Indiana has hundreds of spectacular places to explore, both indoors and out. While exploring on your own can be spontaneous and fun, sometimes you want to enjoy your exploration, rather than worrying about planning out your trip. That’s why tours in Indiana are such a great idea. Not sure what kinds of tours are offered in our state? Here are 12 unforgettable tours that you’ll definitely want to check into.
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1. Bluespring Caverns - Bedford
Explore this amazing subterranean cave with a boat tour from Bluespring Caverns. This hour long boat ride is perfect for individuals and families alike. Beyond witnessing unique cave and rock formations, guests will also get a chance to see rare blind cavefish, crayfish, and possibly even bats.
2. Oliver Winery - Bloomington
Indiana has dozens of wineries scattered across the state, but Oliver Winery does a fantastic job of combining presentation and taste, with a unique wine tour experience. Visit during the weekend for a full tour of the facility, as well as a delicious wine tasting session.
3. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore - Chesterton
Sure, you may have seen the Indiana Dunes or visited the beach area, but you haven't truly experienced the beauty of this National Park until you've had a guided tour.
4. Brown County State Park - Brown County
Brown County State Park is almost 25 miles of gorgeous preserved land, trails, and water. Getting a guided tour, whether by motor coach or foot will ensure you see all of the main attractions. Stop by their nature center for more guided fun!
5. Wolf Park - Battle Ground
If you've never been to Wolf Park, you definitely have to check out this sanctuary for wolves. Tours take around 45 minutes to complete and allow visitors to explore the entire park. The tour will loop around the main wolf pack enclosure, allowing visitors to see the wolves currently on display up close. Kids especially will love this unique tour!
6. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum - Speedway
Tours of this famous museum are unlike any other! You'll get to explore the Hall of Fame Museum, taking in famous cars, racing gear, and photographs. There are tons of tour options after that! Explore the Qualifying Lap on the Speedway with a 15 minute guided tour, take the Kiss the Bricks Tour, or if you have an hour and a half, embark on the VIP Grounds Tour. Racing fans will absolutely love these amazing tours.
7. Amish Country - Elkhart County
You absolutely have to explore Amish Country in Indiana at least once in your life. From the famous Heritage Trail to annual festivals and popular eateries and shops, Amish Country is a perfect weekend getaway for families, couples, and groups. Best of all, this tour is fully customizable! Just swing by the Visitor Center in Elkhart for a free travel guide and audio tour cd. that way you can easily explore the places you want to see and skip the ones you don't have time for.
8. Historic Madison Tour - Madison
Exploring downtown Madison is easy with their carriage or trolley tours. Ask to explore the riverside, historic streets and buildings, or simply leave your tour up to the driver's discretion. This picturesque drive will leave you feeling refreshed and energized.
9. Nashville Express Train Tours - Nashville
What's better than an old fashioned train tour around a town as artistic and energetic as Nashville in Brown County? This half hour train tour is a great way to explore the area. The tour will point out popular shops, sites, galleries, and eateries, while you relax and enjoy the scenery. Kids with a passion for trains will also love this tour.
10. Historic Metamora Tour - Metamora
Historic Metamora is another place that every Hoosier should visit just once. From the Grist Mill to the gorgeous scenery and gem mine, there are a ton of attractions for families and adults, alike. But don't just walk around the grounds; take a unique ride up the canal in a horse-drawn boat tour, instead!
11. Marengo Caves - Marengo
Marengo Caves in Marengo, Indiana is a spectacular place to behold, with two different tour options. The shorter tour, the Crystal Palace Tour, takes approximately 40 minutes and is great for participants of all ages. The longer, 1 hour+ tour, the Dripstone Trail Tour, can also be enjoyed by all ages, but visitors will encounter areas of complete darkness at times.
12. Albanese Candy Factory Tour - Merrillville
Kids and candy lovers will be thrilled with this magical place! This candy factory and outlet store offers tours of their premises, showing you how some of their finest chocolate and candy is made. It'll be really hard not to buy everything in sight, but you can always come back again!
Have you ever taken any of these amazing Indiana tours? Which one was your favorite or which are you dying to try out?