Get ready to discover October Amish style with unique and entertaining experiences.
Whether you already live in or near the beautiful rolling hills of the Ohio Amish Country, or you plan to make a visit this October, make sure to save some time for the special experiences that this lovely region has to offer. A trip to this peaceful area might take you back in time as you see the quaint houses and the horse and buggies traveling down the back roads, but it does it with a charming touch.
Plus, there’s no shortage of fun or entertainment throughout this scenic destination. Get ready to have some fun in Amish Country this October with these five attractions and experiences that will delight all of your senses!
What better way to unwind than with a glass of wine as you kick back with friends and family, or that special someone? Doughty Glen Winery showcases a wide selection of wines ranging from a sweet Concord to a smooth Pinot Noir and features live music most Fridays in October. You can take a stroll around the property as you admire the fall foliage and breathtaking vista, or enjoy your vino fireside as you nibble on award-winning cheeses. After you’ve had a bite, explore the grounds on a guided horseback ride through the terrain, no experience required. Horseback rides are available through October 31st.
It wouldn’t be fall without pumpkins, and Hershberger’s is the perfect place to find just the right pumpkin, whether you’re making a delicious pie or carving a spooky jack-o-lantern. Plus, there is an abundance of delicious treats, baked goods, canned goods, and homegrown produce to experience, as well as beautiful fall decor. The farm store includes leather goods, birdseed, and a collection of USA made wooden toys all available for purchase, and the whole family is sure to enjoy the petting zoo, which is home to a variety of friendly farm animals. There are also horse and pony rides for a small extra fee!
This popular festival runs October 5th through October 20th (closed on Sundays) and features something for everyone! The farm is home to over 500 domestic and exotic animals, most of which roam freely, and there are also numerous barns and two non-electric Amish houses to explore on the property. The festival abounds with fall fun with scavenger hunts, a kid’s maze, horse-drawn wagon rides, multiple demonstrations and of course, an assortment of delicious foods! Check out a blacksmith in action, a candle carving demo, broom making, and basket weaving, just to name a few of the interesting activities you’ll witness when you attend the Fall Festival at Walnut Creek.
4. Live Performances
If you want to take a break from exploring on foot, then a great way to do it is to sit and enjoy an entertaining show! Amish Country has no shortage of talented performers, and you can see them up close in two exciting shows: Seize the Hay – Live Comedy Variety Show and Goblin up the Music – A Halloween Special. Both shows are performed at the award-winning Amish Country Theater, which showcases a selection of knee-slapping variety shows and also features a buffet that serves up delicious homestyle cooking — reservations required! Seize the Hay is performed on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the year, and Goblin up the Music is a special Halloween-themed show that will run on Wednesday, October 30th at 7:00 pm. Whether you see one show, or you can make it to both, you’re sure to laugh out loud at the crazy antics and side-splitting displays!
This intriguing depot and railroad museum is a National Historic Landmark that has maintained its WWII heritage. The depot has been fully restored and features a gift shop, museum, theater, research library, and restaurant. There are different train rides offered at various points during the year, and those trips now include special fall excursions so you can travel through Amish Country and witness the beautiful changing of the seasons and fall foliage. The autumn train rides will be offered from October 12th through October 20th, and complimentary snacks are served onboard!
No matter what activity you choose, or if you decide to tackle all of them, you’re sure to have a wonderful time as you take in all of the sights, sounds, and flavors of Ohio’s Amish Country. There truly is something for everyone, and there is always something that is sure to delight around every corner.
Now that you have your list of must-see things to do, prepare for an unforgettable visit to the Ohio Amish Country! Make your trip extra special by staying in one of our cozy cottages at Hillside Hideaways. They’re the perfect place to relax and renew after your fun-filled adventures!