Located on the Patoka River, Jasper is the county seat of Dubois County, Indiana. Plan a weekend trip to explore the Dubois County Museum which houses over 36,000 objects, see the Dubois County Courthouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and go for a romantic stroll along the Jasper Riverwalk. Best things to do in Jasper, Indiana with kids include the restored Spirit of Jasper Train and the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame. Here are the best things to do in Jasper, Indiana.
1.Dubois County Museum
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Located on Newton Street, the Dubois County Museum is a museum that is dedicated to preserving and presenting the heritage and history of Dubois County in Indiana. With 50,000 square feet of exhibit space displaying more than 36,000 objects, the Dubois County Museum is by far the largest county museum in Indiana and one of the top Jasper attractions.
The museum features a reconstructed 1890s main street, a model train display, a log house built in 1850, and much more. Visitors learn about the plants and animals of the area, the history of the early settlers consisting of Germans and Scots-Irish, and more. The museum offers guided tours and is open from Tuesday through Sunday.
2704 Newton Street, Jasper, Indiana, Phone: 812-634-7733
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The Jasper Riverwalk is a trail that runs for more than two miles along the Patoka River from 15th Street to the Ruxer Golf Course on South Clay Street. It is a popular trail for bicyclists, runners, and walkers because there is no vehicular traffic so it is a safe trail. The trail passes along farm fields, through beautiful wooded areas, the Lions Club Park which is a playground, and the Dave Buehler Plaza.
This plaza was named after the man who was largely responsible for creating a space along the river where people could enjoy nature and activities. If you are wondering what to do in Jasper, Indiana with kids, this is a great place to visit. There are horseshoe pits, shelter houses and picnic areas.
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3.Spirit of Jasper Train
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The Spirit of Jasper Train is a restored passenger train located on Mill Street. One of three locomotives pulls the luxurious train: the City of Jasper’s “Switcher,” the EMD GP16, or the ALCO S2. The passenger cars include the rebuilt 1940s Club Car #200; the renovated 1920s Lounge Car #300; the refurbished 1940s Parlour Car #400; and the modernized 1924 Monan Car.
There are several excursions such as the Jasper to French Lick Express; the Jasper Ride & Dine; and the family-friendly Jasper Strassenfest Zugfahrten, which is a one hour train ride out of the Jasper Train Depot. The Jasper Train Depot was built in 2005 and is a replication of the 1906 depot that was torn down.
4.Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame, Jasper, Indiana
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Located on College Avenue on the campus of Vincennes University, the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Since its inception in 1979, 174 players, coaches, veterans, and contributors have been inducted. Originally housed in the Jasper Inn & Convention Center, at its current location at Vincennes University, the Hall of Fame features a large variety of artifacts and memorabilia related to high school athletes, college athletes, and professional athletes from throughout the state of Indiana.
Some of the things on display include bats, gloves, jerseys, plaques, and much more. The Hall of Fame is open from Thursday through Sunday. Next read: Best Day Trips in Indiana
851 College Avenue, Jasper, Indiana, Phone: 812-482-2262
5.Jasper City Mill
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Located on Third Avenue, the Jasper City Mill is a historic mill with more than 2,000 square feet of space. The first mill on this spot was built in 1817. One of the original mill’s most famous visitors was a young Abraham Lincoln who came with his father to grind their grain in 1828.
The second mill was built on the same spot in 1865: during the 1870s flatboats were used to ship flour from the mill down the Patoka River to the Wabash and Ohio Rivers and eventually down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. The latest and current mill was built in 2009 using parts of the older mills like the grindstones and the water-powered wheel.
6.St Joseph Catholic Church, Jasper, Indiana
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St. Joseph Catholic Church is a historic Roman Catholic church located on Kundek Street in Jasper. It was founded in 1837 by a Croatian missionary priest named Father Joseph Kundek, and the first church was a small log cabin. Built between 1867 and 1904, the current church is a large solid sandstone block church built in the Romanesque Revival style and includes a 235 feet high bell tower and steeple.
The interior of the church is beautiful with its 14 columns, three Italian marble altars, statues, colorful mosaics, and much more. In 1980 the church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
1029 Kundek Street, Jasper, Indiana, Phone: 812-482-1805
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7.Jasper Gift Basket and Popcorn Company
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Located on North Newton Street, the Jasper Gift Basket and Popcorn Company is a gift company that sells popcorn, chocolates, and other treats. It began as Eckert’s Pool Company in 1996, but when that company bought the property on Newton Street, it expanded to include a second business, the popcorn company.
Today it offers nearly 100 flavors of gourmet popcorn from “Bacon & Cheese” to “Tutti Fruitti” as well as artisan chocolates such as barks, creams, melt-a-ways, nut clusters, sea-salt caramels, and turtle drops. All of its popcorn and chocolates are made in house. The company is also well-known for its custom-made gift baskets.
1522 North Newton Street, Jasper, Indiana, Phone: 812-634-2700
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8.Sultan's Run Golf Course, Jasper, Indiana
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Sultan’s Run Golf Course is an 18 hole golf course located on North Meridian Road in Jasper. It consists of 224 acres of fairways, forests, greens water, and wildlife. The name of the golf course comes from the name of the famous horse, Supreme Sultan, who used to call this area his home.
Designed by Tim Liddy, the course was remodeled in 1996 keeping the landscape as natural as possible. There is a Pro Shop, practice facilities, and Sultan’s Bar & Grill. The golf course also features “The Clubhouse at Sultan’s Run.” This clubhouse offers spectacular views of the 18th hole of the course with its stunningly beautiful waterfall.
1490 North Meridian Road, Jasper, Indiana, Phone: 812-482-1009
8 Best Things to Do in Jasper, Indiana
- Dubois County Museum, Photo: Courtesy of Dubois CVC
- Jasper Riverwalk, Photo: Courtesy of Dubois CVC
- Spirit of Jasper Train, Photo: Spirit of Jasper Train
- Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame, Jasper, Indiana, Photo: Courtesy of Dubois CVC
- Jasper City Mill, Photo: Courtesy of laurac111 - Fotolia.com
- St Joseph Catholic Church, Jasper, Indiana, Photo: St Joseph Catholic Church
- Jasper Gift Basket and Popcorn Company, Photo: Jasper Gift Basket and Popcorn Company
- Sultan's Run Golf Course, Jasper, Indiana, Photo: Sultan's Run Golf Course
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of Dubois CVC