Indiana is one of those places that we suspect may just be criminally underrated. It’s filled to the brim with all kinds of weird and wonderful things to do and see, many of which are kind of offbeat (but totally fun). Something you’re not likely to find published far and wide is just how offbeat and weirdly wonderful the Hoosier State can be, so we’ve done a little legwork and collected a shortlist of some of our favorite hidden gems that locals may not even know about. Here are some of our very favorite hidden gems in Indiana: the weird, the wonderful, and the totally fun.

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So, what are your thoughts? What kind of wild and wacky and lesser-known places did we not include here? Tell us about your favorites in the comments!

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Hidden Gems In Indiana

What are some of the best hidden gems in Indiana?  

Indiana’s one of those amazingly diverse states that never gets any credit for being awesome. There are lots of hidden gems around here – and one might even argue that the state itself is a hidden gem!  

  • Cowles Bog – This incredible, natural bog is home to carnivorous plants and other bizarre flora that you’d never guess is in Indiana.  
  • Jug Rock – This weird geological formation in Indiana is the largest of its kind east of the Mississippi. It’s so notable that the local high school has it as their mascot.  
  • Wolf Park – Animal lovers will love this low-key wildlife preserve with, you guessed it, wolves.  

Learn more about all of these amazing hidden gems in Indiana.   

 

Which Indiana hidden gems are worth adding to my bucket list?  

With as many awesome hidden gems in Indiana as there are, your bucket list will be several pages long – and that’s awesome! There’s always time to get out and explore, so if you’re looking for more offbeat hidden gems in Indiana, be sure to check out: 

  • Rose Island – This is an island you can walk to located within Charlestown State Park. Once upon a time, it was an amusement park... now it’s ruins.  
  • Shades State Park – This place looks like something out of a sci-fi movie, not a place in Indiana. It’s awesome.  
  • Pine Lake – It's more than just a lake – there's a whole water park full of fun here!  

Learn more about these additional amazing Indiana hidden gems.  

 

What are some other must-do attractions in Indiana? 

Of course, there are more things to do in Indiana than just the hidden gems. There are plenty of must-see attractions in Indiana as well, and although they might be a little more mainstream, we promise they’re definitely worth it!  

  • Indiana Dunes National Park – Indiana's first and only national park is absolutely remarkable thanks to its surreal landscape: legitimate sand dunes with Lake Michigan as a backdrop. Incredible!  
  • Waterfalls – Indiana is home to numerous amazing waterfalls. The tallest is Williamsport Falls. Other notable cascades include Cataract Falls, Thistlethwaite Falls, and many more.  
  • State Parks – Indiana’s amazing state parks are all worth a visit! Turkey Run SP, Pokagon SP, Shades SP and more are all waiting for you!  

Learn more about the must-do adventures in Indiana