Top 5 Things to do in Valparaiso this Fall

As the kids head back to school and the warm summer months start to turn cooler, many of us find our social calendars also undergoing a change. We shift from our usual outdoor summer favorites to the fun that fall has to offer in Valparaiso. Here we will look at five fun things to do in Valparaiso this fall.

#1: Fall Hayrides at Buckley Homestead

Around Valparaiso this fall, during September and October, you can enjoy a fun-filled hayride at the Buckley Homestead in Lowell. They offer both tractor-driven and horse-drawn rides throughout the beautiful grounds of the homestead setting. You even have the option of bringing a group of up to 25 (more if kids are in attendance) and filling your own hayride. Imagine you and 24 of your closest friends out for a ride.

When:
Open daily noon – 5 p.m., some special evening events
September through October

Where:
Buckley Homestead
3606 Belshaw Road
Lowell

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Cost: (for the cart load)
$100 Friday through Sunday
$75 Monday through Thursday

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#2: FORT-TASTIC Autumn Harvest Celebration

Each fall our Valpo friends at the Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center bring out the pumpkins and get ready for fall fun. Come and paint a pumpkin to bring home and liven up your front porch. The regular outdoor play areas are filled with hay bales and mazes for the family to enjoy. Stuff your own scarecrows, make some art with apple stamps – even enjoy fall-themed drinks in the café. This is the perfect outing for the family to enjoy around Valparaiso this fall.

Where:
Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center
2800 Colorado St
Lake Station

When:
Open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
October 1st through November 1st

Cost:
• Infant (under 1 year) – Free
• Toddlers (1 yr to 23 months) – $5.95 (weekdays) / $6.95 (weekends)
• Children age 2 to 9 – $7.95 (weekdays) / $9.95 (weekends)
• Adults and children 10 years-plus – $3.95 (weekdays) / $4.95 (weekends)
• Special fall promotion: Bring two cans of non-perishable food with one paid child and get a free adult admission.

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#3: Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch

During the weekends through October you can take a trip to this family owned and operated farm, located in Northwest Indiana. The farm offers a fun-filled day with attractions to delight young and old alike. You can pick your pumpkin, take a hayride, make your way through the four-acre corn maze and much more. There is even a candy cannon that shoots candy high into the air every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.

Where:
Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch
17904 Grant Street
Lowell

When:
Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
September 23rd through October 29th
10am to 6pm

Cost:
Free (with additional cost for some select attractions)

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#4: Valparaiso Popcorn Festival

This year marks the 39th anniversary of the annual community tradition – the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival. In addition to delicious popcorn, there will be plenty of family-fun activities for all ages. Check out the more than 250 arts & crafts booths, 35 food booths, plenty of games for the kids, five-mile Popcorn Panic, two live music stages and the nation’s first Popcorn Parade. This is a day not to be missed if you’re in Valparaiso this fall.

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Where:
Downtown Valparaiso

When:
Saturday, September 9
7am to 6:30pm

Cost:
Free

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#5: Fall Harvest Festival

October 20th and 21st brings around the annual Fall Harvest Festival in Downtown Valparaiso. During these two fun-filled days enjoy costumes, tricks, treats, spooks, and more. On Friday dress up in your favorite costume and go door-to-door all throughout Downtown Valparaiso to nab some sweet treats from the many restaurants, retailers and businesses. Stroll down Central Park Plaza and the downtown area for many fun events. There will even be free Hayrides provided by the Valparaiso Parks Department. The fun continues on Saturday with live entertainment, an inflatable pumpkin jump and plenty of fun family activities. Be sure to put this one on your calendar.

Where:
Downtown Valparaiso

When:
Friday, October 20: 4pm to 6pm
Saturday, October 21: 11am to 2pm

Cost:
Free

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Fall in Valparaiso is full of things to do. Whether you want to pick your perfect pumpkin, take part in a community event or enjoy live music – there is something for everyone. As the weather turns cooler and fall fills the air, you can find lots to do in Valparaiso. There are so many reasons to put down roots in Valparaiso. Give us a call so we can help you get started.

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