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Family Fall Fun in Indiana’s Cool North

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Fall is a perfect time for fun family activities in Indiana’s Cool North. The air is crisp, the leaves are changing into new, bold colors, and this exciting season—like its shorter days—won’t last for long. So get out and make the most of them with family and friends before winter arrives.

From prowling the pumpkin patch, to cider sipping and hay rides, here are some of the best autumn activities in Indiana’s Cool North.


Fall Festival at Linton’s Enchanted Gardens


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The entire month of October Linton’s Enchanted Gardens will celebrate their Fall Festival.  Go Pumpkin Bowling, explore the free straw bale maze, take advantage of their photo spot (bring your own camera), and ride the Pumpkin Patch Express.

Be Spooked at the Zoo


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Fall’s pinnacle event for the young (and young at heart) will be in full swing at two zoos in Indiana’s Cool North. What could be more fun for the family than Halloween at the zoo?

Spend a merry and not so scary day with the animals on October 24th, 25th or 31st at Washington Park Zoo.   A prepackaged treat bag will be provided for each child’s admission ticket as they exit the zoo.

Potawatomi Zoo  is planning their Zoo Boo on  October 23-25 and 29-30.  Their candy bag will be available for $3 when you follow the Treat Trail in the picnic grove.


Enjoy Some Old Fashioned Fun

Exploring pumpkin patches, getting fresh produce at u-picks, and navigating—or getting lost in—some massive corn mazes are three of the most classic fall activities, and Indiana’s Cool North has several great destinations where your family can do all three.


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In Elkhart County, be sure to check out the fifth generation family-owned u-pick apple orchard and pumpkin patch at Kercher’s Sunrise Orchard, which specializes in homegrown produce and homemade products like October Gold Cider (fresh pressed on site), gourds, free hayrides, a corn maze and much more outdoor fun. Thistleberry Farm in South Bend has a great u-pick pumpkin patch, a sunflower field, an apple cannon, and corn mazes.

At Garwood U-Pick & Farm Market in LaPorte, you’ll find over 400 acres of apples (with 11 varieties), blackberries, cherries, pumpkins, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and a cider mill (with fresh cider made on site). You’ll also find pre-picked produce, a gift shop, live music, horse-drawn wagons (last run leaves at 5pm!), and much more.


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Coulter’s Produce in Westville, LaPorte County, offers hay rides to the pumpkin patch, where you pick your own pumpkin and pay by the weight.  They also have a kids size corn maze to navigate, pony rides, face painting, and food served by local church women!


“Howl”ween at Indiana Dunes


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Fall is a beautiful time to visit the Indiana Dunes with the vibrant colors.  You can also get spooked and thrilled at “Howl”ween at the Indiana Dunes.  Events happening throughout the day include critters with costumes, owl banding, trick or treating, and more!


Looking for the best places to see fall color in Northern Indiana? Here are some ideas.

Now that you’re familiar with some of the best family-friendly fall fun waiting Indiana’s Cool North, make the most of the season and check them out! Find even more exciting experiences and places to stay here.