About this trip idea
This spring break, families can get their kicks on ArtsRoad 46, with stops in Columbus, Nashville and Bloomington. It's as easy as A-B-C to enjoy outdoor adventure and indoor fun on this getaway.
A is for Architecture and Adventure
Columbus, a welcoming city of 45,000 residents, is the proud home to seven National Historic Landmarks. They are among more than 80 pieces of amazing architecture and public art for you to tour. Internationally famous architects designed many of the buildings and homes which you can tour. And while the grownups can appreciate this amazing collection of art and design, kids will enjoy what's inside some of the buildings. They'll marvel at the completely restored Zaharakos ice cream parlor, where they can sit at the soda fountain counter to order a big parfait or listen to the historic orchestrian organ. Full meals are available in addition to the delicious desserts. They can also learn, play and run at KidsCommons, Columbus' fun children's museum.
B is for Brown County
Stay a few days at the Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park. With an indoor water park, the lodge offers the warmth of rustic quarters with the fun of slides and splashing. It's the perfect place to snuggle in for the night after a day of adventure on the trails of Indiana's largest state park. Bring your mountain bikes to try out the miles of trails—acclaimed throughout the country for their beauty and challenge. After getting acquainted with the park, venture into Nashville’s Arts Village, where you’ll find unique shops, studios, and galleries filled with pottery, glass, leather and more.
C is for Campus Tours
Time to begin thinking about college? Then stop in Bloomington next for a campus tour of Indiana University, where nearly all the buildings were constructed with Indiana limestone. Mom and Dad can enjoy a tasting at nearby Cardinal Spirits or Oliver Winery. And you can't leave Bloomington without a visit to WonderLab Museum of Science, Health & Technology . The museum provides opportunities for children to experience hands-on science exhibits and programs and was named one of the 25 Best Science Centers by Parents Magazine.