Can't-Miss Fall Attractions in Central Indiana

There are some aspects of fall that you can enjoy anywhere-- think pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin carving, and bundling up in your favorite sweater. But there are other fall favorites that are exclusive to central Indiana. Here are 6 of central Indiana’s best autumn attractions that you won’t want to miss!

Apple Works

'Tis the season of all things apple and pumpkin and Apple Works in Trafalgar has both! In addition to pumpkins, apples, and related products for sale, you’ll also find a petting zoo, live music, crafts, and train, pony, and wagon rides. Kids will love the super slide and apple sling shot. If you’re looking for fall mazes, Apple Works has both a bamboo and a corn maze!

Germanfest at the Athenaeum

Party like a german at the Athenaeum’s annual Germanfest! You’ll enjoy beer games, wiener dog races, a 5K Lederhosen run/walk, a Strong Man competition, and of course delicious german food and beer. For the kinder, check out the Gnome Land which has games, face painting, a bounce house, fishing pond, and the Berlin wall of paintings. This year’s fest is October 11th.

Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie

This Indiana fall tradition is fun for the entire family. Activities include a haunted hayride, Scary-o-ke, magic show, costume contest, science experiments, and a Legend of Sleepy Howllow marionette show. This year’s Headless Horseman event is happening October 10-12, 16-19, and 23-26.

Waterman’s Family Farm

Waterman’s sells delicious produce all year round, but we think fall is the best time to visit! If you take the hay ride to the pumpkin patch, you’ll be sure to find the perfect pumpkin for carving a Jack-o-Lantern. The kids will love jumping on the hay bales, petting the farm animals, and making their way through the straw maze. But we think the most unique attraction at Waterman’s is the pumpkin eating dinosaur. It’s become a Indianapolis icon and if you haven’t experienced it, make sure you see it this fall!

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Haunted House

The Children’s Museum is home to several great fall events but our favorite is the haunted house. The museum has created a haunted house every year for over 50 years and this year’s ‘Creepy Carnival’ sounds like one of the best yet! Our favorite thing about this haunted house is that it caters to all ages and fright levels. For little ones, go during Lights-On hours. For those kids who dare to be scared, go during Frightening hours. And for teens and adults, go during Xtreme Scream hours.

Brown County

One of the greatest parts of living in the midwest is getting to experience all fours seasons. In autumn, the trees burn bright colors before they go dormant for the winter. Perhaps the best place to see the autumn colors is at Brown County State Park. Book a cabin or campsite and make it a weekend trip or simply go down for the day. After all, it’s only about a 60 minute drive from downtown Indianapolis. Before or after your trip to the park, stop in Nashville, Indiana and pick up some fall decor for your home in one of the many boutiques and artisan shops.


What is your favorite fall attraction in Central Indiana?