From the crisp air to the early-setting sun to the crunch of leaves on the ground, fall is officially here in Indiana. And while the days are shorter and cooler, there is still an abundance of fun activities found throughout Indianapolis — and a little beyond. Here are six things you can do to keep your family entertained all season long.
Nothing says fall like acres and acres of red, orange and yellow foliage. And nothing has acres and acres of foliage like Conner Prairie. Whether it’s a stroll through the woods, a warm cup of apple cider, a spooky story or two around the campfire or a hayride to find the Headless Horseman, Conner Prairie knows how to celebrate summer’s cooler cousin.
Fort Harrison State Park
With abundant hiking trails, a fishing pond and events, like the Sunday Morning Bird Hike, Fort Harrison State Park is an ideal place to spend a fall day with the family. Beyond the beauty of nature, the fort boasts two national historic districts and several picnic areas for a midday snack. Furry friends are welcome, too, as long as you follow the rules.
Tuttle Orchards may have once just been known for apple picking, and while your family can still enjoy plucking galas and granny smiths, the family-owned orchards have grown into a complete fall fantasy. From the pumpkin patch and corn maze, to Tractor Town and Tuttle's Cafe & Sweet Shop, this fall favorite is filled with tasty treats, age-friendly activities and all the cider you can carry to the car.
Packed with history and unforgettable sights, the caves of Indiana offer unique outdoor experiences for the entire family. Bundle up, get a good playlist ready and hit the road to discover what lies underneath the soil of the state. While not within city limits, many of the caves are home to fossil findings, war memorials, rivers and rock formations more than 40 million years old, making the drive worthwhile.
Bring the family to experience life on the farm at Kelsay Farms in Whiteland, Indiana — just outside the city. Meet barnyard animals, tour a dairy farm, walk the seven-acre corn maze, take a trip on the Moo Choo Express and end the day with a game of cornhole and a sweet treat from the dairy bar.
Baked apples are a refreshing, healthy way to warm your family up after spending a day outside in the brisk fall weather. To make it a group activity, pre-slice your apples and set out a variety of toppings so everyone can customize their own apple. Cinnamon, honey, chopped nuts, granola, and dried fruit are just a few options that make these toasty treats delicious and health-conscious. And, if you’re feeling extra festive, you can carve the apples before baking to make app-o-lanterns. Here is a family-friendly recipe to help you get started.