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7 Fun Fall Activites in Central Indiana

It’s finally starting to feel like fall here.  We had a pretty mild August then the beginning September decided to bring all the heat and humidity but finally with the addition of a lot of rain, it finally feels like fall.  And with fall brings all things pumpkins, apples, and scarecrows that you can handle. If you live in central Indiana I have put together a list of fun places to visit and activities to do this fall season.

Anderson Orchard

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Address:369 E. Greencastle Rd.  Mooresville, IN 46158

Price of Admission – Free

Looking for a place that will fill your fall bucket – look no farther than Anderson Orchard.  You can pick your own apples and stock up on your fall produce.  Craving Apple Cider, Apple Pie or a Cider Slushie, stop by their Apple Barn and concession stand to get your apple fill. There are also kid activities like straw piles and playground that will keep your kids happy while you finished your second caramel apple or apple slushie.

Dull’s Tree Farm

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Address: 1765 W. Blubaugh AvenueThorntown, IN 46071

Price of Admission:  $10 per person.  2 and under free.  Discounts for military and senior citizen.

Dates: September 29 – October 28, Open Saturdays and Sunday

We originally started going to Dull’s Tree Farm for our Christmas tree (if you don’t go up there to get your tree, I would highly highly recommend) but in the past couple of years we have been going up there to get our pumpkins as well and I might even prefer it to Christmas time, but it’s still great.   The fall season has more activities than the winter season.  James had so much fun on the giant slide, riding the oil barrel trains, and picking out his own pumpkin along with 25 other activities that you can do there as well.  Which means a full day of fall fun.

Exploration Acres

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Location:  6042 Newcastle Rd, Lafayette, IN  47905

Price of Admission:  $11.50 for adults ( 13 and up)  $8 (6- 12)  free for 5 and under.  $8.50 Seniors and Military.  There are also discount rates for weekdays.

Dates: September 14 – October 28th

Looking for something a little more north of Indianapolis – Check out Exploration Acres.  It boasts a giant corn maze, 20 acres that is that has 4 separate mazes and over 10 miles of paths.  If this doesn’t wear out your kids, nothing will.  There is also a pumpkin patch, hayrides, and straw mounds and tunnels.

Feasts of the Hunter’s Moon

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Location: 3129 S. River Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906.

Price of Admission:   Adult – $ 13, child (4-16) – $7, kids (4 and under) – Free   Weekend passes are also available.

Dates: October 6th and 7th, 2018

Growing up in Lafayette, Indiana The Feast (as the locals call it) was something that I was always aware of and we would even take a couple of class field trips during the fall when it was up and going.  For the people who aren’t aware of what the Feast is it’s an 18th Century reenactment of life Fort Quiatenon during the annual gathering of the French and Native Americans.   While at the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon you will be able to experience French and Native American’s music and dance, fife and drum corps performance and military drills and demonstrations.  You will able be able to do some hands-on activities like candy-making, costume try-on, storytelling and bead bracelet making.  I can’t wait until James and Norah are old enough to be able to go and experience it.

Zooboo at the Indianapolis Zoo 

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Location: 1200 West Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46222

Admission:  Adult $25.95, Child (2-12) $19.70, Under 2 – Free

Date Open:  Thursday- Sundays October 4th – 28th, 2 -7 PM

This year the Indy Zoo is bringing up the popular Pumpkin town complete with adorable cats and fancy rats.  It also has Round-Go-Merry – the zoo carousel that is put in reverse just for the zooboo and Broomstick Alley which is fun for all ages.  One of the best parts of the zooboo is that the animals are so much more active because it’s cooler weather and later at night so you get to see a little more than them just laying around.

Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie 

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Address: 13400 Allisonville Rd Fishers, IN 46038

Admission:  Thursday or Sunday $17, Friday or Saturday $21

Dates: October 11-14, 18-21, 25-28

This is probably one of the most popular fall events in the Indianapolis area and for good reason too, there are so many activities to do. Get the evening started with a haunted hayride where you might be chased by the headless horseman and follow it with either 11-acre corn maze, barrel-train ride for kids, 100-foot potato sack slides, the amazing magic show, Headless Horseman marionette show, spooky storytelling, bounce houses, mini golf, and giant pumpkin plinko.  There are so many times to do that you might need to take more than one trip.

Stoney Creek Farm Pumpkin Harvest Festival 

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Address: 11366 State Road 38 East Noblesville, IN 46060

Admission: $5 parking fee, except on Mondays

Dates: September 29th – October 31st, 10am – 5 pm

Stoney Creek Farm offers a lot of fun activities that are very child-friendly such as the Rubber Ducky Races, the Kiddiepillar, Haunted Hoophouse Maze and hayrides. While these activities do have a cost to them ranging from $1-$3, you can enjoy the playground equipment, straw pile and all those adorable farm animals for free. And don’t forget to grab your pumpkin and favorite fall goods from the greenhouse before you leave.