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55 Best Things To Do Indiana (Fun for ALL Ages!)

Explore the top 55 things to do in Indiana for fun across all ages! From historical sights to outdoor adventures, this guide covers the best attractions statewide.

Tobi Miles
September 1, 2022
55 Best Things To Do Indiana (Fun for ALL Ages!)

Indiana is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. Best known for basketball starts Louie Dampier and Larry Bird, this destination has plenty of history and culture to explore on a vacation.

Those visiting the state of Indiana can see historical sights, including the Indiana Historical Society, Studebaker National Museum, and Indiana War Memorial. If you happen to be staying in Indianapolis, there are a wealth of activities to enjoy, from the Indianapolis Zoo to Canal.. Outdoor excursions include the Brown County State Park and Go Ape Zipline.

From Gary to Indianapolis and everywhere in between, there is no shortage of activities to enjoy in Indiana. Read on to find our top 55 picks throughout the state.

1. Indiana Historical Society

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📍Map It:450 W Ohio St, Indianapolis, IN 46202 | Phone: 317-232-1882  | Website | Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM | Entrance: $13 Adults, $5 Youth

The Indiana Historical Society will welcome you with a historial warm embrace of a hug. The society’s goal in creating the organization is to preserve the honest past of Indiana. You will leave IHS with a fresh perspective on numerous historical events such as the Holocaust, The Cold War, and even anti-war movements.

Indiana Historical Society is also praised as they have online resources for you to learn from home! There are many online exhibits that you can interact with and watch straight from your computer. Don’t hesitate to take a look around next time you visit and walk away with brand new knowledge each time!

2. Viking Fest

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📍Map It4671 Anson Blvd., Whitestown, IN 46075 Phone: 317 - 732 - 4537  | Website: | Hours: 3 days long | Entrance: $5

Viking fest is an event that has it all. You won’t be disappointed as this is a three-day long event that is filled to the brim with the best activities. You will have the opportunity to celebrate the culture with live music, and true to the core viking themed actors to interact with.

You will be fully submerged into a whole new culture that you have been waiting for for so long. This will truly become your favorite event of the year! Let’s not forget to purchase your tickets ahead of time to enjoy the event's full potential!

Related Read: 20 Cabin & Treehouse Rentals in Indiana

3. Adult Swim

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📍Map It:6701 Hoover Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46260  | Phone: 317-537-7946  | Website Hours:4 weeks: Mon/Wed: 7 PM - 7:45 PM | Entrance: $100

Indy Aquatic Masters is the place to go if you are looking to learn to swim. They understand the importance of learning to swim as an adult, and are enthusiastic in wanting to help you learn! They have an Adult Learn-to-Swim program that is specifically designed to give you the skills you desire.

The classes are 4 weeks long and will help you gain the confidence in the water you have always wanted.  They have two locations which makes it much more accessible to all of Indiana. Indy Aquatic Masters go out of their way to ensure you get the class you need with 3 different levels of skill. You will feel right at home at Indy Aquatic Masters!

4. Studebaker National Museum

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📍Map It201 Chapin St, South Bend, IN 46601 | Phone: (574) 235-9714  | Website | Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00am-5:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm | Entrance: Adults $11 per day, Seniors $9.50 per day, Children $7 per day

This exhibit is one that all car enthusiasts would enjoy. The Studebaker Museum displays numerous exhibits showcasing 70 cars, along with photos, videos, and archived designs and documents.

The Studebaker Museum is located adjacent from the local history museum, and tickets can be purchased to access both. You could spend an entire day exploring the three story automobile museum, and the connecting history museum as well!

5. Wellfield Botanical Gardens

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📍Map It:1011 North Main St, Elhart, IN, 46514Phone:574 - 266 - 2006  | Website | Hours:Sun-Sat, 10 AM - 6 PM | Entrance: Adults $10, Children: $5

There is no easier choice than arriving at Wellfield Botanical Gardens on a nice summer day. You will not be disappointed when you arrive to the themed garden where you will be submerged into nature.

The path is half a mile long where you are able to walk and let the stress of life fall away with each step.The Botanical Garden is meant to bring life back to your senses and leave you feeling rejuvenated.

Related Read: 21 Best Romantic Midwest Getaways

6. Eiteljorg Museum and Store

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📍Map It:500 West Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46204 | Phone: 317-636-9378 | Website | Hours: Mon-Sat: 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 12pm - 5 pm | Entrance: $2

You will be enlightened when you enter the Eiteljorg Museum as the store contains unique wonders. There will be biographies that will teach you about Native Americans, jewelry, cookbooks and so much more!

