The crisp air greets you each morning, the leaves are changing, and autumn is officially here! We hold many traditions near and dear to our hearts as a family in this season, like apple picking, apple donuts, pumpkins, bonfires, and so much more. With the fall season, my family is often spending more time at pumpkin farms and apple orchards, which can be challenging for families with additional needs. My ten year old son uses a wheelchair and walker in the community, and we always want him to feel welcome and included. Here are a few farms and orchards around Indy, that will allow for the entire family to play and enjoy, no matter their ability.
Tuttle’s offers pumpkins, apples, a play area, and a local farm to table café, as just a few examples of their options available. The roads have gravel, however in general the space is very flat, with mostly dirt and grass, which our wheelchair and walker have done well on. They also offer a hayride to the pumpkin patch when the COVID restrictions are not in place, that has a ramp to get up and down and is wheelchair accessible.
Dull Tree farm’s annual pumpkin harvest is perfect for some fall fun. They have over 35 activities, including special programming and shows. There are no stairs, mostly flat terrain, and ramps in and out of the buildings. My family and I go here every year to cut down our Christmas tree, and we are always so impressed with the offerings and accommodations they provide my son. Are you a planner, and thinking about Christmas? Here is everything you need to know about cutting down your own Christmas Tree at Dull’s Christmas Tree Farm!
Anderson Orchard offers a variety of family fun activites, including U-Pick apple picking. Row by row there could be some variation in terrain, but overall the space is very accessible for U-Pick in a walker or wheelchair. They typically offer several events throughout the fall season, but due to COVID they are rescheduled to Fall 2021. Definitely add them to the calendar, the annual Apple Festival and October Fest would be a great option accessibility wise for your family next year.
Kelsey Farm prides themselves on their accessibility to differently abled people, and clearly state on their website that all of their activities and events are handicap accessible. As a mom of a disabled child, it makes me so happy when businesses go the extra mile, to think outside the box and be proactive in accommodations. There is so much to do at Kelsay Farm! They are conveniently located in Whiteland, and have tons of fall activities for you and the family. Check out the link above to see how much fun we had there last year!
Stuckey Farm is a great option this fall for your family. The hayride is not accessible, however, everything on the farm can be reached by walking, including the pumpkin patch, and the u-pick apple orchard. They also have a play area for small children, and delicious, fried apple donuts available for purchase. Not everything at this farm is accessible, but overall this is a great option for pumpkins, apples, and sunflowers in a wheelchair or walker!
In addition to the pumpkin patch, and all of your typical fall fun, Smith Family Farm has a petting zoo, with donkeys, cows, goats, and rabbits! The entire farm is handicap accessible, Including hay rides, a corn maze, and allowing assistance on pony rides for different abled children. This is a must do with your little ones this fall!
There is no limit to how much fun you can have this fall at the farm. Are you spending more time than normal outside, and looking for ways to get into nature? Check out this guide to wheelchair accessible trails throughout Indianapolis.