19 Indiana Day Trips Perfect for Spring

Spring has sprung, and it is time to get on the road for a quick Indiana day trip. There is no need to bring an overnight bag because these 19 day trip ideas are perfect for families in search of some springtime fun. 

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Indiana Springtime Day Trips: 

Terre Haute Children’s Museum

Address: 727 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute
Perfect For: Children 12 months old to 12 years old

The Terre Haute Children’s Museum is a hands-on museum for families with three stories of fun and exploration. Located near the Indiana-Illinois border, this children’s museum in Terre Haute features exhibits that encourage exploration of science and technology concepts, with dozens of exhibits that are designed especially for kids ages 12 months old to 12 years old.

Terre Haute Children’s Museum
Terre Haute Children’s Museum

Natural Valley Ranch in Brownsburg

Address: 6310 County Rd 350, Brownsburg
Perfect For: Horse lovers; Children 5 years of age and older can participate in a trail ride, but there are pony rides for $5 per person for younger kids.

Natural Valley Ranch in Brownsburg is a gem. The 78-acre ranch that runs along White Lick Creek is the biggest ranch in Hendricks County for horseback riding. It is also known for events like Bountiful Babies (a spring event celebrating the baby animals born on the farm).

Natural Valley Ranch in Brownsburg
Natural Valley Ranch in Brownsburg

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Exotic Feline Rescue Center

Address: 2221 E Ashboro Rd, Center Point
Perfect For: Anyone who loves big cats! 

The Exotic Feline Rescue Center (EFRC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, care and conservation of exotic felines. Founded in the early 1990’s, the EFRC has served as a rescue center and forever home to many exotic felines that have been abused, unwanted, or neglected. The EFRC cares for over 100 cats and 6 foxes on its 200-acre property located in Center Point, IN. 

The Exotic Feline Rescue Center: A Must-Visit Destination for Wildlife Lovers

Uranus Indiana Fudge Factory

Address: 1423 W. 53rd Street in Anderson
Perfect For: Those looking for some potty humor

Are you looking for a place to get some great fudge and a good dose of potty humor? Then head out to Anderson and visit Uranus Indiana, a tourist attraction and store that offers a variety of fudge, chocolates, sweets, novelties and more.

Uranus Indiana Fudge Factory in Anderson
Uranus Indiana Fudge Factory in Anderson

Wilstem Wildlife Park

Address: 4229 US-150 W, Paoli
Perfect For: Wild animal admirers

Experience the self-guided Drive-Thru Safari in your vehicle and see over 50 different species! Along the way, there are opportunities to get out of your car and get a closer look at certain animals. 

Wilstem Wildlife Park
Wilstem Wildlife Park

Heritage Farm

Address: 4175 North 1200 West, Flora
Perfect For: Farm animal fans

Heritage Farm is a working alpaca farm with more than 50 alpacas you can see, touch, and interact with. Visitors can book an overnight stay at the 120-acre farm in one of the several different lodging options or visit for the day. Tim and Beth Sheets have made it their goal to educate the community about the joys of farming and alpaca care. 

Heritage Farm
Heritage Farm

Malibu Jack’s Indoor Theme

Address: 455 Market St, Connersville
Perfect For: the whole family

Malibu Jack’s Lafayette Indoor Theme Park is a massive, all-indoor space with fun attractions for people of all ages and interests. Visitors to the park can take part in Go karts, bowling, and arcade games. They can also enjoy other theme park attractions such as the Twist Coaster, swinging ships, and bumper cars. There’s a Kid’s Zone indoor playground for younger children to play.

Malibu Jack's Indoor Theme park

Wolf Park

Address: 4004 E. 800 N., Battle Ground, Indiana
Perfect For: wildlife advocate

Just outside of West Lafayette is where you will find Wolf Park, a 70-acre nonprofit park dedicated to providing habitat to wolves, foxes, bison, and other animals for educational purposes.

2 Wolves in Indiana's Wolf Park
Wolf Park: 70-Acre Park in Indiana Providing a Habitat for Wolves


Address: 309 Washington Street, Columbus
Perfect For: Hands-on learners who like to have fun

Drive 45 minutes south of Indianapolis, and you’ll find Kidscommons, a great children’s museum that’s the perfect spot to play and explore when you’re in the mood for a little day trip out of town. Children can use their creativity to learn about their community at this children’s museum in downtown Columbus, Indiana.

Playground at Worth the Drive: Kidscommons in Columbus, Indiana
Kidscommons in Columbus, Indiana

Edge Adventure Park

Address: 11800 Koteewi Dr., Noblesville
Perfect For: Adventure aficionados

Located at Strawtown/Koteewi Park in Hamilton County, Koteewi features 60 challenging treetop trails and zip lines that provide thrills for everyone at every skill level. Want even more adventure? Head to Edge Adventure’s Rum Village in South Bend or Deep River in northwest Indiana.

The Fort Wayne Firefighters’ Museum

Address: 226 West Washington Blvd, Fort Wayne
Perfect For: History lovers and future firefighters

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. Today, kids and adults can enjoy learning about firefighter history and fire safety.

The Fort Wayne Firefighters' Museum
The Fort Wayne Firefighters’ Museum

Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden

Address: 1545 Mesker Park Dr., Evansville
Perfect For: Animal fans

Located in Evansville, this zoo houses hundreds of animals to educate and entertain both kids and kids at heart. Visit Indiana’s first zoo for a day of family fun!

Science Central

Address: 1950 Clinton St., Fort Wayne
Perfect For: Kids who love science and experiments

Permanent and temporary exhibits let kids explore the world of science through hands-on projects. A unique swap shop also allows kids to exchange their treasures from other cities and states with other children!

Indiana Caverns

Address:1267 Green Acres Drive SW, Corydon, IN
Perfect For: Explorers of all ages

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.

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Indiana Caverns

Mounds State Park

Address: 4306 Mounds Rd., Anderson
Perfect For: Families who love rugged hikes and camping

Here, you’ll find 6 miles of easy-to-rugged hiking trails, picnic areas, family camping, and an incredible visitor center, which houses animals, reptiles, and fish that you might encounter at the park.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Address: 3027 E S St, Lincoln City
Perfect For: History buffs

Visit the site where Abraham Lincoln spent his days to get a taste of what life was like in Indiana during Lincoln’s childhood. 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.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Turkey Run State Park

Address: 8121 Park Rd, Marshall
Perfect For: Active nature lovers

Turkey Run has a little something for every nature lover. The many hiking trails, sandstone gorges, and water access for canoeing and kayaking ensure a good time and great memories.

Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

Address: N. Woodall Road, Ellettsville
Perfect For: Birders, and families who want to experience Indiana’s diverse nature.

If you’re looking for a place to explore nature, take a hike through Beanblossom Bottom Nature Preserve. This nature park, located about an hour south of Indianapolis in Bean Blossom Township, is a great place to appreciate the natural beauty and diversity of Indiana, especially in the summer and fall, when everything is blooming. 

Beanblosson Bottom Nature Preserve

Possibility Playground

Address: 755 Highway 135 NW, Corydon
Perfect For: Kids of all abilities ready to run and play for days

Spanning 32,000 square feet, Possibility Playground is now Indiana’s biggest playground accessible to everyone. It’s filled with fun features that kids of all ages and abilities can enjoy. Showcasing 18 different slides, swings, and climbing equipment, the playground seamlessly combines fun and accessibility. This playground is definitely one that is worth the drive.

Possibility Playground: Indiana's Largest Accessible Playground


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