Midwestern state fairs are the stuff of fried-food legend, and Indiana is no exception. The deep-fried chicken and waffle sandwich and deep-fried sugar cream pie highlight this year’s offerings. Also on the schedule are free concerts from names like Hanson, Warrant, and Grand Funk Railroad, plus all the stomach-churning rides and nose-plugging agriculture one expects at a state fair. This year’s schedule is July 30 to Aug. 22. Free entertainment includes Josh Turner, Blanco Brown, King & Country and more! What’s NEW at the Fair? The Hoosier Cruiser Super Wheel! SOAR to new heights on Indiana’s tallest Ferris Wheel! Take a trip around the Indy skyline in a climate-controlled gondola that seats 4-6 people. This is your chance at a once-in-a-lifetime bird’s-eye view of the State Fair and miles away! Tickets are $10.
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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.
The Amish communities in Indiana welcome tourists with delicious food, fine craftsmanship and live theater. You’ll find a relaxed pace is a breath of fresh air in today’s hurried world. Visit Shipshewana where outdoor recreation, family friendly fun and live entertainment abound. The Performing Arts Center, Blue Gate Theatre and Michiana Event Center have a full line-up of more tan 300 shows, 100 artists and outstanding Amish musicals. You can even order a homestyle dinner ticket with many of the shows. > See MORE
Among the most iconic foods in Indiana are pork tenderloin and sugar cream pie. Indiana Foodways Alliance, which features 21 food trails, has a trail dedicated to these foods. You can tour the pie factory at Wick’s Sugar Cream Pie in Winchester. Then have a slice for yourself in the cafe. It doesn’t take long to get from farm to fork when the restaurant is at the farm! Indiana is home to several destination dining establishments, and you can taste and tour over 300 wineries, breweries and distilleries.
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. The Indiana Dunes National Park is the nation’s newest National Park is here in Indiana, with 15 miles of shoreline on a backdrop of soaring sand dunes. Visitors love conquering the 3 Dune Challenge, and they can also go kiteboarding, dive a sunken ship, or rent a boat to take on Lake Michigan. It’s a must-do for hikers, birdwatchers and those who just love the beach.
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!