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Fabulous Day Trips and Excursions from Indianapolis

thumbAcademy of Hoosier Heritage

The Academy of Hoosier Heritage in Mooresville is a museum that honors the beloved game of basketball, and particularly the legendary John Wooden, basketball coach to many Hoosier stars. The facility also offers tons of memorabilia.

 thumbAuburn Cord Duesenberg Museum

Located 150 miles northeast of Indianapolis is the classic car capitol of the world. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum displays classic cars ranging from 1894 to 1999, many of which were made right here in the Hoosier State.

thumbBartholomew Co. Memorial for Veterans

The Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans in Columbus, Indiana is an interesting place/ Twenty-five limestone pillars stand in formation near the Bartholomew County Courthouse in a a silent salute to the area’s veterans.

thumbBillie Creek Village in Rockville

The Billie Creek Village in Rockville, Indiana is an interactive, living history museum which offers old-fashioned fun for the entire family. Grab your tribe and get ready for an infusion of nostalgic yesteryear.

thumbBill Monroe Memorial Music Park & Campground

The Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground
These unique campgrounds, which concentrate on the magic of Bluegrass music, open May – October each year.

thumbBonneyville Mill County Park

The Bonneyville Mill County Park makes for one fun day trip. Plan to witness realistic reenactments of Civil War scenarios, inspiring educational events and a working flour mill surrounded by dahlias.

thumbBrown County, Indiana

Brown County, Indiana is not much more than a half hour drive from Indianapolis. It is one of the most popular autumnal destinations Don’t forget to check out the unique shopping boutiques and galleries; you will find treasures galore.

thumbCircus Museum in Peru, Indiana

The Circus Museum in Peru, Indiana offers an awe-inspiring Circus Heritage Festival, which lasts an entire week. There’s plenty to see during the rest of the year, however, and it’s all guaranteed to take your breath away.

thumbCollege Football Hall of Fame

The College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, offers a glimpse into college football history. From the Heisman Awards to game reel bloopers, the College Football Hall of Fame is a great destination for football lovers, even in the off-season.

thumbColumbian Park in Lafayette, Indiana

The Columbian Park is a bustling city with several points of interest, including the Columbian Park Zoo, a June food festival called the “Taste of Tippecanoe,” and the “Mosey Thru LayFlats Arts and Music Festival” in August.

thumbCovered Bridges of Parke County

There are 30 covered bridges in Parke County and a maple sugar festival each year in February. This is scenic Amish country, rife with history and the staunch, somehow moving character of the Heartland. Take your camera and the kids.

thumbCulbertson Mansion State Historic Site

The Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site in New Albany, Indiana is a favorite for Hoosiers who seek out the thrill of the many haunted houses in Indiana, this venerable old mansion offers tours, as well as a public haunting for Halloween.

thumbEugene V. Debs Home in Terre Haute

The Eugene V. Debs Home is located on the beautiful campus of Indiana State University, and it has become a museum of Debs’ life. There are murals, original furnishings and even his personal library.

thumbGeneral Lew Wallace Study and Museum

The General Lew Wallace Study and Museum in Crawfordsville, Indiana has been restored and opened as a museum, where historic artifacts, books and other memorabilia are on display. This is a fun museum and a great day trip.

thumbGrissom Air Museum

The Grissom Air Museum in Peru features 25 outdoor aircraft on display, including a B-17 Flying Fortress and several other historic planes. The indoor museum teaches visitors about the history of flight, and offers interactive experiences.

thumbIndiana Dunes State Park

The Indiana Dunes State Park and National Lakeshore is a breathtaking nature preserve offers fun for all ages. From camping and hiking, to snowshoeing and bird watching, families can do it all. This Hoosier is a real gem.

thumbJames Dean Gallery in Gas City

The James Dean Gallery in Gas City is a 7,2000 square foot tribute to this Hoosier film star. Memorabilia ranging from ceramic mugs to bronze busts stretch from wall to wall, and makes up the world’s largest James Dean collection.

thumbLevi Coffin House in Fountain City

The Levi Coffin House is a national historic landmark, often dubbed the “Grand Central Station” of the Underground Railroad. Drive 1-1/2 hour’s east from Indy, and you’ll see some lovely sights along the Whitewater River on the way.

thumbMid-America Windmill Museum

At the Mid-America Windmill Museum is over 50 windmills on display, and some even date back to the early 1800s. Windmill history and the evolution of the modern windmill are detailed, making this a unique and educational experience.

thumbMuncie Children’s Museum

The Muncie Children’s Museum is located in the the city of Muncie, Indiana, about an hour’s drive to the northeast of Indianapolis. It is an excellent complement to the world-famous Indianapolis Children’s Museum in downtown Indianapolis.

thumbMuseum of the Soldier in Portland

This military history museum attracts veterans, history buffs, field trips, family vacations and day trips from Indianapolis. Exhibits at this museum honor and commemorate soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, their lives.

thumbNorm Skinner’s Farm Museum & Village

Ancient farm equipment, automobiles, sleighs and other 1820s era farm equipment are displayed on Norm Skinner’s Farm. Each fall, Farmer Skinner fires up his equipment collection at his annual steam and gas show.

thumbOld Lighthouse Museum

Th Old Lighthouse Museum is Indiana’s oldest lighthouse. It is located in Michigan City, Indiana. The lighthouse was converted into a museum, and visitors flock from all around for tours of this historic and educational adventure.

thumbPigeon Roost Massacre Historic Site

This historic site is located in Scottsburg. The lessons to be learned by this state historic site are endless. A monument stands in the area to commemorate those who died, and the surrounding park serves as a site for visitors to enjoy.

thumbRagtops Museum

The Ragtops Museum boasts a 70,000 square foot showroom with over 60 assembled cars, many of which are for sale. For a relaxing and education day trip, venture up to the Ragtops Museum.

thumbReno Gang in Seymour

The Reno Gang in Seymour, Indiana was best known for a series of train robberies in the Seymour area. For a glimpse into the criminal mischief of the past, visit Seymour, Indiana and follow the steps of The Reno Gang, from birth to death.

thumbRuthmere Mansion and Museum

This unique museum experience gives Hoosiers a glimpse into the lifestyle of the wealthy and affluent in the early 1900s. Intricate woodwork, classic art collections, beautiful gardens and many other features of Ruthmere wow visitors each year.

thumbTippecanoe Battlefield Park

This historic park in W. Lafayette is a monument to a key 1811 battle between Tecumseh’s American Indian Federation and U.S. military, led by Gen. William Harrison. Today, a monument stands in honor of those who served and died on the grounds.

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