The Eiteljorg Museum Store allows you to enjoy the museum and then take some of it home with you. You will never forget the trip you made to this museum as you will have the best souvenirs yet. This Museum will allow you to bring culture straight into your own home and display it on your walls or even your coffee table.

7. Highland Park

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📍Map It:1100 E. New York St. Indianapolis, IN 46202 | Phone: 317-262-3000 | Website | Entrance: Free

Between the beautiful view and the rich history there is nothing negative to say about Highland Park in Indiana. You will be able to see the sunset across the downtown area as you sit on the grass enjoying a picnic.

The park has over 4 acres of land for you and your family to roam slowly or play upbeat games on the grass. The land belonged to a Mrs. George F. Miller who desired it to not go to waste when she passed, and insisted on it becoming a park. We can all thank Mrs. Miller as we roam the paths of Highland Park.

Related Read: 30 Fun & Free Things To Do In Cincinnati

8. Indiana State Capitol

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📍Map It:200 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204 | Phone: 317-233-5293 | Website | Hours: Mon- Friday : 8 AM - 5 PM, Sat - 10 AM - 2 PM, Sun - Closed | Entrance: Free

The Indiana State Capitol building was completed in 1888 and has been used ever since! If you are looking to dive deeper into the roots of Indiana then the state capitol is your next destination. The Capital is open for tours where you can learn to your heart's content.

The tours will never be more than 100 people at a time which allows for your unique questions for the tour guide! The tour guide will walk you through the history of the building and even how the state government is structured. With the tours being free, there is no reason for you not to dive into the history of Indiana.

9. Eagle Creek Outfitters

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📍Map It:7602 Walnut Point Rd, Indianapolis, Indiana, 462547602 Walnut Point Road | Phone: 317-207-1724 | Website  | Entrance: Rental Prices Varies

Are you wondering where to take your family this summer? Are you missing nature and wanting to submerge yourself into the land again? Eagle Creek Outfitters is where you will find yourself then! They are a rental company with a wide variety of activities that will make this summer the best yet.

They offer kayaks, paddle boats, canoes, and even electric bikes that you can ride around the water! This company values family life and getting back to the basics of living. They support healthy living by giving you the chance to connect with nature once more.

Related Read: 7 BEST Indoor Water Parks In Indiana

10. White River State Park

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📍Map It:801 W Washington St Indianapolis, IN 46204 | Phone: 317-233-2434 | Website | Entrance: Varies per Event

The White River State Park is an overachiever when it comes to what it contains. This park houses just about everything you can imagine! You can find more than one Museum, a zoo, an IMAX theater and even an Amphitheater.

White River State Park is named the Indy’s Urban Escape for a reason. You can live out your wildest dreams at this park. You can book your own event or reserve a spot at an existing event. You won’t be bored visiting Indiana if you ensure a visit to White River State Park is part of your plans!

11. Indiana War Memorial

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📍Map It55 Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204Phone:317 - 232-7615  | Website Hours:Wed - Sun: 9 AM - 5 PM  | Entrance: Free

The Indiana War Memorial will have you walking away with a fresh perspective on this historical event. You might be surprised to know that the Memorial is 210 feet tall and each of the names of Hoosiers who were a part of WWI are scattered throughout the building.

The Indiana War Memorial is a place to remember the past and honor the ones who were lost in WWI. You won’t walk away disappointed as you will be admiring not only the history but the building itself. This War Memorial is the place to go in Indiana to immerse yourself in the culture and history.

12. Carmel Arts Design District

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📍Map ItCarmel, IN 46032, USA | Phone: (317)571-2787  | Website  | Entrance: Free

Whenever you are in Indiana, and you are having that urge to feel creativity and art, then the Carmel Art design district is where you should be. The district offers art galleries, antique stores, and art festivals that will make your visit an unforgettable one.

Festivals like the Art festival, Art of wine, the Second gallery works and more are often what make this district one to visit. Among all these, you get to partake in this district's culture with the locals and see historical artworks like the striking Norman Rockwell of America sculpture. Upcoming festivals this coming September Include Carmel international arts festival, and Carmel Porchfest.

13. Harvest at NewFields

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📍Map It4000 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46208, United States | Phone: 317-920-2660  | Website Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11 AM-5 PM, closed on Monday | Entrance: Free for members and children under 5, $13 for children aged 6-17, $18 for seniors, and $20 for adults

Harvest at New Fields is an exciting Halloween-themed experience. It features thousands of lit pumpkins along a hidden path in New Fields. The spooky arena guides guests around in the maze of an enchanted forest, an eerie sun ghost train, and a grand finale at the Mischief Manor on the Lilly Allee.

