What would fall be without a trip to an apple orchard and a hayride out to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin? These Indianapolis-area orchards feature farm stores with homegrown fruits and vegetables, cider, baked goods, and more; plus straw bales, corn mazes, fall décor, and plenty of fun fall activities for the kids.
Address: 500 West Epler Ave., Indianapolis 46217
This third-generation family-owned business opened in 1925. Their specialties include a U-Pick pumpkin patch, apples, unpasteurized cider, cider slush, apple butter, jams, and jellies, in addition to fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Address: 369 East Greencastle Rd., Mooresville 46158 (2 miles west of Mooresville on Main Street)
This family orchard was established as a U-pick in 1969. They feature U-Pick apples and pumpkins plus a farm store featuring apples, pumpkin rolls, cider and cider slush, apple butter, homegrown chestnuts, and seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables and frozen fruits and vegetables. Attractions include hayrides on October weekends.
Address: 2304 E. Main St., Danville 46122 (12 miles west of Indy off Old US 36).
This family farm has been in operation since 1946. You can pick your own apples and enjoy a hayride to U-Pick pumpkin patch, navigate the corn maze and watch the apple cannon fire. They have the Heartland Apple Festival on weekends during mid-October with a corn maze, music, food, craft vendors, and more.
Stony Creek Farm’s Annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival
Address: 11366 State Road 38 East, Noblesville 46060.
Stony Creek has been operating for over four decades on a1860s-era farm with U-pick pumpkins. There is a parking fee per vehicle and most activities require tickets to participate. For free, kids can play in the straw pile and on playground equipment and view the farm animals. The gift shop features fall and Christmas décor and a nursery. The ticketed activities include hayrides, pumpkin train, cob cannon, mini-gourd slingshot, hoophouse haunted straw maze, giant chess, high striker, candle-making, inflatable Kiddiepillar, duck race, pedal cars, and a zip line.
Address: 5715 North 300 West, Greenfield 46140.
This fourth-generation family farm offers U-pick apples and hayrides to its pumpkin patch through Oct. 31. They grow over 35 varieties of apple and their fruit and cider have won state and national competitions. Apple picking, cut your own sunflowers, and pumpkin patch is open through October. There is no general admission charge or parking fee, and for free kids can view farm animals, an observation bee hive, and a history exhibit. For a small fee, you can enjoy Tractor Town Adventure Farm, the Agrimaze corn maze, and hayrides around the farm. Shop at the farm store and pumpkin land for apples, cider, produce, pumpkins, gourds, straw, and other fall decor and local delights.
Address: 7010 E. Raymond St., Indianapolis.
Address: 1100 N. Ind. 37, Greenwood.
Bruce and Carol Waterman opened Waterman's Farm Market in 1978 with U-pick and fresh-picked produce. They added the Fall Harvest Festival, which now has expanded to two locations and runs from late September until October 31. They charge admission for the festival and the attractions vary for the two locations. Both have a hayride and straw bale maze. The Raymond Street location has the most to offer, including a cornfield maze, acres of pumpkins, a pumpkin-chomping dinosaur, exotic animals, amusement rides, and musical entertainment and food vendors on the weekend.