Most of the school bells have rung in Indiana, but the calendar doesn’t declare summer over until September 22. Here is a list of activities that can help you keep your grip on that summer feel.
- Outdoor concerts. From the Lawn at White River State Park and Symphony on the Prairie, both in Central Indiana, to the outdoor concert series at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory in Fort Wayne, the fat lady hasn’t sung the last song of this Indiana summer.
- Amusement parks. In our house, it’s not summer without a trip to Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari. But the amusement park in Santa Claus, Indiana is open most weekends through October 9. And the park’s PR guy, Nathan Ryder, let me in on the little secret that Labor Day weekend is a great time to visit as the park is not generally very crowded. For those in the northern part of the state, Indiana Beach is open weekends through October 2.
- Minor league baseball. Indiana’s five minor league baseball teams are each still swinging for the fences for a few more weeks. The summer’s end cooler weather makes a night at the ball field even more enjoyable.
- Zoos. Not only does the more tolerable weather make visiting the zoo better for humans, but many of the animals are more likely to be active in temps that stay below 90 degrees. Check out the new tiger enclosure at the Indianapolis Zoo, the baby ring-tailed lemurs at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo or Amazonia at Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville.