Area Attractions

Explore Southern Indiana

Visit the Explore Southern Indiana website for more things to do in our area.

 

www.exploresouthernindiana.com
 

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

May through October

 

Looking for family fun? Find it at America's first theme park. Holiday World is home to three of the world's top wooden roller coasters. Splashin' Safari is a sparkling clean waterpark with lots of water rides, shows, two wave pools, two action rivers and special water play areas for the little ones. Soft drinks, sunscreen and parking are free.

 

452 E Christmas Blvd
Santa Claus, IN 47579
877.463.2645

www.holidayworld.com

Paoli Peaks

Open December, January, February & March
 
Enjoy a day of skiing, tubing and snow boarding at Paoli Peaks! Indiana’s premiere ski resort includes 65 acres of skiable terrain with 15 trails, 5 chairlifts and 3 surface lifts. Not everyone in the family skies? No problem! Snow-tubing is the ultimate activity for some serious family fun. Enjoy eight lanes of snow covered, 700-foot long slopes, specially constructed inner-tubes and a 400 foot wonder-carpet designed to get you back up the hill. A full service ski & snowboard rental shop, pro shop and food are available on site.
 
Paoli Peaks
2798 West County Road 25 South
Paoli, IN 47454
812.723.4696
www.paolipeaks.com

Visit French Lick West Baden

This is the official destination marketing organization for the area. Currently, the Visitors Center is open weekdays.

 

Visit French Lick West Baden

8291 West Beechwood Avenue

French Lick, IN 47432

812.936.3418 or 866.309.9139

www.visitfrenchlickwestbaden.com

The Indiana Railway Museum

March through December

 

This tourist railroad and museum, founded in 1961, has grown into a collection of over sixty-five pieces of rolling stock. The train may be boarded on the grounds of French Lick Resort. The 10-mile excursion passes through a one-half-mile tunnel on the way to the small town of Cuzco. Check out special programs like the train robbery, the Legend of the Lost Train and the Polar Express.

 

The Indiana Railway Museum
French Lick, IN 47432
800.748.7246
www.indianarailwaymuseum.org

Marengo Cave

Year round (excluding Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day)

 

As Indiana’s number one natural attraction, Marengo Cave offers family fun for all ages. Take a 40 or 60-minute walking tour to get up close and personal with this cave that began forming approximately one million years ago. For more adventures, see the cave in its natural state with cave exploring (gear is provided). Mine gemstones by sifting through dirt and rocks to find sparkly jewels just like the early miners. These stones make great souvenirs! Individual and group rates available.

 

400 East State Rd 64

Marengo, IN 47140

888.702.2837

www.marengocave.com

Cave Country Canoes

April through October

 

Cave Country Canoes offers a variety of canoe and kayak trips on the unspoiled Blue River, the first Indiana stream to be included in the state's designated Scenic Rivers system. It features lots of fun riffles, stretches of smooth paddling, beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife.

 

Cave Country Canoes
112 Main Street
Milltown, IN 47145
888.702.2837
www.cavecountrycanoes.com

Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park & Resort—French Lick

Year Round

 

Explore 40,000 square feet of exciting water attractions for all ages from tots to teens, and the latest interactive games at The Treasure Chest Arcade all under one roof at Big Splash Adventure—one of the few retractable roof water parks in the world. Open year round with blue skies and warm water guaranteed. Tackle the 40-foot Slide Tower, float down the Lost River, or spend the day at Buccaneer Bay—all paths lead to a fun-filled day for the entire family. Big Splash Adventure has been recognized for its innovative and environmentally friendly design and has been dubbed "The Greenest Large Water Park Project to Date."

 

Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park & Resort
3866 8505 West State Road 56
French Lick, IN 47432
812.936.3866 or 877.936.3866
www.bigsplashadventure.com

Shotz Miniature Golf and Lazer Tag — French Lick

Year Round

 

Miniature golf dates back to the 1800s when the first course was built as an 18-hole course of putting greens. These days, miniature golf is a fun and competitive game that is perfect for families, friends and young and old alike. French Lick, Indiana’s newest attraction is Shotz Miniature Golf and Lazer Tag. It has indoor lazer tag, a 9-hole indoor miniature cosmic golf course, lazer frenzy and an 18-hole outdoor mini golf course that opens in the spring of 2012. Prices are reasonable and this family activity is fun for everyone. Single and group rates are available.

 

Shotz Miniature Golf and Lazer Tag
8529 W State Road 56
French Lick, IN 47432
Phone: 812-936-2FUN (2386)
www.frenchlickshotz.com

 

Patoka Lake

Year Round

 

26,000 acres of unspoiled beauty combined with 8,800 acres of water wonderland create the perfect vacation getaway. Patoka abounds with opportunities to enjoy water sports, fishing and much more. Facilities include a modern 455-site campground, nine boat-launching ramps, hiking trails, 17 miles of paved bike trails, an exercise trail, disc golf course, archery range, swimming beach and visitors center.

 

Patoka Lake
3084 N Dillard Rd
Birdseye, IN 47513
812.685.2464
www.patokalakeindiana.com

Patoka Lake Marina

Year Round

 

Whether you're looking to zip around the lake or just have some fun relaxing or fishing, Patoka Lake Marina has a rental boat for you. This full-service marina offers everything from pontoon boats for the whole family to fishing boats for those looking to make that big catch. Enjoy Sunset Wine Cruises the 2nd and 4th Friday of May, June, August and September featuring Indiana Wineries. New for 2011 are the Fall Foliage Wine Cruises starting in October with sightseeing tours on every Wednesday and the Executive Cruise on select Sundays. See the events Calendar for dates and times. Reservations are required.

 

Patoka Lake Marina
2991 N. Dillard Rd
Birdseye, IN 47513
888.819.6916
www.patokalakemarina.com

Spring Mill State Park

Year Round

 

Among Indiana's most popular parks, Spring Mill State Park offers cave tours, hiking, campgrounds, playgrounds, bike trails, boating, fishing, swimming, volleyball and a lodge with restaurant and meeting facilities. The main attraction is a restored pioneer village around a working water-powered gristmill. The Grissom Memorial building honors Hoosier astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom, who was one of the original seven Mercury astronauts.

 

Spring Mill State Park
3333 State Road 60 East
Mitchell, IN 47446
812.849.4129
http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2968.htm

French Lick-West Baden Indoor Karting

Year Round

 

Fast karts, good food and great fun all in one place! Enjoy the ultimate racing experience in a 65,000 square foot facility with a challenging quarter mile road course, The Row Boat Café, full arcade and large observation area. This is a great place to celebrate almost any occasion from family reunions to church group events, coworker team building and everything in between. Everyone loves the thrill you get from racing! Call for more details.

 

French Lick-West Baden Indoor Karting
8331 W State Rd 56, Suite 5
West Baden, IN 47469
812.936.5390
www.flwbindoorkarting.com