Fall Things To Do in Southern Indiana
Fall is the perfect time to visit one of Southern Indiana’s state parks, whether it’s a day of outdoor fun or an overnight camping adventure.
Clark State Forest is Indiana’s oldest state forest. Established in 1903, it offers camping, fishing, hunting, a shooting range and plenty of places to picnic. There are also hiking and mountain bike trails. You’ll find hiking, fishing, birding and camping at Charlestown State Park as well, but this park offers something truly unique -- Rose Island, a former summer resort and amusement park. A hike to the abandoned site of this once bustling getaway is a must-do. And lastly, Deam Lake State Recreation Area offers all the amenities for a great outdoor adventure.
Huber's Orchard, Winery & Vineyards
A special place to enjoy the bounty of fall is Huber's Orchard, Winery & Vineyards. This family-owned Southern Indiana treasure is Indiana’s largest winery. A trip to Huber’s in the fall has become a tradition for many. A beautiful countryside, pumpkins, apples, fall decorations, tractor rides, great food, and wine and spirits are all waiting for you. Bring the whole family, too. Huber’s is family-friendly with children’s activities like corn mazes and picking pumpkins and apples.
One of the largest fall festivals in the region, Harvest Homecoming, is one of the most anticipated events each year by locals and visitors alike. Kids can enjoy carnival rides and other games, while adults can enjoy one-of-a-kind food and visit a variety of vendor booths. It's a week-long (Oct. 2 - 10) event with a diverse program that has everything from a parade to a pumpkin decorating contest to bourbon tastings and much more! The notable booth days are from October 7-10.
The Sporting Club at the Farm
Southern Indiana’s newest attraction is The Sporting Club at the Farm. This 740-acre farmland attraction will satisfy the need for outdoor adventure. It offers shooting sports, archery, upland game hunting, fishing, hiking and other outdoor activities. Nestled along the Ohio River, the Farm offers a new and unique way to enjoy the great outdoors.
Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site
Take a tour inside the home of William Culbertson, once the richest man in the state of Indiana. With its painted ceilings, carved staircase, marble fireplaces and elaborate plasterwork, the Culbertson reflects the tastes, ideals and lifestyles of the wealthy during the late 1800s. The mansion and its carriage house are said to be haunted. Make sure to visit the mansion this fall to experience one of its tours that highlights the house’s haunts and happenings throughout the years.
Derby Dinner Playhouse
If you’re taking a break from outdoor activities and want to go indoors, make reservations for dinner and a play at Derby Dinner Playhouse. It’s the oldest and largest continually operating professional dinner theatre in the country. “The Mouse Trap," a show brought to you by the queen of mystery, Agatha Christie, will be on stage from September 29 to November 7. "Nate the Great," a clever new musical based on the best-selling, teacher recommended book series, will be on stage from October 2 to November 6.
Fall doesn’t mean the end of fresh produce and other local goodies. Four separate farmers' markets, in four welcoming towns - Charlestown, Jeffersonville, New Albany, and Sellersburg – showcase Southern Indiana’s bounty and the people who make each place special.
The New Albany Wicked Walk
Fall and Halloween go hand-in-hand. It’s that time of year to shine a light on the shrouded stories of ghosts and other paranormal activities that make up the city’s lore. Make plans to take a guided walking tour of downtown New Albany during this scary season. This tour is based on actual documented historical events.
Joe Huber's Family Farm & Restaurant
“Real food” is what’s on the menu at Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant. The fried chicken and fried biscuits with apple butter are legendary. Everything is made from scratch and served family-style. Fall is an especially fun time of year with pumpkin picking, wagon rides, a cartoon corn maze and fall treats in the market.
Louisville Jack O' Lantern Spectacular
According to MSN.com, the Louisville region is a top 10 place in the United States during Halloween, and the Jack O' Lantern Spectacular is the must-see attraction. Get out and enjoy this amazing walking path lined with thousands of artistically carved pumpkins. It's running the entire month of October!
Bourbon has a rich history in this area. Just a short ride across the Ohio River, Louisville, Ky., is just minutes from Southern Indiana. 95% of the world’s bourbon is made in Kentucky, and Louisville has several distilleries that offer tours and tastings of this true American spirit. Once back in Southern Indiana, head to Starlight Distillery for its brandies, bourbons, rye whiskeys, flavored whiskeys, rum and gin.
The craft beverage scene is alive and well in Southern Indiana. The area’s breweries provide spots to relax with friends and family while you enjoy specialty craft brews. Crisp air, patio sitting, ball game watching, beer sipping... pure bliss.
As the weather gets a bit chillier, you may want to find things to do indoors. There are many museums to choose from within this region that will surely keep you entertained when you can't get outdoors.
Borden Valley Days
Borden Valley Days has everything you want in a fall festival! If you like Civil War reenactments, good food, live music, kids games and everything in between, then this is the fall event for you. This event is on September 24 & 25.
Autumn on the River
Located on the banks of the Ohio River, the township of Bethlehem puts on another significant fall festival in the region on October 16 & 17. Stop by and take part in arts and crafts, the car show, parade and eat delicious food.
Louder Than Life
Head to Louisville September 23-26 and go to Bourbon City's largest rock n' roll concert, Louder Than Life! This year's headliners include Metallica, Staind, Korn and many other rocking acts.