Date: Sep 11, 2020

6 Amazing Fall Activities in Shipshewana

By Lora Gates

Ahhh autumn. There is nothing better than getting your family out in that crisp cool air for some good old fall activities. From buggy rides to craft fairs, here are some things to do in Shipshewana during fall.

Please note - this list does not even mention all of the fantastic stores in town that are open year-round!

 

1. Shipshewana Flea Market

345 S Van Buren St, Shipshewana, (260)768-4129, Tues. & Wed, May through October 14, 2020, 8am-4pm. Mums_Pumpkins_Produce Aisle

Find bargains on fall decor, mums, pumpkins, apples and more at the Shipshewana Flea Market - open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through October 14, 2020.

 

Hundreds of vendors sell their goods and wares at this huge outdoor flea market. Food on site.

 

2020 features special Fall Bonus Days. Enjoy Fall shopping, fall decor, food, fun and prizes!

 

And of course, our weekly auctions take place all year long. So beyond the outdoor market season, you can bid to your heart's content every Wednesday at the Shipshewana Antique Auction.

 

Shipshewana Hotel Farmstead Inn

 

 

2. Buggy Lane Tours 

140 Harrison St, Shipshewana, (574)333-9584, Mon.- Fri. May-December, 10am-Dusk

Buggy Lane Tours

Photo courtesy of: Buggy Lane Tours Facebook Page

 

Enjoy the fall season in Shipshewana the way it should be enjoyed - from inside an Amish buggy! Buggy Lane Tours offers buggy rides and a look at the Amish experience. They offer several tour options incuding everything from a buggy ride that circles the town of Shipshewana everything from buggy rides through downtown Shipshewana to the backroads of Shipshewana. They even offer a "hands on" tour where you can milk a cow, taste fresh milk, feed the calves and take pictures of Belgian work horses. Or, you can have a tasty, home cooked Thrasher's Family Style Dinner with an Amish family and even add that to the "hands on" tour.

 

The views will certainly be awesome - you might see crops in country fields, one-room amish school houses, laundry blowing in the breeze, white painted houses, and maybe even an occasional stand selling homemade baked goods or home grown vegetables. Whether you have a few minutes, or half the day, you can enjoy Shipshewana and the local culture.

 

3. Ship-Chic Craft & Vintage Show (Fall Market)

345 S Van Buren St, Shipshewana, (260)768-4129, October 24, 202, 9 am - 3 pm

Signs and crafts for sale at Ship-Chic Craft & Vintage Show indoor market

If you're like me, you like giving unique gifts at Christmas time that put a smile on your family and friends' faces. One of the best places to shop for amazing gifts is the Ship-Chic Craft & Vintage Show here in Shipshewana. 

 

This is a curated indoor pop-up market  on Saturday, October 24th featuring amazing products for DIY lovers, Pinterest obsessers, Etsy loyalists, creative gift givers, small business supporters, or just folks who want a unique holiday shopping experience! Old stuff, new stuff and awesome stuff all picked with quality in mind.

 

There's also door prize drawings, giveaways and food!  Admission is $5 at the door. Children 12 and under are free and parking is free.

 

4. Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

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Photo courtesy of: Pumpkinvine.org

 

The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail is a must-do in October because of the amazing fall colors. Take a walk, or better yet, a bike ride down this paved path that goes from Goshen to Middlebury to Shipshewana.

 

You'll get to witness the peaceful Amish countryside, farm life and of course, the beautiful trees. Definitely put the Pumpkinvine Trail on your list for this fall before it gets too cold to ride a bike!

 

  

Shipshewana Hotel Farmstead Inn

 

5. Shipshewana Swap Meets

Vendors selling locally grown pumpkins and gourds from the back of their buggy at the Shipshewana Swap Meets on the Shipshewana Auction and Flea Market grounds.

 

If you love to shop for unique local items, you will love the monthly Shipshewana Swap Meets. Fall brings a whole different variety of items and you never know what you'll find, but locally grown pumpkins, gourds and mums are sure to be on the list.

 

This is a really fun way to interact with a very local group of vendors from our amazing community and be sure you get here early, the hours are always daylight - 1 pm and daylight comes mighty early in Shipshewana!

 

6. Fall Colors and Outdoor Adventures

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Shipshewana and the LaGrange County area have a whole lineup of great outdoor recreation that you can enjoy any time of year, but for Fall colors, you will love some of the great views as you visit parks, take a canoe trip, throw a pole in the lake or anything else that meets your fancy while visiting us outdoors in Shipshewana.

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