Whether you’re ready or not, the weather is starting to become cool and crisp. The heat from the summer sun is setting on the Lafayette area. Here is a list of our favorite activities or places to go when the leaves start to change.
Hike Through One of the Many Local Parks and Trails
Take advantage of the mild temperatures to walk through and enjoy one of the local parks. Admire the gorgeous colors and watch the wildlife prepare for the cold months ahead.
Indiana has some truly wonderful parks and there certainly is no shortage of them!
Some of our favorite autumn spots to adventure are Happy Hallow Park and The Wabash Heritage Trail. Make it interesting by trying Geocaching, or bring your camera to capture the essence of fall.
Click the respective links to find some beautiful parks and trails near you!
Shop The Farmer’s Market
The Lafayette Farmer’s Market offers a wide selection of local vendors. This local tradition has been going on for over 165 years! The Farmer’s market ends in October and boasts 3 different locations and days to fit your busy schedule! You can pick up fresh, in season produce from local farmers. You can purchase jewelry, candles and other handmade goods as well. Definitely don’t skip the caramel corn and fresh apples if you go!
Visit a Fall Festival
Apple Popcorn Brookston – This free event is September 17th and boasts tons of family friendly entertainment. The event runs from 7 AM to 6 PM. Brookston is about a 15 minute drive from Lafayette. With over 200 craft booths, this may be the perfect time to start your winter season shopping! In addition to the harvest, there are both a 5 and 10K race as well as a plethora of other family friendly contests!
Feast of the Hunters Moon – This festival is held each year by The Tippecanoe Historical Society each year at Fort Quiatenon. For almost 50 years, this recreation of life in the mid 1700’s has been both fun and educational. There are countless food and goods vendors as well as hundreds of re-inactors in 1700’s garb. A wonderful event for history buffs and those of us who plain just like to eat. This year, the Feast starts on October 1st at 9AM.
Explore Exploration Acres
Exploration Acres is a one stop shop when it comes to traditional fall activities. They boast a 10 acre pumpkin patch, hay rides and most impressively a unique corn maze with over 8 miles of path! Play some corn hole or check out the other attractions that they have to offer. They open September 15th and are in operation until the 30th of October.