You don’t have to be an expert hiker or biker to get outdoors and enjoy some fantastic Indiana activities. Indiana offers all types of outdoorsy fun, from animal watching to exciting explorations and, of course, kid friendly options. If you’re looking for fun in the sun this spring and summer, take a look at this list of 12 outdoorsy things anyone in Indiana can do:
1. Get wild at the elephant retreat at Wilstem ranch.
French Lick used to be a popular circus town and as a way to pay tribute to its history, every summer, they offer an elephant retreat experience. Watch the elephants up close in a one hour wagon ride to watch the elephants graze and wander, or get even closer with a one hour activity experience that allows guests to help bathe, exercise, and feed the elephants a snack. Visit for as low as $25 per person (children under two get in for free).
2. Take in nature at Wellfield Botanic Gardens.
Located in Elkhart, these stunning botanical gardens offer guests amazing sights and scenery. At just $5 for adults and $3 for kids, you can enjoy walking through imaginative and artistically crafted gardens, complete with art, sculptures, and the unique Waterfall Garden.
3. Explore Amish Acres.
Walk around historic Amish Acres to discover another way of life. You can explore the maple sugar camp, apple cider mill, schoolroom, blacksmith shop, and much more. As a National Historic Place, you can bring the kids for amazing educational learning and exploration.
4. Embrace exotic animals at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary.
Nestled in Albion, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary rescues exotic animals who are now retired so they can live out the rest of their days in peace. Come in on any Saturday to learn more about each of the animal's personal stories and find out more about conservation and wild animal care. Your experience here is bound to be unforgettable!
5. Indulge along the Chocolate Trail.
If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, an outdoor trail leading you to chocolate, candy, and ice cream stores throughout historic Richmond must seem amazing. And it is! Visit Richmond to partake in this beloved trail, exploring the best of historic Richmond and collecting chocolate as you go.
6. Get cultural at Swiss Heritage Village and Museum.
Everyone knows that Berne, Indiana is famous for its Swiss roots and culture. Take part in this enriching experience by planning a walking or go-cart tour of the Swiss Heritage Village Grounds. View log cabins, a sawmill, the famous cheese house, smoke house, museum, cider press, and so much more.
7. Uncover the Indianapolis White River State Park.
The White River State Park is a fantastic place to walk around and explore with family or friends. Walk the historic canal walk and take in a gorgeous scene of Indy. Complete the walk to find yourself at the Indianapolis Zoo for more outdoor fun. Or, choose your trip wisely and visit during one of their many events like music festivals, concerts, or Shakespeare in the Park nights.
8. Unwind with an outdoor Oliver Winery Tour.
Oliver Winery in Bloomington offers gorgeous vineyard tours where you can learn more about how your favorite wines are made. Be sure to grab a group of friends for this trip! Learn more about their production facility and explore their tasting room.
9. Fall in love with Hoosier Heartland Alpacas.
Tucked away in Seymour, Indiana is small farm with a very interesting twist: they raise alpacas. These unique and fascinating animals are bound to brighten your day. Visit for just $5 per person and enjoy these animals up close.
10. Fly high at Dagaz Acres.
If you're up for adventure, Dagaz Acres in Rising Sun has just what you need: the ultimate zipline experience. With group adventures, beginner courses, and pro lines, there's a zipline course here that everyone will love.
11. Get historical at Conner Prairie.
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park offers fun for kids and adults of all ages. From learning about farming and caring for animals to learning a new trade to new games and so much more.
12. Take a voyage at Bluespring Caverns.
Explore the gorgeous Bluespring Caverns in Bedford, Indiana with a group or go solo. Walk through the steep caverns and then enjoy a fascinating boat ride through the naturally occurring underground river system.
What do you think of these outdoorsy activities? Have you tried any before? Which do you recommend?