There’s a genuine personality that translates into authentic experiences for visitors traveling Indiana.
Here, travelers can spend their days paddling a winding river, fishing an inland lake or browsing the shops on Main Street.
They can visit a bustling capital city, sunbathe beneath the soaring sand dunes, climb the highest hilltops or explore the deepest depths beneath the surface of the earth.
They can enjoy homegrown produce – and get to know the growers – at our farmers markets, eateries and vineyards. World-class cities offer internationally renowned museums, performing arts venues and high-energy sporting events – all paired with friendliness as an added bonus.
Anywhere travelers go in Indiana, they’ll encounter genuine people and experiences.
Even the busiest attractions aim to satisfy and delight because in Indiana, more than anywhere else, hospitality matters.
That’s real. That’s Honest-to-Goodness Indiana.
Here are some favorite experiences to enjoy in the state’s diverse regions:
Elkhart Quilt Gardens offers a one-of-a-kind experience – a showcase of 20 gigantic quilt-patterned gardens. The gardens, stitched with hundreds of thousands of blooms combine with 21 hand-painted quilt art murals to create a tapestry of color in the heart of Indiana’s Amish Country.
At the Indianapolis Zoo, you can pet sharks, view dolphins from beneath the sea and experience orangutans like never before in the new International Orangutan Center. In this world-class exhibit, visitors witness as the orangutans interact with each other, climbing and swinging nearly 25 meters in the air. The center was designed to stimulate the apes’ physical, social and intellectual abilities and is an international research center used to better understand this extraordinary species.
Parke County, the “Covered Bridge Capital of the World” is home to 31 of Indiana’s 98 covered bridges. History, stunning architecture and beautiful outdoor landscapes are waiting to be experienced in Parke County. Be sure to experience the Mansfield Covered Bridge during the Covered Bridge Festival, one of the best fall festivals in North America.
Parkview Field is home to the Fort Wayne Tin Caps. This baseball stadium is a signature attraction in the newly revitalized downtown of Fort Wayne. The stadium and the amenities around it have been named the best minor league baseball experience in America.
Indiana Caverns in Corydon is one of the longest cave systems in North America. Visitors can take an underground boat ride, see a three-story waterfall and explore diverse ecosystems with ice age fossils. Madison remains one of the Midwest’s favorite small towns, complete with great shopping and wonderful restaurants. Travelers can admire the amazing architecture in Madison’s National Historic Landmark District and take scenic driving tours around the town to admire the riverfront, fountains and Victorian-era mansions.
French Lick is home to the French Lick Resort. Comprised of French Lick Springs Hotel and West Baden Springs Hotel, this resort lets guests step back in time to the splendor of the early 1900s. French Lick offers boutique shops, a variety of restaurants, bowling alley, fitness center, pools and luxury spa. West Baden, a National Historic Landmark, continues to wow visitors with its one-of-a-kind domed atrium spanning 60 meters!
Don't leave without tasting
The Hoosier Breaded Tenderloin. This pork sandwich is a local favourite— and you won’t be able to find one that isn’t larger than the bun on which it is served.
History happened here
As a boy, Abraham Lincoln and his family lived in Southern Indiana. Step back into Lincoln’s day at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial living historical farm in Lincoln City. The farm is a recreated pioneer homestead, where rangers in period clothing perform a variety of activities typical of the 1820s.
Made in the state
In the 1800s, a large deposit of natural gas was discovered in the Kokomo area, and many glass-making factories moved there to make use of it. Today, you can still find studios, galleries and festivals—all dedicated to the craft of glass. Begin your artisan adventure along the Indiana Glass Trail. As you drive to its various stops, you’ll meet the artists and explore shops filled with unique glass items.
One awe-inspiring building
The community of Columbus is a one-of-a-kind destination for art, culture and history enthusiasts, with both world-class architecture and small-town charm. The Miller House and Garden, designed by Eero Saarinen and regarded as one of the country's best examples of mid-century Modernist architecture, has undergone extensive renovation to restore it to its original condition. The house became a National Historic Landmark in 2000—one of five in Columbus. Tours begin at the Columbus Area Visitors Center.
Only one day here?
Don’t miss the attractions of Indianapolis. Get close to nature at the White River State Park just outside the town. Enjoy close-up views of the giraffe, cheetah and dolphins at the Indianapolis Zoo. Learn about history at the Indiana State Museum, and of student athletes from around the nation at the NCAA Hall of Champions And, during baseball season, find out why Sports Illustrated magazine calls Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians, the best Minor League ballpark in the country; you can enjoy the game from the outfield lawn.
Referred to by many as the father of modern golf course architecture, Pete Dye honed his craft right here. Indiana is home to seven of Mr. Dye's favourite courses; travel along The Pete Dye Golf Trail to play them all.
Located along Interstate 65 between Chicago and Indianapolis, Fair Oaks Farms is one of the largest dairies in the United States. Try the cheeses and ice cream made right here, take the Dairy Barn Tour to see the rotary milking station (they pump 300,000 gallons of milk a day), and visit the birthing barn to see where calves enter the world (about 80 are born here each day). Children will love the Mooville play area where they can jump, rock climb and ride the MooChoo train.
At the Edinburgh Premium Outlet Mall in Edinburgh, located off I-65 just north of Columbus, you’ll find more than 85 outlet stores—and impressive discounts.
You might be surprised by...
You wouldn’t expect to see a shoreline in Indiana, but we have one. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is 15 miles of wave-crashing shoreline along Lake Michigan.
Your child will always remember…
A visit to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the largest children’s museum in the world, which offers a myriad of educational and entertaining activities.