Pumpkins, corn mazes, apple cider slushies, and more!
While COVID-19 restrictions continue to limit the entertainment options available, there’s no shortage of ways to create lasting fall memories and traditions while social distancing in Northeast Indiana.
Here are four places you can enjoy the fall spirit.
Cook's Orchard shop is fully stocked with fall goodies, including apple cider slushies.
1. Cook’s Orchard, Fort Wayne, IN
Family owned and operated since 1977, Cook’s Orchard offers apple picking, farm tours, and a variety of goods in their country store. This season, Cook’s has several varieties available to pick from the orchard, as well as Blonde, Macintosh, Gala, Honey Crisp apples already picked, washed, and bagged for purchase. Visit their country store to purchase all your favorite fall goodies, like local honey, jellies, jams, pickles, pumpkins, pies, and apple butter.
This fall Cook’s Orchard is offering baked goods such as cider donuts, apple fritters, hand pies, and more from GK Baked Goods, as well as hot cider and cider slushies. Once you’re done picking apples, you can visit their website for apple recipes and facts. Cook’s Orchard is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Purchase or pick your own apples at Cook's Orchard.
Address: 8724 Huguenard Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46818
Kurtz Farm’s U-Pick Pumpkin Patch offers various shapes and colors of pumpkins.
2. Kurtz Farm, New Haven, IN
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout October, Kurtz Farm opens their corn maze and pumpkin patch to the public. Enjoy a free wagon ride to the entrance of their 10-acre corn maze. For $4, you can wander through the maze, which they describe as, “large, but not too complex.” Kurtz Farm is full of fall favorites, from pumpkins to gourds and Indian corn.
If getting lost in acres of corn isn’t your idea of fall fun, Kurtz Farm’s U-Pick Pumpkin Patch offers various shapes and colors of pumpkins. Pumpkins are pay-what-you-pick, based on size, ranging from $1 to $7. Kurtz Farm Corn Maze and U-Pick Pumpkin Patch is open from 4-7 p.m. on Fridays and 1-6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Another autumn activity found at Kurtz Farm is their Fall Market, where you can purchase seasonal produce and take a picture with their largest pumpkin from the 2020 season. You can find pumpkins, gourds, squash, Indian corn, straw bales, corn shocks, and other fall produce. The market is open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays until Nov. 6.
Address: 14212 State Road 37, New Haven IN, 46774
3. Amazing Fall Fun, Waterloo, IN Children enjoy pumpkin checkers at Amazing Fall Fun in Waterloo.
If you’re looking for a place where the whole family can have fun, check out Amazing Fall Fun in Waterloo. Boasting the largest corn maze in Indiana, Amazing Fall Fun’s maze is carved into 16 acres of corn and split into three parts. This year's theme for the maze is Disney's "The Mandalorian." They also have a Fairy Tale Trail, where children can work their way through a smaller, corn-filled storybook maze. A Mandalorian themed corn maze at Amazing Fall Fun in Waterloo.
Amazing Fall Fun has barnyard goats, pigs, chickens, a pumpkin patch, corn hole, duck races, a straw mountain, barrel roll races, and many other fun games and attractions for all ages.
Admission is $10 per person or $18 for a 2020 season pass. Amazing Fall Fun is open 5-10 p.m. on Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday until Nov. 1.
Address: 3150 County Road 43, Waterloo, IN 46793
Families pet the cows at Kuehnert Dairy Farm in Fort Wayne.
4. Kuehnert Dairy Farm, Fort Wayne, IN
Experience the daily life of a dairy farmer at Kuehnert Dairy Farm during their 8th annual Dairy Fall Festival. At the heart of their fun, Kuehnert’s goal is to educate, so while you’re there you can learn about how farmers take care of their cows and land and learn how milk gets from the cow to your grocery store shelf. Kuehnert Dairy Farm in Fort Wayne offers many fall fun activities outside.
See their baby calves, and visit the free stall barn, where the cows spend their time. Once you’ve explored the farm, the Kuehnert Dairy Fall Festival has plenty of fun activities, like a 6-acre corn maze, a corn-pit play area, a straw mountain, pumpkin painting, and hayride tours. If you work up an appetite learning about the Kuehnert cows, dairy snacks like soft-serve ice cream, ice-cold milk, grilled cheese, and more are available for purchase.
Admission is $10 per person and includes everything but pumpkins, food, and drink. Children ages 2 and under are free. Kuehnert Dairy Fall Festival is open 6-10 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays until Oct. 25.
According to their website, guests 8 years and older must wear a face mask when entering the festival and whenever 6-foot social distancing is not possible. Kuehnert Dairy Farm is operating at a 50 percent capacity, so visitors might experience a slightly longer wait to enter during peak times.
Address: 6532 W Cook Rd Fort Wayne, IN 46818,