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Indiana Weekend Trips
With winter in full swing, it is easy for Indianapolis-area residents to look forward to summer vacation. From the beaches of Lake Michigan to the forests of Brown County, for Indiana residents, there are plenty of great, quick getaways in the state that can be done over a two-day or three-day weekend.
Brown County State Park
Nestled near Nashville, Indiana, Brown County State Park is Indiana’s largest state park. Brown County is great for both families and romantic getaways. Visitors can enjoy picnics, horseback riding and hiking all in one spot. There are a few places Brown County visitors can stay. There are hotels, bed and breakfasts, vacation homes, lodges and camping all nearby open for Brown County visitors. Northside residents can get to Brown County in a little over an hour using I-65.
Hoosier Park Racing and Casino
Located in Anderson, Indiana, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino is generally recommended for adults 21 and older. Hoosier Park has a decently sized casino and a large horse racing area. Only adults 21 and older are allowed access to the casino. However, adults at least 18 years old can enter the horse racing area and make wagers. Live horse racing does not occur during the winter months, but visitors can still watch and bet on horse racing from other tracks around the country. The casino has over 2,000 slots machines that allow wagers between a penny and $100. The casino also has video poker, electronic blackjack and roulette.
Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari
Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari is Indiana’s best theme park, and it is located off of I-64 in Santa Claus, Indiana. Holiday World is fairly far away. It takes Northside residents three hours to drive there. It has roller coasters and kiddie rides in four different holiday-themed parts of the park. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July and Christmas are the four different parts of the park. Splashin’ Safari is an adjacent water park. Admission to the water park is included with admission to Holiday World. Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari has five different roller coasters. The Howler is relatively tame while The Legend, The Raven, The Voyage and Thunderbird are intense. Thunderbird, a launched wing roller coaster, is the newest roller coaster to the park. It accelerates riders from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Located on Lake Michigan, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is operated by the United States National Park Service. The lakeshore is 15 miles long, and it is 15,000 acres in size. Visitors often go swimming in the lake. There are a total of eight access points to Lake Michigan and its beaches. Visitors can park at the beach for free. During the peak season, there is a $6.00 fee to park at West Beach, however. There are other activities away from the beach. Visitors can enjoy 45 miles of hiking. Additionally, Indiana Dunes is a great place for birdwatching and camping.