Whether your destination is in Indiana or you’re passing through on your way out of state, you’re going to want to plan a pit stop or two at these great places to stop on I-65 in Indiana! Since the highway covers the entire state, from Lake Michigan in the north to Indiana’s southern border with Kentucky and the Ohio River in the south, you’re sure to find the perfect pit stop at one or more of these 40+ places to stop on I-65 in Indiana, all fewer than 20 minutes off the interstate. Click here for the location of interstate rest areas and welcome centers in Indiana.
Places to Stop by Region
Indiana Dunes National Park – 11 minutes from the Interstate
Right off the bat you’ll find Indiana’s first and only national park! Along the coast of the fifth largest freshwater lake in the world, the Dunes are also Indiana’s most ecologically diverse area!
Albanese Confectionery – 7 minutes from the Interstate
Who doesn’t love candy? Whether you’re traveling with kids or without them, stop by Albanese Confectionery for some Midwest-made, World’s Best Gummies and Chocolates.
Chicagoland Popcorn – 7 minutes from the Interstate
Another Hoosier favorite along the interstate is Chicagoland Popcorn. Enjoy the unique flavors of gourmet popcorn and as the company’s mantra says, “let’s get popping!”
Deep River Water Park – 10 minutes from the Interstate
Deep River Water Park is Chicagoland’s and Northwest Indiana’s largest waterpark. With 14 different water rides, it’s Simply SPLASHtastic!
Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest – 14 minutes from the Interstate
This 330-acre arboretum is a preserve of prairie, forest and wetland terrain and is home to an incredible model railway garden, which will capture the imagination of young and old.
Shrine of Christ’s Passion – 17 minutes from the Interstate
In St. John, Indiana, you’ll find the Shrine of Christ’s Passion. With 40 life-size bronze figures placed in dramatically landscaped gardens and a path that takes you through the last hours in the life of Christ from the Last Supper to the Ascension, you’ll feel transported back 2000 years to Jerusalem.
Fair Oaks Farms – 3 minutes from the Interstate
There’s so much to do on the Farm! Stop by Fair Oaks to have award-winning cheese and ice cream, learn about sustainability in agriculture and see how the Farm is pioneering new technologies for better farming.
Mascot Hall of Fame – 22 minutes from the Interstate
Visit the one-of-a-kind children’s museum in Whiting, Indiana! Honoring the Hall of Fame inductees, they strive to educate and inspire creativity outside of the classroom. Currently open only on Saturdays.
Prophetstown State Park – 7 minutes from the Interstate
Indiana’s newest state park, Prophetstown is just a short drive off the interstate! View the vast, tall prairie grass where the Tippecanoe and Wabash River meet, and discover 1920s farm lifestyles and Native American culture at The Farm at Prophetstown. Prophetstown is also home to a small outdoor waterpark.
Tippecanoe Battlefield Memorial Park – 4 minutes from the Interstate
The Tippecanoe Battlefield Memorial Park houses a national historic landmark with its 85-foot marble obelisk monument marking the site of the Battle of Tippecanoe. The museum tells the story of the battle with exhibits, a fiber-optic map of the action and information about the dynamic leaders – Tecumseh, Harrison, and The Prophet.
Wolf Park – 9 minutes from the Interstate
Located in Greater Lafayette, the Wolf Park is an education, conservation and research facility. Take a tour and see the grey wolves, red foxes, grey foxes, and bison that call Wolf Park home.
Wildcat Creek Winery – 2 minutes from the Interstate
With local art and beautiful outside garden spaces, Wildcat Creek Winery is only two minutes from the highway. Enjoy the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and have a picnic before heading back on the road.
Triple XXX Family Restaurant – 10 minutes from the Interstate
Grab a bite to eat at Triple XXX Family Restaurant! Open since 1929, Triple XXX serves burgers, root beer & other soda-fountain treats, plus breakfast all day.
