Whether you are looking for a new destination to explore, a relaxing hotel with a spa, or a romantic vineyard, there are many great places to visit in Indiana. Get away to Indianapolis, Bloomington, Fort Wayne, Jasper, Vincennes or South Bend where you can visit excellent museums, historic attractions and unique shops. Or head out to the country in Northern and Southern Indiana for wine tasting, romantic walks and fresh outdoor air. Photo: simonwhitehurst/Fotolia
» Morris Inn - 2 hours 40 minutes
» JW Marriott Indianapolis
» New Harmony Inn - 2 hours 50 minutes
»Charley Creek Inn - 1 hour 40 minutes
»Madison Vineyards - 2 hours
»The Joseph Decuis Farmstead Inn - 2 hours
»Serenity Springs - 3 hours
»Cornerstone Inn - 1 hour 10 minutes
»The Story Inn - 1 hour 10 minutes
»The Oliver Inn - 2 hours 40 minutes
»The Iron Gate Inn - 2 hours
»The Nestle Inn
»Market Street Inn Bed And Breakfast
»The Mary Rose Herb Farm and Retreat - 2 hours 50 minutes
»The Horseshoe Southern Indiana - 2 hours 20 minutes
16 Best Romantic Weekend Getaways in Indiana
- Morris Inn - 2 hours 40 minutes, Photo: Morris Inn
- JW Marriott Indianapolis, Photo: JW Marriott Indianapolis
- New Harmony Inn - 2 hours 50 minutes, Photo: New Harmony Inn Resort
- Charley Creek Inn - 1 hour 40 minutes, Photo: Charley Creek Inn
- Madison Vineyards - 2 hours, Photo: Madison Vineyards
- The Joseph Decuis Farmstead Inn - 2 hours, Photo: The Joseph Decuis Farmstead Inn
- Serenity Springs - 3 hours, Photo: Serenity Springs
- Cornerstone Inn - 1 hour 10 minutes, Photo: Cornerstone Inn
- The Story Inn - 1 hour 10 minutes, Photo: The Story Inn
- The Oliver Inn - 2 hours 40 minutes, Photo: The Oliver Inn
- The Iron Gate Inn - 2 hours, Photo: The Iron Gate Inn
- The Nestle Inn, Photo: The Nestle Inn
- Market Street Inn Bed And Breakfast, Photo: Market Street Inn Bed And Breakfast
- The Mary Rose Herb Farm and Retreat - 2 hours 50 minutes, Photo: The Mary Rose Herb Farm and Retreat
- The Horseshoe Southern Indiana - 2 hours 20 minutes, Photo: The Horseshoe Southern Indiana
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of simonwhitehurst - Fotolia.com
More Places to Visit in Indiana
Things to do in Bloomington
Many people living in Bloomington are students at Indiana University Bloomington. No wonder so much of what is going on in Bloomington is linked to the University. Take a tour of the university campus, which is considered one of the most beautiful in the country. Once at the campus, visit the world-renowned Indiana University Art Museum with more than 45,000 priceless works of art.
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is another highly acclaimed university institution with a range of performances. Take a tour of the Wylie House Museum with its beautiful garden. Today a museum, it was once the home of Andrew Wylie, the first president of Indiana University. Even Oliver Winery, the largest in the country, is linked to the Indiana University – it was founded by the University law professor William Oliver in the 1960. Take a tour of the winery and the vineyards and enjoy some excellent samples.
Jasper is charming small town on the banks of picturesque Patoka River. Start your exploration at the Dubois County Museum with 36,000 objects, including the faithful reconstruction of an 1890s main street, an 1850 log house, and a model train display. Enjoy a stroll along the two-mile Jasper Riverwalk or take a trip on the antique restored Spirit of Jasper Train.
Baseball fans should not miss a visit to the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame, and history buffs will definitely want to check out the historic Jasper City Mill where Abraham Lincoln used to grind his grain with his father in 1828. You do not have to be a Catholic to enjoy the beauty of the Romanesque Revival style St. Joseph Catholic Church with its 235-foot tall bell tower.
Home of the highly acclaimed University of Notre Dame and snuggled on the banks of the St. Joseph River, South Bend is a modern city with 150 years of history. Visit the History Museum with a range of exhibits depicting the history of South Bend and the area.
Find out what local and regional artists are doing at the South Bend Museum of Art. As you stroll along the river in downtown South Bend, you can enjoy River Lights, an interactive light show with colorful light displays. Kids will probably equally enjoy a visit to the 400 wild animals at the Potawatomi Zoo and the free samples at the South Bend Chocolate Factory and Museum.
Things to do in Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne is a modern, lively city that grew around the fort built to protect the pioneers and settlers from the native Indian tribes in 1794. Visit the reconstructed Old Fort Wayne and the grounds around it to learn about the way of life of the early settlers. Visit the History Center located in the historic 1893 City Hall to see a number of original artifacts and documents.
Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve is a birder’s paradise with more than 200 birds that make their home on the marshy lands. The African/African-American Historical Museum tells the story of the culture and history of the African American population of Fort Wayne. Try to catch a show and a dinner at the popular community Arena Dinner Theatre. Lakeside Park & Rose Garden will enchant you with stunning blooms and the fragrance of more than 1,500 roses.
Indiana Dunes State Park
Along the three miles of the magnificent Lake Michigan southern shore lays an ancient primitive landscape of huge sand dunes created by the relentless work of winds and waters. Towering two hundred feet over the shoreline, the dunes form a diverse range of habitats for plants and animals that adapted to this stark world.
To protect this unique environment, scientists and the government established a park in 1925 with the goal of protecting the species that make their home among the dunes, as well as to provide controlled access and enjoyment for the people of Porter County and the rest of the world. Hikers can access the renowned Calumet Trail from the dunes, birders can enjoy spotting a variety of birds depending on the season and swimmers,and fishermen can enjoy the calm lake waters and fine sandy beach.
Tiny village of Nashville, Indiana does not have the bright lights and notoriety of its namesake in Tennessee, but it has more than its share of charm, artists, galleries, boutiques, and restaurants.
Catch a play at the lively Little Nashville's Brown County Playhouse, see what the local artists are creating at the Brown County Art Gallery Artists, or visit T. C. Steele State Historic Site to learn more about this renowned Nashville artist and his works. Take the kids to the popular Brown County State Park where they can hike, ride a bike, ride ponies, or swim.
When snows melt and the winds across the vast Lake Michigan fade away, Michigan City opens up like a flower to the tourists from Chicago and elsewhere, allowing them to enjoy the beautiful and diverse attractions found indoors and outdoors. The city's iconic Michigan City Lighthouse, the only one still working in Indiana, is located in scenic Washington Park together with the city zoo, a sandy beach, and kids' playground.
Visit LaPorte County Historical Society Museum to see, among other interesting exhibits, one of the largest collections of antique firearms in the world. Enjoy the art created by local artists at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, have some fun at the huge Blue Chip Casino, and sample some surprisingly good Lake Michigan wines at the Shady Creek Winery.
Indiana vacation spots: French Lick
French Lick residents are used to people making fun of this small spa town's name, but French Lick has been famous for its Sulphur springs with healing properties since the 19th century. Animals tend to lick minerals coming freely out of the soil, hence the name. The 20th century brought casinos, and the city spa became popular among the rich and famous from the area, including Joe Luis and Al Capone.
Better known today for its famous son Larry Bird, French Lick offers fun for all ages. Enjoy the lovely scenery of the Hoosier National Forest on board of the French Lick ScenicRailway. Kids will have endless fun at the Big Splash Adventure Hotel & Indoor Water Park. Pick a unique gift at the Fox Hollow Gallery,which offers the works of more than 25 local artisans. Try your luck at the French Lick Casino, admire the imposing Greek Revival Orange County Courthouse, and learn about the history of the area at the Orange County Museum. More ideas: French Lick Resort.
It is easy to feel like Christmas is every day in Santa Claus, Indiana when the city's attractions are named Santa's Candy Castle, Santa Claus Museum, Christmas Lake Golf Course, Santa's Stables, Lake Rudolph Camp ground, and Santa Claus Post Office (this is where letters to Santa go.)The residents of this small Indiana town are taking full advantage of their town's odd name and making their town a popular tourist destination for families. But, not everything in Santa Claus is about Christmas.
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is the place where young Abraham Lincoln spent his childhood. You can try to catch a concert at the magnificent Lincoln Amphitheatre, an outdoor performance venue in Lincoln Park. Take a tour of the Colonel Jones Home, a 1834 Federal-design house and museum that shows the way of life in 19th century Indiana.
