We’re a little biased, but when it comes to reveling in the best activities of the fleeting autumn season, Southern Indiana has the best picks around. Here’s your cheat sheet for packing in the region’s must-do activities before the leaves fall.
1. Pumpkin Patches
Fall wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the pumpkin patch. Bledsoe Farms offers a classic autumnal experience with a corn maze and pumpkin patch to offer a day of fun for the family. Cornucopia Farms boasts a café filled with apple cider slushies and sweet fall treats to replenish you after a trip to the U-Pick pumpkin patch. For unexpected delights including a zip line and carnival rides in addition to the familiar fall vibes, swing by Lark Ranch in Loogootee. Visit any of these pumpkin patches for the ultimate fall day!
2. Haunted Adventures
It's officially spooky season! Grab some friends who aren’t afraid of the dark and check out the PsychoPath Haunt for a night so fun it’ll scare you. The Forbidden Hollows Haunted Farm is another must-do experience sure to give you a fright on its haunted trail. On October 15, Spring Mill Park’s Amish Village will be transformed into a Haunted Village with scares around each corner. If these experiences aren’t spooky enough for you, brave a night at Whispers Estate, a house said to be truly haunted by its previous tenants. For a more family-friendly affair, head to the French Lick West Baden Museum for Thrill Night and a costume parade on October 29!
3. Wilstem Wildlife Park Fall Festival of Lights
Wilstem Ranch is worth a visit at any time of the year, but the Fall Festival of Lights makes it extra special. From Sept. 23 through Oct. 29, Wilstem will be illuminated with spook-tacular lights celebrating the fall and Halloween season.
4. Fall Foliage Wine Cruises on Patoka Lake
On Saturdays during the months of September and October, Patoka Lake Marina offers wine cruises featuring local wines and breathtaking views of the fall colors. Each cruise includes 5-7 wine tastings paired with complimentary food, two glasses of your favorite wine from the tasting, and a souvenir wine glass to take home.
5. Ferdinand State Forest
We couldn’t make this list without mentioning some of the natural beauty our region has to offer. Ferdinand State Park has over 900 acres of trails and waters to explore to get an up-close view of the breathtaking fall foliage.
Want more? Find more fall fun on our events page.