Take a free ride Who says everything is more expensive these days? When electric trolley service began here in 1903 as guests could hop on the streetcar at the steps of West Baden Springs Hotel and ride it into downtown French Lick, it was a nickel per ride. Today? You don’t pay a thing. Restored four years ago thanks to a partnership between the resort and the French Lick Scenic Railway, the historic rail trolley is still up and running, and rides are totally free on the trolley that tours the resort grounds from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the week. Get a balcony room at West Baden One guest who recently stayed in a balcony room at West Baden Springs Hotel later asked her young granddaughter how she’d like to spend her upcoming birthday. I want to go to West Baden and stay where Rapunzel lives , was the little girl’s response. Balcony rooms at West Baden really do exude that magical aura. They’re more rare — of the hotel’s 243 guestrooms, only 36 of them contain a balcony allowing you to step out for an even grander view of West Baden’s famed atrium and dome. Yet they’re worth the splurge, so much so that Kristal Painter, who lives in town and is the executive director at Visit French Lick West Baden, has booked a balcony room as a treat for her and her husband when they’re kid-free for the weekend. A bottle of wine, order food in, sit on the balcony, and… “You never want to leave that room,” she said. On a weekend evening, that piano music and jazz music drifts up, and just to sit out on the balcony with a bottle of wine was top-notch.” S u m m e r B u c k e t L i s t Plan accordingly and integrate some unique experiences into your summer vacation itinerary at French Lick Resort. Check off some of the boxes on our Summer Bucket List, in which we’ve compiled a list of 20 things to do, see, touch and taste in these long days of an Indiana summer. Many of these are right here on resort property, and others are just a short drive away. And some of the best experiences are totally free, such as taking a ride on our historic trolley, doing a Dive-In Movie at night, or spreading out a blanket on the lawn to watch Vintage Base Ball with the family. It’s the season to try something new and different —what will the story of your summer be?