Where to Go and What to Do in Southern Indiana
Food and Gardens
Azalea Path Arboretum & Botanical Gardens The Azalea Path Arboretum & Botanical Gardens offers over 50 acres and more than 300 varieties of azaleas along with many other plant species and trees in a beautifully landscaped setting with 2 spring fed lakes and unique chainsaw sculptures.
Groups are welcome with motor coach parking available.
Beck's Mill The original Beck's Mill was constructed in 1808. That facility served the needs of George Beck's family and the newly arriving settlers until approximately 1825. Then a new and enlarged Mill was reconstructed into a building of approximately 30 feet by 30 feet. The Mill was again rebuilt in 1863-64 and made into this two story structure. The Mill continued to operate until approximately 1950. Newly restored historic grist mill grinds corn into corn meal. Today, visitors can watch the water-powered mill work, learn about Indiana pioneers and enjoy nearby hiking trails. Admission charged.
Blue River Café Casual gourmet dining with creativity. Menus change weekly and are designed to use seasonal locally grown produce. Everything from the salad dressings to the desserts are homemade. Live music Fri. and Sat. Sunday brunch.
Cheddar Depot 800 N Main Street Salem, IN 47167 - Phone: (812) 883-2389
Hidden Hill Nursery In neaby Utica, tour Hidden Hill Nursery & Sculpture Garden , a unique mini-arboretum, art gallery and unusual plant nursery. The whimsical setting features an outdoor model train, hand-created sculptures and exotic trees and shrubs.
Joe Huber's Family Farm and Restaurant Pick your own apples and then enjoy a family dinner together in the restaurant. This family farm offers wagon ride tours, orchards, fresh produce, fall crops, strawberries. Children’s play area featuring games, live animals in the barnyard and activities. Admission charged for some activities.
Munchkin Nursery and Garden The town of Depauw is home to Munchkin Nursery & Gardens . Visitors can tour the gardens by appointment.
Orange County Homegrown Farmers Markets Fresh locally grown produce, plant starts and plants, baked goods, crafts, Buck-a-Book Trailer (with over 5,000 books!) our beloved Jammers, our Master Gardener, free coffee, and fun family events each and every Saturday. Market is located on the west side of beautiful Congress Square in Orleans. There is also a market May-Sept in French Lick every Tuesday afternoon and in Paoli every Thurs afternoon.
Santa's Candy Castle Blends old-world charm with a modern-day spin to create a wonderful experience for believers of all ages. Chat with an elf on the North Pole Network, browse festive Christmas gifts and souvenirs, and indulge in delicious handmade confections, frozen hot chocolate, and more!
Schimpff's Confectionery Manufacturing confectionery specializing in hard candies and chocolates since 1891. Candy demonstration area, candy museum, soda fountain and lunch room. Offering group tours and discounts. Closed Christmas Day through New Year's Day.
Spring Mill Inn The Millstone Dining Room is a public full-service restaurant located in historic Spring Mill Inn inside Spring Mill State Park. Our dessert specialties are cornmeal pie and persimmon pudding. The cornmeal pie is made from stone ground corn from the grist mill in the Pioneer Village of Spring Mill State Park. Persimmon pudding is made with the unique fruit that grows locally. Spring Mill Inn is a rustic 74-room inn with modern amenities including an indoor/outdoor pool. State Park entrance fees are $5/car in-state, $7/car out-of-state.
Parks and Water
Myer's Community Swimming Pool The Myer's Community Pool Includes: Baby pool with turtle slide, Pool with adult double slide, Lawn chair rentals, Concession stand, Shaded picnic area, Showers and locker rooms
DePauw Park and Riley’s Place Playground A public shelter is available for rental within DePauw Park. To reserve the DePauw Park Shelter contact the Salem Parks and Recreation Office at Ph#812-883-2895. The shelter is perfect for family reunions and gatherings. DePauw Park Includes: Riley’s Place Playground, Outside grill & Picnic tables and Covered Shelter, Four basketball goals
Blue River (Indiana's First State Designated Natural and Scenic River System) The Blue River originates in Washington County northeast of Salem Indiana and flows south to form the natural boundary between Crawford County and Harrison County, Indiana. The Blue River continues south to the Ohio River. The Blue River was designated as Indiana's First State Natural and Scenic River System and is a favorite outdoor recreation destination in Indiana.
Brown County State Park Nicknamed the “Little Smokies” because of the area’s resemblance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Brown County encompasses nearly 16,000 acres of rugged hills, ridges and fog-shrouded ravines. Glaciers from the most recent ice ages stopped short of the “hills o’ Brown,” but their meltwaters helped create the narrow ridges, steep slopes and deep gullies of Brown County State Park. Indiana’s largest park is a traditional fall color hot spot, with nearly 20 miles of tree-lined roads and many scenic vistas overlooking miles of uninterrupted forestland.
Cave Country Canoes Whether you are looking for a relaxing trip, an adventure, or something in-between Cave Country Canoes has you covered. We offer a variety of trips for all ages. We’re located in the heart of Indiana’s Cave Country on beautiful Blue River. Planning a trip is simple, and if you’ve got more than a few hours, many nearby opportunities await. Meandering through the wooded hills of scenic Southern Indiana, Blue River features alternating fast water riffles and slower moving pools. As you pass by rugged limestone bluffs, keep an eye for a wide variety of wildlife.
Charlestown State Park Once a largely undeveloped portion of the huge (15,000-acre) Indiana Army Ammunition plant, Charlestown State Park is located in southern Indiana. The park is easily accessible, located 8 miles east of I-65, on State Road 62. With scenic vistas of the Fourteenmile Creek valley and the Ohio River, with elevation changes of over 200 feet, Charlestown has much to offer the visitor with its rugged hills and deep ravines. While hiking the rugged terrain you will see Devonian fossil outcrops and areas of karst sinkhole topography. Bird watchers will enjoy the 72 species of birds, including bluebirds, black vultures and an occasional bald eagle.
Deam Lake State Recreation Area Deam Lake is forest property designed for recreational activities. Under the multiple use concept, a variety of compatible activities are available. These include fishing, boating, swimming, camping, picnicking, hiking and hunting in designated areas. The 194-acre lake was constructed in 1965 and was named in honor of Charles Deam, Indiana's first state forester. Deam is best known for his book, Trees of Indiana, a comprehensive study of trees throughout the state. He was also instrumental in getting land set aside for what is now the Department of Natural Resources.
