Summer is on its way out, and once we say, “See you next year,” to ice cream cones, diving off the high dive, and relaxing on a beach, it’s time to get right into fun fall activities. Whether that means (safely) setting up a bonfire in your backyard, picking apples, carving pumpkins, enduring a haunted house or hayride, or drinking fresh apple cider, Indianapolis has a host of orchards, pumpkin patches, and events to satisfy the fall-lover in you. Hop in your car and visit any or all of these awesome spots!
Started in 1925, Adrian Orchards celebrates its 89th anniversary this year. Stop by to take part in their fall festivities, especially the Harvest Festival, happening on October 4th and 5th. Pick your own pumpkins, go on a hayride, and let the little ones play in the Fun Zone. Stop by any time for fresh produce.
Ready to have the pants scared off of you? Head over to Hanna Haunted Acres to experience any number of haunted attractions meant to make your skin crawl. Hop onto the haunted hayride and ride through the dark woods. Dare to enter the corn maze and brave the scarecrows intent on revenge. If blood makes you squeamish, you may want to avoid the demon-infested hospital… Get spooked beginning in late September until early November.
For something far more family-friendly, visit Tuttle Orchards for a non-haunted corn maze, kids’ activities, llamas and goats, and more. An observation beehive lets you and your family learn about how bees live and produce honey. And a sweet shop is sure to please everyone by day’s end.
Beginning on September 27th, you can head up to Zionsville for a lot of fall fun on any weekend. Wind through a corn maze, listen to some live bluegrass music, meet some farm animals, chow down on fresh donuts, decorate a pumpkin, and much more. Admission for kids under two is free!
If you feel like hosting your very own fall shindig but want something a little more, contact the Eagle Creek Park Foundation. There, you can rent a shelter, build a bonfire, and take a hayride through one of the largest city parks in the country. If you do throw a party in Eagle Creek Park, you will have to bring in your own refreshments, but you’ll be surrounded by fall beauty.