, Buffalo, IA 52728

Located about 20 minutes from Davenport is a super cute pick your own pumpkin patch. They also have hayrides, animals, crafts, pony rides, and a corn maze. Not to mention admission is free! They also have something new this year, pick your own sunflowers! This is definitely a place to check out this fall!

3. Stone's Apple Barn

Location: 16115 Hubbard Rd, East Moline, IL 61244

Stone's is a pick your own apple farm. The apples are so delicious and fresh. They also sell amazing apple treats like apple pies, caramel apples, and fresh apple cider in a cute little farm store. I love this apple farm! It is also the perfect location to take some cute Fall photos.

4. Credit Island Park

Location: 2200 West River Drive, Davenport, IA 52803

Covered in trees and down by the river, this park is truly a beautiful place to visit in the Fall. There is a 3 mile path that you can walk, run, or bike on. They also have kayaks, bikes, and canoes available for rental on the island in the early fall.

5. Milltown Coffee

Location: 3800 River Dr #2, Moline, IL 61265

Looking for a cute and cozy coffee shop to do homework and relax this fall? Check out Milltown Coffee in Moline. They have the best coffee and an amazing view of the Mississippi River. The perfect place to spend an afternoon this Fall!

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If You Know Anything About Me, You Know I Wish I Could Travel All The Time

I would constantly be experiencing all walks of life.

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you lived somewhere completely different? Either you were in class and started daydreaming, or you just took one of those Buzzfeed Quizzes that tell you which state you should live in based on something random. For some reason, I find myself to be doing a lot of that.

In Meteorology (yes, I am taking that class and I totally love it!), we talk about the weather here on the East Coast versus the West Coast and how they are so different. We particularly spoke about San Diego, and how it’s the same temperature and weather year around. My professor described it as boring (because Meteorologists like exciting weather events), whereas I described it as luxurious.

In this particular moment, I asked if I could live a life and do anything I want with an unlimited amount of money, where would I go and what would I do? Each day, I kind of have a different answer. Some days, I live the life I have always planned because I know what it is going to be like, other days I want to live this new almost unprecedented life.

Let’s focus on this rather unprecedented life for me. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not the biggest fan of change. I like living a predictable life and I like to plan almost everything out. This new life is new for me.

If I were to be anywhere, I would be traveling non-stop and kind of backpacking throughout the world. I would literally be living out of a suitcase, and I wouldn’t have a home base. Right now, I am learning so much about myself and I am doing a lot of self-exploration, why not explore the world as well?

What exactly would I want to do while I am traveling the world? What do I want to see? What is my mission while doing this?

First, I would want to be like a nomadic teacher and filming my life around the world. I still have friends that I would want to keep in touch with, and I want them to see this new life I have while I am young. On top of that, I want to educate the public about the actual culture of these places.

I don’t want to do overnight trips and call it a day, no I want to be living in these places and immersing myself in the culture. I want to talk to these people and see what their daily lives are like and compare them to my upbringing. Then I want to share this knowledge with the world.

Not only that, but I want to be teaching people in these places as well and changing their worlds. I want to do that everywhere, and I don’t know if that is possible, but it is still a really cool thought. If I want to change the world, I should be embracing all aspects of the world and changing the entire world.

The best part about this is, I have an unlimited amount of money. That money would only be going towards travelling expenses and stuff to enable me to use cameras and technology to share these experiences. I wouldn’t want to live a lavish lifestyle and not embrace all aspects of the culture, I would want to live among the people and see what the non-touristy culture is like.

This ties into what I want to see, and that is everything. I am so young, but we have so much time on our planet. Why not use it to see the actual planet?

I’ve never seen the West Coast, nor another country for lack thereof. I have only been on the East Coast once in my entire life, and I have been on this earth for well over 18 years. There is so much to see, and there’s this huge bubble to pop. I want to do that.

I would want to see the entire planet and visit every country in this entire world. From the richest countries to the poorest countries, and that’s why I want to document the world. I want to share what I’ve learned from these vast experiences with everyone.

Even though, I don’t want to be a tourist per say. I still want to see the touristy attractions because I never have had that ability. On top of that, those attractions are still a part of their culture, even though it’s only a small portion of it. With that, I still want to learn about it.

That leaves me with my mission, and that is to change the world. In 2018, I had set this goal to myself, which was to change the world because in 2017 my world changed. I went through the craziest year last year, and I could have never predicted the outcome of it, even on December 30th.

Now, it’s my turn to take the what feels like decades of wisdom I’ve gained from last year and apply it to this year. Traveling the world seems like a lot of fun, but it will teach me a lot and I want to teach everyone else those lessons. However, if I can’t travel the world and make an impact by sharing these stories from all around the world, then I might as well start with my own community.

That’s why this semester, I am doing community service and I am making an active effort to help out those around me. I want to show that there is hope in humanity for future generations because in these past few months, I’ve seen it through those around me. Life is great, and I am going to change the world.

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5 Reasons To Get Away For Spring Break

Spring break is your week to see something other than your campus!

We all count down the days as soon as we get back from winter break— waiting, planning, and shopping. The co-rec gets a little more crowded. People hit the tanning beds more often. It’s spring break season. Here are five reasons why all college students should take a trip on spring break.

You need the break.

Honestly, your brain needs a break. You should forget about school for a week. Kick back, relax, or wild out— your choice, both count as a break from school.


Seeing the world and getting off your college campus will do you some good. Seeing new places and faces will be refreshing. You go to class Monday-Friday for far too many weeks without a change of scenery, so go somewhere, go anywhere!

Friends will become closer.

I’m a firm believer that you truly get to know someone better by going on vacation with them. You and your friends will be even closer by spring breaking together. Think of all the memories and inside jokes you’ll have after one week!


I just took my first spring break without any adult supervision. It made me feel like I could do anything on my own! I drove 24 hours (round trip) on my own, and it was so nice not having anyone nagging at me for the whole week. Family vacations are nice, but being in another state on your own makes you feel free.

Memories will last forever.

Spring break was filled with so many laughs. If you take a spring break trip, I’m sure you’ll never forget the memories you make and the places you see. Your experiences are something no one can ever take away from you. Plus, when you get back to campus, it’s 30 degrees, and you have to sit through a 7:30 A.M. lecture, you can think to yourself how you tanned on the beach with sand in your hair and the sun on your skin.

Happy spring-break season!

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