Everyone is invited to enjoy the fall-themed snacks and beverages as they trail the scenery. On the weekends, guests can wander the beautiful garden brimming with Indiana-grown pumpkins that cover campus at Harvest Days.

Also, weekends signal many activities from Newfields’ most beloved partners. Fall in Newfields is always filled with arts and activities for the kids, local food, and of course, memories!

14. Old World Gondoliers

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📍Map It340 W Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46202, United States | Phone: +13173402489 | Website Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11:30 AM-9:30 PM | Entrance: 30 minutes $189/ for up to 8 people and 60 minutes $378/ for up to 8 people

At Old World Gondoliers, you get to take a trip back in time. Relax and be transported to Venice, where you will be serenaded by your Gondolier as you go into the romance of Old Italy. Your experience with Old World Gondoliers will begin when you open your mind to the wonders and magic of the old world.

Experience firsthand the unique charm of downtown Indianapolis with spectacular views. Who knows? You might even witness a wedding on the gondola, as guests book the area for weddings all the time.

15. Spencer Farm

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📍Map It7177 E 161st St, Noblesville, IN 46062, United States | Phone: +13177761560 | Website Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 AM-6 PM, Sunday 12 PM-6 PM | Entrance: Free

Take a journey into serene greenery with Spencer’s berry farms. They offer forty acres of greener pastures, literally! All kinds of fruits can be found there. From your everyday tabletop fruits to a few exotic ones. All the fruits are fresh farm produce too!

They offer locally sourced meat and cheese, and serve ice cream, fudge and pies!  They are a kid’s daydream! Spencer’s Farms has its doors open to guests of all ages. There’s no gate fee, either.

16. Go Ape Zip Line

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📍Map It5855 Delong Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46254, United States | Phone: +18009718271 | Website Hours: Monday-Friday 10 AM-3 PM, Saturday-Sunday 9 AM-5 PM | Entrance: $38 for children aged 10-15, $58 persons above 16

Go Ape is the perfect outdoor adventure experience if you love adrenaline. You get to dodge dangling obstacles, scan the trees from a new perspective, and fly around on ziplines from crazy heights.

Their Treetop adventure and treetop course courses are sure to pump your blood, tickle, and fulfill. Go Ape’s treetop adventure has got you covered if you like tree-to-tree crossings high up in the canopy, long zip lines, and breathtaking Tarzan swings. It is ideal for the whole gang including friends, families, companies, and parties.

17. Wolf Park

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📍Map It4004 E 800 N, Battle Ground, IN 47920, United States | Phone: +17655672265  | Website Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 AM-2:30 PM, Saturday 9:30 AM-9 PM, Sunday 9:30AM-2:30PM | Entrance: Free

Wolf Park is an educative, conservation, and research facility located in Battle Ground, Indiana. Opening back in 1972, Wolf park has studied wolves and other wild canids to learn and understand their behavior to assist researchers in the wild.

Every year, Wolf Park dedicates time to teaching thousands of visitors about the importance of these wolves and other predators in the ecosystem. They have assisted researchers around the globe to study these animals in areas including cognition, behavior, and comparative studies between wild animals and animals in captivity.

Wolf park’s art and enrichment camps afford kids the chance to scale up their skills through nature and conservation-themed art projects. This activity also enriches the ambassador animals by creating enrichment. These camps are ideal for kids who love arts, crafts, and wildlife, or simply the whole family!

18. Starkey Nature Park

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📍Map It667 Sugarbush Dr, Zionsville, IN 46077, United States | Phone: +13177332273 | Website Hours:6 AM-7 PM Open daily  | Entrance: Free

Starkey park is an 80-acre park, situated a quarter-mile southwest of the Village. Starkey is the largest park in Zionsville. The park was christened after Lucile Starkey, who donated a late portion of the land to the Town in 1974 to be used as a nature park.

The park’s woods offer serene and scenic beauty, hiking trails, nature study, and perfect spaces for memorable pictures. Starkey park offers youth and adult educational programs throughout the year.

The park links to the Big-4 Rail Trail and from there, it links to most of Zionsville's trail system. Note that the area is a restricted-use nature park. For example, bicycles are prohibited in the park and all pets must be on a six-foot leash held by their owners.

Starkey park is great when you want a calm area with lots of greenery. Plus, it’s a trip for the whole family, including our furry friends.

19. Cedar Chapel Covered Bridge

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📍Map It13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers, IN 46038 | Hours: Open 24/7| Entrance: Free

Looking to take a long walk with the family? Or do you fancy a solo walk through a historic site surrounded by greenery? Well, the Cedar Chapel Covered Bridge offers that and more.

