No need to pack your bags or make a hotel reservation. Here are 15 kid-friendly day trips from Indianapolis that offer plenty of family fun.
Address: 112 Main Street Milltown, IN 47145
Cave Country Canoes, located in the heart of Indiana’s Cave Country, offers a canoe trip to fit your level of ability and experience. Our canoeing trips range from a half-day trip for beginners and those with children 3 and older to two day trips for the more experienced enthusiast.
Address: 515 South High Street, Muncie, Indiana 47305
Whether it’s interacting with wildlife, digging for fossils or creating an artistic masterpiece, the educational opportunities for kids are endless at the Muncie Children’s Museum. Muncie, Indiana is home to Ball State University, and is located approximately 60 miles northeast of downtown Indianapolis, perfect for a day trip or weekend rendez-vous.
Address: 4641 W. 450 S, Crawfordsville, Indiana 47933
Nestled in the heart of Indiana, Crawfordsville is located west of Indianapolis and is Indiana’s first state of the art course built and certified by UZT Technology, By utilizing the natural terrain and being built by hand we were able to maintain the smallest footprint in the woods.
Address: Battlefield Park 200 Battle Ground Ave., West Lafayette, IN 47920
November 7, 1811 is a day that went down in Indiana history. The Battle of Tippecanoe was a conflict between Tecumseh’s American Indian Federation and U.S. military troops led by General William Henry Harrison. Harrison’s victory on that day destroyed any hope for a complete Indian confederacy. This battle is one of the major events that sparked conflict leading up to the War of 1812. Event occurs each year from April to November from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: 765-825-2054 for train and ticket information
Adults fares are for passengers over 12 years of age. Children fares are for passengers 2 through 12 years of age; and passengers under 2 ride for free when accompanied by an adult. Visit website for more information!
Address: 11800 Koteewi Dr, Noblesville, IN 46060
Phone: (800) 590-8347
The Edge Adventures Indianapolis – Koteewi Park is Edge Adventures original park. Located at Strawtown/Koteewi Park in Hamilton County Indiana, Koteewi features 60 challenging treetop trails and zip lines that provide thrills for everyone at every skill level.
Address: 452 E Christmas Blvd, Santa Clause, IN 47579
Scream your head off riding some of the top coasters on the planet! Whether you like to spin, bump, fly, or bounce, your family will laugh yourself silly on these great family rides. The smaller family members have lots of fun rides just for them. Your day at Holiday World also includes Splashin’ Safari, one of the nation’s top water parks!
Address: 7630 South Old State Road 37
People frequently report this Drive-in as being difficult to locate, so we make a point of listing it as Bloomington, and it is the nearest Drive-in for most of the Bloomington vicinity The easiest way to find this old, single screener, which is still lit-up with a double feature each night, take Route 37 – about 5 miles S. of Bloomington, to turn-off (right) onto West Smithville Road, and then left (south) onto Old Route 37 and straight-on another ½ mile right to the Drive in. Children under 5 are FREE!
Address: 226 WEST WASHINGTON BLVD, FORT WAYNE, IN. 46802
The Fort Wayne Firefighters’ Museum, Inc. was organized on April 20, 1974, two years after the City closed Fire Station #3 in downtown Fort Wayne. Additional renovations were done between 1998 and 2009 to expand the exhibit area. In 2001 a staff was hired and regular hours were started so the public could enjoy our past. Along with the many artifacts on display, the Museum also teaches fire safety to young and old alike.
Address: 1200 W Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46222
Bring your comfortable walking shoes. This zoo’s massive grounds will burn some calories while giving the family about 4,000 animals to see.
Address: 1545 Mesker Park Dr., Evensville, IN 47720
Hundreds of zoo animals to entertain the kids and 50 beautiful acres of scenery for you. Located in Evansville.
Address: 1950 Clinton St., Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Permanent and temporary exhibits let kids explore the world of science through hands-on projects. A special swap shop also allows kids to bring in their treasures from other cities and states to exchange them with other children. Located in Fort Wayne.
Address:1459 Blue Spring Caverns Rd. Bedford, Indiana 47421
Explore the heart of the natural world by boat! An hour-long boat tour through Bluespring Caverns brings you up close to the majesty of the underground in a trip as natural as we can make it. This is your chance to visit Indiana’s largest sinkholes (covering over 15 acres).
Address: Clay, IN 47552
Abraham Lincoln spent 14 years of his life on his family farm in Spencer County. It was here that Lincoln was introduced to the power of books and the concepts of freedom, justice, and law. Get a taste of what life was like in Indiana during Lincoln’s childhood by visiting the site where Abraham Lincoln spent his days. Learn about the lives of the Lincoln family who lived here in a pioneer community from 1816 to 1830. This national memorial features a museum and the Living Historical Farm, a working pioneer homestead with a cabin, outbuildings, split rail fences, animals, gardens and field crops.
Address: 856 N 600 E Fair Oaks, IN
Phone: (877) 536-1194
An easy drive up I-65 from Indy, Fair Oaks Farms is an active dairy farm with doors open to guests. Start at the Welcome Center and take either the Dairy or Pig Adventure – both are a 3-hour experience through the facilities at Fair Oaks dedicated to sustainable farming. Enjoy the Cowfe, Cheese Factory and more.