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 Indy. Read below for our guide to the perfect fall break getaway with kids.
What to Do
Conner Prairie is one of the top family attractions to explore in Hamilton County. Open year-round, this is a nationally acclaimed history museum filled with interactive experiences, telling the story of 1800s Indiana. In the fall, there’s even more to explore, like the seven-acre corn mazes with an easy and difficult path and the Apple Store which sells caramel apples, cider slushies and more fall treats. In October, plan your visit around the annual Headless Horseman festival and embark on a haunted hayride through the grounds. Download this coupon for $2 off admission!
Get your fall fix at one of the local pumpkin patches and apple orchards. Stuckey Farm Market, Spencer Farm, Stonycreek 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 apple or pumpkin donuts on the way out for a snack on the road.
Nickel Plate Express
The new Nickel Plate Express will begin operating train excursions in September, kicking off with the Welcome Express that boards in Atlanta, Indiana and travels south to Noblesville. In October, ride the rails on the Pumpkin Express to visit the pumpkin patch and the Ghost Express to hear local lore and ghost stories.
Strawtown Koteewi Park
Enjoy the changing fall scenery at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville, a 750-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 Café for breakfast, Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream, Café Patachou and Bazbeaux Pizza.
Bring the family to Sun King Spirits or Four Day Ray Brewing, both family-friendly establishments that serve alcoholic beverages for the adults. For a special tea party, visit Tina’s Traditional Old English Tea Room for high tea and finger foods.
Where to Stay
Rest easy knowing there are many affordable hotel options in Hamilton County to choose. Keep the family happy with the 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.
For more information, request your free copy of our travel guide and visit the Fall Break page to start planning your getaway. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see what's happening in #VisitHC.