The Cedar Chapel Covered Bridge is a restored bridge that serves as the starting point to Conner Prairie’s 1863 Civil War Journey experience.

Surrounded by lush green trees in the summer and spring that glow orange in autumn, the Cedar Chapel Covered Bridge is the perfect spot for a refreshing walk. After walks and picture taking, tourists are invited to visit nearby cafes for a rest and a light snack.

20. Indianapolis City Market

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📍Map It222 E Market St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, United States | Phone:  +13176349266 | Website Hours: Monday 7 AM-6 PM, Tuesday-Friday 7 AM-9 PM, Saturday 8 AM-6 PM, closed on Sunday | Entrance: Free

Located in the East Market cultural district of Indianapolis, Indiana, the Indy's Market offers a large variety of good food and quality products. First opened in 1886, the Indianapolis City Market has been a part of the city's history for over a hundred years. It is a hub for eateries, fresh produce sellers, and retailers.

The market offers a variety of prepared food provided by outdoor food vendors. The Indianapolis City Market gives you the perfect opportunity to take a stroll and browse through multiple food stalls and local artisan booths. While engaging in all these activities you still get to buy a nice gift for yourself or hang out with family and friends.

21. French Market Festival

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📍Map It: 4217 Central Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205, United States | Website Hours: Holds September 10, 2022. | Entrance: Free

What better way to celebrate the feast of a Saint than with a lively street festival? In celebration of St. Joan of Arc Day, the St. Joan of Arc French Market hosts a one-day festival that combines live music with delicious food and the products of local artisans.

If you're looking to try out authentic French food then this is the event for you. French cuisine like Tarte Flambe and Beef Bourguignon will be prepared on-site accompanied by French wine.

An artisan craft fair will take place and if you're feeling lucky, you can also participate in the raffle. In the children's area kids are free to play games. For an amazing day out in the sun and in the company of food and fun, the St. Joan of Arc French Market is a festival for everyone.

22. Parlor Public House

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📍Map It600 E Ohio St Suite B, Indianapolis, IN 46202, United States | Phone: +13176100106  | Website Hours:  Tuesday 8 AM-6 PM, Wednesday 8 AM-10 PM, Thursday-Saturday 8 AM-12 AM, Sunday 8 AM-5 PM | Entrance: Free

Located in downtown Indianapolis, Parlor Public House is a cozy coffee shop and cocktail bar that's been hailed for its coffee-in-the-morning, cocktails-in-the-evening services. Parlor Public House offers a range of original coffee blends and well-crafted cocktails as well as a great space to work on your laptop or read a book.

Its loft-style space creates a chill, laid-back environment perfect for hanging out with friends. Coupled with friendly staff and a mouth-watering pastry menu makes it a great place to wake yourself up with a cup of coffee. People watch in the afternoon and hang out after work in the evenings.

23. Worlds Largest Ball Of Paint

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📍Map It10696 N 200 W, Alexandria, IN 46001, United States | Phone: +17657244088 | Website Hours: Open daily 9 AM-5 PM | Entrance: Free

The mention of a paintball creates a small image of a ball of paint in your head. Well in Alexandria there is a couple that did not think of it like that, as they created the world's largest paintball

Holding the world record for the largest pant ball is Indiana's Mike and Glenda Carmicheal. This ball of paint consists of 23,400 layers of paint and weighs over 4,000 pounds.

As the common saying goes “Seeing is believing”, many people around the world travel to Alexandria in Indiana to behold the sight of the marvelous work of art. When you get to see the paintball, you are also allowed to add your paint to it. So you can get to say you also contributed to the creation of the world's largest paintball.

24. Fort Harrison State Park

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📍Map It6000 N Post Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46216, United States | Phone: +13175910904 | Website Hours: Open daily 7 AM-8 PM | Entrance: $7 for cars, trucks, and campers, with in-state plates. $9 for out-of-state plates. $2 per person for bicycles, buses, pedestrians, and passenger vans.

The Fort Harrison State Park is an amazing countryside park filled with great biking trails and amazing wildlife. People looking to escape the busy everyday activity sounds in the city can come o this park and have a peaceful walk or a nice picnic. There are other great activities to engage in like hiking, fishing, and lots more.

It is indeed a place for everyone, as well as your furry friends that you would love to take on walks. Within the park is the Fort Harrison State park inn which has a restaurant and is equipped with free WiFi. There is also an 18-hole Pete Dye-designed Golf course for golfers and aspiring golfers, and two national historic districts.