Delaney Creek Park Delaney Park is a 326 acre park with an 88 acre lake with unlimited recreational opportunities including swimming, fishing, boat rentals, nature hikes, basketball, volleyball, horseshoe pits, playground, modern and primitive camping, cabin and lodge rentals, shelter house rentals and the new Delaney Park Restaurant. Access to the Knobstone trail is available from the Delaney Creek Park Trailhead located in the rear parking area of the park.
Depauw Park & Riley's Place "Riley's Place" is located inside DePauw Park. DePauw Park is just a few blocks west of the Salem Square. Riley's Place was named after Riley Jean Tomlinson, a local toddler who accidentally drowned in a swimming pool, the park was built in 2001 and contains two and three story wooden castles and other structures for children's play along with swings, slides, and similar playground equipment.
Elk Creek Lake & Trailhead Elk Creek Lake is an approximate 48 acre lake located in Washington County between Salem and Scottsburg. Go east on SR 56 from Salem to the sign for Elk Creek or Ratts Rd Turn left (south) and go 2.3 miles to Elk Creek entrance road to the Elk Creek Lake. This site also contains the Elk Creek Lake trailhead for Knobstone Trail.
Falls of the Ohio State Park Located on the banks of the Ohio River in Clarksville, Indiana at I-65, exit 0, is the Falls of the Ohio State Park. The 390-million-year-old fossil beds are among the largest, naturally exposed, Devonian fossil beds in the world. The park features a spectacular Interpretive Center overlooking the fossil beds containing an exhibit gallery and video presentation. The Interpretive Center is open year round, except Thanksgiving and Christmas day. The "Falls" was originally a series of rapids allowing the Ohio River to drop 26 feet over a distance of two and a half miles. This was the only navigational hazard over the 981 mile-length river formed by rock outcrops. Today much of the original falls have been flooded behind the McAlpine dam.Fishing, hiking and casual walking, fossil viewing, bird watching, and picnicking are among the most common activities. While fossil and rock collecting is not allowed to protect our resources for future generations, the park staff encourages visitors to explore and discover the many different types of fossils that can be found on the ancient sea floor.
Hardy Lake Scottsburg 2,178.16 acres - 741-acre lake. Hardy Lake is the only state reservoir not created for flood control. This means that the lake level stays stable year-round, positively affecting the appearance of the shoreline, fishing and wildlife living there. The property is a multi-use facility offering hiking, swimming, boating, skiing, camping and more. Hardy Lake is surrounded on all sides by limestone and rocky bluffs, caves and great fossils, but the property has only slate and shale exposure. Hardy Lake is the only DNR property with a raptor rehabilitation center. This center cares for injured birds of prey (raptors) and educates visitors about Indiana’s hawks, owls, falcons and vultures.
Harmonie State Park Harmonie State Park is located "on the banks of the Wabash" 25 miles northwest of Evansville. A beautiful swimming pool, shady picnic areas, ravines and pristine landscape await you here. This is a trail lover's paradise! Trails for walking, biking and nature hikes will lure you for a visit. Nearby Historic New Harmony honors two unique communities from the early 1800s. The Rappites located here in 1814. They were fleeing from religious persecution and awaiting the impending millennium. In 1824, the Owenites brought many great scientists and philosophers into the area when they purchased the Rappites holdings.
Jackson - Washington County State Forest Jackson-Washington State Forest encompasses nearly 18,000 acres in Jackson and Washington counties in the heart of southern Indiana. The main forest and office area are located 2.5 southeast of Brownstown on State Road 250. This part of the state contains unique topography known as the “knobs”. This region provides scenic views second to none and offers some breathtaking hiking opportunities. The majority of the land that now makes up Jackson-Washington was purchased by the state of Indiana in the 1930’s and 1950’s. The Heritage Trust program, which uses funds from the sale of environmental license, Division of Forestry funds generated from portions of timber sales, and assistance from other conservation partners has made possible the acquisition of additional state forest lands.
John Hay Lake John Hay Lake is a 210-acre surface area impoundment located, in the Rush Creek Valley, 6 miles northwest of Salem. The lake offers tournament fishing or just a day of leisurely angling. This primitive area is also great for observing birds and animals in their natural habitat. Lake access includes one boat ramp. A City of Salem boat launch permit is effective for one (1) calendar year, January 1 to December 31. The permits are issued at Salem’s Clerk-Treasurer’s office and the Salem Police Department office. The launch permit is good for both Lake Salinda and John Hay Lake. A valid Indiana fishing license is also required. Please Note: Since this is a drinking water source, the use of gasoline powered motors is banned, only electric trolling motors are allowed. Any questions pertaining to the boat permit should be directed to the City of Salem Clerk-Treasurer’s office at 812-883-4264.
Knobstone Trail The Knobstone Trail (KT) is Indiana's longest footpath - a 58-mile backcountry-hiking trail passing through Clark State Forest, Elk Creek Public Fishing Area, and Jackson-Washington State Forest. These state resource properties contain more than 42,000 acres of rugged, forested land in Clark, Scott and Washington counties in southern Indiana. The trail extends from Deam Lake, just north of S.R. 60 in Clark County, to Delaney Park, just east of S.R. 135 in Washington County. The initial 32-mile segment of the trail was opened in 1980. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has developed the Knobstone Trail as a cooperative effort between the Divisions of Fish and Wildlife, Forestry and Outdoor Recreation. The Division of Outdoor Recreation's Streams and Trails Section coordinates development and maintenance of the trail. The Nature Conservancy has helped acquire land necessary to complete the trail corridor. Construction and maintenance of the trail has been aided by many hours of volunteer work donated by various hiking clubs and other groups. Much of the initial trail construction was accomplished through the Young Adult Conservation Corps program. The Knobstone Trail passes primarily through state forests, which are managed for "multiple use" to obtain maximum benefits from recreation, timber and wildlife production, and watershed protection. They are open to the public for hunting during season, and are managed actively to increase the fish and wildlife population. The harvesting of timber provides valuable income for the state of Indiana. Timber management and harvesting also provide diverse cover and food necessary for the perpetuation of many game and non-game animal species, and helps ensure that our forest resources will be available for future generations. The trail traverses land with extreme relief distinguished by narrow, relatively flat-topped ridges typical of the Knobstone Escarpment - a knobby slope between the Norman Upland and Scottsburg Lowland, two of southern Indiana's natural land regions. The Knobstone Escarpment is one of Indiana's most scenic areas, rising more than 300 feet above low-lying farmland in some areas as it snakes northward from near the Ohio River to just south of Martinsville. A central upland, mixed hardwood forest (oak-hickory and beech-maple association) dominates much of the escarpment. "Knobstone" shale, which is actually a combination of weathered brown shale, sandstone and siltstone, is common in the area and gives the escarpment its name.
