Fall is a favorite for many thanks to all the activities the season lends. That's why we compiled the best places to head for apple orchards, pumpkins, hay rides, corn mazes and more.
A couple of tips before you begin hunting for the perfect fall spot: Make sure to bring plenty of cash when you head to an orchard or fall festival. Many of them do not accept credit/debit cards. Also, remember even though you’ll be outside, many locations do not welcome pets. Call ahead to find out if your dog is welcome before bringing him or her along!
- 500 W. Epler Avenue, Indianapolis
- 317-784-7783 / 317-784-0550
- Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday
A family-owned business celebrating nearly 85 years in operation, these orchards specialize in a “U-Pick” pumpkin patch, apples, unpasteurized cider, cider slush, apple butter, jams, jellies and fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Indy Scream Park
- 5211 New S. Columbus Rd.
- Hours: Head to Indy Scream Park's website to see its full schedule.
- Admission: There are several options available. Head to this site for a listing.
Indy Scream Park houses six scary attractions for one price. This spot is for those seeking serious Halloween-time scares, and is not intended for very young children.
Hanna Haunted Acres
- 7323 E. Hanna Avenue, Indianapolis
- Hours: Hanna Haunted Acres opens at dark and starts selling tickets 30 to 60 minutes before. Head to its website to see a complete schedule of days it’s open.
- Admission: Head to this page to find out all the different options.
Hanna Haunted Acres is for those seeking a scary-but-fun time this Halloween season. It features hayrides, a “Saw” movie haunted attraction, a five-acre corn maze and several haunted houses. This is a better spot to hit if you don’t have small children tagging along.
Pumpkin Patch at Lawrence United Methodist Church
- 5200 N. Shadeland Avenue, Indianapolis
- Hours: 1:30 p.m. to dusk Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to dusk Saturday; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday
- Horse rides: 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 17 and 24
Pumpkins, gourds, fall décor and baked goods are for sale at this pumpkin patch. And kids can have extra fun with games, costumed storytelling, crafts and treats.
Waterman’s Farm Market and Harvest Festival
- 7010 E. Raymond St., Indianapolis
- Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day through early November
- Admission: $4 week days; $5 weekends; free for ages 2 and younger
Admission to the festival includes a farm tour hay ride to the pumpkin patch, two corn field mazes, a 1,500-square-foot straw bale maze, and lots of fun for kids. Plus, don’t forget about the weekend concession stand featuring breaded tenderloins, barbecue, funnel cakes, hot dogs, bratwurst, cheesecake and more.
OUTSIDE INDIANAPOLIS LOCATIONS
- 369 E. Greencastle Rd., Mooresville
- Hours: Opens at 8 a.m. seven days a week, and closing time varies. The close of the season is usually just before Thanksgiving.
This family-owned orchard lets you pick your own apples and pumpkins, enjoy apple treats like cider and hop on a hay ride.
- 2304 E. Main St., Danville
- Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday
- Hayride hours: Take a hay ride to a “U-Pick” pumpkin patch Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m.
- Haunted Corn Maze: 8 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
- Admission: $5 per vehicle
Weekend concession stands at this autumnal spot feature hot dogs and smoked, pulled-pork barbecue. A farm store features apples, cider, squash, pumpkins, fudge, tomatoes and more.
- 1603 N. County Road 400 West, Kokomo
- Hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday
- Admission: $9 admission includes mazes, hay ride and most attractions; $10 admission includes all attractions, including corn popper and farm cannon. Children under 32 inches tall are free
With a corn maze that’s more than five acres large and a mini bale maze, there’s something for everyone. You can also take a hay ride, pick out pumpkins, do crafts and more.
- 6848 N. County Road 250 East, Whiteland
- Hours: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday
- Admission: $8 with children 1 year old and younger free
Kelsay Farms features a seven-acre corn maze, Baby Barnyard, Bale Mountain, Rope Maze, Corn Crib Play Area, hay rides, pumpkins and more. It’s definitely a fun place to take the family.
Piney Acres Tree Farm
- 1115 E. County Road 1000 North, Fortville
This huge farm east of Indianapolis offers an eight-acre corn maze that takes roughly 1 hour to finish (two acres of which are “haunted” on Friday and Saturday evenings from dusk till 10 Oct. 4-26), a pumpkin patch, hayrides and refreshments. The farm’s website aptly points out that you should dress for where you’re going: a farm. Dress for the weather, and remember, after rain, the maze paths can become quite muddy.
Pleasant View Orchard
- 10721 N. County Road 850 West, Fairland
- Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day
This 40-acre orchard features apples you can pick yourself, wagon rides and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch.
Pumpkinfest at the Country Market
- 795 S. U.S. Highway 421, Zionsville
- Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday
- Admission: $10 for adults; $9 for children ages 3 to 15; free for children 2 and younger
- Pony rides: $4
Admission gets you access to the corn maze, hay rides, farm animals, pumpkin decorating, live bluegrass music, play areas, face painting, a bee hive and more. Plus food is available, such as fresh donuts, cider, kettle corn, sandwiches, baked goods and much more.
- 12290 E. 191st St., Noblesville
- Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday until Oct. 28; 1:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18; 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25
- Admission: $6 and kids 2 and younger get in free
Admission includes hay rides to the pumpkin patch, a 10-acre and 5-acre scavenger hunt corn maze, and lots of fun things for kids to do.
- 2573 W. County Road 100 North, Greenfield
- Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
- Admission: $3 for those 19 years and older; $2 for those 18 years and younger
- Pumpkin patch hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Along with the pumpkin patch, from dusk to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, families can take part in Zombie Lazer Tag for $5 per person, the haunted corn maze for $5 per person and the haunted train ride (trackless train ride for kids ages 2-7) that's $3 per child or $5 for one child and one adult.
Stonycreek Farm’s Annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival
- 11366 State Road 38 East, Noblesville
- Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through Oct. 31
- Admission: No fee on Mondays; $5 per vehicle Tuesday through Sunday
This festival features several different events and activities throughout its October-long run, including a U-Pick pumpkin patch, craft features, music, pony rides, hay rides, a haunted house and candle making. There are tons of fun things for kids to do.
Stuckey Farm Orchard and Cider Mill
- 19975 Hamilton Boone County Line Road, Sheridan
- Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Stuckey Farm welcomes visitors to pick apples from its 4,000 trees, take a free wagon ride through the orchard, or browse through a country market full of in-season Indiana produce, honey, jellies and gifts. Plus, don’t forget to visit the 15-acre pumpkin patch.
- 5717 N. County Road 300 West, Greenfield
- Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
- Admission: Free to the pumpkin patch, observation bee hive and farm animals. Admission to the Kids' Farm Play area is $3 per child.
The great thing about Tuttle Orchards, besides it giving a great autumn experience for families, is its amount of free activities. You can pick apples, explore the corn maze, observe bees and pick your own pumpkin in the patch.
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