Day Trips in Indiana

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So many of the tourist attractions Indiana has to offer are just a day trip away. From family fun and beautiful golf courses and hiking, to historical or cultural destinations, Indiana truly has it all.

It’s summertime, and the beautiful weather brings the perfect opportunity to get out of your home and visit some of the attractions in Indiana. Throughout central Indiana alone, there is an abundance of possibilities for a day trip.

Tourist Attractions in Indiana

 Here’s a list of just a few of the places you can visit on a day trip in central Indiana:

Family Fun Day Trips in Indiana:

  • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: This five-level museum is the largest children’s museum in the world. This summer, the museum will host the global premiere of the Terra Cotta Warriors, which is considered the greatest archeological find of our lifetime. The exhibit features an in-depth look at China’s first emperor and the science behind warrior paint, and over a hundred artifacts will be on display.
  • Overnight Stay in a Pullman Train Car Sleeper: The newly renovated Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Historic Union Station in downtown Indianapolis is where you and your family can stay overnight in one of the 26 original Pullman train car guestrooms.

Outdoor and Sports Day Trips in Indiana:

  • The Pete Dye Golf Trail: Pete Dye is considered to be the father of modern golf course architecture, and he has compiled a list of seven of his favorite Indiana golf courses including: Mystic Hills Golf Club at Culver, Kampen Golf Course in West Lafayette, Plum Creek Golf Club in Carmel, The Fort Golf Resort, Brickyard Crossing, Maple Creek Golf and Country Club in Indianapolis, and The Pete Dye Course at French Lick. Travel the Pete Dye Golf Trail to try them all!
  • Zipping Around Indianapolis: Located at Eagle Creek Park on Indy’s northwest side, Go Ape! Treetop Adventures is the Midwest’s first treetop adventure course. The course not only offers ziplining, but also activities such as sailing and boat rentals, hiking trails, a nature center, tons of picnic areas and shelters, a waterfowl sanctuary and so much more. And all just minutes from downtown Indianapolis!

Historical and Cultural Day Trips in Indiana:  

  • Venture into the Past at Conner Prairie: Featuring five themed historic areas on 200 wooded acres, you can interact with Indiana settlers and Native Americans from the 1800s. Conner Prairie also offers events like an outdoor concert by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the 1863 Civil War Journey.  This trip is educational and fun for the whole family!
  • Art Galleries and Traders Point: In Zionsville, check out the Art IN Hand Gallery that features local artists’ works like jewelry, wood sculptures, pottery, and photography. Travel down the famous brick street to visit The Sanctuary, and enjoy 40 years’ worth of works from local artist Nancy Noel. You can also check out Traders Point Creamery, the only place in the U.S. to get 100 percent grass-fed milk in a bottle. Visit calves and chickens and watch how milk is bottled in the production area on a self-guided tour.

So, what are you waiting for? Hop in the car and check out some of these exciting attractions Indiana has to offer!

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