Lake Salinda Lake Salinda is an 88 acre surface lake, owned by the City of Salem, located 2 miles south of Salem on S.R. 135. Salinda was once the primary drinking water source for Salem residents and is now the back-up source.Lake Salinda offers tournament fishing and serves as a popular fishing spot for area anglers. Lake access includes one boat ramp. A City of Salem boat launch permit is effective for one (1) calendar year, January 1 to December 31. The permits are issued at Salem’s Clerk-Treasurer’s office and the Salem Police Department office. The launch permit is good for both Lake Salinda and John Hay Lake. A valid Indiana fishing license is also required. For your walking, running or jogging pleasures, the road from the boat launch area to the dam is marked at ¼ mile intervals, for a total of 1 ½ miles back and forth. For exercise or health reasons, you will know how far you’ve traveled. Lake Salinda has two shelter houses, a pavilion, men’s & women’s restrooms and eight grills. You may reserve a shelter house, at no cost, by calling the City of Salem’s Mayor’s Office at 812-883-4265. Fishing, reunions, weddings and picnics are a few good reasons to take advantage of this beautiful lake area. Shop Salem for your picnic supplies and then head south two miles for a wonderful day of fun and relaxation. Please Note: Since this is a drinking water source, the use of gasoline powered motors is banned, only electric trolling motors are allowed. Any questions pertaining to boat launch permits should be directed to the City of Salem Clerk-Treasurer’s office at 812-883-4264.
Lincoln State Park Discover the boyhood home of the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Among the rolling hills and thick forest, young Lincoln learned many life lessons. Lincoln State Park offers 10 miles of hiking trails, two scenic lakes, and an interpretive center to help you experience early life of settlers in southern Indiana. Your entire family can enjoy a relaxing time at one of the campgrounds, cabins or group cottages. Tour the Colonel Jones Home, the historic home of the merchant and Civil War officer who employed young Lincoln. The 1,747-acre park was established in 1932 as a memorial to Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks. The Little Pigeon Creek Baptist Church and Cemetery, located on the property, is where Lincoln’s sister Sarah is buried. The Civilian Conservation Corps, a national program designed to provide jobs for unemployed young men during the Great Depression, was instrumental in establishing the park’s recreational facilities. These include the CCC-built beautiful Lake Lincoln, Lakeside shelter, boat rental building (formerly a ranger cabin) and many trails. Sarah Lincoln Woods Nature Preserve is located in the southernmost portion of the park. A visit to Lincoln State Park is like taking a step back in time to when the land was wild and Lincoln was a boy.
Monroe Lake Allen's Creek SRA 23,952 acres - 10,750-acres lake
O'Bannon Woods State Park O'Bannon Woods State Park (formerly Wyandotte Woods State Recreation Area) lies in the central and extreme southern part of the state, bordering the Ohio River. It is nestled inside 26,000-acre Harrison Crawford State Forest, but is managed separately, along with Wyandotte Caves State Recreation Area. For more information about O'Bannon Woods or Wyandotte Caves, contact the park office at (812) 738-8232. O’Bannon Woods was the location of one of the few African-American Civilian Conservation Corps units. The property also has a uniquely restored, working haypress barn, complete with oxen for power and a pioneer farmstead. Indiana’s first natural and scenic river, Blue River, flows through the state park and forest. All caves and sinkholes on DNR properties except for Twin Caves at Spring Mill are closed to provide protection from White-nosed syndrome, a fungus that is killing bats in large numbers in the Northeastern U.S. and is now spreading west. This includes Wyandotte Cave and all the wild caves at O'Bannon Woods.
Patoka Lake 25,800 acres - 8,800-acre lake. With 26,000 acres of land and water, Patoka Lake is a fine example of lake ecology. An 8,800-acre lake provides habitat for freshwater jellyfish and bald eagle nesting sites. River otters and osprey were reintroduced at Patoka by the DNR. The property also was home to the DNR’s resident, non-releasable bald eagle, C52. This raptor lived at Patoka Lake from 1988 until he died in 2009, at age 21. The property’s Interpretive Services staff presents programs and special events featuring the reconstructed Moery Cabin, a non-releasable red-tailed hawk, and other natural and cultural history features of the area. Programs on kayaking, Dutch oven cooking and other outdoor skills are also offered. The lake is located just south of the historic towns of French Lick and West Baden, and just east of historic Jasper.
Spring Mill State Park Spring Mill State Park offers a powerful illustration of the link between the natural and cultural worlds. The water flowing from several cave springs led to the founding of an industrial village in the early 1800s. Pioneer entrepreneurs took advantage of a constant water source that never froze, using it to power several gristmills, a wool mill, a saw mill, and a distillery. In turn, pioneer settlers shaped the landscape around the village, clearing land for agriculture and timber. The park today continues to illustrate how nature shapes us and how we shape our environment. A parcel of virgin timber sits in contrast to regenerated forest, a man-made lake struggles to survive against the in-flow of silt from cave-fed systems, and the native flora and fauna face challenges from man’s introduction of new species. Visitors can explore this story in the park’s four interpretive facilities—the Pioneer Village, Nature Center, Grissom Memorial, and Twin Caves Boat Tour—and see it reflected on the landscape as they hike the trails. The interpretive staff also offers a wide variety of public programs, including an extensive special events schedule. Public programs are offered year-round.
SPURGEON HOLLOW TRAILHEAD TO OXLEY MEMORIAL TRAILHEAD (approximately 5.5 to 7.5 miles, depending on route chosen): The Spurgeon Hollow Trailhead is located next to Spurgeon Hollow Lake, 2 miles east of S.R. 135, northeast of Salem. The trail leads southeast from the trailhead parking lot along the north shore of the lake, which is available for fishing. Within one-half mile, the hiker has a choice of two routes as the trail makes a loop of approximately 8 miles through the backcountry area. The northern leg of the loop takes the hiker on a moderately rugged, ridge-top hike of about 5 miles, adding more than 2 miles to the total length of this segment. The southern leg runs about 3 miles through a moist valley; this segment is easy walking. The northern and southern legs that form the loop are also part of Forestry trails and are marked with blue blazes. The white Knobstone blazes should also be visible. The trail continues to the south from the southeast corner of the backcountry loop. After leaving the backcountry area, the trail heads south and crosses a gravel road turning left (east) 0.1 mile to a small wildlife pond. The trail winds around the pond and continues east, crossing a creek several times, then crossing Pull Tight Road and then New Cut Road. It turns left (east) and rises to a ridge top, coming up on another gravel road (Banes Hollow Road), which is where the Oxley Trailhead is located.
