Top 10 Places to Visit in Indiana: The Best Indy Vacation Spots
Vacationing in Indiana—Just What Exactly Is There to Do?
Traditional wisdom tells us that Indiana's filled with nothing but corn, farmers, and more corn. Maybe a few soybeans now and then.
But there is another side to Indiana! From quaint Amish villages to adrenaline rushing roller coasters to the world-famous Indy 500, Indiana has plenty of tourist attractions for any type of vacation!
Here is my list, as a Hoosier, of the top 10 vacation spots in Indiana. They are listed in no particular order.
The 10 Best Vacation Spots at a Glance
1. Lucas Oil Stadium and Conseco Fieldhouse
The Lucas Oil Stadium replaces the now-demolished RCA Dome as the home of the Indianapolis Colts NFL team. Located in the heart of Indianapolis, here you can come watch the Colts play in their home arena. When the Colts aren't in town, the stadium is host to a variety of events.
The Conseco Fieldhouse, also located in downtown Indianapolis, is the home of the Indianapolis Pacers NBA team. Aside from basketball, the stadium hosts big-ticket concerts (such as Metallica), trade shows, ice shows, and much more!
These two stadiums are great vacation destinations for not only the sports fan in your family but also people with an assortment of other interests.
2. Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is home to the world-famous Indy 500 and Brickyard races, as well as the occasional Formula One Grand Prix. The Motor Speedway attracts many international vacationers to Indiana, and it's a top Indiana vacation spot due the historical nature of the race.
As a testament to the history of the Indy 500, there is a racing museum located on site filled with a slew of race cars to please the speed demon in your family.
3. Holiday World and Splashin' Safari
Indiana is home to one of the greatest vacation spots in Indiana—Holiday World amusement park and Splashin' Safari waterpark. Holiday World is fun for the whole family! At this holiday-themed amusement park, you can meet Santa year-round, ride thrilling roller coasters such as The Voyage, and ride a variety of other attractions!
Adjoined to Holiday World is Splashin' Safari, one of Indiana's top waterparks. Along with some intense water slides, you can take a lazy cruise along the Bahari River or experience some tubular waves in the wave pool!
4. Amish Acres and Shipshewana
Located in Nappanee, Indiana, Amish Acres is a quaint Amish community. The historical and education nature of Amish Acres makes it one of my top Indiana vacation spots. The Amish live a simple lifestyle, void of electricity and many modern conveniences. At Amish Acres, you can witness this way of life first hand, tour a round barn, and purchase many fine Amish products.
Nearby Amish Acres is Shipshewana, Indiana. Shipshewana is home to the Trading Place of America, the Midwest's largest fleamarket. You can also shop at over 100 stores, many of which also carry Amish products. Shipshewana shops are open year-round, six days a week.
5. Indiana Beach Amusement Resort
Northern Indiana's Monticello is home to Indiana Beach Amusement Resort. Indiana Beach has been a top vacation spot for Indiana residents since 1927. Here, you can boat around Lake Shafer, ride one of the six roller coasters and scores of other attractions, and watch the fantastic Fourth of July fireworks!
Indiana Beach has a nice waterpark with slides that cater to every audience, as well as a man-made beach along the lake! Indiana Beach is a great vacation spot, and with its proximity to the Chicago area, it is extremely popular. Read this article for more information on Indiana Beach.
6. Indiana Dunes State Park and National Lakeshore
The Indiana Dunes State Park (located in Chesteron, Indiana) and National Lakeshore are located along the Indiana coast of Lake Michigan in Porter, Lake, and LaPorte Counties. The natural beauty of the area and its proximity to Lake Michigan make the Dunes a top vacation spot. Here you can take a boat ride, wade in the fresh waters, build a sandcastle on the beach, and hike the dunes.
7. Nashville, Indiana and Brown County State Park
Number seven in my list is Nashville, Indiana. Known as "the artist colony of the Midwest," Nashville is home to dozens of stores of knickknacks and art. It's beautiful in the fall and a great place to visit.
Right next door is Brown County State Park. Brown County is Indiana's largest state park, featuring numerous trails for people of all hiking ability, beautiful fall colors, and historic covered bridges. These make Brown County and Nashville top vacation destinations for the naturalist and artist in you.
8. Bloomington, Indiana and Indiana University
Named by National Geographic as on of the top 50 adventure towns in the United States, Bloomington, Indiana is a beautiful college town, home to the renowned Indiana University. Bloomington has a variety of shops that are found nowhere else in Indiana, including herbal stores and a plethora of bike shops. Home of the Little 500 bicycle race and the setting for the movie Breaking Away, Bloomington is an Indiana vacation spot to hit for sure. There is always something to do in this town, with bands visiting nearly every weekend and a host of festivals.
9. Hoosier National Forest
The Hoosier National Forest covers a good portion of the southern tip of Indiana. The national forest is a must for hunters, equestrians, fishers, and hikers vacationing in Indiana. It has some of the best horse trails in the state, as well as open hunting and fishing. Come camp in the Hoosier National Forest on your next vacation!
10. Indianapolis Children's Museum
Last, but not least, on my list is the Indianapolis Children's Museum. The children's museum is repeatedly chosen as one of the best children's museums in the country and has a variety of educational and fun activities for your children. They also have a large IMAX theater that shows both feature films and educational documentaries.
I hope my list helped give you an idea of places to visit and exciting things to do in this great state. Have a good time on your Indiana vacation!
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