Fall in Hamilton County, Indiana

A fun fall getaway in Hamilton County, Indiana awaits you. Find inspiration for your family adventure with the top things to do this fall in Hamilton County below. From traditional activities like pumpkin picking and festivals to crisp concerts and train rides, you'll be recharged from making wonderful memories.


There are plenty of seasonal festivals and events you’ll want to add to your calendar. Whether you like food, music, art or all of the above, there’s a fall festival for you to check out here in Hamilton County.

The concert season extends through mid-October at Ruoff Music Center, a world-class outdoor amphitheater in Noblesville.

Conner Prairie

Step into the story of 1800s Indiana at Conner Prairie. Visit the costumed interpreters in Prairietown or Civil War Journey, and explore nature at Treetop Outpost, a four-story treehouse. Ride the Balloon Voyage for aerial views of central Indiana and the corn maze. In October, make plans to attend the popular Headless Horseman festival and embark on a haunted hayride.

Nickel Plate Express

All aboard the historic Nickel Plate Express for family-friendly and adults-only excursions. Ride the rails through rural Indiana countryside while enjoying food and special activities. Don’t miss the Pumpkin Express and Wizard Express this fall.

Pumpkin Patches and Apple Orchards

It isn’t fall without an apple cider slushie or pumpkin doughnut. Visit a local pumpkin patch and cider mill to stock up on fall treats, pick a pumpkin and enjoy family-friendly activities. Locations include Stuckey Farm Orchard & Cider Mill, Spencer Farm and Russell Farms Pumpkin Patch.


Take in the blooming beauty of fields of sunflowers. Visit the Sunflower Festival Sept. 3-6 at Stuckey Farm Orchard and Cider Mill or the Sunflower Field at Conner Prairie through Sept. 24.

Strawtown Koteewi Park

Enjoy the crisp fall air outdoors and head to Strawtown Koteewi Park. Within the park, experience zip lines and aerial obstacles at Koteewi Aerial Adventure Treetop Trails; archery at Koteewi Range: Sport and Target Archery Center; horseback riding at K-Trails Equestrian Adventures; and canoeing and kayaking with White River Canoe Company.

Parks and Trails

Admire the fall colors and explore dozens of local parks and more than 600 miles of trails. The most popular parks include Coxhall Gardens, Flat Fork Creek Park and Central Park in Carmel. Brign your bike and pedal along the Monon Trail, a rails-to-trails paved pathway spanning north to Sheridan and south to Carmel, connecting to Indianapolis.