Indianapolis Fall Family Bucket List

Disclosure: This post is in part of a collaboration with Hancock Health.

Indianapolis Bucket ListAsk just about anyone in the Midwest what the best season is here and the question will often be met with an enthusiastic “Fall!” With perfect temps, beautiful scenery, tasty treats, and more family-friendly activities than you can squeeze in, what’s not to love about this magical season? We teamed up with our partners from Hancock Health to put together a list of some of our favorite things to do for this fall around Indianapolis so that you and your family can make the most of this time! And be sure to print off the printable Indianapolis Fall Family Bucket List at the bottom too!

Indianapolis Fall Family Bucket List

  1. Have fun picking pumpkins at Tuttle Orchards
  2. Make chili
  3. Carve/decorate pumpkins
  4. Spend time at the Indianapolis Zoo’s Zoo Boo
  5. Visit The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ Haunted House – the Monster MASKarade
  6. Enjoy an afternoon of fun at Lark Ranch in Greenfield
  7. Take a family trip to Conner Prairie’s Headless Horseman
  8. Make pumpkin bread
  9. Visit a roadside pumpkin stand
  10. Make a pine cone bird feeder
  11. Take a day trip to Brown Country for a scenic drive through the incredible fall foliage (or zip line through the trees if you’re feeling adventurous!)
  12. Do a fall leaf craft
  13. Drink hot apple cider
  14. Take a picnic to Fort Harrison State Park
  15. Make turkey crafts
  16. Head to Oktoberfest at Trader’s Point Creamery
  17. Make homemade Halloween costumes (Check out some super creative ideas on Pinterest)
  18. Make paper plate skeletons
  19. Purchase local apples and do crafts with your family 
  20. Bake a pie
  21. Eat a caramel apple (or make your own mini caramel apples)
  22. Go on a family hike at Ritchey Park Nature Preserve
  23. Create a Pumpkin Craft at Holliday Park
  24. Take family photos outside – check out our Guide to Indianapolis Photographers to schedule your session!
  25. Create a family tailgate in your driveway – here are some tips for grilling to help you get started!
  26. Roast pumpkin seeds
  27. Jump in a leaf pile
  28. Make a thankful tree
  29. Drink hot chocolate (and consider making some spiked)
  30. Donate to Gleaner’s Food Bank
  31. Make your kiddos a spooky breakfast with Spider Donuts
  32. Eat apples, ride ponies, play in the hay at Apple Works – don’t forget your mask!
  33. Start a new family tradition by creating a Thankful Handprint Pumpkin
  34. You love them at the orchards, now you can make your own – Apple Cider Slushies!
  35. Have a family movie night with classic spooky movies like Ghostbusters or Scooby Doo 
  36. Make treat bags to donate to the troops!
  37. Attend the Indianapolis Colts Drive-Thru Halloween Celebration
  38. Have a backyard bonfire and make S’Mores with the family
  39. Host a family outdoor movie – use a simple white sheet and hook up an affordable projector to watch a scary movie or even a classic, like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
  40. Make a Fall themed breakfast with this mini pumpkin waffle maker – try using cinnamon rolls in it too for an even sweeter treat! 

Print off the Indianapolis Fall Family Bucket List below and hang it up so your family can cross off the fall fun as you complete it! Be sure to tag Indianapolis and Hancock Health when completing the activities so we can share in the fun with you too!

What are your favorite fall activities to do with the family around our city? Share with us below!


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