Fall Bucket List in Hamilton County, Indiana
When the calendar turns to September, that means fall is nearly upon us. Picture it: crisp air, the crunch of leaves under your feet, and the trees showing off their seasonal colors. Find inspiration for your fall adventure with the top things to do this fall.
Visit a local apple orchard or pumpkin patch.
It isn’t fall without an apple cider slushie or pumpkin doughnut. Visit a local pumpkin patch and cider mill to stock up on fall treats, pick a pumpkin and enjoy family-friendly activities. Locations include Stuckey Farm Orchard & Cider Mill, Spencer Farm and Russell Farms Pumpkin Patch.
Check out the fall fun at Conner Prairie.
Conner Prairie is a year-round family attraction, but it shines bright in the autumn months.
Step into the story of historic Indiana and visit costumed interpreters in 1836 Prairietown or Civil War Journey to see what life was like in the Hoosier state. Climb to the top of the three-story treehouse at Treetop Outpost or ride the 1859 Balloon Voyage high in the sky for aerial views of central Indiana and the corn maze. In October, make plans to attend the Headless Horseman festival, complete with spooky (or not-so-spooky) hayrides. Plus, the popular Apple Store opens in September with delicious caramel apples and other goodies.
Explore outdoors at Strawtown Koteewi Park.
Put on your hiking shoes and don’t forget to pack a jacket. Strawtown Koteewi Park is an adventurer’s dream. Be ready to soar through the air at Edge Adventures, an outdoor treetop obstacle course with ziplines. Feeling a little less exercise is in order? Then try horseback riding at K-Trails Equestrian Adventures, learn archery at Koteewi Range or hike along more than 10 miles of trails. Make it an overnight adventure and reserve a spot at White River Campground, adjacent to the park.
Mark your calendar for unique fall festivals & events.
You don’t want to miss fantastic fall festivals like Atlanta New Earth Festival (Sept. 25 – 26), Carmel International Arts Festival (Sept. 25 – 26) and Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival (Oct. 2). All have free admission and dozens of arts and crafts booths to browse. For more seasonal events, check out our calendar at https://www.visithamiltoncounty.com/events/.
Admire the fall foliage at local parks and trails.
Fall is the season of “leaf peeping,” the unofficial term used to describe travelers who seek out fall foliage to view and photograph. Some of the best local spots to see the changing colors are Flat Fork Creek Park in Fishers, Potter’s Bridge Park in Noblesville and the Monon Trail.
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