Indiana is a borough in Indiana County in Pennsylvania and part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Surrounded by many Christmas trees farms, Indiana is known as the "Christmas Tree Capital of the World. It is also known as a birth place of the famous actor Jimmmy Stewart, whose memory is preserved in the Jimmy Steward Museum. Indiana also has the main campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Blue Spruce Park is a popular local recreation area with a lake and open areas. Hindostan Falls is nearby ghost town that was once a home to 1,200 people. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Jimmy Stewart Museum
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The Jimmy Stewart Museum is located in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Jimmy’s hometown, in the local public library. The museum showcases famous actor’s accomplishments in film, TV and radio. Numerous displays show him not only as an actor but as war hero, bomber pilot, civic leader and family man. There is a special room that tells the story of his family’s colorful history in Western Pennsylvania. The displays include daguerreotype of his great grand-dad in Civil War uniform, rare baby photos of Jimmy, and his dad’s desk from the family’s hardware store. The museum describes the actor’s accomplishments as an actor and his roles in many movies including the 1946 classic It’s a Wonderful Life. The Jimmy Stewart statue is located on the courthouse lawn. The museum occasionally offers film presentations and gallery talks.
835 Philadelphia St, Indiana, PA 15701, Phone: 724-349-6112
2.Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania is a public research university in Indiana, Pennsylvania, about 55 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. The university has branch campuses at Punxsutawney, Northpointe, and Monroeville. The university main campus covers 374 acres, with a mix of 62 old and new red brick buildings. Its first, original John Sutton Hall building is an elegant Victorian structure that once housed the entire school. Sutton Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It occupies the heart of campus and today houses many administrative offices and reception areas. The Victorian mansion that hosts Breezedale Alumni Center was once home to a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The campus also includes a planetarium, University Museum, Hadley Union Building, black box theater, music library, a Cogswell Hall and Stapleton Library with over 900,000 bound volumes and over two million microform units
1011 South Drive, Indiana, PA 15705, Phone: 724-357-2100
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3.Blue Spruce Park, Indiana, PA
Blue Spruce Park is a verdant 650-acre public park located about six miles from Indiana, Pennsylvania. The Park was established in 1966, but its site was used for recreation by locals since the early part of the century. Blue Spruce Park includes the Cummings Dam, a historical marker honoring Bernice Gera, a native of nearby town of Ernest. Gera was the first female umpire to work in a professional baseball league. There are more than five miles of mixed use trails that transect the park. The Park has a 12-acre lake stocked with trout for public fishing. There are four pavilions and two lodges available for rental. The park also has two playgrounds, a volleyball court, horseshoe court, and areas for sports.
1128 Blue Spruce Rd, Indiana, PA 15701, Phone: 724-463-8636
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4.Noble Stein Brewing Company, Indiana, PA
Like so many other craft breweries, Noble Stein in Indiana, Pennsylvania, started out with a home brew kits in a five-gallon kettle, then grew rapidly to a mini brewing system featuring a 20 gallon hot liquor tank, mash/lauter tun, and boil kettle. Experimenting with multiple varieties of hops, malts, yeasts and other elements resulted in a range of delicious brews, with 12 Noble Stein beers on tap and a cider from Arsenal Ciderhouse & Wine Cellar offered in their popular tap room. All regular brews are accompanied by seasonal and specially featured beers throughout the year. Noble Stein beer, are available in many local bars and restaurants from Indiana to Pittsburgh.
1170 Wayne Ave, Indiana, PA 15701, Phone: 724-801-8087
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Hindostan Falls is a fascinating ghost town on the White River in Martin County, Pennsylvania. In the early 1800s this ghost town was a bustling stop along a popular stagecoach route between New Albany and Vincennes. It was one of the very few roads in the state of Indiana, which, until 1816, had been a territory. By 1820, it was the largest and the most promising town on the White River and was home to about 1,200 people who lived mostly in houseboats. In 1820, an economic depression first and then yellow fever spread through the town. Many residents died or abandoned their homes and left. By 1830, this bustling little town was dead. Today, Hindostan Falls is an unknown rural treasure and a state fishing and recreational area.
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6.The Coney Restaurant, Indiana, PA
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The Coney Restaurant in Indiana, Pennsylvania, is a popular local eatery, bar and lounge opened in 1933 and located in two adjacent historic building,. It can accommodate more than 200 guests in its spacious dining room and bar. The restaurant also has a stage for live performance, dance area and game room. It is a popular venue for banquets, receptions, meetings and private parties. Unpretentious décor, large space and different areas that have different vibe make The Coney a spot enjoyed equally by the families, couples on a romantic date and businessmen entertaining clients. The menu is large and eclectic, focusing on comfort food and everyone’s favorites, including a few popular Irish dishes such as Crispy Haddock and Coney-style Shepherd’s Pie.
642 Philadelphia St, Indiana, PA 15701, Phone: 724-465-8082
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6 Best Things to Do in Indiana, PA
- Jimmy Stewart Museum, Photo: Jimmy Stewart Museum
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Photo: Michael/stock.adobe.com
- Blue Spruce Park, Indiana, PA, Photo: Michael/stock.adobe.com
- Noble Stein Brewing Company, Indiana, PA, Photo: Drazen/stock.adobe.com
- Hindostan Falls, Photo: Kirsten/stock.adobe.com
- The Coney Restaurant, Indiana, PA, Photo: The Coney Restaurant
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