25. Indianapolis Canal Walk

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📍Map ItCanal Walk, Indianapolis, IN 46202, United States | Phone: 317-233-2434 | Website Hours: Open daily 7 AM-8 PM | Entrance: Free

The Indiana Canal was dug back in the early 1800s to facilitate inter-state commerce. Now it has been restructured, extending its length through the white river state park to 11th street. The Canal walkway serves as a trail for bikers, runners, and tourists who just want to enjoy the view of the canal and relax.

To have a cruise on the Canal, pedal boats have been made available for rent to the public. There is also a cafe along the Canal walk that offers several refreshments to go along with the activities you intend to engage in. With the serene and relaxing environment of the canal and amazing walkway, spending time with loved ones around this area is a great choice.

26. Stuckey Farm Orchard

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📍Map It19975 Hamilton Boone Rd, Sheridan, IN 46069, United States | Phone: +13177694636 | Website Hours: Monday-Friday 9 AM-6 PM, Saturday 9 AM-5 PM, closed on Sunday | Entrance: Free for children ages 2 and under, while $14.50 per person ages 3 and above.

The popular saying “an apple day keeps the doctor away” can be adhered to with fresh apples available at the Stuckey Farm Orchard And Cider mill. With 38 varieties of apples available to the public, picking the right one can leave you confused. The farm doesn't only offer you different types of apples to purchase for $14.50, of course not.

There is a Wagon ride available to take you on a tour of the orchard. During this tour, you get to see the cider pressing process. There's also a huge playground for kids that includes a 60-foot slide. There is a Harvest Festival in the fall season, where they offer a corn maze, apple cannons, and also their special Apple Cider Donuts.

27. Indiana Beach Amusement Resort

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📍Map It5224 E Indiana Beach Rd, Monticello, IN 47960 | Phone: (574) 583-4141 | Website | Hours: Varies by day | Entrance: $39.99 per day for individuals above 48”, $29.99 per day for individuals below 48”, $19.99 per day for seniors

The incredible Indiana Beach Amusement Resort offers a wide variety of attractions for a weekend getaway great for the whole family. This park offers water rides, rollercoasters, food, live music and dancing, and more. At the end of your day, you can find rest and relaxation in the cozy rental cabins.

You can buy a day pass if you intend to visit the park for a weekend getaway, or buy a season pass to gain entry for the entire season! General admission is offered at $39.99 per person, grab your tickets online today!

28. IMAX Theater Indiana State Museum

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📍Map It: 650 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204 | Phone: (317) 233-4629  | Website | Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00am-5:00pm| Entrance: Adult tickets $10, Senior tickets $8, Child tickets $7

This IMAX theater is located on Washington street inside the first floor of the Indiana State Museum. What a great place for movie fanatics to catch the newest films! What's even better is that parking garage access is free with the purchase of a movie ticket.

What sets IMAX theaters apart from others is the awesome visual and audio quality, with heightened-realism images and laser-aligned audio placement. You can also bring 20 or more of your friends and family members for discounted group tickets. Visit the Indiana State Museum for the next showing of that new movie you've been wanting to see!

29. Adrenaline Family Adventure Park

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📍Map It:10080 E 121st St Suite 182, Fishers, IN 46037 | Phone: (317) 572-2999 | Website | Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:00am-8:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm, Sun 11:00am-6:00pm| Entrance: $19 per hour, $22 per 90 minutes, $25 per 120 minutes

Adrenaline Family Adventure Park is a great opportunity to have fun and stay active at the same time. This attraction offers a ton of activities that are great for the whole family. Bounce around the trampoline park, test your skills on the ninja warrior course, and zip around the park on the indoor zipline!

You can visit the park by yourself or with your family by purchasing hourly passes. If you reserve ahead, you can also save yourself a slot for birthday parties and group events. Party packages include food beverages, a party host, and a private party room too!

30. Heavenly Acres Farm

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📍Map It8241 IN-32, Thorntown, IN 46071 | Phone: (317) 294-7341  | Website | Hours: Tues-Fri 5:00pm-7:00pm, Sat-Sun 9:00am-5:00pm | Entrance: $100 per night stay

Heavenly Acres Farm offers a variety of outdoor classes and activities for all ages! Tours include hands on educational experiences that are customized for each guest. You can shop produce collected directly from the farm itself, interact with the animals, and even stay overnight!

Overnight stays offer two bedrooms, and a host of opportunities and activities to engage in during your stay. You'll be able to take advantage of the free wifi, indoor fireplace, free parking, kitchen, and more. You can easily book your stay and contact the hosts through AirBNB. Book a tour today!

