As we inch closer to September and October, pumpkin spice and everything cozy is slowly starting to pop up everywhere again. As a majority of the country learns to embrace its new normal, the fall season still demands to be celebrated — haunted houses, pumpkin patches, and all (which we’re not entirely mad about).
This year might look a little different with social distancing guidelines and mask mandates in full swing. Nonetheless, there are still countless activities to do around Indiana to celebrate this spooky season while still being mindful of COVID-19.
We’ve done the heavy lifting for you and compiled an assortment of fall activities that are sure to spice up the season.
Make your own fall candle at Penn & Beech Candle Co.
The fall season is notoriously known for its cozy aesthetic, which is easily achieved with candles. At Penn & Beech Candle Co., guests can customize and pour their own gourmet soy candles starting at $20. The Indianapolis-based company offers more than 100 fragrances to choose from, including fall staples such as cinnamon spice, honey crisp, and pumpkin spice. Penn & Beech Candle Co. accepts walk-ins but encourages guests to make a reservation.
Grab a PSL at Bee Coffee Roasters
What’s fall without a pumpkin spice latte, really? Lucky for you, Bee Coffee Roasters pours some of the best cups of coffee in the Circle City, located on the northwest side of Indianapolis, near Eagle Creek Park. Although it’s not currently letting guests enjoy its coffee in-store, it’s still the perfect place to grab a cup of coffee and take it off-site, like a park, to have a socially-distant coffee date! It even offers contactless pay and delivery. Just don’t forget your mask!
Catch a double feature at Tibbs Drive-In
As a majority of movie theaters remain closed, people have been flocking to the age-old classic — the drive-in! Tibbs Drive-In is the only remaining drive-in in Indianapolis and is located on the southwest side of town, yet draws in crowds from around the state. The family-owned spot features two movies for the price of one, Thursday-Monday. The best part is, you can watch the movie from the comfort of your own car and won’t have to worry about people talking or eating smelly food during the film.
Rent a cabin near Brown County State Park
Brown County State Park is arguably one of the most beautiful places to be in Indiana during the fall season, which is why it’s an ideal weekend getaway destination. It has some of the most colorful and scenic views in the state, which makes for some stunning hike views. Lucky for you, Brown County State Park has several cabin rental options so you can make a weekend trip out of it — by yourself or with your immediate family, because you know, social distance. Cabin rental prices vary by inn and hotel, but the view remains the same — a knockout.
Pick a pumpkin or two at Tuttle Orchards
Visiting the pumpkin patch is a fall tradition that is always a good idea. Whether you go to pick a pumpkin, embark on a hayride, or devour some sweet treats, pumpkin patches offer something for just about every age range. Tuttle Orchards is conveniently located in Greenwood and serves up some of the best fall traditions in the state. It’s pumpkin picking season runs from Sept. 19 – Oct. 31. Be mindful and plan your visit ahead, however. Reservations will be required on Saturdays as they are limiting pumpkin patch capacity to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines. Don’t forget to snag an apple cider slushy when you visit!
Go leaf peeping at Clifty Falls State Park
Yes, you read that right, leaf peeping, otherwise known as traveling to view and photograph the changing fall foliage. It may sound like something your grandparents do but hunting for fall foliage can be insanely beautiful and relaxing (something we all probably need right now). One of the best places to chase those beautiful changing leaves is Clifty Falls State Park, located in Jefferson County. It sits on 1,416 acres of land and is home to four waterfalls.
Hike at Turkey Run State Park
If you’ve lived in Indiana for any period of time, chances are you’ve heard about or seen the beauties that encompass Turkey Run State Park, located in Parke County. In addition to hiking trails, the park also features a waterfall, horseback riding, and a suspension bridge. As winter inches closer, it’s a perfect last-minute escape before we’re all cooped up inside again for the season.
Samantha Kupiainen is a regular Indy Maven contributor.