Versailles State Park Take a drive through the beautiful rolling hills of southeastern Indiana with Versailles State Park, Indiana’s second-largest state park, as your destination. This area has deep history rooted in both the Civil War and the Civilian Conservation Corps. Versailles State Park dedicated a CCC commemorative statue in 2010. Numerous fossils tell the story of an ancient sea that covered the region. During the Civil War, Morgan’s Raiders made their way through the area that is now the park. The town of Versailles was briefly under Confederate control. Relax while fishing on the 230-acre lake where you can rent a paddleboat, rowboat, kayak or canoe. Get a workout and see the beauty of the park by taking a walk on the hiking trails or a ride on the mountain bike trails. Bring your horses for the day to enjoy the more than 20 miles of horse trails. Steps to a scenic overlook at the dam are a prime spot to see herons and other aquatic wildlife.
Veteran's Trail at Lake Salinda The Veteran's Trail at Lake Salinda is a new hiking trail at Lake Salinda. The trailhead for the park is located in the back of the Lake Salinda parking area. The trail is dedicated to those who served in the military. Contact the City of Salem Parks and Recreation Department for additional .
Museums of Art, History and Science
Angel Mounds State Historic Site Located on the banks of the Ohio River in southwest Indiana, Angel Mounds State Historic Site is one of the best-preserved pre-contact Native American sites in North America. Built between A.D. 1050 and 1400, the town was occupied by 1,000 plus Mississippians. The society built 11 earthen mounds as platforms to elevate important buildings. The original town covered an area of 103 acres and served as an important religious, political and trade center for people living within a 75-mile radius. The site was abandoned before European explorers came to North America. Possible explanations for abandonment are depletion of natural resources, climatic changes or the collapse of the chiefdom. More than 600 acres comprise Angel Mounds State Historic Site. The site includes an interpretive center, recreations of the Mississippian buildings and a working reconstruction of the 1939 WPA archaeology laboratory. The 500-acre non-archaeological portion of the site contains a nature preserve with hiking and biking trails.
Carnegie Center for Art and History The Carnegie Center for Art and History is a local history museum and contemporary art gallery. The Carnegie Center offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy art works in a variety of media and to learn more about creative expression through a range of exhibitions and programs for all ages. The Carnegie Center is also home to three permanent history exhibits. "Grandpa Makes a Scene: The Yenawine Dioramas" is a favorite among visitors young and old alike. The award-winning, multimedia exhibit "Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage: Men and Women of the Underground Railroad" invites visitors to explore the people and places of antebellum New Albany and Louisville, Kentucky. "Remembered: the Life of Lucy Higgs Nichols" shares the remarkable story of a woman who escaped slavery and served as a nurse with the 23rd Indiana Regiment during the Civil War, eventually earning a nurse’s pension for her service by a Special Act of Congress in 1898. The Carnegie Center for Art and History is housed in the historic Carnegie Library building in downtown New Albany, Indiana, just 10 minutes from downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Admission is always free, and the Center offers free tours for student, youth and adult groups (reservations required).
Colonel Jones Home Discover the boyhood home of the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Among the rolling hills and thick forest, young Lincoln learned many life lessons. Lincoln State Park offers 10 miles of hiking trails, two scenic lakes, and an interpretive center to help you experience early life of settlers in southern Indiana. Your entire family can enjoy a relaxing time at one of the campgrounds, cabins or group cottages. Tour the Colonel Jones Home, the historic home of the merchant and Civil War officer who employed young Lincoln.
Corydon Capitol State Historic Site Corydon Capitol State Historic Site commemorates Indiana’s first state capital and follows the development of Indiana from a territory to a state. Vincennes, the first territorial capital, was left on Indiana’s western edge when the Illinois Territory was created and, in 1813, the capital moved to Corydon, a more central location for Indiana’s population at the time. In June of 1816, 43 delegates met in Corydon to draft the first state constitution. Much of their work was done under the shade of a large elm tree. The trunk of the tree, now known as “Constitution Elm,” is still standing. The first state election was on Aug. 5, 1816, and Jonathan Jennings was elected governor. In November 1816, the first General Assembly of 29 representatives, 10 senators and the lieutenant governor met in the new capitol building. On Dec. 11, 1816, Indiana was formally admitted as the 19th state. Corydon remained the state capital until the government moved to Indianapolis in 1825. Corydon, a National Historic District, features shopping and restaurants, as well as Indiana’s only Civil War battlefield.
Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site With its hand-painted ceilings, carved rosewood staircase, marble fireplaces and elaborate plasterwork, the Culbertson Mansion reflects the affluence of a man once considered to be the wealthiest in Indiana. In 1867, William S. Culbertson spent about $120,000 to build his grand home in New Albany. The three-story French, Second-Empire mansion encompasses more than 20,000 square feet and contains 25 rooms. The north, east and west facades each contain a semi-circular bay, allowing plenty of light into the rooms. Built by the brothers William and James Banes, it was, by all accounts, one of the most striking homes on Main Street. No expense was spared in decorating the interior of the home. The family hired artists to paint the designs on the walls, ceilings and cornices of the first and second floors. Artists used the French technique of trompe l’oeil in several rooms to mimic paneling, molding or other textured surfaces. Special tools were used to create the look of wood graining. Many of the floors were hand-painted with a faux grain. Other rooms were covered with thick wall-to-wall carpet
Depot Railroad Museum The Depot Railroad Museum stands as a tribute to and reminder of Salem’s role in organizing the railroad that served much of Indiana for 125 years. Known as “The Hoosier Line” because its tracks were located in the state of Indiana, the "Monon Railroad" was founded because of the efforts of Salem businessmen. The Depot Museum contains antique furniture from railroad stations, including the original waiting room benches from the Salem station that was torn down in 1982. Also, there are displays of railroad equipment and tools, signs, advertisements, signals and lanterns. A worker’s motor car and a station’s baggage wagon are on display. The Depot’s basement contains an HO scale model railroad that depicts Washington County as it was in the 1950s and 1860s. A team of volunteers is rebuilding Salem, Pekin and Campbellburg as they were a half century ago.
Dubois County Museum Known as one of the largest county museums in the state of Indiana, this museum showcases the rich German heritage and history of the Dubois County area. Get a feel for what the settlers of this area would have endured in the early 1800’s. Learn of their trying times during the wars and how it shaped local families and the economy, and appreciate the hard work that turned Dubois County’s natural resources into thriving industries and farmland. Visit the new “Main Street Dubois County” featuring 17 rooms portraying life at the turn of the 20th century. A hands-on area houses a one-room schoolhouse and play yard, an interactive Lewis and Clark expedition boat, dress-up area and a log reading nook. Take a journey back in time to experience typical southern Indiana rural life of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s through the restoration of a two pen log house built by German immigrants. Explore artifacts, traditions and cultures of the county’s communities through numerous changing exhibits and special programs. Walk through the story of Dubois County’s strong farming tradition as told by the Museum’s large collection of 19th and early 20th century agriculture tools and machinery.
Evansville museum of Arts, History & Science The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science is a general-interest museum located on the Ohio riverfront in downtown Evansville, Indiana, United States. Founded in 1904, it is one of Southern Indiana's most established and significant cultural institutions, with comprehensive collections in art, history, anthropology and science. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums
French Lick Scenic Railway Museum Scenic train ride through parts of the Hoosier National Forest, the 2,200 foot long Burton Tunnel and historical points of interest. We offer a number of special events throughout our season.
French Lick West Baden Museum The French Lick West Baden Museum is located in downtown French Lick in a newly refurbished historic building between Highway 56 and Maple Street. Look for the Hagenbeck-Wallace circus banners and the gold figure of Pluto in the window - not to mention our logo is our sign. In the first half of the exhibit space you'll see presentations on artists Henry and Ferdinand Cross, Pluto water, the Monon Railroad, the original French Lick and West Baden Hotels, casinos from the late 1800's to 1949, African-American heritage, the special Town Gallery which changes several times a year, and an extremely rich sports history from golf, baseball, and boxing, to Larry Bird. The second half of the space is a wonderfully detailed diorama, or miniature, of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus that wintered in French Lick from 1915 until it was sold to Ringling Brothers in 1929. Experience the "Golden Years of the Circus" as you view the circus arriving in town by rail and unloading in preparation for the performance. The town scene depicts the spangled circus wagons, performers, and animals parading through business and residential districts to the delight of the "towners". The diorama culminates with the tent scene allowing the viewer to see not only the animal menagerie, side show, and big top tents but also the back lot activity, the food and horse tents, and the dressing room tents for the spectacular and regular acts. Children of all ages will become young again as they peek inside the Big Top for a look at five rings of acts, the Spectacular, the aerialists, clowns, and elephants. One can almost smell the popcorn and peanuts, hear the trumpeting of elephants, laughter of children, and the applause.
Historic New Harmony The spirit that brought two communal experiments to southwestern Indiana in the early 19th century continues to thrive in picturesque New Harmony, Indiana. New Harmony was the site of two early American utopian communities. The Harmonie Society, a group of German dissenters led by George Rapp, arrived in the United States in 1804, settling in Pennsylvania. 10 years later the Harmonists purchased 20,000 acres on the Wabash River, and moved to Indiana in 1814. New Harmony offers world-class accommodations, meeting facilities, and dining. Shopping features antiques, fine art, and hand-made crafts. Natural amenities include walking trails, public gardens, and labyrinths. Visitors enjoy art galleries featuring local and regional artists, summer theater productions, and diverse musical entertainment in historic venues. Come experience New Harmony’s legacy of creative endeavor. Join the many visitors that discover a distinctive small town, where the simple wooden structures of the founding Harmonists blend with modern architectural masterpieces. New Harmony is the perfect destination for an afternoon of shopping, a weekend of renewal, or the celebration of a special event. New Harmony also provides a productive backdrop for a business meeting, conference, or group retreat. Within the National Historic Landmark District are many original buildings and exhibits related to the Harmonist and Owen/Maclure communities. Tour tickets can be purchased at Richard Meier’s award-winning Atheneum, which serves as New Harmony's visitor center.
Howard Steamboat Museum & Mansion Elegant Victorian mansion, original furnishings, intricate carvings, steamboat exhibits, models, tools, artifacts. Personal, informative guided tours. Last tour at 3:00 pm.
Jasper Arts Center One of the finest entertainment, cultural, and educational venues in southern Indiana, this facility draws worldwide talent and experiences to an intimate setting. The 700-seat theater offers some of the highest quality professional performing arts events and programs currently on tour at affordable prices. The Krempp Gallery, which hosts 12 exhibits annually, houses artwork from local, regional, and nationally-recognized artists. Located adjacent to the Vincennes University Jasper Campus. Hours are: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. & Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. & Sunday, 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST.
The John Hay Center A historical pathway that began in Indiana's Washington County, this museum institution honors John Milton Hay’s legacy as an American Statesman and public servant. The John Hay House was built in 1824 and was the birthplace of John Hay, private secretary to President Abraham Lincoln ,1861-1865, Writer/Author, 1870-1890, Life of Lincoln and many poems. Mr. Hay was also Ambassador to England; and Secretary of State under President McKinley, 1898, and President Roosevelt, 1902.
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Abraham Lincoln spent fourteen years of his life and grew from youth into manhood (1816-1830) on this southern Indiana soil. Many of the character traits and moral values that made Abraham one of the world's most respected leaders were formed and nurtured here. Learn about the lives of Abraham Lincoln and his pioneer family, who lived on a farm site that is now a National Park. The story of the Civil War era president's 14 formative years in Indiana springs to life at the Living Historical Farm, in the museum and film, and along the park's scenic hiking trails.
Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum The Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum houses hundreds of fascinating artifacts from the area’s historic past, including a hutch made by Abraham Lincoln’s father, Thomas Lincoln. The Pioneer Village features 14 Lincoln-era replica cabins from Spencer County. This site was originally a WPA project.
Lyles Station Historic School & Museum African-American historical site offers a museum, hands-on activities, Heritage Classroom, authentic log cabin, Alonzo Fields Gallery and a Corn Maze in the Fall. Groups & classroom field trips welcome by appointment. Meeting facilities available.
Pioneer Village The Pioneer Village is an extension of the Stevens Memorial Museum and has been reconstructed as a "living village" during the 1840's era. Visitors find a visit to the village a challenge to their imagination of the way of life for early settlers. Thomas Hopper is credited with being the first settler to what is now Washington County. George Brock was the first man to settle in the immediate vicinity of Salem. From early settlements came men and women who prominently figured in the development of Washington County.
