Indiana Attractions

Things to Do in Indiana


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Indiana is the best-kept secret of the Midwest, full of quaint towns, bustling cities, and plenty of great vacation spots. When deciding where to spend your time, you should focus on both the culture and atmosphere of the town and the attractions around it.

Beverly Shores

Located right in the heart of the Indiana Sand Dunes, your vacation home gives you the privacy and flexibility of a home, but the excitement and great location of a hotel. With the Indiana Sand Dunes so close, you have access to the beautifully preserved beaches of Lake Michigan, as well as all of the things to do in Indiana.

Not only do you have access to the dunes, but Beverly Shores is only miles away from the Washington Park Zoo. In fact, there are many educational facilities in this area. The Barker Mansion gives tours of its Victorian-era home, and can even give your children a hands-on experience on what it would be like to attend school in another time period. If this doesn’t suit you, check out the Ragtops Museum, which has a large collection of cars from the 1900s until the 1950s.

Don’t forget to look into the many farms in the area, including the U-Pick Blueberry farms open from July through August. Wineries such as the Shady Creek Winery are also a great place for a 21+ crowd.

Nashville, Indiana

The little town of Nashville, Indiana, is one of the best places to spend your vacation because of its thriving cultural community, akin to its namesake in Tennessee. It is also in a prime location between two beautiful state parks, and is only a half hour from the town of Bloomington, as well as under an hour from Indianapolis. Nashville gives you the small town feel, but leaves you in no short supply of things to do in Indiana.

To start off your vacation, why not stop at one of the many theatres in town? You can start with Melchior Marionettes, a puppeteer troupe well-known for its excellent shows, or you can head to the Coachlight Musical Theatre for a unique musical. The nearby University of Indiana, located in Bloomington, offers another array of theatre and events, including a renowned student performance team.

For some live music, you can always attend the Red Barn Jamboree, which regularly celebrates the musical legacy of Elvis, Johnny Cash, and others. The best way to enjoy the music, however, is through joining the line dancing at Mike’s Music and Dance Barn.

If you want to take a break from all of the musical excitement, you can enjoy the natural wonders of Yellowwood State Forest, a large area of woodlands that is beautifully preserved. You can also visit Hesitation Point in Brown County State Park. This overlook gives you a stunning view of the surrounding woods and hills. With plenty of hiking trails and picnic areas, both of these preserves are a great place to get some exercise.

This broad range of arts and activities brings out the life of this Midwestern state. All of the things to do in Indiana, from lively music to educational tours, will help create a relaxing and entertaining vacation.

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