Fall is my favorite time to visit Amish Country, Ohio! The temperatures are cooler, the rolling hills are full of beautiful fall foliage, and there are plenty of activities to celebrate the harvest and all things that make this “simple” place special for visitors. Here is my list of bucket-list-worthy adventures to do in Amish Country, Ohio during fall.
Hershberger’s Farm and Bakery
Hershberger’s Farm & Bakery is one of my favorite Amish Country stops (click here for more info), and visiting during fall makes it even more magical! Piles of pumpkins and aisles of mums make for a beautiful display that is ready to take home. When visiting Hershberger’s I always have to take home a bag of kettle corn or a sweet treat from the bakery. I also like to take visitors from out of town on a buggy ride.
Hershberger’s Farm and Bakery also offers a fall pumpkin patch! Check their Facebook page for updates on when picking is available.
Sugarcreek’s Swiss Festival
The Ohio Swiss Festival is one of the most popular events in the area. The Swiss Festival draws crowds from all around, as Sugarcreek celebrates its tradition of being, “Little Switzerland.” The 2023 Festival runs from September 28 – September 30.
If you’re a runner, consider the “Cheese Chase 5k” that travels throughout downtown Sugarcreek.
My favorite time at the Swiss Festival is Saturday’s Grand Parade at 2 p.m. This parade showcases the local businesses in Amish Country, especially the cheesemakers. After the parade, consider walking to the Fire House for wine and cheese samples! Bring cash.
The Farm at Walnut Creek Fall Festival
The Farm at Walnut Creek is one of Holmes County’s most popular tourist attractions and after your first visit, it’s easy to see why. What makes the Farm at Walnut Creek even better is its Fall Festival. After you finish feeding animals on the wagon tour, devour some pumpkin pie while the kids play in the corn box or climb the straw castle! After getting big and strong from some Amish-made barbeque chicken, see how far you can fire off a pumpkin on the pumpkin slingshot. It’s definitely a memorable day at the farm!
The Fall Festival at the Farm at Walnut Creek takes place every Friday and Saturday during October from 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Normal admission rates apply, plus you’ll want to bring extra for food and activities. Remember, the Farm takes cash only!
Hillcrest Orchard for apples and cider slushies
Hillcrest Orchard is one of my favorite fall destinations! If you love all things apples, this is the place to visit! If one of your fall activities is making applesauce or apple pie, Hillcrest Orchard has a variety of apples to fit your needs.
I adore the apple cider slushies! They are just too delicious! And make sure you also take home a bag of kettle corn.
The fall display at Hillcrest Orchard is overly festive and the perfect place for an Instagram-worthy photo op.
Millersburg’s Antique Festival
This year’s Antique Festival takes place on October 7th and 8th in the village of Millersburg. The Antique Festival is the perfect place to shop for local antiques and eat your favorite fair food.
Two parades down Jackson Street are the highlight of the event – on Saturday at 4:30 pm, the Antique, Classic Car & Fireman’s Parade kicks off. Sunday at 2 p.m. is the Grand Parade. Try to arrive a bit early to find a parking spot.
While visiting historic Millersburg, make sure to make time to visit the Millersburg Glass Museum. You’ll leave with a greater understanding of John Fenton and you’ll understand why you see so much Millersburg Glass displayed in the storefront windows.
Drive the Amish Country Byway for Fall Foliage
One of the best reasons to come to Amish Country during the fall is the stunning fall foliage! You won’t have to look hard to find the best vistas. Cornstalk-laden fields and white Amish houses with a backdrop of fall color is what most travelers to Amish Country rave about.
The Amish Country Byway encompasses 160 miles of roadway throughout Ohio’s Amish Country. I highly recommend SR 241 and SR 557. Along these roadways, you’ll find plenty of backroads to pull off and explore more.
I hope this gave you some new ideas to do while in Amish Country during September and October. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see day-to-day updates! What is your favorite thing to do in Amish Country during the fall?
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