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Cave & Cabin Adventure Promises Family Fun

My kids’ Spring Break starts at noon today. We were all looking forward to getting away for a few days, first to visit my in-laws in Evansville and then enjoy a visit to Marengo Cave, ending our trip with a stay at Ohio River Cabins in Derby, Indiana.

Unfortunately, my husband had unexpected surgery, so we’ve had to postpone our trip. But the fun is still there to be had. Maybe your family will decide to take advantage of the fun we’re missing.

Marengo Cave, a U.S. National Historic Landmark, offers both walking tours as well as more down-and-dirty caving explorations. (We were going for the more tidy, less strenuous walking tour!). The walking tours are offered daily. Cave explorations must be scheduled two weeks in advance.

For discounts on admission to Marengo Cave, click here.

After our cave experience, we planned to head about 45 minutes south to Derby, Indiana for a night at the Ohio River Cabins.

Located on scenic Indiana 66, Ohio River Cabins offers eight cabins that sleep anywhere from six to nine people. The Rock Ridge Lodge can accommodate larger groups. Many of the cabins offer views of the Ohio River. We had opted for the wooded retreat found in the Utopia cabin. Four RV/camper spots are also available for rent.

One of the things that appealed to us about Ohio River Cabins is the simple fun it offers, including hiking in the nearby Hoosier National Forest and fishing for crappie, bass and catfish. Pontoon boat rental is also available.

Derby is a small town that boasts a general store and a family restaurant, The Ramsey Restaurant and Tavern. We planned to eat at The Ramsey for dinner (so Mom could get a vacation too!) and then pack our own breakfast to make in the cabin, allowing for a leisurely wake up.

Just writing about our plans makes me sorry we can’t carry them out now. But rest assured, before school starts again in the fall, we will take this trip and you can bet that I’ll share the pictures and the experience here.

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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.