When you bring the family for a few days at the Potawatomi Inn in Angola’s Pokagon State Park, you likely will have started a new family tradition they’ll want to repeat every winter. This park is home to Indiana’s only refrigerated toboggan run. You’ll whoosh down one of the 1/4-mile twin tracks at speeds of 35-40 miles per hour! The one-of-a-kind ride is open from the day after Thanksgiving through March 1, and it’s a thrill families like to ride over and over. It's usually open on weekends, but there are also extended weekday hours over Christmas break. The best part? It runs even if Mother Nature hasn’t provided any snow!
And that’s not the only way to enjoy the great outdoors in the winter months at Pokagon State Park. There’s also cross country skiing (bring your own equipment any day there's enough snow or rent theirs on weekends), sledding and ice fishing on beautiful Lake James. The Inn is situated right on the shores of Lake James. The rustic northern fishing lodge theme makes for a homey setting for the winter fun. There are also plenty of indoor activities like supervised crafts for the kids and games like ping-pong.
Lots of indoor activities, too
You can warm up with a little retail therapy, everyone in the family will find something at The Outlet Shoppes at Fremont. The kids will find what they like at stores like Gap Outlet, Gymboree and The Children’s Place, while Mom and Dad can treat themselves at well-known shops for apparel, shoes, housewares and accessories.
You can also treat the family to a first-run movie at the Strand Theater, a beautiful historic building in downtown Angola.
For indoor or outdoor excitement, drive just 30 minutes or so to Loatto, where the Paintball Plex boasts one of the best indoor paintball fields in the country. If the weather is above 40 degrees, they’ll also let you do paintball outdoors. But the cold winter temperatures don’t have to keep you from the colorful family fun when you go to their Friday Night Madness indoor paintball events.
After this energy-burning family getaway, parents and kids alike will be ready to get back to school, work and routine. And likely be ready to go back again very soon!