Kokomo Fall Trip Ideas

Fall is soon approaching.  Kids are now back in school, busy with school projects, club meetings, and athletics.  For many, Summer vacation is over, but that doesn’t have to mean the end of travel.  Consider this Fall as a perfect time to take a weekend getaway, especially to Kokomo. 

The leaves will soon change into vibrant orange, yellow, and red colors.  The air will become cooler, and vendors will begin to sell pumpkins and apples.  Kokomo has several Fall events that make perfect weekend getaway trip ideas.

KohKohMah & David Foster Living History Encampment

KohKohMah & David Foster Living History Encampment

KohKohMah & David Foster Living History Encampment – September 19-20 (Saturday 9am-5pm & Sunday 9am-4pm)
Take a step back and experience life in the 1700’s in Wildcat Valley, located in western Howard County.  Purchase items from Traders Row, watch craft demonstrations, listen to great music, enjoy unique food, and personally experience the French and Indian Battle by fantastic re-enactors.  For a full schedule of events, visit their website.   

Old Sycamore Farm
September 20 – October 31
(Hours: M-Th. 12-7pm, Fri. 12-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm & Sun. 12-6pm)
Bring the family to this locally owned farm, where kids can pick their own special pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, play games, visit the petting zoo, experience candle-dipping, compete in the hay bale maze, pan for gem stones, and much more.  The farm also features a country store, selling locally made food items and crafts.  Visit their website for directions, prices, and photos.  Also, don’t miss their Haunted Barn, opened on Friday & Saturday evenings through Halloween! 

Country Store at Old Sycamore Farm

Country Store at Old Sycamore Farm

Kokomo Oktoberfest – 
September 25 (4-10 p.m.)
Visitors will enjoy German food, vendors, kid’s activities, fantastic live music by the Jay Fox and Bavarian Showtime Band, beer garden, and polka dancing.  In addition, there will be a large Volkswagen Cruise-in and VW vendors.  Admission is free.  Don’t miss this great family event in Downtown Kokomo!   

Volkswagen Cruise-in at Oktoberfest

Volkswagen Cruise-in at Oktoberfest

For a full list of events in the Kokomo area, visit our website.  Watch for more information on haunted houses and haunted attractions in Kokomo … to be posted soon!

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Elwood Haynes … A Great American Inventor

Elwood Haynes was truly an extraordinary person.  His former Kokomo residence is now the Elwood Haynes Museum with knowledgeable staff dedicated to telling the story of this great American inventor.  

Mr. Elwood Haynes

Mr. Elwood Haynes

Best known for inventing America’s first successful, commercially built automobile in 1894, Mr. Haynes also invented other well-known items that we use everyday, such as stainless steel which he invented in 1912.  He invented a super alloy called Stellite in 1906, and is used today in nuclear power plants, space launches, jet plane engines, dental and surgical tools, and more. 

Visitors to the Elwood Haynes Museum will be given a tour of his former home and learn about his life while viewing a collection of his possessions and inventions.  A 1905 Haynes Model “L” is on display on the first floor of the home, with three other Haynes automobiles displayed in the garage.  Rooms on the second floor feature items that chronicle the industrial history of Central Indiana.   

The Elwood Haynes Museum is located on the edge of Highland Park in Kokomo

The Elwood Haynes Museum is located on the edge of Highland Park in Kokomo

The Elwood Haynes Museum is located at 1915 S. Webster Street in Kokomo and is open Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 am-4:00 pm and Sunday 1:00-4:00 pm.  Admission is free, and group tours are given by appointment.  For more information, call 765-456-7500.  We invite you to visit Kokomo, Home of America’s First Car!  Visit our website for information on other attractions in the Kokomo area.  

Experience the Taste of Kokomo!

Enjoy all kinds of foods at the Taste of Kokomo

Enjoy all kinds of foods at the Taste of Kokomo

Can’t decide where to go for dinner?  Burgers and fries?  Steak and ribs?  Pizza or tacos?  No worries!  Attend the 12th Annual Taste of Kokomo this weekend and you can have it all!  30 local restaurants will offer up signature menu dishes during this annual event.  In addition, there will be 8 live bands, 2 adult beverage stations, and a special section just for kids.  

The bands scheduled to perform include:
Brent Evans & Lost Luggage
Blackbyrd
Old Dudes That Rock
Rogers Ritual
Falling Higher
Uncle Jimmi
Sneekers
Rewind

Taste of Kokomo 2

Bring the entire family for a great evening of delicious food, rockin’ music, and fun for all ages!  Admission is $3 per person and kids ages 3 & under are free.  The Taste of Kokomo will be held on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Kokomo from 5:00-11:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 15.  Proceeds will benefit the United Way of Howard County.  Don’t miss this great event!

Visit Greentown, Indiana

Greentown is located only 10 miles east of Kokomo on State Road 22.  It may be a small town, but offers a variety of great attractions.  Here is a suggested itinerary for your day in Greentown.

Greentown Glass Museum

Greentown Glass Museum

Start by visiting the Greentown Glass Museum.  This museum houses a vast number of pieces of glassware produced by the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company in Greentown between 1894 and 1903.  The factory is no longer in existence, but the highly collectible glass has been preserved in the museum.  Over 2,000 pieces of glass and historical items are on display.  Admission is free. 

 

Next, head over to the Greentown History Center.  Maintained by the Greentown Historical Society, the center features permanent and changing exhibits that tell the history of Greentown.  Through November 15, 2009, you can view the exhibit “Clues to Our Past.”  This exhibit features photos, maps, clothing, toys, and more from the Greentown area.  Admission is free.  Hours are Saturday, Sunday & Monday from 1-4 p.m.  

Enjoy some shopping at the Greentown Antique Mall, offering quality antiques and collectibles.  Greentown offers several small restaurants to get a quick meal or stop by Kelly’s Ice Cream for a special treat.   

Every Thursday evening through September 17, visitors can enjoy “Music at the Fountain.”  Concerts and entertainment will vary, and admission is free.  Concerts start at 7 p.m. and are located in front of the fountain on Meridian Street in Greentown. 

The Greentown Farmers’ Market will be open August 8 & 21 and September 5 & 19 from 8 a.m. to Noon in downtown Greentown.  You will find fresh produce, homemade goods, and more.

For more information on attractions and events in Greentown and Kokomo, visit our website or click here for our online events calendar.