Igloo Frozen Custard – 2 minutes from the Interstate
The oldest continuously-operated Frozen Custard stand is still standing just two minutes off the highway! The stand has been family-owned since its founding and is currently being operated by the fourth generation. Whether you get frozen custard or a sandwich, you’ll make some sweet memories at the Igloo!
Donaldson’s Finer Chocolates – 1 minute from the Interstate
Another must-see for anyone with a sweet tooth, Donaldson’s Finer Chocolates is just off the interstate. They offer a wide variety of hand-made chocolates so you’re sure to find something that fits your palate.
Titus Bakery – 1 minute from the Interstate
Make your mouth water as you attempt to choose from all of Titus’ delicious options! From donuts to cinnamon rolls to cookies and even dog bones, there’s something for everyone at Titus Bakery!
Eagle Creek Park – 2 minutes from the Interstate
Explore the largest park in Indianapolis! With 3,900 acres of woods, meadows and ponds and 1,300 acres of reservoir, you can hike, fish, golf and even zip-line, to name just a few fun activities to enjoy at the park.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – 2 minutes from the Interstate
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the largest children’s museum not only in the country, but in the WORLD! It includes a variety of exhibits for all ages, both indoors and outdoors.
West Fork Whiskey Co. – 5 minutes from the Interstate
Also located in the state’s capital, West Fork Whiskey Co. pays homage to Indiana’s rich distilling history. From grain to glass, their whiskey is in Indy every step of the way. Try and buy bottles, flights, and craft cocktails at your leisure!
Bottleworks District – 7 minutes from the Interstate
The Garage Food Hall at Bottleworks District is the perfect place to find a bite to eat for everyone. A 30,000 square foot food and market hall occupies two of the historic bottling plant’s original garage buildings. The food hall features 1930s Art Deco terracotta facades, industrial architecture, and large roll-up doors for a seamless indoor-outdoor experience. The Garage plays host to various food and beverage vendors, bringing top culinary talent, artisan craftsmen, residents, and visitors together in the heart of Indianapolis. It’s a supportive environment where chefs, producers, and artisans are pushed to be their best. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a live music performance!
Easley Winery – 3 minutes from the Interstate
Three minutes off the interstate, Easley Winery has been producing premium wine in Indy since 1974! They offer daily wine tastings and winery tours on the weekends.
Sun King Brewery – 4 minutes from the Interstate
Now expanded all over Indiana and the second-largest beer brewer in the state, Sun King Brewing’s original location in downtown Indy was originally a warehouse space. Come find out where it all started!
Metazoa Brewing Company – 3 minutes from the Interstate
Whether you’re traveling with a pup or not, you’ll love Metazoa Brewing Company! As a pet-friendly, open-concept brewery in downtown Indy, they feature great skyline views and over 16+ delicious craft beers styles on tap.
Milktooth – 5 minutes from the Interstate
An Indianapolis brunch favorite, Milktooth is a fine diner in the historic Fletcher Place neighborhood of the city. Using local produce and agriculture, they serve world-inspired breakfast and lunch fare.
Bluebeard – 6 minutes from the Interstate
Located in a renovated warehouse, Bluebeard is named after the Kurt Vonnegut novel of the same name. They believe that a great restaurant is like a great story: there’s romance, adventure, a beautiful setting and a cast of compelling characters who hold everything together. Taste it for yourself!
Hotel Tango Distillery – 4 minutes from the Interstate
Hotel Tango Distillery is known for being the first combat-disabled, veteran-owned distillery in the nation. It’s located in the Fletcher Place neighborhood in a revitalized carriage house and has a rotating cocktail menu, so you’re sure to find the perfect cocktail for the season.
Tappers Arcade Bar – 4 minutes from the Interstate
While you’re in Indy, you’re sure to have a good time at Indianapolis’ first retro arcade bar! They have hundreds of games to choose from to play and a fresh and broad selection of local/regional craft beer.
Indiana Premium Outlets – 1 minute from the Interstate
Just off I-65, Indiana Premium Outlets is the perfect place to stop and shop! Their wide-ranging collection of stores offer enormous savings of 25 to 65 percent every day!
