What does a snapping turtle eat? Do flying squirrels really fly? Find the answer to these questions and more at Merry Lea’s annual Enchanted Forest! You won’t want to miss one of the only opportunities in the year to hike the trails at night! Guides will lead groups by lantern-light to find and interact with real “live” animals. Our costumed staff and volunteers will answer questions about life as an native Indiana animal. This family-friendly evening is a great alternative to Halloween events too scary for young children.
Hikes are every 20-30 minutes and you can enjoy music and snacks while you wait. Cost is $3.50 per person. No registration required.
Don’t miss the chance to talk to a deer, bat, spider, toad, turtle, and more!
FAQs for Enchanted Forest
Where is the Enchanted Forest?
The Enchanted Forest occurs at the Farmstead site of Merry Lea, located at 2152 S. 425 W. Albion, IN 46701. This is the address for a GPS unit or car navigation device. View a map or directions to the Farmstead.
Do I need to register or make a reservation?
No, registration is not required for the Enchanted Forest. Tickets are sold at the door each night of the event.
May I pay with a credit card?
The Farmstead site does not have a credit card reader, so we cannot process credit or debit card payments. We accept cash or personal checks with a driver’s license.
Do I need a ticket for my baby?
Children age 2 and younger do not need a ticket and are admitted free of charge with a parent or guardian. All other guests will be charged $3.50.
Is there a fee for parking?
No, we do not charge for parking. Guests are welcome to park in the gravel parking lots around the Farmstead site. A handicap-accessible parking lot is southeast of the Farmstead Barn; this is the second entrance on the right when driving south on 425 W. Please avoid parking on the grass.
Do I need to arrive by 7:00 p.m. to participate?
No, guided hikes will be available throughout the evening, leaving the Farmstead Barn every 20 to 30 minutes. The hike is about 1 hour in length. Guests may enjoy snacks, music and coloring sheets while waiting.
Do children wear costumes or dress up?
Children may wear costumes to the Enchanted Forest; however, this is not an expectation for our guests. Please no scary costumes. Keep in mind the event is designed to be a fun, family night hike.
Do refreshments include candy?
No, we do not hand out candy at the Enchanted Forest. Instead, guests can enjoy apples, pretzels, and hot cocoa as part of the admission fee. Marshmallows are available at the campfire, as long as supplies last.
May I bring a flashlight?
Flashlights are welcome for use around the buildings and in the parking lots. We ask that guests do not use flashlights on the guided hike. Each trail leader will have a lantern to light the way.
May I bring a stroller?
If you choose to bring a stroller, we recommend a “jogging stroller” or a similar kind of stroller with large wheels. The trails are not paved and may be uneven. Most of the trails are covered with grass or gravel.