31. Setonfest

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📍Map ItHamilton County, 10655 Haverstick Rd, Carmel, IN 46033 | Phone: (317) 846-3850 | Website | Entrance: Free

Setonfest is a three-day festival located on the campus of the beautiful St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church. This event offers many attractions and festivities. This year's festival provided live music, food, drinks, bingo, and rides from 6:00pm to 11:00pm each night.

Admission to Setonfest is free, and you can purchase tickets for rides on-site. Special nights, such as all-you-can-eat pasta night and all-you-can-ride night for $20 are offered each year, providing fun and food for the whole family! Proceeds from this event alse help support ministries across the world!

32. The Aquatorium

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📍Map It6918 Oak Ave, Gary, IN 46403 | Phone: (219) 938-1986 | Website | Entrance: Summer rates start at $450 per area, Winter rates start at $250 per area

This historic building is located in the gorgeous Marquette Park. The Gary Aquatorium offers a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan, as well as access to an outdoor garden. This building contains three different spaces to rent that can hold up to 300 people.

This is a fantastic spot to celebrate any occasion from weddings to work events. The aquatorium offers a venue with historical significance and lovely views. The aquatorium has also undergone recent renovations that both preserve the structure and architecture of the building and keep its structure pristine.

33. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

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📍Map It1215 N State Rd 49, Porter, IN 46304 | Phone: (219) 319-1885 | Website | Hours: Daily 6:00am-11:00pm | Entrance: $15 per 7 days per person

There are countless outdoor activities to do at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The park is open during every season, so this makes for a great yar-round destination. You can build sandcastles on the shore and go swimming during the summer and enjoy some skiing and explore the snow in the winter!

It's also a great idea to visit the park's campsite. Camping is available from the beginning of April through the end of October every year. Be sure to contact the visitor center to learn about the hundreds of guided tours offered.

34. Clifty Falls

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📍Map It2221 Clifty Dr, Madison, IN 47250 | Phone: (812) 273-8885 | Website | Hours: Daily 7:00am-11:00pm | Entrance: $2 per person per day

There's a plethora of ways to enjoy your time outdoors at Clifty Falls State Park. Located near Madison, this park contains waterfalls, wildlife and more. The park overlooks the Ohio river, allowing you to completely surround yourself in the beauty of the outdoors.

One of the best parts about this park in particular is that every visit is different. The waterfalls change depending on the season and weather. One day you might see vicious foaming white water, and the next day could bring a delicate trickle. Both are beautiful to witness.

35. Empire Quarry

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📍Map It: Bloomington, IN 47451 | Website

Indiana is well-known for being rich in limestone. Stone from the Empire Quarry was used to complete the Empire State Building. The size of the sheer drop-offs and deep pools of water will amaze you!

Do be aware that the Empire Quarry is considered private property and requires you to take a specific route to gain access. While this is a great sightseeing opportunity for history and nature enthusiasts, make sure you do your research beforehand!

36. Lake Michigan

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📍Map ItLake Michigan

Lake Michigan is the only one of the five great lakes located entirely within the United States. 45 miles of the shoreline lie within Indiana, leaving lots to be explored. The lake also hosts a variety of ecosystems and wildlife.

Visitors from all over the world travel to see the great lakes. Local activities include swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, and camping. This makes Lake Michigan the ideal travel location for those that love the outdoors!

37. Cataract Falls

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📍Map ItJennings Township, IN 47460Phone: (866) 622-6746 | Website | Hours: Daily dawn-dusk | Entrance: $5 per person per day

Cataract falls is the largest waterfall in the state of Indiana. The two sets of falls are located on Mill Creek and are divided into the upper and lower falls. Both sets of falls provide some magnificent scenery!

The park contains picnic tables for those who want to eat lunch and admire the water. There's also a hiking trail approximately half a mile in length between the two falls. If you're looking for a beautiful day trip spot, Cataract Falls should be your go to!

38. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

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📍Map It4750 W 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46222 Phone: (317) 492-6784 | Website | Hours: March-October Daily 9:00am-5:00pm, November-February  | Entrance: Adults $15 per person, Seniors $14 per person, Children $8 per person

Established in 1965, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is a motorsport facility that showcases race cars and motorcycles. This is the perfect place for car lovers around the country! Take a look at cars, trophies, and other racing memorabilia within the museum.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum offers free onsite parking and hosts events such as Cars and Coffee on the second Saturday of the month. Put on your seatbelts and get ready to ride, this experience has so much to offer!

39. Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

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📍Map It3411 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 | Phone: (260) 427-6800 | Website | Hours: Daily 9:00am-5:00pm | Entrance: Adults $16 per day, Seniors $14 per day, Children $12 per day

Going to the zoo is a must for all animal lovers. In addition to exploring the park and admiring the animals, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo offers hands-on experiences and interactive rides. The four sections of the zoo contain animals from Africa, Australia, Indonesia and Central America.

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is operated by the nonprofit Fort Wayne Zoological Society. They work tirelessly to educate and connect the public to these animals. Purchase a ticket today to help support them in this cause!

40. Browne County State Park

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📍Map It1801 Indiana 46 EastCr, Nashville, IN 47448 | Phone: (812) 988-6404  | Website | Hours: Daily 7:00am-11:00pm | Entrance: $7 per in-state vehicle, $9 per out-of-state vehicle, $2 per pedestrian

Brown Country State Park is yet another beautiful park that offers a variety of activities. The trails provide a great spot to hike, bike, or go horseback riding. If you’re looking for a camping spot, the park offers both campsites and an inn.

Interested in animals? The park houses a nature center complete with an interactive garden. You can visit the birds and snakes inside, and enjoy the weather outside in the gardens. What a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon!

41. University of Notre Dame

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📍Map ItNotre Dame, IN 46556 | Phone: (574) 631-5000  | Website

University of Notre Dame is a private catholic institution unique in its close knit community. Many students attending this school love it especially because of the welcoming environment.

University of Notre Dame hosts tours year round not only for prospective students, but for those interested in the scenery and history as well. Many visitors book tours to see the famous centerpiece of campus: the Golden Dome atop the main building.

42. Washington Park

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📍Map It3130 E. 30th St. Indianapolis, IN 46218 | Phone: (219) 873-1506  | Website | Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm

Bring your family for a day outdoors at Washington Park! This spacious 128-acre park is located on the east side of Indianapolis. Formerly a baseball field, Washington Park is both beautiful and historic.

Several amenities are offered here to make your visit even better. Outdoors you can enjoy the walking trails, playground and water play station. If you’re looking for indoor activities, you can try the recreation center and the boxing center.

43. Oliver Winery

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📍Map It200 E Winery Rd, Bloomington, IN 47404 | Phone: (812) 876-5800 | Website | Hours: Mon-Thurs 12:00pm-6:00pm, Fri 11:00am-6:00pm, Sat 11:00am-8:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-6:00pm

Whether you’re in the mood for shopping or sipping on wine, Oliver Winery is a great place to visit. You can shop the wine selection, purchase wine by the glass, or even reserve a time for a wine tasting or picnic.

It’s important to note that the winery is 21+ only, but pets on a leash are welcome! Visit their website to check out their wine selection or book a tasting!

44. French Lick Casino

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📍Map It8670 IN-56, French Lick, IN 47432 | Phone: (888) 936-9360  | Website | Hours: Open 24/7

If you’re looking for a resort-style gaming experience, the French Lick Casino should be your go to! The gaming floor is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The casino offers more than just cards and slot machines. Enjoy a game of golf, or visit one of the many dining options available. At the end of the day, spend a night at the luxurious resort!

45. Holiday World Splashin' Safari

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📍Map It452 E Christmas Blvd, Santa Claus, IN 47579 | Phone: (812) 937-4401  | Website | Hours:  Varies by day | Entrance: $59.99 per day

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is an amusement and water park located in Santa Claus. The holiday-themed amusement park contains four different section filled with tons of rides. The safari-like waterpark contains record breaking water attractions.

The entertainment doesn’t end at the rides! Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari offers live shows put on six days each week during the summer. In the fall, the park reopens with even more Halloween-themed activities.

46. Santa's Candy Castle

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📍Map It15499 IN-245, Santa Claus, IN 47579 | Phone: (800) 356-1935 | Website | Hours: Daily 10:00am-5:00pm| Entrance: Free

Santa’s Candy Castle is the perfect place for anyone with a sweet tooth. Here you can find a vast selection of candy, cocoa, and other yummy treats. The castle was even featured on an episode of the TV show Man v. Food in 2017.

While this is a magical place for your kids to experience, it’s enjoyable for the adults as well! Celebrate the joy of Christmas with some delicious hot cocoa!

47. Deming Park

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📍Map It500 S Fruitridge Ave, Terre Haute, IN 47803 | Phone: (812) 232-0147 | Website | Hours: Mon-Wed 8:00am-4:00pm, Thurs 5:30pm-8:30pm, Fri 8:00am-4:00pm

Deming Park is the largest in the Terre Haute region. It houses a playground, disc golf course, a pool, sports facilities, and even an arboreum. Events are often hosted at the heart of the park, the Torner Center.

