Group Friendly Attractions

Indiana has no shortage of unique destinations that will leave your group smiling. Below, you'll find a list of attractions, restaurants, and lodging options throughout the entire state that happily welcome large groups. Want to experience authentic Amish dining? We've got it! Think touring a glass factory sounds fun? You're in the right place. Keep scrolling to see more. 

Attractions

Derby Dinner Playhouse

Clarksville

The only dinner theatre in the Louisville, Kentucky, and southern Indiana area featuring a delicious buffet and Broadway musicals. Great for groups of all ages and families.

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Conner Prairie

Fishers

Spanning more than 1,000 wooded acres in Central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes more than 400,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically-themed encounters and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.

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Shipshewana Trading Place

Shipshewana

Located in the heart of Northern Indiana's Amish Country, Shipshewana Trading Place features the Midwest's Largest Flea Market, crazy fun auctions, and delicious food. Your group will love hunting for bargains!

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USS LST 325 - WWII Landing Ship, Tank

Evansville

The “Last of her Class,” the LST 325 is an authentic WWII warship that landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day and went on to serve in the Pacific arena and the Korean War. She is the last navigable LST in operation today. Guided tours available.

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Blue Gate Music Hall

Shipshewana

In the 300-seat Blue Gate Music Hall, you'll experience a high-caliber show in an intimate atmosphere. Original Blue Gate musicals are housed in this theatre, along with top-notch Southern Gospel and comedy entertainment. Don't miss out on classic original shows in this world-class theatre!

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Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

Anderson

Harrah’s Hoosier Park is a premier gaming, racing, dining, and entertainment destination. Try your luck at the slot machines, bet on your favorite horse, have some excellent food, and listen to great live music! All just minutes north of Indianapolis! Horse racing is a tradition at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.

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Fair Oaks Farms

Fair Oaks

Come learn about our ever-changing planet, and see how we’re leading the future of food! There’s no better place on Earth to learn about and experience modern farming than Fair Oaks Farms. Perfect for all ages, school groups, and tour groups.

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Bob Ross Experience at Minnetrista

Muncie

Visitors will step inside the recreated television studio and be inspired by Bob’s message of fearless creativity. Through original artifacts, authentic Bob Ross paintings, and interactive exhibit elements, the Bob Ross Experience brings The Joy of Painting to life.

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Kokomo Opalescent Glass

Kokomo

Take a tour of Kokomo Opalescent Glass Co. and take a step back in time. Its art glass is manufactured in the same facility and with the same techniques since its founding in 1888. You will see first-hand how our art glass is made and see its glassblowers at work making one-of-a-kind pieces of art.

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The Village at Winona

Winona Lake

On the shores of beautiful Winona Lake sits The Village at Winona, a vibrant destination steeped in history. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this former summer retreat is now a shopping destination, with unique retail and service shops and a variety of restaurants and eateries.

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Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

Indianapolis

Located in College Park on the northwest side of Indianapolis, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre is one of just a handful of full-time Equity dinner theatres in the country. Open year-round, Beef & Boards presents Broadway musicals, plays, and a Live Theatre for Kids series.

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French Lick Scenic Railway

French Lick

All aboard for a nostalgic ride through the picturesque Hoosier National Forest, limestone outcroppings, and the Burton Tunnel. Dinner train themed excursions and scenic rides.

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Jasper Downtown Shopping District

Jasper

Visit the Jasper Downtown Shopping District and the area around the square.  This beautiful area of Jasper is filled with vitality, history, and a variety of shops. Sturm’s hardware around the square is one of the oldest hardware stores in Indiana and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Clothing stores, boutiques, home décor shops, furniture, and more are available. Be sure to grab some treats from Chocolate Bliss.

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Saint Meinrad Archabbey

St. Meinrad

Saint Meinrad Archabbey is a peaceful and spiritual place with beautiful grounds. Founded in 1854, the Archabbey is home to a community of Benedictine monks and is one of only two archabbeys in the United States and one of 11 in the world. Self-guided walking tours are also available, and group tours can be arranged with advance notice. Visit the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Gift Shop for religious and inspirational gifts.

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Warm Glow Candle Company

Centerville

The Warm Glow store is a vast area of 22,000 sq. ft. and attached to one of the largest candles in the world. It is a shopping mecca and a unique travel destination. Warm Glow offers over 60 fragrances of candles, home decor, floral, chocolate, gourmet food, bath and body, Indiana wine and so much more.

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Beasley's Orchard

Danville

Voted a top Indiana destination especially during the fall, a tour at Beasley’s Orchard includes a wagon ride around the farm while your guide describes this family-owned business. Other features include a pumpkin patch, corn maze, apple cannons, and the annual Heartland Apple Festival in the fall.

