If your family is in need of an Indiana weekend getaway, look no further than Hamilton County's 8 Great Towns. Day 1 begins at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, where your family will be transported back in time. You will be guided through history with the aide of Interpreters as your family visits a pioneer village, a working farm and a Lenape Indian camp. See a Headless Horseman, exhibits, rare animal breeds and theatre performances. Ride 350 feet into the air on the 1859 Balloon Voyage. Don't leave without eating a hand dipped caramel apple at the Apple Store and don't deprive yourself of the sweet, tasty cider slushy... Once the day is done at Conner Prairie and you are ready for a good, affordable dinner, stop by Alexander's on the Square in Noblesville. Alexander's is a local family friendly restaurant with great food, delicious ice cream and it won't hurt your wallet. Drive back to the hotel (need ideas on lodging in Hamilton County? Click here: Where to stay and get plenty of rest because your weekend is not over! Start the next day with breakfast at Bub's Cafe (try the Cinnamon Croissant French Toast, wow). As a family, take a walk or a bike ride under the trees of the Monon Trail (bikes can be rented down the road from Bub's Cafe at Carmel Cyclery).

Once the group is ready for lunch, drive straight to Big Hoffa's Barbeque in Westfield. The food is amazing and prices range from $4.50 to about $10.00 (you can also split a larger combo meal between the whole family). After the feast is complete, drive a few minutes east to Forest Park in Noblesville.  Settled into the park setting is the Indiana Transportation Museum where you can tour trains or take a train ride. This fall, you'll want to hop aboard the Pumpkin Train. The train takes you through the countryside of Hamilton County and lets you off at a local farm so that you can search for the perfect pumpkin.

In the late afternoon, the train will bring you back to Forest Park to depart. Grab dinner on the Historic Square before you head back to the hotel to call it a night! For a detailed, printable map of these activities, visit: http://8greattowns.com/content/view/39/78/ Enjoy your fall Indiana family vacation!