10 Places to Explore in Indiana

The Hoosier state is packed with activities and destinations for everyone, whether you’re a family of thrill seekers or nature lovers — or both!

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Thrills & Attractions 

1. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

452 E. Christmas Blvd., Santa Claus, IN 47579

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is Indiana’s amusement park destination, giving you some of the best roller coasters and water park rides in the world. The smaller family members have lots of fun rides just for them, as well. And with free sunscreen and soda all day long, you’re set for a day of theme park fun in the sun! 

2. Pine Lake Water Park

4640 Indiana Highway 218, Berne, IN 46711

What was once a beloved swimming hole has evolved into a lake waterpark, complete with slides, a splash pad, zipline, jump tower, log walk and more! Pack a lunch, don’t forget your towels and enjoy all things lake life. 

3. eXploreBrown County

2620 Valley Branch Rd., Nashville, IN 47448

With 12 ziplines, paintball, ATV tours, mountain biking, fishing, campsites and more, eXplore Brown County (EBC) is a one-stop shop for outdoor family adventure. 

4. Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46808

With a mission of “connecting kids and animals, strengthening families, and inspiring people to care,” the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is worth the drive from Indy. Broken up into four quadrants — Australian Adventure, Indonesian Rain Forest, African Journey and Central Zoo — visitors will come nose-to-nose with some of the world’s coolest creatures. 

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Photo credit: www.facebook.com/fwkidszoo


5. Indiana Caverns

1267 Green Acres Drive SW, Corydon, IN 47112

Explore the Midwest’s longest cave! Families can learn about the cave’s history during the walking tour, explore the cave on a more in-depth adventure tour (which includes kayaking in the cave!), enjoy a little gemstone mining, ride the Bat Chaser roller coaster and more. 

6. Marengo Cave

400 East State Road 64, Marengo, IN 47140

This U.S. National Landmark is definitely one to add to the bucket list. Marengo Cave has been giving tours since its discovery by schoolchildren in 1883. In addition to the cave tours, one of the most popular attractions is “The Crawl”, which allows kids to feel like they are discovering the cave for the first time! 

Marengo Cave
Marengo Cave

State Parks 

7. Turkey Run State Park

8121 Park Rd., Marshall, IN 47859

Nestled along State Road 47 southwest of Crawfordsville, Turkey Run State Park is a Hoosier treasure. Walk in the footsteps of the Miami Indians along breathtaking trails that wind through cliffs and gorges. You can also rent canoes, kayaks and tubes on Sugar Creek, stopping to hunt for rocks and fossils along the way.  

8. Spring Mill State Park

3333 IN-60 E., Mitchell, IN 47446

This state park links nature and culture in a big way. A stop along the Indiana Birding Trail, enjoy its beautiful hiking trails and scenery before heading to the Nature Center, Pioneer Village and Twin Caves Boat Tour. 

Turkey Run State Park. Photo credit: www.facebook.com/TurkeyRunandShades

Overnight Getaways 

9. French Lick Resort

8670 IN-56, French Lick, IN 47432

Step back in time at one of two historic hotels at the French Lick Resort. Families can enjoy bowling, organized family and kids activities, five miles of hiking trails, horse and pony rides, the Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park & Resort and a scenic ride on the French Lick Scenic Railway.  

10. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort


This network of campgrounds focuses on providing a fun, family-friendly outdoor vacation! There are six Jellystone Parks in Indiana: Bloomington-Lake Monroe, Fremont, Knightstown, Pierceton, Plymouth and Scottsburg. Find one near you and enjoy all the family activities it has to offer. Plus, keep an eye out for a visit from Yogi and his friends! 

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Lake Monroe

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