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Unusual accommodations in Indiana

Tipi Village at Rawhide Ranch

Are you tired of the standard hotel room with two queen beds and a television? Are you ready for something more adventurous? Something a little more unusual? Why not give these accommodations a try for your next getaway?

Tipi Village
Rawhide Ranch
Nashville, IN

Rawhide Ranch has two 20-foot tipis available for rent. Each sleeps up to eight people and are very affordable at just $40 per night. Amenities include a private firepit inside the tipi, a communal firepit outside the tipi, water safe for drinking and cooking, and public flushing toilets. Activities at the ranch include horseback riding, ziplining, fishing and hiking.

Patoka Lake Marina & Lodging
Birdseye, IN

If the call of the water is too much for you to resist, consider renting a houseboat for a few days — or even a week — on Patoka Lake in southern Indiana. The fleet of three houseboats can sleep between 8 and 12 people each. Guests enjoy a gas grill on board, a full kitchen, air conditioning and a slide off the rear of the boat.  Rental rates start at $1,295 for a three-day weekend or a 4-day week.

Pullman Train Car
Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza
Indianapolis, IN

All aboard! for a stay in one of five cozy guest rooms that reside in an old Pullman train car at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza in downtown Indianapolis. Choose from the Louis Armstrong, the Charlie Chaplin, the Greta Garbo and others.  Each room offers a king-size bed.

Exotic Feline Rescue Center
Center Point, Indiana

Photo credit: Stephen McCloud


This one is strictly for grownups. Stay overnight at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center and go to sleep to the sounds of roaring lions and other big cats housed at the animal sanctuary. For $175 per night, two adults will stay in overnight accommodations, get day passes to the rescue center and  go with the keepers to two areas not open to the public.

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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.