Ice cream, bathing suits, sunburn…there are some things that just scream summer. And in the Hoosier state there are a list of places that have summer written all over them. If you’re looking to get in a quick day trip or spend a long weekend relaxing, take a look at these must visit summer destination for everyone in Indiana.
1. Indiana Beach - Monticello
You just can't finish summer out without a trip to Indiana Beach. This awesome waterfront amusement park was recently updated and boasts roller coasters, a ferris wheel, water slides, and so much more! Make a weekend trip out of it and stay on their camp grounds.
2. Indiana Dunes - Porter County
Of course summer just isn't summer without at least a few visits to the famous Indiana Dunes. There are several beach options to check out (including some with lifeguards to keep kids safe), as well as campgrounds, hiking trails, and so much more.
3. Clifty Falls State Park - Madison
Clifty Falls is an amazing spot to visit in southern Indiana. You absolutely have to check out the stunning waterfalls and trails here. It's a great place to visit for the day or to take a weekend trip to.
4. Patoka Lake - Dubois, Crawford, and Orange County
Patoka Lake is the perfect place for a summer retreat if you want to unwind or get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Aside from amazing swimming, boating, and fishing options, they also have floating cabins you can rent for a truly unique summer experience!
5. Holiday World & Splashin' Safari - Santa Claus
You know this holiday themed park is on everybody's summer bucket list! Holiday World & Splashin' Safari are a Hoosier tradition. Plus, how do you beat an amusement park + water park in one?
6. The IMA Gardens - Indianapolis
The gardens at the Indianapolis Museum of Art are simply breathtaking. They're also home to the famous "LOVE" sculpture. If you love exploring the outdoors and uncovering great art, you have to visit these gardens immediately!
7. Amish Acres - Nappanee
Ready to quiet down and enjoy some of the finer things in life, like nature? Amish Acres is the place for you. With great food and live theater performances in their round barn, you and your family will fall in love with the gorgeous land in Nappanee.
8. Fort Wayne Children's Zoo - Fort Wayne
The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo has an amazing reputation and hundreds of fascinating animals to watch and learn about. If you love animals, this zoo needs to be added to your summer to-do list.
9. Conner Prairie - Fishers
If you love history or learning about different ways of life, Conner Prairie is the place to go this summer. With a focus on pioneer life, this amazing "town" makes learning about our history fun and entertaining. There's also plenty for kids to do, and tons of amazing photography opportunities.
10. Pokagon State Park - Angola
Are you ready for an adventure? Pokagon State Park is the perfect place to go exploring, while falling in love with the gorgeous Indiana woods. Located off of Lake James, this park offers the best land and water activities around!
11. Black Pine Animal Sanctuary - Albion
If you want something a bit more wild, you have to visit the exotic and amazing animals at the Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. Hoosiers big and small will love getting up close and personal with these fascinating animals.
12. Hoosier National Forest - Bedford
If you've never been to the Hoosier National Forest, you're missing out! This amazing forest spans over 200,000 acres and offers phenomenal hiking trails, campgrounds, cabins, and more.
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