It’s officially the season of sipping apple cider and picking the perfect pumpkin. Fall has arrived, and with its entrance comes the opportunity to partake in annual traditions at Amazing Fall Fun, 3150 County Road 43, Waterloo, Ind.
“Amazing Fall Fun is a great place for families and friends to bond by enjoying the many activities in the barnyard and by completing the challenge of navigating the corn maze while getting some exercise and fresh air,” says Larry Smith, owner of Amazing Fall Fun.
The corn maze changes every year and is one of Amazing Fall Fun’s biggest attractions, Smith says.
“After our corn has been planted and is about a foot tall, our maze design is applied, and then the design is cut. This year, our corn maze design is The Jurassic Maze,” he says.
The maze covers thousands of feet of corn and offers three phases ranging from easy to difficult.
Phase 1 takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and phase 2 takes approximately 40 minutes. “If you don’t get lost!,” Smith says. “There is a bridge and a giant tube slide in phase 2 that is fun for both kids and adults.”
Phase 3 of the corn maze is “The Fairytale Trail.” This mini-maze features storyboard signs with a special narrative to enjoy as you wander through the corn.
In addition to the corn maze, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy at Amazing Fall Fun. On your way to the activities area, be sure to say hello to all of the farm animals, including chickens, pigs and goats. Then, challenge your friends and family in a game of tug-of-war, or compete in duck races by using an old-fashioned hand pump to race your rubber duck through the channels the fastest. There’s also a giant barrel roll, where you can stand in your own large barrel and see if you can roll the fastest in a race.
Amazing Fall Fun has activities that are hard to find elsewhere, from a tower of tractor tires that you can play on, to life-size foosball that up to 12 people can play.
A favorite children’s activity is the straw mountain, Smith says. Kids can climb up hay and crawl or slide down the many tube slides in the mountain. There’s also the corn box, which is full of shelled corn to dive and play in. It’s stocked with trucks, pales, shovels and other toys, Smith says. Another kid favorite is pumpkin tic-tac-toe and checkers – picture an extra-large game board where the pieces are pumpkins instead of plastic.
“Our ‘Bubble Barn’ is a new activity this year and is enjoyed by all ages, from kids to teens to older adults,” Smith adds. “The jumping pillow is always a big hit. Our wall ball games are another activity enjoyed by all ages. There are many popular activities, from the corn box to the barrel rollers to farmer fastball and many more.”
After playing games and navigating the corn maze, be sure to stop by the pumpkin patch to find thousands of pumpkins of every size, shape and color. This year, there are more than 40 varieties of pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn. Pick them right off the vine or choose some that are pre-picked.
And of course, there’s a plethora of food options. “We have many farm festival foods including freshly baked donuts, sandwiches, chicken tenders, loaded nachos, fries, chili, kettle corn, ice cream, cider and lemonade slushies, and more,” Smith says.
Lastly, make sure to leave time for a hayride in the beautiful Indiana countryside. The 20-minute ride travels around the pumpkin patch, through the corn field and woods, and up to the farmers homestead. Along the ride, you may see critters from raccoons to deer to opossum. You’ll also see beef cattle that are raised on the farm.
Whether it’s your first or hundredth time experiencing Amazing Fall Fun, there’s fun memories just waiting to be made, Smith says.
Amazing Fall Fun is open on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. through October 30. Note that ticket sales stop an hour prior to closing time. Parking is free, and admission costs $11 per person. Season passes are $19 per person and are good for the entire 2022 season. Children ages 2 and under are free.
Get your tickets at the entrance or purchase them online for a faster entry.
Call (260) 333-2302 or visit amazingfallfun.com for more information. ❚