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Visit French Lick West Baden
8102 West State Rd 56
West Baden Springs, IN 47469
(812) 936-3418 or (866) 309-9139

Travel in the footsteps of hometown son and basketball legend Larry Bird. Thrill to tales of legal (and illegal) gambling, and the gangsters who won big and laid low here. Drink in the story of Pluto Water and its curious effects on guests staying at our two magnificent hotels. A museum must-see; the world’s largest circus diorama depicting the 1915 Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus at their winter home.


French Lick West Baden Museum
469 South Maple Street
French Lick, IN 47432
(812) 936-3592

The French Lick Scenic Railway is the ultimate train enthusiast destination! The Railway boasts some of the best scenery in the Midwest. Spend a day riding one of our historic trains through the beautiful Hoosier National Forest and Burton Tunnel. Throughout the year, the Railway hosts special events like Wild West Hold-Up's, The Dinosaur Train™, Day Out With Thomas™ and The Polar Express™.


French Lick Scenic Railway
8594 W State Rd 56
French Lick, IN 47432
(800) 748-7246

Fast karts and great fun in one place! Enjoy the ultimate racing experience in a 65,000 square foot facility with a challenging quarter mile road course, full arcade and large observation area. This is a great place to celebrate almost any occasion from family reunions to church groups, team building and everything in between. Everyone loves the thrill you get from racing!


French Lick-West Baden Indoor Karting
8331 W State Rd 56, Suite 5
West Baden, IN 47469
(812) 936-5390

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, an 18-hole outdoor mini golf course, and newest addition, a 35 foot rock climb wall and bungee trampoline. 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
(812) 936-2FUN (2386)

Celebrating 20 years of Wine-making!  French Lick Winery offers over 28 wines available for tasting.   In addition to award winning wines, there is a full service Italian café and a gift shop with a variety of wine related merchandise, apparel, gourmet foods and try-before-you-buy homemade fudge.  Open 7 days a week, conveniently located just off the main drive through the towns of West Baden Springs and French Lick and not far from the famous West Baden Hotel and French Lick Springs Resort & Spa.


French Lick Winery and Vintage Café
8145 W Sinclair Street
West Baden Springs, IN 47469
(812) 936-2293

Short Drive

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 Indoor Water Park
8505 West State Road 56
French Lick, IN 47432
(812) 936-3866 or (877) 936-3866

Wilstem Ranch will welcome back The Elephant Retreat in 2016. The African elephant herd of three girls will be vacationing at Wilstem from March 12th through October 30th. Fun and educational seminars consist of a one hour experience to visit with the girls in their new home, learn all you could want to know about these amazing animals, ask questions, touch them, take pictures and watch as they head out to graze. Click through to the website to learn more.


Wilstem Ranch
Located on State Hwy 56, between French Lick and Paoli
(812) 936-4484

If you like mysteries and you’re up for a challenge, then you’re ready for French Lick’s own Escape Room! With only 60 minutes, you must find the clues, solve the riddles and escape to safety. This team activity allows for four to 10 members to play; great for families, friends and corporate team building. Participants must vigilantly work together to gather hints, solve problems and figure out an escape route before time is up. Select from two themed experiences: Al Capone offers a chance to create your own hooligan gang that’s all about making it into the Big Time with Al. Where’s Harry provides an opportunity to locate a missing man who’s the epitome of a model citizen. Or is he? Find out and help Harry before it’s “lights out.” For more information visit


Escape! French Lick

8582 W College Street 
French Lick IN 47432

Abbeydell Hall

Legend of French Lick Resort has an exciting addition to their new venue, Abbeydell Hall! Exceptional entertainment and performances will run throughout the year starting with their first show October 14 open to all ages. Dinner and show options are available or a show only option. These shows are family-friendly, loved by all ages and feature music, dance and laughter! Top performers and musicians engage the audience, creating lasting memories you and your family will forever cherish. This year-round theatre will have shows inspired by 1950's-1980's music, country, gospel and Broadway. Cap off the year on a festive note with their Christmas Treasures show.


Legend of French Lick
7328 W. County Road 100
West Baden Springs, IN 47469

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

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

The Patoka Lake Nature Center features numerous displays about the area's rich natural resources and cultural history. The staff presents programs and special events featuring the reconstructed Moery Cabin, a non-releasable red-tailed hawk, bald eagle, eastern screech owl and other natural and cultural history features of the area. Programs on kayaking, Dutch oven cooking, nature hiking and other outdoor skills are also offered. Four hiking trails start at the Nature Center and the paved bike trail meanders directly in front of the building.


IDNR Patoka Lake
3084 N Dillard Rd
Birdseye, IN 47513
(812) 685-2447

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. Year-round slip and buoy rental and an on-duty mechanic are also available. Check the tours page for more information on lake cruises.


Patoka Lake Marina
2991 N. Dillard Rd
Birdseye, IN 47513
(888) 819-6916

Within a 1-hour Drive

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) 849-3534

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.


Marengo Cave
400 East State Rd 64
Marengo, IN 47140
(888) 702-2837

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

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is a family theme park and water park combo located in nearby Santa Claus, Indiana. New for 2015 is Thunderbird – the nation’s first launched wing roller coaster! According to TIME magazine, Holiday World’s Voyage is the nation’s #1 wooden roller coaster. Splashin’ Safari, named the Best Waterpark in the nation by USA Today, includes the two longest water coasters in the world, numerous family raft slides and water slides, two wave pools, plus water activities for children. Both parks offer guests free soft drinks, free parking, free inner tube usage, free sunscreen and free Wi-Fi. 


Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
452 E Christmas Blvd
Santa Claus, IN 47579
(877) 463-2645

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