Trip Idea

Family Expeditions in Southern Indiana

Prepare for an unforgettable family excursion in Southern Indiana.

Trip Idea Summary

Type of Trip: Family Fun

Region: South

Destinations Included: Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, Children's Museum of Evansville (cMoe), Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, Marengo Cave, Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park & Resort, French Lick Scenic Railway

Duration: 3 days

Related Trip Ideas: Fall Into Autumn in Evansville; Southern Casino Royale Weekend

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Escape in Evansville 

Start your trip in Evansville with a visit to Mesker Park Zoo and Botanical Garden , home to more than 700 animals. The zoo's newest exhibit, AMAZONIA, transports visitors to a lush South American rainforest full of tropical plants, colorful bird, monkeys and even a pair of jaguars.

Visit the Koch Family Children's Museum of Evansville , known as cMoe, for a learning experience. The museum features 18,000 square feet of fun, hands-on exhibits for children of all ages.

Journey to Santa Claus
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari , in the town of Santa Claus, has a water park, children's rides and some of the world's top wooden roller coasters. This family owned and operated park has been voted the cleanest, friendliest park on the planet and makes for the perfect family adventure.

Voyage to Marengo Cave
Travel about an hour to the east and visit Marengo Cave . Friendly and knowledgeable guides take you through immense underground passageways and interpret delicate rock formations. Marengo Cave also offers gemstone mining, canoeing and camping.

Seek year-round thrills in French Lick
French Lick offers family fun all year round with Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park & Resort . The 40,000 square foot indoor water park is full of kid-friendly features.

While in French Lick, take the family on a train ride on the French Lick Scenic Railway . Check the schedule for fun weekend and holiday rides such as staged train robberies and The Polar Express renditions.

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Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden


Children's Museum of Evansville (cMoe)


Holiday World & Splashin' Safari


Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park & Resort


French Lick Scenic Railway


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