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15 Best Things to Do in Indiana




From “Who’s here?” to Hoosier – this misheard word might have been the origin of what the people from a certain state are called today. The Land of the Hoosier is what they call Indiana, the state which is known for being home to professional sports offers a wide range of attractions.

They only give “honest-to-goodness” experience so buckle up your belts because here are the 15 best things to do in Indiana:

1. Visit the Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park Indiana

Source: Brown County State Park | Flickr/Nicholas Tonelli

Want to go somewhere tranquil without being too far away from Indiana’s capital, Indianapolis? This state park is only 1 hour away from the city.

The best time to visit is during an autumn time where you can see how colorful the trees will be. Get ready to snap a photo because it’s the perfect shot.

2. See What the 1800s Was Like at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

This interactive museum showcases what it feels like to live in the 1800s. You’ll see a classroom, a general store, and other historical buildings where you can re-enact activities done during the old times. The kids can also try games from the past, and learn more about the Civil War and Native American life.

3. Check out Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art

The Eiteljorg Museum of American and Western Art is located at the facade of the White River State Park. The museum houses collections of a businessman from Indianapolis named Harrison Eiteljorg. The collections are mostly 19th-century artworks and sculptures.

4. Be Amazed at the Wolf Park

Do you want to see different kinds of wolves? Well, Wolf Park is the perfect place for you! Here, you will find coyotes, bison, foxes, and gray wolf.

They have a “Howl Night” every week where they conduct lectures so that visitors will be more knowledgeable about wolves.

5. Have Fun at Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

One of the top-rated tourist attractions in Fort Wayne is this more than half a century old. You can find a variety of animals here in Children’s Zoo and the kids would deeply enjoy strolling around here! You can even interact with animals such as giraffes, goats, horses and ride a carousel.

6. Discover Classical Cars at Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

Classical cars anyone? Getting one may be pricey, but if you’re interested to see them, why not visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum? The museum caters to notably beautiful vehicles way back late 1800s to the 21st century.

Know the facts about these cars, and get take home some souvenirs before you go.

7. Check out Antique Alley

Antique Alley Indiana

Source: Antique Alley | Visit Indiana

For others, keeping old stuff might be useless, but for antique enthusiasts, it’s the real deal.

The Antique Alley in Richmond County is where you can find thousands of antique collections that you’d probably wouldn’t find elsewhere.

8. Discover Beautiful Collections at Eskenazi Museum of Art at the University of Indiana

Eskenazi Museum of Art at the University of Indiana

Source: Eskenazi Museum of Art at the University of Indiana

This museum has some of the works of the world’s most notable artists like Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet.

Visitors will definitely appreciate the wide collection of art and even ancient artifacts.

9. Visit the Snite Museum of Art

Snite Museum of Art

Source: Snite Museum of Art | Brad Lane

Another university museum on the list is the Snite Museum of Art, located in the Notre Dame University. Discover diverse collections ranging from Native American, Latin, and African-American artworks as well as from the Renaissance era.

This museum is known to consistently acquire rare collections from all over the globe, so be rest assured that you’ll see world-class art.

10. Relax at Fall Creek Gorge Potholes

You don’t necessarily need to swim when you happen to be in the Fall Creek Gorge Potholes. Dipping to cool yourself is enough.

Splashing and letting the water go through your body will release all the stress. The short hike it’ll take to reach this place also helps with your fitness goals.

11. Enjoy the day at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The name says it’s for children, but surely, the whole family will enjoy this 29-acre museum filled with a variety of exhibits! Check out the science prototypes, showcases of ancient times; from dinosaurs to space, they’ve all got it here. There are also outdoor activities the kids can interact with such as the “Tree of Sports” playground.

12. Book tickets to the Spirit of Jasper Train

Spirit of Jasper Train

Source: Spirit of Jasper Train

In this modern world where subways are the most accessible and fastest way of transportation, sometimes we just want to go back to the past and try riding a steam engine-operated train.

Go to the Spirit of Jasper Train where you can book your tickets to enjoy the view during the ride. You can even dine with your family or significant other while traveling in the rural lands of Indiana.

13. Explore Marengo Cave

Marengo Cave National Landmark

Source: Marengo Cave

Did you know that the discovery of this cave happened only by chance? That discovery led to it being designated as a United States of America’s national landmark.

There are daily group tours for the Marengo Cave, so don’t miss out on your chance to see this beautiful and seemingly wide cave. The stalagmites and stalactites around are also a sight to behold.

14. Always Be Happy at Holiday World

Looking for fun rides?

In Holiday World, every day is considered a holiday because you’ll always be happy in this place. Be thrilled by the amazing and wild rides. Scream at the top of your lungs with their roller coasters and other rides. Don’t worry because others are friendly even for small kids.

15. Experience a Cool Adventure at Splashin’ Safari

Spend your summer time this year on Splashin’ Safari! A wonderland for water lovers who are looking for cool adventure. Enjoy a variety of water rides such as long slides. Enjoy the waves without being on an actual beach in the wave pool. If you just wanted to rest, get a floating ring and just be plain lazy at the lazy river.


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