Summers are for sleeping in, afternoons by the pool and evening rocks on the porch. You can check all those boxes at French Lick Resort, plus a whole lot more. Here’s a taste of what’s in store for a summer getaway at French Lick and West Baden.
1. Fireworks Are Back!
Isn’t it nice to settle back in to those holiday traditions again? After a year off, our fireworks show at dusk on July 4 is back and sure to be a loud summer statement. All you resort and casino guests, bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the show. And don’t miss more family-friendly fun for the Independence Day holiday weekend, including a new Watermelon Smash and cornhole tournament.
2. More Space to Splash
With the temps rising, that poolside territory is always precious real estate. Our new pool and expanded deck space at French Lick Springs Hotel makes it a little easier to savor your time in the sun. With the new zero-entry pool, there are now two outdoor pools to enjoy.
3. And While You’re at the Pool…
Grab a bite to eat at The Canteen, or a poolside cocktail or beer from The Watering Hole. We have two new food-truck-inspired food and beverage outlets to make poolside refueling and refreshment a little easier. The Canteen features everything from burgers and dogs to breaded tenderloins, pork BBQ, nachos, loaded fries and ice cream.
4. Treat Yourself to a Spirited Event
Looking for a good weekend to visit? Let one of our spirited culinary events be your guide. Pick your favorite and add a little flavor to your stay:
Bourbon & Bites (June 18)
Mixology Class (July 3, August 14, September 11 & 12)
Craft Beer Tasting (July 23, September 10)
Wine Pairings (August 13)
Wine & Dessert Soirée (August 20)
5. Go Ahead, “Lollygag” On the Veranda
New name, same summertime vibes. The French Lick Lollygaggers (formerly the Dixieland Band) play their old favorites and new tunes every Friday and Saturday from 6-9 p.m. on the lawn of French Lick Springs Hotel. Claim a wicker rocking chair on the famous veranda, grab a drink from the lobby bar or some ice cream from the French Lick Mercantile Co., and savor a quintessential French Lick summer tradition.
6. Tour at Twilight
Even if you’ve taken a tour of West Baden Springs Hotel before, you probably haven’t toured it quite like this. Join one of the Saturday evening Twilight Tours told by costumed characters from the hotel’s early era. Don’t worry, these tours end well before the hotel’s universal 10 p.m. bedtime during its heyday.
7. Play 18 (or 36)
If your summer is all about AMGAP — as much golf as possible — this is the place to satisfy that mission. Did you know same-day replays are free at The Pete Dye Course at French Lick, and $50 at The Donald Ross Course at French Lick? Grab a tee time early in the day, then take advantage of a free/reduced second 18 holes. And speaking of free, youth 12 and younger can play our resort courses for free (with a paying adult) and juniors age 13-18 play for half price. You might even have time to get in a round of FootGolf later with the whole family!
8. Take Your Best Shot
Our sporting clays range is now open daily. Whether you’re a sure shot with your 20-gauge or have never even shot a gun before, it’s a perfect outdoor adventure no matter your skill level.
9. Murder Mystery Weekend
Sadly, the pandemic killed it off. But only temporarily. The Murder Mystery Weekend has come back to life, and one of our most popular resort events is back on the calendar for the weekend of August 6-8 at West Baden Springs Hotel. Before summer is over, treat yourself to a three-day interactive murder mystery. Add this mystery adventure to West Baden’s Old World setting, and it’s like a mystery novel come to life.
10. Vintage Base Ball — Join the Game!
For the adventurous baseball enthusiasts/history buffs out there: this one’s right up your alley. Try out to participate in the old-time Vintage Base Ball Exhibitions showcasing the rules, style and lingo of the 1800s. The tryouts are 4-6 p.m. Friday, September 10 with the vintage games to follow Saturday and Sunday. For more info on this throwback adventure, call (812) 936-5579.
11. Hit the New Dog Park
Pet-friendly French Lick Resort has always been a great place to bring your dog. Now, they’ve got a little more room to roam during their stay. Find the new Lucy’s Bark Park in the back lawn of West Baden Springs Hotel beyond the outdoor pool, and let your pooch run free for a bit.