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Mt. Tabor Alpaca Farm

Aurora

This popular agritourism spot is home to a large herd of alpacas, the gentle animals prized for their super-soft fiber. Enjoy a special behind-the-scenes tour of the farm, feed carrot snacks to the alpacas and learn more about these magnificent animals. Shop for alpaca fiber yarn, gloves, scarves, socks, and stuffed toys.

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Wayne County Historical Museum

Richmond

Our museum is a unique showcase of Wayne County and world culture. From an Egyptian Mummy to cultural objects from Europe, Japan, and the Middle East, and beyond, Your Wayne County Historical Museum visit can transport you to many times and places.

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Wolf Park

Battle Ground

Howl with the wolves at Wolf Park. A park dedicated to behavioral research, education, and conservation of wolves.

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Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center

Bloomington

Dedicated to the people of Tibet, this Cultural Center, located on 90 acres just south of town, offers a relaxing and peaceful setting for meditation and reflection. Throughout the year, it provides a place for workshops, teachings, seminars, initiations, retreats, and ceremonies relating to the Tibetan and Mongolian cultures.

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Restaurants

Whisky's Restaurant

Lawrenceburg

Whisky's Restaurant is a family-style eatery and hometown favorite featuring classic American comfort food in a laid-back, comfortable setting. Serving the community since 1984. Groups are hosted in the Garden Room enclosed porch seating area. Enjoy great sandwiches with a side of loaded potato soup or peanut slaw, large house salads, delicious pasta dishes, and more. Full bar available.

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Amish Wedding Feast

Topeka

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience feasting on a traditional Amish wedding dinner in the charming setting of “The Carriage House”, the special building on the Amish farm of Elaine Jones and her son Seth.  They will explain what an Amish wedding day is like complete with this special meal that would be traditionally served by the Amish to their wedding guests!

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Das Dutchman Essenhaus

Middlebury

A pleasant surprise in the country! Our Amish country kitchen has a table waiting just for you! Authentic family-style dinners are all-you-can-eat, complete with beverages and desserts, or enjoy our lunch and dinner buffets!

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Blue Gate Restaurant

Shipshewana

When you visit the Blue Gate Restaurant & Bakery in Shipshewana, you will enjoy a warm and inviting atmosphere, great home-style cooking, friendly service, and all the baked goods your heart desires. While your table is being prepared, enjoy a peaceful Shipshewana moment on one of the many gliders that line our beautiful wrap-around porch.

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Parklands Pavilion

Jasper

The Parklands Pavilion is centered in Jasper's new, city-owned, 75-acre natural destination featuring 25 wooded acres, two miles of walking trails, a bridge spanning beautiful water cascades, a splash pad, exercise pads, and Adventure Play Area.  The pavilion with a patio overlooks one of the three natural ponds and makes a perfect spot for a catered meal during the week.

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Mayberry Cafe

Danville

Take a step back in time to the 1960s with Andy, Barney, Otis, and Aunt Bee at the nostalgic Mayberry Cafe. An experience at the Mayberry has become a group tour favorite as TVs air looping reruns of The Andy Griffith Show inside while visitors can get pictures with Andy’s sheriff car outside. Enjoy home-style cooking, group menu and pricing, and a private dining room.

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TC’s Restaurant and Tavern

Battle Ground

Enjoy lunch at TC’s Restaurant and Tavern. This local favorite is known for their steaks, prime rib, BBQ ribs, and of course, the Hoosier favorite — Breaded Tenderloin as big as your plate.

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Fair Oaks Farmhouse Restaurant

Fair Oaks

The Farmhouse Restaurant at Fair Oaks Farms is an unparalleled hospitality experience whose hallmarks are exceptional food and knowledgeable, caring service. Enjoy a savory meal with fresh ingredients.

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Albanese Candy Factory

Merrillville

A visit to Albanese Candy Factory will take guests to a Wonka-like wonderland that reduces any adult back to a small child in a candy shop. When you step foot in the shop, you will be greeted on all sides by an immense selection of the highest quality candies. Guests are also invited to take a longing peek into the window to see the machine where candy comes straight out of!

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Oakley Brothers Distillery

Anderson

In a renovated historic building that once housed a Buick dealership, the industrial-chic tasting room boasts food service, live music, brick walls, and high ceilings.

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Mother Bear's Pizza

Bloomington

Sharing award-winning pizzas, homemade brownies, and fond memories with guests since 1973!

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Kopper Kettle Inn Restaurant

Morristown

The Kopper Kettle Inn Restaurant has been serving Indiana's finest for over 96 years! We are a family-style dining restaurant, known for our famous pan-fried chicken, delicious filet mignon, and fresh seafood.