Columbus Architecture Tours – 7 minutes from the Interstate
Discover how a small Midwestern city became a “modern architecture mecca”! The Columbus Architecture Tour includes over thirty significant structures and works of art in the city to learn about.
Zaharakos – 5 minutes from the Interstate
An ice cream parlor and museum all in one, Zaharakos has been in operation since 1900! After enjoying your ice cream, go up to the second floor to learn about soda fountains and mechanical music from the 19th century.
Brown County State Park – 16 minutes from the Interstate
Brown County State Park is the largest state park in the state with 15,776 acres to explore! Pull over and take a hike, swim, fish, bike or even ride a horse in the “Little Smokies”!
Hard Truth Distilling Company – 19 minutes from the Interstate
Indiana’s largest destination craft distillery also includes a full-service Hard Truth restaurant and the Hard Truth Tours and Tastings Center. Tour the distillery and 325 wooded acres while learning about the history of distilling, or take a mixology class. If you’re lucky, you can catch live music in the forest-framed Hard Truth Terrace Hollow outdoor amphitheater, where you can sip locally crafted beverages from Hard Truth Distilling Co. and Quaff ON! Brewing Co., snack on food from the grill and soak in the fresh air.
John Mellencamp Mural at The Old Guitar Music Store in Seymour – 6 minutes from the Interstate
Music fans have to visit the John Mellencamp Mural at The Old Guitar Music Store in his birthplace of Seymour, IN! The legend visited and signed the mural himself.
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge – 5 minutes from the Interstate
Hunt, fish and just enjoy the wildlife at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge! The Refuge Visitor Center features interactive exhibits on wildlife, wetlands, and the history of the area.
Batar – 3 minutes from the Interstate
Right next to the Muscatatuck, Batar was rated the best restaurant in Seymour! It includes beautiful gardens, a cafe, a sweet shop and more.
Goat Milk Stuff – 1 minute from the Interstate
About half an hour north of the Indiana-Kentucky border you’ll find Goat Milk Stuff. The farm raises and produces fresh, raw goat milk from which they make their famous goat milk soaps. Treat your skin to the goodness of goat milk!
Clark State Forest – 3 minutes from the Interstate
The oldest established forest in the state, Clark State Forest spans over 24,000 acres now. They include more than 150 experimental tree plantings, established in the early years of its founding. There’s even a shooting range for visitors!
Deam Lake State Recreation Area – 12 minutes from the Interstate
Fish, boat, swim, hike, picnic and more on the 194-acre lake named in honor of Indiana’s first state forester Charles Deam. His book, Trees of Indiana, will teach you about trees throughout the state– see how many you can find around you!
Huber Orchard and Winery – 19 minutes from the Interstate
As Indiana’s largest wine-grape producer, Huber Orchard and Winery produces nearly 400,000 pounds of 18 different varieties of grapes every year! Stop by to taste wines, pick your own fruits & vegetables from the fields of the largest farm in Southern Indiana or enjoy lunch at the Starlight Cafe.
Charlestown State Park – 15 minutes from the Interstate
Charlestown State Park was made from a largely undeveloped portion of the 15,000-acre Indiana Army Ammunition plant. It’s known for being a great place to hike, picnic or birdwatch not too far off the highway!
Schimpff’s Confectionery – 3 minutes from the Interstate
One of the oldest, continuously operated, family-owned candy businesses in the country, your sweet tooth will love Schimpff’s Confectionery! The Candy Museum is located in downtown Jeffersonville, Indiana where you can learn about the history and process of candy making, packaging and advertising.
Derby Dinner Playhouse – 3 minutes from the Interstate
Who doesn’t love dinner and a show? Derby Dinner Playhouse is a 500-seat dinner theater featuring Broadway musicals and comedies, just minutes off the highway and from downtown Louisville. The homestyle buffet is included in the ticket price!
Falls of the Ohio State Park – 3 minutes from the Interstate
Across from Louisville you’ll find Indiana’s southernmost state park in Falls of the Ohio State Park. It is among the world’s largest naturally exposed fossil beds.