Indiana's Best Summer Activities

There are so many great places to visit and things to do during the summer in Indiana. The voters picked these Top Ten for you to add to your plans.

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
3411 Sherman Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
(260) 427-6800

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See eye to eye with sea lions, sharks, tigers, and more on your zoo adventure. Enjoy five amazing rides, 1,000+ animals, daily sea lion shows, giraffe feeding, and more, plus the all-new Stingray Bay! Named the 7th best zoo in the United States and the 20th best in the world by TripAdvisor.

Fort Wayne TinCaps at Parkview Field

Parkview Field
1301 Ewing Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 482-6400

The Fort Wayne TinCaps are a minor league baseball team who play all throughout the summer! This is a great affordable event for the whole family with tickets as low as $5!

Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana Dunes State Park
1600 N. 25 E.
Chesterton, IN 46304
(219) 926-1952

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Indiana Dunes consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County, and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. In the early 1900s scientists, recreationists and nature enthusiasts, recognizing the value and potential of the Indiana dunes area, fought to have the region preserved. As a result, in 1925, the state park was established.

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
452 E. Christmas Blvd.
Santa Claus, IN 47579
(877) 463-2645

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Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari are a family theme park and water park located in Santa Claus, Indiana. Home of Thunderbird - America’s first launched wing roller coaster, Holiday World celebrates Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and the 4th of July with roller coasters, family rides, a huge water park, live entertainment, games and attractions. In 2013, TIME magazine named The Voyage the nation’s #1 wooden roller coaster. Splashin’ Safari, ranked one of the nation’s Top 3 Water Parks by TripAdvisor.com and USA Today, includes the two longest water coasters in the world, numerous family water slides, two wave pools, plus water activities for children. Live entertainment includes musical shows, a country band, high dive show, and Santa’s Storytime. Both parks offer guests free soft drinks, free parking, free inner tube usage, free sunscreen and free Wi-Fi.

Clifty Falls State Park

Clifty Falls State Park
2221 Clifty Drive
Madison, IN 47250
(812) 273-8885

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Clifty Falls State Park is located near Madison with entrances on state roads 56 and 62. The park’s waterfalls change moods with the weather and the seasons and can range from roaring plunges to delicate bridal-veil mists to gleaming frozen titans. Winter and spring visits reveal them at their best. The rugged splendor of Clifty Canyon offers exciting year-round hiking and scenery.

Quilt Garden Tour

Quilt Garden Tour
Various Locations
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The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail joins quilting, gardening and art into a one-of-a-kind event. This colorful patchwork of quilt inspired gardens and quilt-themed murals is linked by the roads that form the Heritage Trail.

 

Every quilt garden and quilt mural has its own intricate pattern, many are original designs and each has its own unique story. Each of the seven unique communities that host quilt gardens & murals has its own special character and fun finds you’ll want to explore.

Children's Museum of Indianapolis

The Children's Museum
3000 N Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
(800) 208-5437

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Encounter the extraordinary, minutes from downtown. Explore five floors of fun and excitement at the world's biggest and best children's museum!

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

 

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary
1426 W 300 N
Albion, IN 46701
(260) 636-7383

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Black Pine Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit, volunteer organization that offers a variety of opportunities for the public to visit and meet over 100 big cats, primates, birds, reptiles, and other exotic animals enjoying refuge for the REST of their lives. Black Pine's residents have found refuge here after being surrendered, abandoned, or confiscated. Nearly all are products of the exotic pet trade, which is largely unregulated in the U.S. The well-being of the animals always comes first at Black Pine, so visitors will be expected to respect the animals and abide by rules during their visit. 

Shipshewana Flea Market

Shipshewana Flea Market
345 S Van Buren St
Shipshewana, IN 46565
(260) 768-4129

The Shipshewana Flea Market is the ultimate shopping experience. With nearly 900 booths every week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, there is something for everyone to discover.

Turkey Run State Park

Turkey Run State Park
8121 Park Road
Marshall, IN 47859
(765) 597-2635

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This state park will give you stunning views of fall trees, whether you kayak, hike, or camp.