Places to Visit in Indiana

Authored by Katharine Foust in Indiana
Published on 09-18-2009

When most people think of Indiana, they think of corn. While there happens to be plenty of corn in Indiana, there are also several other fun things to do. It would be a shame to overlook them if you are traveling to or through the state. What you can do in Indiana is limited only by your own interests.

Let’s start in Southern Indiana. Did you know there are a variety of caves to explore in southern Indiana? That’s right, caves in Indiana! It doesn’t even matter if you like to walk or simply relax in a boat, southern Indiana offers a variety of options to explore these underground wonders.

Those of us that live in Indiana would be hard pressed to go a day without hearing about some type of race. Whether it’s stock car, NASCAR or Indy cars, we have the need for speed! Be sure to stop in at the Indianapolis Speedway to see what the excitement is all about. In fact, we love racing so much that the state of Indiana is sprinkled with car museums and racing museums of all types. The fact is, visiting these museums may teach you about types of racing that you didn’t even know existed!

It’s hot at the races. You might want to cool off by going to the beach at the Indiana Dunes. Or, maybe you want more than rolling hills of sand leading to the refreshing waters of Lake Michigan. If this is the case, then why not check out Indiana Beach in Monticello? Here you can buy an all day pass to the amusement park as well as the beach. And if you find that you’re too tired to leave, that’s okay. Just camp out right at Indiana Beach! But then, maybe you’re more of an indoor water person? If so, feel free to take a dip in Shipshewana’s new Indoor Water Park.

Beware that once you get into Shipshewana, you may not want to leave. You may be mesmerized by the enormous variety of handmade crafts and furniture that has made Shipshewana world famous. Unless you brought your grandmother with you to cook, you won’t find a better homemade meal than you will in Shipshewana!

By the time the guys get done in Shipshewana, they may still be reflecting on the races and feel the need for more sports. It’s all good, we have you covered. Simply take a trip to South Bend for a Notre Dame game. If sitting through a game isn’t your thing, but you still need to fill that sports craving, then just drive down a few blocks and check out South Bend’s Football Hall of Fame. Here you can get your fill of information and paraphernalia about some of the most famous football players ever known.

By now you’ve figured out that there may be more than corn in Indiana, but that’s no excuse to not have some! Make sure you get to try some of the sweetest corn on the cob that can be found by stopping in through one of the many festivals that go on through the summer months in Indiana. One of my favorites is the Blueberry Festival in Plymouth, but I’m sure you’ll find your own favorite!


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