Piper Flight Museum The Piper Flight Center Museum is located at the Salem Municipal Airport in Salem, Indiana. The Piper Flight Museum contains three vintage Piper aircraft, a flight simulator, and a display room with several display cases containing numerous Piper artifacts dating back to the early beginning of Piper Aircraft Corporation. If you would like to visit the Piper Flight Museum or to schedule a party, meeting or special event please visit their website for addtional information.
Red Skelton Museum The Red Skelton Museum is a 3,500 square foot, fully interactive exhibit entitled “Red Skelton: A Legacy of Laughter” Red’s comedic talent spanned generations and influenced many other comedians. This exhibit looks at comedy through the lens of Red Skelton. Exhibits will include: • Red’s Comedy Kit: activities which introduce the ideas of physical comedy by showing his mastery of the art of pantomime, slapstick, pratfalls, exaggerated movement, and facial expression • A chronology featuring three parallel timelines: Red’s life, national events, and popular entertainment • Scrapbooks of photos, letters and memorabilia as well as costumes of all of his most beloved characters: Freddie the Freeloader, Clem Kaddidlehopper, San Fernando Red, Sheriff Dead-Eye, Cauliflower McPugg, etc. • A showcase theater including a short film featuring hysterical and poignant highlights from Red’s movie and television career, along with still images illustrating key moments and events in Red’s life. • A “Freddie the Freeloader” stage set on which visitors can practice physical sight gags (Opens July 2014)
Santa Claus Museum & Village Features exhibits and displays that showcase the town's interesting history. Visit the historic 1880 Santa Claus Church, the original Santa Claus Post Office, and the 1935 Santa Claus statue that stands 22 feet tall. Inside the museum, view documents, photos, and artifacts from museum founder and Holiday World matriarch Pat Koch's private collection. See Holiday World archives and donated treasures from collectors with personal ties to the rich history of the town. Don't forget to write your free letter to Santa!
Spirit of Jasper Train & Jasper City Mill The artfully restored, vintage Spirit of Jasper offers the luxury of train travel from days gone by. Enjoy a journey through Southwest Indiana. Each luxurious, climate-controlled passenger car has a story of its own, dating back to the early 1900s. Choose your adventure and make reservations for a Ride and Dine dinner excursion which includes a meal catered by The Schnitzelbank, Jasper's authentic, locally-owned German restaurant, or embark on a scenic trip to French Lick and spend the day at the famed French Lick Springs Hotel, French Lick Casino and West Baden Springs Hotel. Other special trips as well as group and private charters are available. To see a full schedule of excursions and to make reservations, visit www.spiritofjasper.com. Nearby the Jasper Train Depot, along the banks of the Patoka River, you can tour the Jasper City Mill and watch its 25-foot working water wheel grind corn meal. Completed in 2009, it is the third mill to occupy this site and is maintained by the City of Jasper’s Park and Recreation Department. Purchase a bag of corn meal or local souvenir at the gift shop which also serves as a local welcome center and features historic displays of mill memorabilia. Group tours available. 812-482-4924.
The Stevens Memorial Museum Built in 1970 as a memorial to preserve the community's history, the Stevens Memorial Museum is the centerpiece of the John Hay Center, founded by the Washington County Historical Society. The museum was designed to preserve the heritage of Washington County, Indiana and contains dozens of exhibits representing thousands of artifacts from generous donors. An overview of exhibits available at The Stevens Memorial Museum can be reviewed at the website. As this web site evolves over time, additional exhibits will be added for your viewing. You are encouraged to bookmark this page and revisit often. The Genealogical Library also represents an extensive collection of documents and materials regarded by many as one of the Midwest's finest collections Dating back to the 19th century, records include birth, death, marriage, divorce and more.
Toyota Visitors Center/ Plant Tours Get under the hood at the Toyota Indiana Visitors Center! Here you'll explore the history of Toyota. You'll discover Southwest Indiana's industrial heritage, and you'll see a Toyota manufacturing facility, and the Toyota Production System, up close and in-depth. It's entertaining and educational! "Sparks will fly!".
Caves and Caverns
Indiana Caverns Indiana Caverns, Indiana's newest show cave, is part of the longest cave system in Indiana at 37+ miles and one of the longest in the US. Discovered in 2010 and opened 6/2013, Indiana Caverns offers a one hour 20 minute tour that includes a 25 minute boat ride. The tour includes underground boat ride, heights, depths, a waterfall, ice age fossils including bones dating back at least 40,000 years, tracks, claw marks and tracks, and formations too. Also available, gem and fossil panning, picnic area and shelter house, interpretive exhibits, and karst feature surface trail. Open daily all year at 9 am, Indiana Caverns is less than 5 minutes from Exit 105/Corydon on I 64.
Marengo Cave Indiana's most visited natural attraction and National Landmark. Two walking tours, gemstone mining, hiking, crawling tours, camping and picnicking.
Squire Boone Caverns One-hour guided cavern tours take you past stalactites, stalagmites, columns and more. Come and see what has taken thousands of years to create. Squire Boone Caverns is a real place in southern Indiana where Squire Boone, younger brother of Daniel Boone, lived and worked. Near Historic Corydon, Indiana in 1815, Squire Boone was laid to rest in a cave at the village that once saved his life by providing him refuge a ban of hostile Indians.
Fairs and Festivals
Pekin 4th of July Parade & Celebration Pekin Indiana is proud to claim the oldest consecutive 4th of July celebration in the United States. The first Pekin 4th of July celebration was held in 1830. From 1830-1833 the celebration was held at the homes of three different families. It mainly consisted of family picnics and meeting up with old friends. In 1883 the Washington and Clark County Fair Association was formed and the celebration was located where the Pekin Park is today. One of the highlights is the parade, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday.
Bartholomew County 4-H Fair
July 04, 2014
Location: Columbus, IN, 750 W 200 S
Description: Join us for the 57th Annual Bartholomew County 4-H Fair--July 4-12, 2014!
Evansville Summer Super Flea Market
July 4, 2014
Location: Evansville, IN, 2600 S. Kentucky Ave
Description: Super Flea Market will be held on July 4 - 6, 2014. It is the largest indoor flea market in southern
Campbellsburg All-American Hoedown Event The All-American Country Hoedown takes place in Campbellsburg, Indiana. Contests and events include a Parade through town, Antique Tractor Show, Junior Miss and Miss Country Girl Pageant, talent show, Seniors Day Luncheon and Entertainment, 5k Run/Walk, Kiddie and Adult Peddle Tractor Pull, Garden Tractor Pull and Parade, Horseshoe Pitching Tournament and much more.
