Autumn Activities in Indiana for the Whole Family

With fall soon approaching, there are so many fun things to do in Indiana this weekend if you happen to be in the area. Whether that means going to a local arts and crafts festival, enjoying a holiday beverage sampling event, visiting children’s museums, horseback riding or spending time at Lake Michigan, one thing is for sure: There is something for everyone to enjoy this season.

There are millions of places throughout the United States where families can spend vacation time, but the Hoosier state contains some of the very best tourist attractions in the country. From walking tours of historic sites to the freedom of a soul-revitalizing road trip, there are endless ways to enjoy all the activities in Indiana, too.

Here are several things to do in Indiana this fall:

Stuckey Farm Orchard and Cider Mill

Discovering how apple cider is made is a featured event at Stuckey Farm Orchard & Cider Mill in Sheridan, IN. With 27 different types of apples growing from more than 4,000 trees, you can bank on there being plenty to do during a fall visit – not to mention the flashlight corn maze the pumpkin patch, and the farm’s famous apple cider donuts! Stuckey Farm offers walking tours of the site, and you can view the process of making cider and enjoy a slew of additional well-attended events through the season including The Apple Butter Contest, Apple Fest, Pumpkin Fest, Cider Fest, and so much more.

Biking and Hiking Trails

There is something refreshing about taking a stroll outside during a cool, fall day, with the wind rustling the colorful leaves that fell on the ground, the early-setting sun providing the sky with all sorts of colors. What better way to experience this brilliant scenery than on one of the numerous hiking and biking trails that are in Northwest Indiana? Whether on foot or on a bike, being out in the fall weather can do wonders for your health and your spirit. Oakwood Resort has plenty of trails that are stunningly beautiful and designed for a variety of activities, from walking to jogging to biking and hiking!

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Oakwood Resort isn’t more than a couple hours’ drive from Indianapolis, which is home to the largest children’s museum in the world! The massive family friendly museum offers worlds of fun, education, and entertainment that adults enjoy as much as kids do. A 12,000-year-old mastodon skeleton, the Dinosphere, and planetarium are just a few exhibits that are not to be missed!


This fall, take a visit to Traders Point Creamery in Zionsville to enjoy their annual Oktoberfest! Here, you can celebrate all things German at this artisan creamery and organic dairy farm. From cow-milking demonstrations and a polka band to hayrides and a German Biergarten, there is no limit to the festivities at this Oktoberfest. Just a couple hours’ drive from Oakwood Resort is the promise of a good time celebrating Germany!

Syracuse Fall Carnival

If you’re searching for a fun way to spend the evening right near Oakwood Resort in Syracuse, Indiana, plan to attend the annual Syracuse Fall Carnival. The carnival takes place in October and is free for all ages. Activities include costume contests, games, candy, prizes, crafts, and more.

The Haunted Thrill

Running close to Halloween is the Annual Haunted Thrill, an incredible haunted house event in Syracuse, Indiana. Located at Veteran’s Memorial Park at Crosson Mill, just $5.00 per person will grant you entry to a spooky good time at 7:30 each night. Famous for its authentic scares, The Haunted Thrill has made a name for itself as the most haunted park in northern Indiana – therefore, it’s not recommended for anyone who is under the age of 12.

Holiday World &Splashin’ Safari

If you’re looking for family friendly activities in Indiana that will please everyone on your list, head over to Holiday World, one part theme park and one part water park. It’s open from May through October, so be sure to visit before it’s closed for the season. Step inside and you’ll find 120 acres of fun, including five rollercoasters, over a dozen water rides, and all the delicious food you can eat. They even have special. Halloween-themed rides and events during October to help you celebrate this special time of year, including the Scarecrow Scrambler and the Frightful Falls water ride.

Indiana Dunes National Park

The Indiana Dunes State Park recently received “upgraded status” and has become the nation’s newest national park. Lake Michigan provides an unforgettable backdrop here for everyone from beachgoers to trail-takers to boaters, fishermen, and nature lovers alike. At less than an hour’s drive from Oakwood Resort, the road trip between Seymour, Indiana and “The Dunes” has become one of the most loved places for activities in Indiana. The National Park isn’t just for summertime adventurers, either; plenty of activities and sites to enjoy are spectacular throughout all seasons, and in the fall in particular – the changing color of autumn leaves in this area is nothing short of spectacular and shouldn’t be missed.

Other Noteworthy Things to do in Indiana

The Hoosier state has thousands of activities at any given time just waiting for you to discover, including Brown County State Park for more outdoor adventure, walking tours of Notre Dame, enjoying the Indy 500, and experiencing Marengo Cave, Conner Prairie, and Bluespring Caverns, for starters. The state is also known for its rich Native American history, including Mounds State Park, The Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest, and PottscreekRockshelter. These represent the wide array of places that welcome tourists each year and are just a very small part of all that’s out there to be enjoyed.

There are many activities in Indiana to enjoy this fall season, and there is undoubtedly something for everyone. For those who enjoy exercising and spending time outdoors or those who enjoy the festivities that come along with the fall season, there is no limit to what northern Indiana offers.

For more information about how you can spend this fall season, contact Oakwood Resort for any questions you may have.