Have you ever wished that you could pack a suitcase and get away? Perhaps your life seems crazy, you’re being pulled in too many directions and you just want a few days or even a few hours away. What is your idea of a vacation? It is a beach, a cabin in the mountains or shopping in a big city?
When most people think about a vacation, they think BIG. Their idea of a perfect vacation is outside of the United States. Many plan vacations to places like Germany, France, and Italy. What if that’s not in your budget? What if you only have a few days to escape?
A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking. Earl Wilson
While our boys were young, it was almost a Sunday routine to leave church and go for a ride. We never knew where we’d end up. It was usually a museum or park and our boys loved learning about new places. There were times I’d pack a picnic and we’d end up eating lunch on a river bank or walking through a state park looking for wild life.
Living in Indiana, we are blessed with many places to visit for a quick weekend getaway. This week I will discuss a few possible choices where you can plan an escape – even if only for a few days. You may be able to pencil a few weekend getaways on your schedule in the next couple of months!
Rent a hotel in downtown Indianapolis and walk round our beautiful state capital. Visit some of our museums, shop, go to the zoo, eat at our great restaurants and paddle boat on the canal. Indianapolis is a fabulous city and many do not realize everything it has to offer!
This is a perfect time of year to plan a weekend away to Brown County, Indiana. Within the next 4-6 weeks, the leaves will be beautiful and the temperatures will be cooler. Fall is the perfect time to throw on a sweatshirt and a pair of jeans and hike around Brown County State Park. You can also enjoy the shops in Nashville where you will be sure to find some treasures.
Covered Bridges in Parke County
February is a great time to visit Parke County and enjoy breakfast at the Maple Syrup and Covered Bridge Festival. There are over 30 covered bridges to see in this scenic Amish area. It’s a beautiful area to visit and relax with your family, and the fresh maple syrup is really good, too.
Fair Oaks Farms
Just a short drive up I65 will bring you to Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks, Indiana. There is so much to do with your family including spending time in the birthing barn, the farrowing barn, seeing how cheese is made, and eating in the café. You can see the farming lifestyle while taking a tour on air-conditioned buses.
The Grissom Air Museum
Located in Peru, Indiana, the Grissom Air Museum has over 25 aircraft on display outdoors including several historic plans and a B-17 Flying Fortress. There is an indoor museum where you can learn about the history of flight.
Indiana Dunes State Park
One of my roommates at Indiana University was from the Indiana Dunes State Park area. It is a beautiful area in northern Indiana where you can enjoy hiking, camping, and bird watching. It has a breathtaking nature preserve where you can relax and unwind. This is just a short 3 hour drive from Indianapolis.
James Dean Gallery in Gas City
Just a short drive up I69 will take you to Gas City, where you can visit the gallery created as a tribute to this handsome Hoosier film star. It is the world’s largest James Dean collection.
O’Bannon woods State Park in Corydon
Formerly Wyandotte Woods State Recreational Area in Corydon, Indiana, former governor Frank O’Bannon and his family frequently visited this beautiful park near their family home. After his death while in office, the park was renamed in honor of the O’Bannon family. There are plenty of things to do this park including horseback riding, hiking and picnicking. You can learn about history in the 1830’s-era farmstead. There are over 300 campsites for rent, a family aquatics center and a church on the grounds for you to attend on Sundays.
Holiday World and Splashing Safari
This is a destination we would try to visit every summer. Holiday World is located in Santa Claus, Indiana and truly has something for everyone. They offer camping at the Lake Rudolph campground and hotel lodging in Santa Claus, Indiana. Holiday World has rides for all ages, offers free soft drinks and sunscreen, a fabulous water park and has been voted the cleanest park in the world for over a decade. I recommend purchasing the two day pass and enjoying a couple of days of fun in the sun.
Indiana Beach in Monticello, Indiana
Indiana Beach has been a family destination for generations. It is located on Lake Shafer, and was founded in 1926. It offers a boardwalk, 6 roller coasters, 41 rides, a zip line, a kiddie land, the Queen Shafer paddlewheel boat, a water park complete with a beach, water slides and lazy river and fun for the entire family. I think they coined the quote “There’s more than corn in Indiana!”
Take vacations. Go as many places as you can. You can always make money. You can’t always make memories. Positivelifetips.com
These are just a few of the many beautiful areas to visit in Indiana. You don’t have to apply for a passport, purchase airline tickets or worry about currency exchanges. We live in a beautiful state and your next adventure is only a car ride away. You will have fun visiting one of the many state parks or museums. Have fun, take time to relax, and see what Indiana has to offer.
Have a great week!
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