Hunting Pumpkins

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Writer / Jennifer Lear

As the days grow cooler and the leaves change to brilliant reds and golds, it’s time for autumn fun in Indy and surrounding! That means picking pumpkins, navigating corn mazes, sipping apple cider and enjoying local farms throughout Central Indiana. Here are our top seven picks for fabulous fall family fun.

1) Noblesville – Stony Creek Farm’s annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival runs September 26-October 31. Pumpkins, kid’s area, hoop house maze, sling shot, hayrides, pumpkin train, jumping pillow, farm animals and more. There is a charge for parking in addition to admission and attraction fees.

2) Fortville – Piney Acres Farm’s annual Autumn Celebration begins September 26 and runs through October 31. You can find pumpkins, corn mazes, barnyard animals, hayrides, fall treats, and for an additional cost, an expanded kid’s play zone.

3) McCordsville – Tuttle Orchard’s fall activities begin September 12 and run through October 31. Activities include u-pick apples, pumpkins and sunflowers. For an additional cost, a kid’s farm play area also is available with a miniature maze, miniature riding tractors and more. Famous Tuttle caramel apples, hot cider and pumpkin donuts are available for purchase as well.

4) Danville – Beasley’s Orchard and Gardens is open every weekend in October, but the first and second weekends feature their Heartland Apple Festival with live entertainment, puppet shows, a giant jumping pillow, face painting, hayrides, pumpkin patch, corn maze and more.

5) Whiteland – Kelsay Farms is the ultimate fall fun experience from October 2 through November 1. Tons of family fun around every corner including a children’s play area, daily planned activities, live music, hayrides, pumpkins and dairy farm tours (a calf is born almost every day). You also can enjoy yummy dairy snacks like grilled cheese and milkshakes as well.

6) Greenwood – Waterman’s Family Farms has two locations – Raymond Street and Greenwood – open daily throughout the month of October for fall family fun. Both locations include hayrides to the pumpkin patch, farm animals, kid’s areas and photo ops. The Raymond Street location features a pumpkin-eating dinosaur, and for an additional cost, pony rides, rock wall and train rides.

7) Pendleton – Smith Family Farms has pumpkins and more. Weekends throughout the month of October, you can find pumpkins, a full playground, petting zoo, pony rides, hayrides, corn maze, caramel apples and more.

Disclaimer: We do our best to gather relevant and timely information for our readers. However, information is subject to change after the time of print. Make sure to check your fall pick’s website or call ahead for specific open dates, hours, pricing and activities before heading out for fall family fun.