In Indiana, apple orchards are an indispensable part of our Hoosier fall season. They evoke a sense of nostalgia and it’s this feeling that makes a day trip to an apple orchard an excellent opportunity for families of multiple generations to reconnect and have fun. While Indiana offers an array of beautiful orchards, one orchard that my family recently visited has us very excited for this year’s fall season. Located west of downtown Indianapolis in the heart of Hendricks county is Beasley’s Orchard. Known for its “2019 best apple cider in the state”, Beasley’s boasts lots of activities for the whole family. I visited Beasley’s orchard with my sons ages 3 and 6; we also brought grandma with us to enjoy all these activities that the orchard offers during the fall season.
As you enter the orchard, the gravel road leads to parking spaces in front of the old barn that houses the farm market. There are designated handicap parking spaces with a ramp that leads to easy access into the farm market. There are also ample parking spaces in a grassy lot area close to the barn. Restrooms are bright yellow porta-potties that are located near all the activities in a grassy area. Two picnic areas were situated near the Barnyard Bonanza, which is not shaded and another near the Hay mountain that provides shade. The area is an open field and you can view all the different activities that the orchard offers.
Here’s a list of all the fun activities we participated in during our visit at Beasley’s orchard.
Old Barn Farm Market
We began our fun journey at the farm market, it offers a variety of locally homegrown fruits and vegetables. There were a large variety of jams, jellies, maple syrups, delicious baked treats and caramel apples. At the far end of the market is the Cider bar; nothing screams fall time like a delicious cup of apple cider and it truly was one of the best apple ciders I have tasted. The Cider bar also offer apple cider slushies which are always a great hit with kids on a warm fall day. Once you’ve chosen your items, the checkout line is outside on the porch, there were also beautiful mums and handpicked pumpkins for purchase near the porch.
The Barnyard Bonanza area provides lots of activities for all ages and interests. The best of all is a jumbo jumper pillow, my son and his grandmother had lots of fun jumping. I would advise for parents or grandparents of children 3 and under to accompany them because it can become a little challenging for little ones to stand on their own while trying to jump. There were baseball, basketball and football throwing games. A giant spider web to climb on, corn hole, and a sandbox full of construction cars that all kids enjoyed during our visit.
An attraction I’ve only seen at this apple orchard and non other is the apple cannon; it’s a fun and unique activity for everyone. The apples are fired out of an air-compressed cannon and the goal is to try to hit a target or simply have fun shooting. We first had a short briefing on how to load up the cannon, how to aim and shoot. Then we were ready to start the fun. Its suitable for all levels and ages. My oldest son in particle really enjoyed it, while my younger son was a bit hesitant. If a child is too short and cannot reach the cannon well, the staff will place another haystack for extra height.
Beasley’s offers an 8-acre corn maze that has a different design every year. There are fun games in order to navigate your way out of the maze truly making it a fun experience for everyone.
Hayride and Hay-mountain
A popular attraction with my boys is always the hayride, there’s something about tractors that make little boys want to hop on for a fun ride. The hayride took us through apple trees and then to a pumpkin patch. Once at the pumpkin patch we could get off to choose a pumpkin before finishing up the ride. Afterwards, we headed to the large hay mountain for cute pictures and some climbing fun.
Pick Your Own Apples & Pumpkins
U-Pick apples is available and is priced based on bag size. Once your apple bag is purchased, you are free to roam among the apple trees and choose which apples are best for your family. There are also U-Pick pumpkins available during the hayride and if you’re not taking a hayride than it’s a short walk to the pumpkin patch. There were many patches to choose from to make that perfect pumpkin choice for your fall décor or festivities.
Some other activities at the orchard were horse, pony and small carriage rides. The rides were $7 each and lots of fun for little ones. There was live entertainment from a stage area. Multiple food trucks selling delicious lunch or dinner options, some food vendors did not accept card so be sure to have cash with you. Lastly, Beasley’s has a food vendor outside that sells Mexican corn and other delicious treats.
This Unique fall festival event is one that your entire family will enjoy, and it will have you going back for more fun and more delicious apple cider.
Single activity prices: Hayride $4
Corn maze $7
Barnyard Bonanza $5
Apple Cannon $3 for 5 shots or $5 for 10 shots
Combo pass: $12 Includes-Corn maze
*Children 2 and under are free
2304 East Main Street