About this trip idea
1. START HERE: FAIR OAKS The nation’s only agricultural theme park, Fair Oaks Farms provides a full day of fun, which can include seeing calves and piglets being born, finding out where food comes from, romping around a tree house and biting into a gooey grilled cheese in the onsite cafe.
2. BATTLE GROUND (48 miles/43 min.) Stretch your legs on the 18-mile Wabash Heritage Trail, which skirts the banks of the Wabash River and offers opportunities to see wildlife, such as birds on Heron Island.
3. WEST LAFAYETTE (8 miles/13 min.) Featuring various native wildflowers and a Native American village after which the site was named, Prophetstown State Park also includes a small-scale sustainable working farm—say hi to Bojangles the mini horse.
4. WEST LAFAYETTE (8 miles/17 min.) Considered one of the most complete Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the country, Samara boasts more than 40 of the architect’s innovations.
5. LAFAYETTE (3 miles/9 min.) East End Grill merges classic steakhouse with innovative bistro in a chic space outfitted with wood and brick.
6. CRAWFORDSVILLE (28 miles/ 41 min.) Gen. Lew Wallace penned most of his epic religious work Ben-Hur while sitting under a tree on the grounds of what is now the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum. The stately building houses artifacts from Wallace’s life, and the peaceful grounds are ideal for a leisurely walk.
7. CRAWFORDSVILLE (1 mile/3 min.) The Rotary Jail Museum, built in 1882, is one of 18 revolving jails in the country—and the only one that still works.
8. BRIDGETON (37 miles/50 min.) The Bridgeton Mill, the oldest continually operating mill in Indiana, stone-grinds corn and flour amid a picturesque setting with a covered bridge and waterfall.
9. TERRE HAUTE (23 miles/37 min.) Designed to inspire curiosity and thought, Art Spaces is a collection of original outdoor sculptures dotting the streets. Find a map online and create your own interpretations.
10. JASONVILLE (30 miles, 39 min.) Lace up your boots for a leisurely hike through Shakamak State Park. From nearly nine miles of trails, you can see deer, foxes, waterfowl and many species of birds.