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Things to Do in Indiana

Because Indiana has a long history with cars - from manufacturing to racing, find many transportation museums. Southern Indiana is dominated by limestone and natural attractions like caves, the Ohio River and Indian mounds; to the north is Indian Dunes on Lake Michigan. Find plenty of things to do tied to Presidents Abraham Lincoln and William Henry Harrison, and George Rogers Clark. Explore Amish communities or go snow skiing. Columbus is filled with buildings designed by some of the world’s most renowned architects. Nearby find Brown County with artists and covered bridges.  Notre Dame and Purdue draw scholars and sports fans. Restaurants serve home cooking to world cuisine. Accommodations include hotels, B&Bs and resorts.
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Cave Country Canoes

112 Main Street
Milltown, Indiana
Offering half-day, full-day and two-day canoe and kayak trips on the upper section of the spring-fed Blue River, designated Indiana’s first scenic river. The river features Class I rapids, except in the spring when Class I and II occur. Enjoy beautiful scenery and wildlife - blue herons, river otters, salamanders, turtles and ducks.

Those looking to experience faster water and even rapids should schedule trips after spring rains or in early summer....
Hours & Admission
April, September and October, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., May to August, Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission.

Colonel William Jones Home

620 East County Road 1575 North
Gentryville, Indiana
Part of the Lincoln State Park*, the 100-acre home site features Colonel William Jones’ federal-style home, a restored barn and hiking trails - the .8-mile loop South Forty Trail and the one-mile Springs Trail. Jones was a merchant, farmer and politician and served as a colonel in the union army. Abraham Lincoln worked at Col. Jones’ general store. (*see separate listing)

Note: Central Standard Time (CST) zone.
Hours & Admission
June to August, Thursday to Sunday 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission.

Corydon Capitol

200 North Capitol Avenue
Corydon, Indiana
While Vincennes had served as the territorial capital, Corydon in Southern Indiana was the first capitol of Indiana from 1813 to 1825. The two-story lime structure was built between 1814 and 1816, In June 1816 delegates met here to draft the state’s first constitution and in December 1816, Indiana was admitted as the 19th state in the union.

When the capitol was moved to Indianapolis, the building became the county courthouse until a new facility was built. The historic site...
Hours & Admission
January to March, Tuesday to Saturday 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., April to late November, Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Closed national holidays. Admission.

Falls of the Ohio State Park

201 West Riverside Drive
Clarksville, Indiana
Limestone is plentiful in Southern Indiana and Kentucky and as such fossil beds - dating to the Devonian geologic period, the fourth period of the Paleozoic era - are evidenced in the Ohio River.

The park strives to preserve and interpret the scientific, historical and cultural heritage of the area. Fossils from this time frame depict fish and amphibians and can be seen in the upper and lower fossil beds. Underwater for much of the year, it may be possible to view them during the summer...
Hours & Admission
Park: daily 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Interpretive center: Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cabin at the George Rogers Clark home site: July to early September, Thursday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission.

Historic New Harmony

401 North Arthur Street
New Harmony, Indiana
The mission of Historic New Harmony, once a sanctuary for scholars, scientists and educators, is to preserve New Harmony’s utopian legacy.

Its history is divided into three distinct periods:

• 1814 to 1824, the Harmonie Society, in search of religious freedom a group from Germany came to create a self-sufficient community;

• 1825 to 1827, the...
Hours & Admission
Historic district: daily dawn to dusk. Atheneum visitor center: daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.

Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari

452 East Christmas Blvd.
Santa Claus, Indiana
Begun in 1941 as Santa Claus Land, this is reputed to be the world’s first theme park. Guests will still find Santa in the Christmas themed section of the park.

The Raven and The Legend, both rated among the top 10 wooden rollers, are in the Halloween section. The Voyage, also an award-winning roller coaster, Turkey Whirl and Gobbler Getaway - an interactive dark ride, are situated in Thanksgiving, along with what is reportedly the world's tallest water ride, Pilgrims Plunge....
Hours & Admission
Holiday World: early May and late September to early October, Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., mid-May and mid-August to early September, Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., mid-May, Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., late-May, Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., late May to early June and mid-August, Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., early June to early August, daily 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Splashin’ Safari: mid-May and mid-August to early September, Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., mid-May, Monday to Friday 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., late-May, Monday to Friday 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., late May to early June and mid-August, Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., early June to early August, daily 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission.

Indiana Railway Museum

1 Monon Street
French Lick, Indiana
Take a scenic ride on the French Lick Scenic Railway and during this 20-mile, round-trip excursion discover Southern Indiana - Hoosier National Forest, the geology of the state and the challenges it creates. Midway in the journey, the diesel powered train stops in Cuzco, southwest of French Lick.

While riding the rails, don’t be surprised if you’re part of a daytime train robbery. Special excursions are scheduled - the Easter bunny and haunted train rides and the Polar Express....
Hours & Admission
Box office: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission.

Lincoln Amphitheater

15032 North County Road 300 East
Lincoln City, Indiana
The 1500-seat open-air, roofed theater features musicals, plays and a classic family film series. The signature play, “LINCOLN,” tells the theatrical and historical story of Abraham Lincoln. During his boyhood Lincoln lived here in Southern Indiana in an area now known as Lincoln State Park*. (*see separate listing)

Note: Central Standard Time (CST) zone.
Hours & Admission
Box office: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Theater: varies by production. Admission.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

2916 East South Street
Lincoln City, Indiana
Begin at the visitor center by watching the orientation film and viewing the five sculptured panels carved from Indiana limestone that portray Lincoln’s life. Then walk northward through the allée to the tallest flagpole in the state of Indiana.

At Pioneer Cemetery view the memorial grave marker of Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, who died in the fall of 1818 at age 34. Follow the Lincoln Boyhood Trail to the former site of the family’s cabin. A nearby spring would...
Hours & Admission
Memorial visitor center: early April to late October, daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., late October to early April, daily 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Farm: daily mid-April to September. Closed major winter holidays. Admission.

Lincoln State Park

State Highway 162
Lincoln City, Indiana
The 1,747-acre park was created in memory of Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, who died while living with her family in Southern Indiana. Near the park entrance, find the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Plaza with limestone markers depicting Lincoln’s transition from a child to a man, and a larger than life-size bust of the 16th president of the United States.

Many of the park’s activities are centered on man-made Lincoln Lake: rent canoes and rowboats by the full...
Hours & Admission
Park: 24/7.

Interpretive center: May to mid-August, Wednesday to Monday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., mid-August to October, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Beach: late May to early September, daily dawn to dusk.

Nature center: late May to early September, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission.
Information subject to change without notice.
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