Deming Park offers a serene, calling atmosphere, great for a sunny afternoon trip. Visit the park today to enjoy the scenery!

48. Indiana State Fairgrounds

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📍Map It1202 E 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205 | Phone: (317) 927-7500  | Website | Hours: Wed-Sun 9:00am-10:00pm| Entrance: $10 per day online, $14 per day at gate

The state fair is a must-do for the end of the summer! Try out the numerous rides offered, or get a taste of some fair food. The number of things to do at the Indiana State Fair are countless.

There is on-site parking, but it does come with a fee. Tickets can be purchased at the gate, or for a discounted price online. Be sure to check out the lineup of artists performing on the fair website!

49. Moose Lake Christian Craft Village

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📍Map It:11330 E 500 S, Laotto, IN 46763 | Phone: (260) 367-2372 | Website | Hours: Tues-Sat 8:00am-8:00pm | Entrance: Free

Enjoy a stay at the historic Moose Lake Christian Craft Village. Spend some time out in the sun on the beach, where you can rent kayaks, bikes, and more. You can also grab a bite to eat at the cafe.

If you’re wanting to enjoy the Lake overnight, you can rent out a bed and breakfast cabin. Stopping by the gift shop is highly encouraged, so you can bring home a piece of your trip with you!

50. Fastimes Indoor Karting

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📍Map It3455 Harper Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46240 | Phone: (317) 566-0066 | Website | Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-11:00pm, Sun 11:00am-8:00pm | Entrance: $23 per kart

Speed around the indoor track at 40 miles per hour at Fastimes Indoor Karting. Make sure to bring your driver’s license, which is needed to get behind the wheel.

Kids are welcome to come as well! Younger drivers can ride along with an adult in a 6 HP kart that can reach up to 25 miles per hour. You can also get some friends together and book an event package.

51. Monon Trail

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📍Map It9100 Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46240 | Phone: (317) 327-7431

The Monon Trail runs along 10th street located on the north side of Indianapolis. The trail offers pedestrians a peaceful traveling experience on one of the oldest trails in the state.

Boasting a paved surface, the trail allows walkers, bikers, and rollerbladers. Additionally, it connects to other surrounding trails in the area, allowing you to explore the city on foot.

52. Indiana Uplands Wine Trail

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Website | Hours: Daily 12:00pm-7:00pm

The Indiana Uplands Wine Trail connects nine wineries that in total offer 241 different wines to select from. There are two trails that you can follow, the Central trail and the Southern trail, both having wonderful selections to browse!

The gorgeous rolling hills that you can view from the trail contain the perfect climate and soil to grow a variety of grapes. It also provides a wonderful space to explore and sip on a drink!

53. Grissom Air Museum

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📍Map It1000 W Hoosier Blvd, Peru, IN 46970 | Phone: (765) 689-8011  | Website | Hours: Daily 10:00am-4:00pm | Entrance: $7 per person

Exlpore 29 aircrafts and 4 trainers at the Grissom Air Museum. Learn about the history behind the airmen and aircraft who fought in the Cold War.

Grissom Air Museum proudly displays multiple different types of aircrafts, ranging from bombers and fighters, to commercial airplanes. They also house a one of a kind B-58 rocket sled.

In addition to displaying these historical aircrafts, the museum hosts events as well! They host an annual car show, appealing to both airplane and car enthusiasts.

54. Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust

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📍Map ItRolls-Royce Meridian Center, 450 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46225 | Phone: (317) 230-2000 | Website | Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-3:00pm

This is another great place to check out for airplane lovers. A collection of aircraft engines produced by Rolls-Royce is open to the public during the week. Here, they house pitson engines, turbojet engines, and even two helicopter engines.

Parking is provided on the east side of the building, although keep in mind it is paid parking. You can also contact the center to book a private event for any occasion!

55. French Lick West Baden Museum

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📍Map It469 S Maple St Suite #103, French Lick, IN 47432 | Phone: (812) 396-3592  | Website | Hours: Tues-Sat 10:00am-4:00pm | Entrance: Adults $15 per person, Students/seniors $14 per person, Children $6 per person

The French Lick West Baden Museum started out as a pop-up museum highlighting the history of the area. In 2014, the French Lick West Baden Museum located in the Dickason Building was established to stay.

The museum itself contains exhibits on a collection of different local historical themes. Learn the stories behind the casinos, the Cross Cave paintings, and you can even take a look at the world’s largest circus diorama!

Tobi Miles
Article updated:
March 28, 2024
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