Attractions August 01, 2017
10 Inexpensive Road Trip Destinations In Indiana That Won’t Break The Bank
There’s nothing better than taking a day off from work or your daily life to embark on a road trip adventure. Luckily, Indiana has many spectacular places to take in that are pretty affordable. Here are 10 inexpensive road trip ideas that won’t break the bank.
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1. Marengo Cave - Marengo
The Crystal Palace tour through Marengo Cave offers a 40-minute tour through this incredible cave system. Take in the stunning sights of stalagmites and incredible cave formations up close and personal. Afterwards, enjoy gemstone mining! Find it at 400 E St, Hwy 64, Marengo, IN 47140.
Cost - $17 per adult and $10 per child for this tour.
2. Spring Mill State Park - Mitchell
This interactive history museum and outdoor park is bursting with fun activities. Enjoy walking through Pioneer Village and learning more about pioneer life in Indiana. You'll also find a working grist mill, tons of hiking trails, a lake, the Gus Grissom Memorial, and so much more. Plus, you can even take a boat tour through Twin Caves. Find it at 3333 State road 60 E, Mitchell, IN 47446.
Cost is $7 per car (for in-state residents) and $3 for boat tours.
3. Shipshewana Auction and Flea Market - Shipshewana
This incredible flea market is the largest in the Midwest and well worth a day trip. You'll find antiques, crafts, food, furniture, jewelry, gifts, and so much more packed into this enormous flea market. Find it at 345 S van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN 46565.
Cost is $0 for entry, but $3 to park.
4. Parke County Covered Bridge Tour - Park County
Parke County is home to 31 historic covered bridges and checking out as many as possible is definitely worthy of a day trip. You may not be able to squeeze all 31 into one day, but you can see 10-15 or make it a weekend trip. Learn more
Cost is free.
5. Indiana Dunes State Park - Chesterton
If you love fun in the sun, then you'll love taking a day trip to the Indiana Dunes State Park. Bring your swimsuit, grab a book, and pack a picnic luch for an unforgettable day trip. Find it at 1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN 46304.
Cost is $7 per vehicle (for in-state residents).
6. Exotic Feline Rescue Center - Centerpoint
If your family loves animals, then a day trip to this exotic feline rescue is an absolute must. This rescue houses 200 retired exotic cats and an hour-long tour allows you to see at least 70 of them. You'll find it at 2221 E Ashboro Rd, Centerpoint, IN 47840.
Cost $10 per adult and $5 per child.
7. Eagle Creek Park - Indianapolis
This huge park contains 3900 acres of land and 1300 acres of water to explore. Enjoy gorgeous hiking trails, playgrounds, a dog park, a nature center, swimming, and boating at this peaceful destination. Visit at 7840 W 56th St, Indianapolis, IN 46254.
Cost is $6 per car (boat rentals are extra).
8. Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge - Seymour
This stunning wildlife refuge is an amazing slice of nature to explore. You'll find gorgeous walking and hiking trails, an informative nature center, a bird watching area, bald eagle sightings, and much more. Check it out at 12985 E US Highway 50, Seymour, IN 47274.
Cost is free.
9. Clifty Falls State Park - Madison
If you love waterfalls, you'll love taking a waterfall day trip to Clifty Falls State Park. Here you can explore tons of hiking trails where you'll stumble upon gorgeous falls. Check it out at 1501 Green Road, Madison, IN 47250.
Cost is $7 per car.
10. Swiss Heritage Village and Museum - Berne
This unique village is really an interactive museum teaching visitors about traditional Swiss life. Explore traditional Swiss buildings, including a schoolhouse, learn Swiss crafts like chair weaving, play Swiss games, and much more. Find it at 1200 Swissway Rd, Berne, IN 46711.
Cost is $6 per adult and $3 per child.
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