Available, affordable and nearby.
These words aren’t usually associated with lodging for Indianapolis’ big February football weekend, but all apply to accommodations at Indiana’s State Parks and State Park Inns. Some options are less than an hour from downtown Indianapolis. All are worlds away in terms of atmosphere, offering a perfect break from the crowds, and none requires a minimum stay.
Rooms starting at $99 a night are at Abe Martin Lodge at Brown County State Park near Nashville (50 miles from downtown). Brown County also has family cabins that sleep eight and have kitchens for $179 per night. Canyon Inn at McCormick’s Creek State Park in Spencer (55 miles from downtown) has rooms from $69 to $159 per night. Turkey Run Inn at Turkey Run State Park in Marshall (80 miles from downtown) has rooms ranging from $52 to $112 per night. Turkey Run also has rustic cabins that sleep four and cost $69 per night. These cabins have two double beds and bath, but no cooking facilities.
Each inn has a full-service restaurant. Abe Martin features an indoor water park. See IndianaInns.com for information and reservations, or call 1-877-LODGES1 daily from 8a.m.-8 p.m. Three other inns farther away also have accommodations that can be booked at similar rates. Fort Harrison State Park Inn in Indianapolis is full for the football weekend.