The crisp air greets you each morning, the leaves are changing, and autumn is officially here! My family holds many traditions near and dear to our hearts in this season, like apple picking, apple donuts, pumpkins, bonfires, and so much more. In autumn, we often spend time at pumpkin farms and apple orchards, which can be challenging to navigate 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 the entire family to play and enjoy the visit, no matter their ability.
Tuttle’s offers pumpkins, apples, a play area, and a local farm to table café. This is just the beginning of their autumn entertainment! The hayride to the pumpkin patch has a ramp and is wheelchair accessible. The roads have gravel, however in general the space is very flat, with mostly dirt and grass. Our wheelchair and walker have always done well here!
Dull’s Pumpkin Farm
Dull’s 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 activities, including U-Pick apples. Row by row, there could be some variation in terrain. However, overall the space is very accessible for U-Pick in a walker or wheelchair. They typically offer several events throughout the fall season, including the annual Apple Festival and October Fest. Both of these would be great options accessibility-wise. Definitely add them to the calendar!
Stuckey Farm is a great fall option for your family. The hayride is not accessible, however everything on the farm can be reached by walking. This includes 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!
Smith Family Farm
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 and the corn maze. Caregivers are able to provide assistance on pony rides for differently 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.