Evansville is a modern metropolis on the beautiful Ohio River with a thriving economy, fun attractions, and beautiful outdoor spaces. Visit The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science with more than 30,000 exhibits and learn about city's German origins at the Germania Maennerchor.
See giant rock formations at the Garden of the Gods in the Shawnee National Forest, or you can visit fascinating AMAZONIA at the Mesker Park Zoo and see the tropical world of the South American jungles. Explore Angel Mounds State Historic Site,which tells the fascinating story of the Middle Mississippian people who lived in this area from 1000 A.D. to 1450 A.D.
Brookville is quaint, pretty little town on the Whitewater River and Brookville Lake, world famous for its wall eye fishing. Stroll through the Brookville Historic District with beautiful examples of Greek Revivaland Federal architecture.One of the greatest examples is Franklin County Seminary,a historic 1831 school. Visit Hermitage, home and studio of artist J. Ottis Adams.
The outdoor life naturally revolves around the beautiful Brookville Lake, which offers great sandy beaches for swimming and an endless expanse of quiet lake waters for boating, sailing, and fishing. There are miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails along the lake that provide great opportunities for bird and wildlife watching and enjoying the spectacular views from the surrounding forested hills.
Turkey Run State Park
Spectacular sandstone ravines and gorges cut deeply into the unique Mansfield sandstone rock by the relentless passage of Sugar Creek waters – these are the main features of Turkey Run State Park, located southwest of Crawfordsville on Sugar Creek.
If you are looking for romantic things to do in Indiana, the park offers spectacular hiking through narrow gorges with high, steep walls, a suspension bridge, and steep ladders. In the summer, going down the creek in inner tubes, kayaks, or canoes is great fun. A must see is Lieber Log Cabin built from the native, locally grown tulip trees in 1848. It isnow the museum honoring Colonel Richard Lieber, Indiana State Parks system's first director.
Located on the banks of the Wabash River and home to Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana, is a history-buff's dream and a lively college town with spectacular parks and gardens. Learn about the city's history at the Tippecanoe Battlefield & Museum. Explore diverse habitats of the beautiful Prophets town State Park with numerous hiking trails, an aquatic center, picnic areas, and camp grounds.
Stroll through the Lafayette down town with its lovely turn-of-the-century buildings, quaint historic neighbourhoods, and elegant churches. Learn about Indiana 19th and 20th century art at theArt Museum of Greater Lafayette. Try to catch a performance at the Purdue Theatre or Purdue Black Cultural Center. Get the map of Lafayette's spectacular outdoor public art and conduct a self-guided tour of some of the work of the country's most renowned artists.
Spring Mill State Park
Located about 3 miles from the town of Mitchell, Spring Mill State Park is a 1,358-acre parkon the Mitchell Karst Plain where soft limestone gives way to the park's numerous sink holes and caves. There is a fun tour of one of the biggest, Twin Caves, which goes about 500 feet into the bowels of the earth.
The area was heavily exploited at the beginning of the 19th century, and there is only a small stand of virgin timber left, protected today as part of the Donaldson Woods Nature Preserve. The original settler village with a historic watermill is located in a small valley in the park. In contrast to the historic features, there is also a memorial to Mitchell's native resident Gus Grissom, anastronaut who died in the tragic accident of Apollo 1.
Best known for the world famous Indianapolis 500 car races, Indianapolis is a beautiful planned city on the confluence of Fall Creek and White River. Stroll through the lovely Canal and White River State Park in the heart of the city and watch the modern office towers reflected in the clear waters. To see the old Indi, stroll through the charming shady streets of the Lockerbie Square Historic District.
Visit Indianapolis Museum of Art with its 54,000 art pieces by masters such as Gauguin and Turner. The Indy Racing Experience allows you to drive a racecar on the Indianapolis 500 track, either alone or with a driver. Sport car enthusiasts should not miss the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hall of Fame Museum with a great collection of famous racecars. Kids will love the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and they will be thrilled with the 3,800 animals from 320 species living in the Indianapolis Zoo.
|From Indianapolis, IN To||Driving Time|
|South Bend, IN||2 hours 40 minutes|
|Evansville, IN||2 hours 50 minutes|
|Wabash, IN||1 hour 40 minutes|
|Madison, IN||2 hours|
|Roanoke, IN||2 hours|
|Michigan City, IN||3 hours|
|Nashville, Indiana||1 hour 10 minutes|
|Bristow, Indiana||2 hours 50 minutes|
|Elizabeth, Indiana||2 hours 20 minutes|