From chills and thrills to sightseeing and “lightseeing”, Indiana is a winter wonderland perfect for exploring. So bundle up for loads of fun with the following adventures.

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.

First “must do” on the list is trying out Pokagon State Park‘s historic toboggan run that’s up and running in northeastern Steuben County. Pokagon’s toboggans can hold up to four people at a time. Launched from a 30-foot-high tower, sledders streak downhill at more than 30 mph. They skid to a halt a quarter-mile from where their thrill ride began. The record so far is 42 mph. Will you be able to beat it?  The Toboggan run is open 5:30-9 p.m. Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Feb.

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.

Paoli Peaks is located in the heart of southern Indiana. It’s the perfect place for family and friends to experience the thrills and chills of skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing! The Ski and Snowboard facility features 14 unique downhill experiences and two terrain parks, with something for every skill level! The Snow Tubing portion features 10 lanes, each 700 feet long, specially constructed for inner-tubes, and a 400-foot surface-carpet that brings you back up the hill. >MORE

 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 foodsKnown 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!


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