Get away without going far away. From zip lining through the trees to washing an elephant and meeting a sloth to exploring underground caves, Southern Indiana offers adventures and experiences you’ll be happy to share around the water cooler when spring break is over.
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Saddle up at Wilstem Wildlife Park and explore the region on horseback. Guided tours take guests on a trail for an hour-long ride through the tranquil forest, passing by the historic Castle Knoll Farms on Wilstem’s 1,100 acre park. Guests must be at least 7 years old and riders under 16 years old need a parent or guardian to accompany them. After your ride, enjoy free tickets to the Wilstem Drive Thru Safari! While you’re at Wilstem, reserve an animal encounter where you can get up close and personal including bathing an elephant, meeting the sloths, and feeding giraffes.
Get a true birds eye view of Southern Indiana and zip through the trees at French Lick Ziplines. The 5,000-foot, nine-line canopy tour features tree nest landings rather than a typical ground landing, so guests are truly soaring in the sky the entire time. Riders must be more than 70 lbs and those under 16 years old need a guardian to sign a waiver for them.
Start your engines and race to the finish line at French Lick West Baden Indoor Karting. Those who have a need for speed can race on the Main Track, a 1,200 foot Grand-Prix style raceway. Adult karts can travel at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour and junior karts (for ages 8-13) reach up to 20 miles per hour. For smaller racers, the Falcon Raceway allows for a thrilling, but safe, experience for guests ages 4 to 7.
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Just because it isn’t summer quite yet doesn’t mean the water is off limits! Cave Country Canoes begins reservations in April for kayak and canoe trips. Choose between a half day or full day adventure and paddle along the Blue River to see rapids, islands, sand bars, nature, wildlife, and springs. Participants must be 3 years or older and at least 30 lbs to join the half day excursions and it is recommended that guests are 12 years or older for full day trips.
Take a journey on the French Lick Scenic Railway and ride through the hills of Southern Indiana and the Hoosier National Forest. The train ride shows off the best views of the region including hills, fields, a waterfall, and the second longest rail tunnel in the state. If your trip falls on the first weekend of April, you can hop aboard the Easter Bunny Express on a trip to the Easter Egg field for an egg hunt and special photo opportunities.
See what’s under the surface of Southern Indiana with a cave tour! Blue Springs Caverns offers tours of Myst’ry River, America’s longest navigable underground river by electric boat, kayak, or by foot. Beginning March 16, the caverns will be open daily, but if visiting before then be sure to check their calendar for availability. Marengo Cave, a National Natural Landmark, is open year-round and offers two different walking tours, Dripstone Trail and The Crystal Palace showcasing a variety of cave formations and ecosystems. After your tour of Marengo, stay on site for activities such as pedal carts, mini golf, and a maze.
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What’s a road-trip without snacks? Schedule a tour of Tell City Pretzel to get a taste of how these local treats get made. Owners Brad and Sandy Smith will be happy to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how these famous pretzels with their signature crunch have been made since the 1800s, but the recipe will remain a secret. Call them to arrange a tour, or visit to pick up snacks for on-the-go. It’s easier than ever for you to satisfy your sweet tooth with the Sweets and Treats Trail. Visit one of the more than 20 stops on the trail for delectable desserts, coffees, and more or make it a challenge and see how many stops you can hit over break. Prizes are awarded for those who visit using our free downloadable passport. Get a taste of homemade Amish cooking at one of our Amish communities’ restaurants. Gasthof Amish Bakery & Restaurant’s homemade breads and spreads are mouth-wateringly delicious. After dining, do some shopping at the many local shops in the Amish village featuring antiques, carpentered masterpieces, and more. The Village Flea Markets, open every Saturday beginning in April, features over 40 booths with a variety of treasures.