Fall is the perfect time for a family getaway, and there's no better place for a fun and affordable weekend that Hamilton County, Indiana - just north of Indianapolis. Read below for our guide to the perfect fall break getaway with kids.
What to Do
Conner Prairie is one of the top family-friendly attractions to explore in Hamilton County. This nationally acclaimed history museum is filled with interactive experiences sharing the story of 1800s Indiana. In the fall, there’s even more to explore, like the corn maze with an easy, moderate and spooky route, the Headless Horseman festival and seasonal treats at The Apple Store.
Get your fall fix at one of the local pumpkin patches and apple orchards. Stuckey Farm Market, Spencer Farm and Russell Farms Pumpkin Patch each offer family-friendly activities like apple cannons, hayrides and animal petting to make it a full day of fall fun. Don’t forget to pick up a box of pumpkin donuts on the way out for a snack on the road.
Strawtown Koteewi Park
Enjoy the changing fall scenery at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville, an 800-acre destination park with many outdoor amenities. Besides hiking the countless trails, you can zipline through the trees at Koteewi Aerial Adventure Treetop Trails, go horseback riding or book a pony ride at K-Trails Equestrian Adventures, try your hand at archery with the kids’ fun zone at Koteewi Range, and canoe or kayak down the scenic White River with White River Canoe Company.
Where to Eat and Drink
There’s nothing worse than hangry kids. Luckily, many restaurants in Hamilton County are kid-friendly and offer kids’ menus. Local favorites include Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream, Café Patachou and Bazbeaux Pizza.
Where to Stay
Rest easy knowing there are many affordable hotel options in Hamilton County from which to choose. Keep the family happy with necessities like WiFi and Internet, breakfast and an on-site pool. The newest family-friendly accommodations include the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Noblesville off I-69, the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Carmel off US-31 and the Cambria Hotel in Westfield off US-31.
If you’re an outdoorsy family looking for a more rustic experience, consider booking a campsite at White River Campground, located across from Strawtown Koteewi Park and its attractions.