Indiana

A family playland by day and an exciting social scene by night! So whether you’re exploring the world’s largest children’s museum or tasting food prepared by a James Beard-nominated chef, it’s a trip to remember.

Let’s start by stopping to smell the flowers this Spring. Stroll the themed gardens for free at Minnetrista, which takes its name from the F.C. Ball home that once stood on its site. The 40-acre campus includes a rose garden, sunken garden, butterfly garden and many more.

Abraham Lincoln lived in southern Indiana from age 7-21, and visitors can walk in his childhood footsteps as they learn more about our 16th President. But it’s not just history lessons. The summer months also include a calendar of outdoor concerts and other productions at the 1,500-seat Lincoln Amphitheatre, located inside Lincoln State Park.

Take a drive to the Covered Bridge Capital of the World. Parke County is home to 31 of Indiana’s 98 covered bridges. Visitors can see the bridges via a self-guided tour. Indiana’s most famous covered bridge and waterfall is at Bridgeton Mill. The dam is nine feet tall and 220 feet long. The bridge itself is 261 feet long. There’s a warming center adjacent to the toboggan that offers concessions.

 Among the most iconic foods in Indiana are the pork tenderloin and sugar cream pie. Indiana Foodways Alliance, which features 21 food trails, has a trail dedicated to these foods. Known as the heart of the Midwest, or the Crossroads of America, the state has several beautiful state parks for visiting outside. Hiking, biking, and camping are among the most popular suggestions for safe weekend getaways due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Spring Mill State Park and the Friends of Spring Mill group are adding their own trail challenge to the list of Indiana State Park trail challenges, and this one will be the longest of the group. Spring Mill’s challenge is 10.8 miles long and encompasses all of the park’s trails. Hikers will see a National Natural Landmark, cave lookouts, and a view of the Pioneer Village, and take a lake hike and a walk by Spring Mill Inn. The challenge can be completed within a day or spread out over a year. Spring Mill’s challenge is the seventh challenge trail offered at Indiana State Parks. Turkey Run, Shades, Indiana Dunes, Pokagon, Clifty Falls, and Chain O’Lakes also host challenge trails.

So plan an extended weekend getaway to Indiana today!

Travel is permitted, and businesses are allowed to be open, but it is still vital to wear a mask and practice physical distancing as we continue to fight COVID-19. Face coverings are required in Indiana, so be sure to mask up when distancing is not possible while traveling around Indiana. Please take precautions, plan ahead, and follow CDC and local guidelines.

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