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Indiana’s Thanksgiving-themed locales

Tomorrow is Thanksgsiving, so I thought I might highlight a few of Indiana’s Thanksgiving-themed locales. If you think of some that I missed, please chime in with a comment.

Plymouth, Indiana

Our state is a little too far west to claim many ties to the pilgrims and Indians of Massachusetts. But we do have a town named Plymouth, located in Marshall County, about 100 miles north of Indianapolis and 85 miles east of Chicago.  Unlike those two big cities, Plymouth offers small town charm.

reesThe Rees Cinema is a restored 1939 art movie house. Renovated and re-opened in 1997, Rees touts a fabulous marquee and offers first-run movies on its single screen. Rees is located at 100 N. Michigan Street.

For a different movie-going experience, visit the Tri-way Drive-In Theatre in the warmer months. If you visit over Labor Day weekend, you can not only take in a flick at the drive-in, but you can also enjoy the annual Blueberry Festival.

Plymouth’s Centennial Park offers 16 acres along the Yellow River, a natural flowing well, the Young Amphitheater that hosts performing arts groups in the summer, and a fishing pond. On December 2, a friendly visitor from the North Pole will be on hand at the Conservation Clubhouse!

Turkey Run State Park

Turkey Run State Park is located northwest of Indianapolis, about halfway between Danville and Terre Haute. No matter what

Turkey Run Inn

Turkey Run Inn

your level of experience, this is the perfect park, offering campgrounds, cabins and the for those who aren’t quite up to roughing it — the Turkey Run Inn. If you’re looking for a place to get away and leave the rat race behind, check out Turkey Run’s hiking trails that lead through sandstone ravines, horseback riding, canoe trips, historic sites (including a log church and a covered bridge), and nature center. Turkey Run State Park is open year round. For entrance and other fees, click here.

This next Thanksgiving-themed locale comes to your courtesy of a clever Hoosier on Twitter who suggested that this city might be (awkwardly) fit in the after-Thanksgiving dinner category:

Gas City

Gas City began as a boom town in 1887 when an abundance of natural gas was discovered in the area. When the supply of natural gas was exhausted in the early 1900s, the town’s boom went bust. However, Gas City remained a great place to live and today is the fastest growing city in Grant County, Indiana.

Visitors will enjoy the Gas City Petting Zoo with over 100 animals; the I-69 Speedway, home to sprint, stock and thunder car races; and Walnut Creek Golf Course, which earned a 4-star rating from Golf Digest.

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Written by : Amy moved to Indiana for college in 1988 (Go Bulldogs!) and has never left. Married with three children, she's always on the lookout for fun and affordable things to do in Indiana. Elsewhere on the web, you can find Amy at The Fourth Frog Blog and All Things Aging. Amy receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.