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1.  ST. JOE Whether you prefer your pickles to be as sweet as candy or full of garlicky goodness, you can taste-test plenty of the goods on a visit to Sechler’s Pickles, a fixture since 1921.

2. AUBURN (12 miles/16 min.) Explore Indiana’s rich automotive heritage at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, and drool over 100-plus pristine automobiles within an equally pretty Art Deco–style setting.

3. FORT WAYNE (20 miles/24 min.)  Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is one of only six zoos in the country to recently welcome Tasmanian devils as part of a conservation program. See them and more than 1,000 other animals at this popular family attraction.

4. FORT WAYNE (2 miles/7 min.) Small-but-mighty  Tolon draws diners hungry for new twists on farm-to-fork fare and craft cocktails.

5. HUNTINGTON (16 miles/26 min.) It’s fun to watch winemakers in action at  Two EE’s Winery, but it’s even better to sample the fruits of their labor in the sleek, modern tasting room or on the patio overlooking the vineyards.

6. LOGANSPORT (61 miles/1 hour, 7 min.) Swimming, scuba diving, hiking, biking, fishing, camping— France Park has everything active families need for outdoor adventure, including a 1,400-foot-long zipline. Take note, Instagrammers: There’s also a waterfall.

7. PERU (19 miles/25 min.) Climb up inside a security tower, sit in an F-4 Phantom and get an up-close look at aircraft from World War II to present day at Grissom Air Museum, named after Hoosier astronaut Gus Grissom.

8. MUNCIE (67 miles/1 hour, 20 min.) The legacy of the Ball family—as in Ball State University—stays alive at  Minnetrista, a 40-acre campus that includes historic Ball homes, themed gardens and a collection of artifacts that documents East Central Indiana history.

9. RICHMOND (48 miles/58 min.) Pick up a Chocolate Trail passport at the  Wayne County Welcome Center, and make your way to various retailers for a cocoa-based treat—even chocolate-raspberry wine. Sweet!

10. ANDERSON (mileage and time vary) See a show or just take a tour of the   Paramount Theatre Centre & Ballroom, a 1929 movie palace that, despite a massive renovation, still boasts original features and all the grandeur from its opening decades ago.