Gibson County Fair
July 06, 2014
Location: Princeton, IN, Gibson County Fairgrounds
Description: Fair will be held on July 6-12, 2014. 4-H, Entertainment, Beauty Show, Tractor and Truck Pull, Carnival, Rides, Livestock Shows and
Summer Tri_State Antique Market
July 6, 2014
Location: Lawrenceburg, IN, Lawrenceburg Indiana Fairgrounds
Description: Market will be held on July 6, 2014. Averaging nearly 3,000 shoppers. Over 200 dealers sell early American primitives to mid-century
Bean Blossom Southern Gospel Jubilee
July 10, 2014
Location: Bean Blossom, IN, Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground
Description: 5th Annual Bean Blossom Southern Gospel Jubilee will be held on July 10- 12, 2014
Clark County 4-H Fair
July 11, 2014
Location: Charlestown, IN, Clark County 4-H Fairgrounds
Description: Fair will be held on July 11-19, 2014
Summer Bloomington - A Fair of the Arts
July 12, 2014
Location: Bloomington, IN, Showers Plaza
Description: The event will be held on July 12, 2014. Bloomington Parks and Recreation hosts a celebration of art and community with
French Lick Resort The Spas at French Lick Resort ... by Historic Hotels of America, features two historic grand hotels nestled in the Hoosier National Forest of southern Indiana.
Blueberry Hill Estate & Day Spa Welcome to Blueberry Hill Estate and Day Spa, where relaxation is a way of life. And the way your life should be.
We're the perfect place to enjoy life's special moments—anniversaries, birthdays, and every special occasion. Gather your friends or bring your spouse, and give yourselves a day to totally relax. Enjoy a spa day with a signature massage, therapeutic clay bathing, swimming and mineral baths. Spend a romantic night in one of our exceptional guest suites. Or just come to enjoy the view. Rediscover yourself at Blueberry Hill Estate, where every day is a special occasion.
Theater and Entertainment
Derby Dinner Playhouse A 500 seat dinner theatre in-the-round featuring Broadway Musicals, Comedies, Mysteries, Children's Musical Theatre, and a Concert Series. Open year-round, this 39 year old theatre is located just minutes from downtown Louisville, KY. A freshly prepared homestyle buffet is included in the ticket price along with free parking. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more. Before the show, visit the Gift Shop in the Lobby for a unique shopping experience and enjoy a musical selection by "The Footnotes" who provide the pre-show entertainment.
Holiday Drive-In Movie Theater
Catch the latest big-screen flicks at Holiday Drive-In, one of few drive-in theaters left in the U.S. Five viewing screens provide a double feature nightly for a perfect evening of entertainment at a family-friendly price. Stop by the full snack bar for popcorn and goodies to munch on during the show. You can watch from your car or bring a lawn chair and enjoy watching your favorite new releases under the stars.
Lincoln Amphitheatre As one of the largest roofed amphitheatres in the nation, Lincoln Amphitheatre is a majestic 1,500 seat outdoor venue located in Lincoln State Park.
Salem's Carnegie Library Salem secured a grant of $16,000 from the Carnegie Corporation of New York in February 1904 and broke ground in August of 1904. The Salem Library opened in July 1905 and is still in use today as the Salem Community Library. The Carnegie Library in Salem is one of just one hundred in the state of Indiana still being used for its original purpose. Indiana received more than 160 grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to build public libraries (more than any other state).
Willard Library Willard Library of Evansville, Indiana, opened in 1885, is the state’s oldest public library building and one of the oldest libraries in the Midwest. The Victorian gothic building is an architectural masterpiece as well as being known as an internationally famous haunted library. Willard Library features some of the most outstanding genealogy, local history, archival and arts & humanities collections in Indiana. Programs for children and adults are conducted throughout the year and are always free of charge. Willard's annual Midnight Madness event provides opportunities for genealogists to attend free workshops and have access to the genealogy collection until Midnight every weekday of the 1st full week of summer. Willard's ever-popular Ghost Tours the last 2 weeks of October provide families the ability to have a tour of the library that specifically features the famous Grey Lady and various encounters with her since 1937.
Monastery Immaculate Conception Tour the magnificent "Castle on the Hill", home to one of the largest communities of Benedictine women in the nation. Recently restored, the beauty inside the Romanesque dome takes your breath away as you learn about it's history. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated an Official Project of Save America's Treasures. Visit "For Heaven's Sake" gift shop, offering hand-made crafts and cookies from the sisters themselves!!
Saint Meinrad Archabbey You're invited to join us any day for prayer or Mass in the Archabbey Church. If you have time, take a tour of our beautiful grounds and historic buildings.
Ohio River Scenic Byway The Ohio River Scenic Byway runs 967 miles through three states, with 303 beautiful miles waiting for you in Indiana. Make it a relaxing historic tour, an exhilarating adventure or something in between. Three charming historic towns along the Scenic Byway are Vevay, Madison and Newburgh. Each offers antiques, artisans, relaxing B&Bs, quaint restaurants and beautiful views of the river.
Amusement Parks, Fun Centers and Recreation
Christmas Lake Golf Course Includes an 18-hole public championship golf course, pro shop and clubhouse with restaurant.
Frosty's Fun Center This seasonal fun center offers a Christmas-themed miniature golf course, tasty snacks, sandwiches, ice cream, and delicious fresh pizza. The challenging 18-hole miniature golf course includes twists and turns that are fun for the entire family! The course is estimated to be a par 45 and you will find Christmas reminders throughout the nicely landscaped course. Inside Frosty's Fun Center, you will find high-tech challenges including exciting games such as car-racing, space fighting, and more; home of the giant melting snowman! Frosty's Fun Center is located just off Highway 162, next to Santa's Lodge in Santa Claus, Indiana.
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari (previously known as Santa Claus Land prior to 1984) is a family owned and operated combination theme park and water park, located near Interstate 64 and U.S. 231 in Santa Claus, Indiana, USA. The theme park is divided into four sections that celebrate Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July with rides, live entertainment, games, and attractions. Holiday World is known for its three wooden roller coasters: The Raven, The Legend, and The Voyage. The safari-themed water park includes the world's two longest water coasters: Wildebeest and Mammoth, numerous family raft slides and water slides, two wave pools, a lazy river, two family "tipping bucket" water-play attractions, plus dedicated children's slides and play areas.
Rustic Golf Course This nine-hole course offers the Opportunity to golf while enjoying fresh air, two scenic lakes and beautiful wooded surroundings. 1375 Old State Hwy 45. 812-649-9258.
Salem Speedway The Salem Speedway has developed a strong racing heritage and tradition that continues today. Some of the top names in open wheel and stock car competition visit the famed high banks each racing season to challenge the demanding .555 mile oval. The Salem Speedway officially opened for business on June 22, 1947, with Tommy Hinnershitz winning the 20-lap feature event for AAA "Big Cars" in front of over 7,000 enthusiastic fans that packed the grounds for the inaugural Salem Speedway Event. Since that day in 1947 the names of those who have been raced for the checkered flag at the Salem Speedway continues to grow. Included upon that list are racing legends such as; Ted Horn, Troy Ruttman, Bob Seikert, Parnelli Jones, A.J. Foyt, Bobby Unser, Al Unser, Mario Andretti, Curtis Turner, Benny Parsons, Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace, Alan Kulwicki, Ken Schrader, Tony Stewart, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Jeff Gordon and many others. FRIDAY, JULY 4TH ARROW AUTO GLASS FIRECRACKER 200 Presented by Scott County Visitors Commission $5,000 to win Lucas Oil Great American Stock race on the high banks (non-points), plus O’Reilly Auto Parts Pure Stock 50 and Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive Stock 50 on the short-track. Pits Open 1:00 p.m. (EDT), Spectator Gates Open 2:30 p.m., Practice 3:00 p.m., First Race 5:30 p.m.
Bear Hollow Wood Carvers Eat, Sleep, Carve - it's what we do! Did you ever think of a chainsaw as an artistic tool? In the right hands, this instrument can turn a log into an amazing sculpture. Experience this full-throttle art form with the Bear Hollow Wood Carvers by visiting our gallery or watching one of our carvers perform across the United States. Bear Hollow Wood Carvers are leaders in the chainsaw carving industry. Our team is lead by award winning carver Jason Emmons. Check our calendar for a demonstration near you. Or have our team carve a custom sculpture or an on-site carving just for you. Visit our gallery located across the street from the French Lick Resort. You’ll find the work of our carvers as well as other hand made products from artists of other mediums. Enjoy shopping where items are still handmade and truly one-of-a-kind.
Huntingburg Historic 4th Street Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this historic business district, once destroyed by a fire in 1889, has been lovingly restored to a charming Victorian downtown, housing more than two dozen locally owned antique and specialty shops and unique eateries. The walking tour takes you back to the 1800s and early 1900s, a time when most of the two-story Italianate and late Victorian commercial buildings along historic 4th Street were constructed. The brick-paved sidewalks and 1800s façade provide a quaint setting for many special events throughout the year.
Jasper's Downtown Shopping District This beautiful area of Jasper is filled with vitality, history and a variety of shops. Main Street and the area around the square provide an ideal background for great shopping and special festivities throughout the year. Relaxing and informative, the walking tour encompasses nearly two miles and includes visits to more than 20 of Jasper’s oldest sites.
Santa Claus Christmas Store Enjoy shopping at the gigantic Santa Claus Christmas Store, featuring Christmas gifts, decorations, hundreds of collectibles, fudge and other sweet treats, and so much more. Visit with Santa during the summer and Christmas season. This family-owned and operated business is nearly triple in size in 2012 with a huge selection of indoor and outdoor lights, wreaths, tree trimmings, nativities, and Christmas yard art. With tens of thousands of items to choose from, there's sure to be something for everyone. Even those hard-to-buy-for people on your shopping list! Within the Santa Claus Christmas Store, you can browse through nearly 5,000 ornaments. Find ornaments for any occasion or occupation and all can be personalized for free on site with names and dates.
Santa's Stables Visit Santa's Stables for a unique, family-friendly horseback riding experience. Led by trained horseback guides, the wooded surroundings provide a perfect environment with multiple quaint trails. A 45-minute long trail ride is available, as well as a 15-minute option. The horses will safely walk nose to tail. Rides with Peaches the Pony are sure to excite and amuse the younger children. Although reservations are not required, they are recommended. The pony rides are available on a first come, first serve basis. We are located in scenic Santa Claus, Indiana; only 3 miles from Holiday World and Lake Rudolph Campgrounds. Santa's Stables is open daily. Call us today at (812) 340-2288 or e-mail email@example.com.
Schooner Valley Stables Welcome to Schooner Valley Stables! Are you looking for something fun and exciting to do in Brown County, Indiana? Hop on the back of one of our horses and take a memorable ride through the hills and valleys of Yellowwood State Forest. Whether you are a greenhorn or an experienced rider, we have a horse that will suit your needs. We offer walk, trot, and cantering rides which you won't find at many stables. If you have never ridden on a horse at a canter, you're in for one amazing experience. Bring the whole family! We have no age limit. Children small enough to ride with a parent can do so, but we suggest anyone over 6 yrs old ride their own gentle horse.
Shilo Farms We are located in rural Canaan Indiana. We are about 20 miles north of Historic Madison. A great place for a weekend get-away! We do private guided trail rides, where you and your group are the only ones who go out! Not the boring head to tail 30 person ride! You get a chance to actually ride a horse, not just sit there! Get a change to trot and canter! It is an ideal location to trail ride and train horses. More than enough seclusion for quiet and unlimited trail riding, Special Occasion Rides and horse training. We are totally dedicated to the equine profession, and look forward to helping you with all your horse needs. So enjoy the site! There are tons of pictures to enjoy. Please note, we are by appointment only. NO drive up rides or lessons.
Southern Indiana and French Lick Horseback Riding Horseback riding at The Crazyhorse Ranch and Lodge is for the experienced or beginning Rider. Located just minutes from French Lick and West Baden Springs. We offer guided horseback riding excursions. Our herd of gaited walking horses provide a unique experience for the novice or accomplished riders. Prior reservations are required and are subject to weather conditions. We can accommodate up to six riders & outings are typically one to two hours, but longer trips can be arranged. We charge a little more and it's worth every penny!
Sunny Acres Stables Scenic Horseback Riding in the Picturesque Hills of Southern Indiana. We can tailor activities to your group size Trail Rides, Riding Club, Horses & Gear Provided. On a working farm have your family or group get in touch with nature in beautiful scenic Southern Indiana. Groups Large and Small Accommodated. Special Event Activities. Indoor Arena. Youth Groups