Welcome to the enchanting beauty of spring in Southern Indiana! Southern Indiana offers a perfect spring break destination for families seeking a blend of relaxation and adventure. Whether it's bonding over picnics in picturesque parks, discovering hidden gems or indulging in local flavors at family-friendly restaurants, the region welcomes everyone to create lasting memories in the heart of springtime magic.


Patoka Lake


Get Outside 


Pack a picnic and experience the best of art and nature at the Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum. This hidden gem is tucked away in the woods amongst the rolling hills of Solsberry, Indiana. With more than 100 sculptures throughout the trail, it makes for some family fun exploring! There are park benches spread throughout the trails and plenty of places to take a rest, relax, or run around! Visit the YoHo General Store on your way home for a sweet treat. 


There’s always something fun to do at Spring Mill State Park! It’s open daily from 7 a.m. -11 p.m. and is the perfect nature setting for kids of all ages. Explore the restored 1814  Historic Pioneer Village including its functioning limestone gristmill and 20 historic homes, the Activity Center, and the Gus Grissom Memorial where you can see an actual space capsule. 


Get outside at Patoka Lake. From playgrounds to hiking trails to biking paths, you can easily spend a day or two adventuring outside!  You can also stop by the Nature Center, to learn more about all the animals, geology, and plant life at Patoka Lake. 


Marengo Cave




You’ll have a blast at Big Splash Adventure Hotel and Indoor Water Park, a 40,000-square-foot Indoor Water Park equipped with a retractable roof. Whether you are looking for a relaxing float on the Lost River or splashing through the water slide and Treasure Lagoon, there is something for everyone!


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 underground river, by electric boat, kayak, or foot. Beginning March 16, the caverns will be open daily, but if visiting before then, check their calendar for availability.  Marengo Cave, a National Natural Landmark, is open year-round and offers two different walking tours, showcasing a variety of cave formations and ecosystems. This must-see destination also offers gemstone mining, pedal karting, mega maze, and glow golf!


Plan a one-of-a-kind trip to Wilstem Wildlife Park where you can do it all. With ziplining, hiking, biking, and horseback riding, there is an adventure for everyone. Guided wagon tours take guests for an hour-long ride through the forest, passing by the historic Castle Knoll Farms, 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 complimentary tickets to the Wilstem Drive-Thru Safari! For an additional one-of-a-kind experience,  reserve an animal encounter where you can get up close and personal including bathing an elephant, meeting the giant sloths, and feeding giraffes. Wilstem also offers onsite lodging with its pristine cabin rentals


Discover a Favorite Food Stop 


Feel like you’re at the beach with a visit to Café Piña, for mimosas and pina colada pancakes. Chef Claudia, who formerly worked with Wolfgang Puck catering red carpet events like the Oscars and the Grammys, crafts up these daily seasonal delights. 


Sample all the flavors, and find your favorite at Tell City Pretzel in Jasper!  These delicious pretzels are filled with history as Tell City Pretzels has been in business for over 100 years. Observe the magic behind the crunch with a special behind-the-scenes tour! 


Visit Bo-Mac’s Drive In for the quintessential old fashion drive- in experience complete with car hops, classic burgers, ice cream and more! 


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