Top 5 Winter Activities in Southern Indiana

February 8, 2022

With eight counties to ‘Discover’, southern Indiana is home to many recreational activities, both indoor and outdoor to enjoy during these Midwest winter months. It may be overwhelming to decide which activities to spend your time on, so check out our list for some recommendations! These top 5 adventures offer a little something for everyone: 

1. Go Skiing and Tubing

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Paoli Peaks is southern Indiana’s premier destination for skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Their beginner terrain, winter clothing rental, and ski school offer the perfect package to start a passion that lasts a lifetime. Several nearby accommodations allow for a multiple-day stay, and the on-site Day Lodge offers dining to keep you fueled throughout your visit. Be sure to visit their website for more information, hours, and COVID-19 policies while you plan your visit!

2. Take a Hike!

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The beautiful, hilly terrain of southern Indiana creates breathtaking views and adventures in each of our counties. From winter landscapes at Spring Mills State Park to exploring the U.S. National Landmark at Marengo Caves, southern Indiana has hiking opportunities for adventurers of all ages and difficulty levels. Patoka Lake is offering a Full Moon Hike on Feb. 18 - learn more and register today!

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3. Visit a Museum

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Established in 2007, the French Lick West Baden Museum opened to tell the stories of the two towns as a pop-up museum. The museum gained a permanent home in downtown French Lick in 2014. From the world’s largest circus diorama to history on casinos and basketball, this museum has something for everyone! Check out their website for hours and more information, and plan to explore the rest of downtown while you’re here!

4. Sip the day away at a Brewery or Winery

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Looking for a relaxing, indoor winter date idea? Southern Indiana has many breweries and wineries for you to visit for happy hour or a Saturday afternoon! Feed Store Beer Co. in Bloomfield offers a large selection of beer and brings in local food trucks and vendors for its customers. For those of you that prefer wine, Huckleberry Hill Winery and Vineyard, also in Bloomfield, carries more than 30 different wines. The tasting room is open during winery hours and has several options for you to choose from!

5. Take in an Art Exhibit

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The Jasper Arts Center and Thyen-Clark Cultural Center offer some of the finest entertainment, cultural, and educational venues in southern Indiana. The facility at the Jasper Arts Center draws worldwide talent and experiences to an intimate setting, and the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center features over 63,000 square feet of cultural enrichment in the heart of downtown Jasper. Check out the calendar of events to explore the current exhibits or purchase tickets for an upcoming event!

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