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The Beef House Restaurant

Covington

The Beef House offers an amazing array of steaks including filet mignon, New York strip, sirloin, t-bone, and more. However, their large, moist, and decadent yeast rolls are what will keep you coming back for more. Group friendly!

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Hollyhock Hill

Indianapolis

Groups dine in a beautiful home-like setting, with family-style serving of pan-fried chicken, steaks, homemade biscuits, and more. Hollyhock Hill is an 80-year-old dining tradition known throughout the Midwest.

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St. Nick's Restaurant

Santa Claus

Located inside Santa’s Lodge, this Christmas-themed restaurant offers extensive buffet options for groups.

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Turtle Run Winery

Corydon

Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere at Turtle Run Winery in Corydon. With 30 wines to choose from, guests are certain to find the perfect glass. Take an in-depth tour of the winery and learn what it takes to make great wine. Enjoy a picnic on the lawn or relax and view the scenery on their fabulous outdoor deck.

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Gerst Bavarian Haus

Evansville

Gerst Haus is a German restaurant and bar, and since 1999 it has been an Evansville favorite, providing the best in German food in an authentic beer hall atmosphere. Most importantly, the menu includes a variety of German and American food, as well as signature dishes that include fresh wiener schnitzel, bratwurst, and corned beef and cabbage.

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French Lick Winery

West Baden Springs

The home to French Lick wines and Spirits of French Lick; the French Lick Winery is the perfect stop for wine/spirit tastings, authentic Italian Cuisine, and one of the best gift shops in town!

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MESA: A Collaborative Kitchen

New Albany

Mesa is a state-of-the-art collaborative kitchen, featuring demonstrations by southern Indiana and Louisville established and aspiring chefs. The chefs prepare and demonstrate 3-5 courses while explaining the process, answering questions, and talking with guests who have front-row seats.

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Irish Lion

Bloomington

The locally owned Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub offers a true taste of Ireland. Where friends & family gather for traditional Irish fare, fresh seafood, steaks, lamb, Dublin pub stews, pub grub, gluten-free and vegetarian options. Large groups and all ages are welcome.

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Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor

Columbus

Grab a counter stool and take a step back in time at Zaharakos in Columbus. The ever-popular lime-flavored ice cream soda, Green River, is a best seller. But that is not what makes this place truly unique. It is a must to see this meticulously restored ice-cream parlor and soda fountain dating from 1900.

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Blondie's Cookies

Greentown

Tour the headquarters of the famous Blondie’s Cookies. Samples included! They offer cookies and brownies that are made from scratch from all-natural ingredients and baked fresh daily.

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Lodging

French Lick Resort

West Baden Springs

Established in 1845, this historic resort destination is full of vintage charm coupled with modern-day amenities. Enjoy two full-service spas, resort-style gaming at French Lick Casino, casual and fine dining options, and signature resort events and entertainment. 

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Essenhaus Inn & Conference Center

Middlebury

Charming, spacious, and inviting, with all the amenities guests appreciate. Nestled in a comfortable home-like atmosphere in the heart of Amish CountryUnwind by the lobby fireplace or relax in our therapeutic whirlpool; warm rural charm and a wholesome environment are discovered around each corner. Following a peaceful night’s rest, every guest is invited to a complimentary breakfast.

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Potawatomi Inn & Conference Center

Angola

The Potawatomi Inn and Conference Center is nestled among 1,203 acres in beautiful Pokagon State Park. Captivate your guests with over 10,000 square feet of event space, 126 guest rooms and 12 cabins, onsite catering, the Historic Lakeview Restaurant, Courtyard Cafe, indoor pool, hot tub and sauna, Boat House, Craft Room, Arcade, Camp Store, and numerous park amenities! 

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Blue Gate Garden Inn

Shipshewana

With our recent remodel completed, there are 155 exceptional guest rooms at the Blue Gate Garden Inn designed to welcome both our leisure and group travelers. Unique guestrooms are nicely appointed, offering several alternatives from classic queen rooms to multi-room suites.

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JW Marriott Indianapolis

Downtown Indianapolis

Soaring 33 stories above downtown, JW Marriott Indianapolis boasts posh accommodations and intuitive amenities for an unrivaled stay in the heart of the city. Conference-goers, destination shoppers, and sports fans alike will admire the hotel's privileged location flaunting skywalk access to Indiana Convention Center, Circle Center Mall, and Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Hollywood Casino & Hotel Lawrenceburg

Lawrenceburg

Established as the premier gaming destination in Southeast Indiana, Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg is conveniently located just 20 minutes west of Cincinnati and just 90 minutes from Indianapolis. Hollywood Casino is one of the region's top tourist attractions and offers non-stop dockside gaming 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Guests can also stay where they play in Hollywood's luxurious 300-room hotel.

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