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Opening pitch for baseball season. Summer of music. Fall foliage. Hitting the slopes. Each new season is a new reason to get away and enjoy all that Indiana has to offer.
SPRING HAS SPRUNG which means it’s time for the first pitch. Check out Bosse Field in Evansville, where they filmed A League of Their Own; historic Huntingburg League Stadium in Huntingburg; beautiful Parkview Field in Ft. Wayne; and nationally recognized Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis.
Got a different driving force? Gear up for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28.
Or stop and smell the roses at one of our amazing floral displays like Fragrant Farms in New Harmon, Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elkhart, White River Gardensin Indianapolis, and the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory in Ft. Wayne.
SUMMERTIME IS MADE FOR MUSIC so after enjoying one of our killer sunsets, try one of our many outdoor venues like the 1500-seat, roofed Lincoln Amphitheatre in Lincoln City; the Riverfront Amphitheater in New Albany; the Hillside Lawn at Conner Prairie in Indianapolis; or the Central Park Plaza in Valparaiso.
But if it’s outdoor eats you want, try a true roadside gem at Overlook Restaurant in Leavenworth, the bird’s-eye view of downtown Indy at End of the Line Public House, cuisine from around the world at Café Arazu in Newburgh, the come-as-you-are atmosphere of Ainsley’s Café & Harbor Bar on Brookville Lake, or the wonderfully kooky Tree House Café in Michigan City.
You can get more tastes of summer at our bevy of family farms and orchards: Garwood Orchards in LaPorte, Spencer Farm in Noblesville, Huber’s Orchard & Winery in Borden, and of course, the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis from August 4-20.
You can even cool off with some water works. Ride the two longest water coasters in the world at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, try Indiana’s new state park at The Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, or hang ten on the Flow-Rider at the Monon Community Water Park in Carmel. Maybe even take a crash course in whitewater rafting at East Race Waterway, a man-made river in South Bend.
IT’S AUTUMN—COLOR YOUR WORLD with an ombre of scarlet, ochre, amber and fuchsia leaves in Hoosier National Forest spanning nine counties in Southern Indiana, the Covered Bridge Driving Tour through the Western Indiana landmarks, and the Back Roads of Brown County Tour where you can chat with local artists. Even make flight plans for September as thousands of sandhill cranes flock to Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area in Medaryville.
There’s farm fun for the whole family at County Line Orchard in Hobart, Exploration Acres in Lafayette, and The Apple Works in Trafalgar.
Enjoy Indiana’s liquid assets as you raise a glass on a winery or brewery tour at Oliver Winery in Bloomington, Wildrose Brewing Company in Griffith, and Ash & Elm in Indianapolis.
It’s game on when it comes to gridiron rivalries in Indiana. You won’t want to miss the tailgating when DePauw University clashes with Wabash College for the Monon Bell, Indiana takes on Purdue for the Old Oaken Bucket, or any school visits the University of Notre Dame for a lesson in true football history.
Fall is also the time for spooks and scares. Try the Historic Indian Ghost Walks & Tours in Indianapolis, Anderson, Noblesville and Westfield; Chaos Haunted & Historical Tours throughout Northwest Indiana; the Willard Library in Evansville; the Tombstone Trail in Noble County; and Fright Night Lantern Tours in Ft. Wayne.
WINTER MEANS FUN—INSIDE AND OUT. The whole crew can enjoy the holidays at Santa’s Candy Castle in Santa Claus, the Walkway of Lights in Marion (aka Christmas City, USA), and the Polar Express at Whitewater Valley Railroad.
Deck the halls with homes around the state all dressed up for ogling. Try the Cabin at Wildflower Woods in Rome City, Barker Mansion in Michigan City, and the Lilly House in Indianapolis. And if you want multiple historic, festively trimmed homes and landmarks all in one trip, try the Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes in Madison.
Indiana is hoops heaven. So take a dribble down memory lane at the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, visit the Milan ’54 Hoosier Museum in Milan, or catch the Butler University Bulldogs in Indianapolis.
Baby, it’s cold outside! Bundle up for skiing (downhill and cross-country), sledding, tubing and snowmobiling. You’ll have a blast at Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, Paoli Peaks in Paoli, Pokagon State Park in Angola, Salamonie State Park in Andrews, Tippecanoe River State Park in Winamac and Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis.