Attractions in South Central Indiana

Lobby at French Lick Resort

A short drive out of Louisville and into Indiana you'll find tons of exciting attractions. Make a day trip or plan a vacation. 

Splash and play at a water park

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is located in a town that even has a fun name...  Santa Claus, Indiana! Holiday World is full of family-fun with roller coasters, rides for the kids, games, live shows and more. Splashin’ Safari is home to two of the longest water roller coasters.

Plus there are wave pools and slides. While it is more expensive than other area amusement parks, both Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari supply many free amenities you've paid your admission fee, including complimentary soft drinks, parking, inner-tube usage, sunscreen and Wi-Fi.

Head to a resort

French Lick Resort was a famous vacation destination frequented by the stars and wealthy. The local mineral waters were thought to have medicinal properties. Now, the resort is open to all and the water isn't the selling point. Head to French Lick for family fun—there is horseback riding, bowling lanes, pools and more—or enjoy a trip to the spa, a round of golf and dinner at The Steakhouse. Plus, if you are feeling lucky, there is a casino.

Get outdoors!

With more than 200,000 acres of land, you can't miss it: the Hoosier National Forest! It's a stunning place full of activities. There are over 200 miles of trails, so come prepared to hike, horseback ride and/or mountain bike.

The trails will bring you up close to some of the gems of the forest, including rock formations, caves, waterfalls and lakes.

The forest has two large lakes that meet the borders of this property of the United States Forest Service. Both Lake Monroe and Patoka Lake offer boat rentals, including houseboat options.

Popular for tourists and area residents on a day trip, you can sail, fish, waterski and more on these Indiana lakes. If you want to make a weekend of it, there are hotels and resorts nearby along with camping options.

Visit a museum

Want to learn more about the region? Head to the Dubois County Museum. The museum is a treasure trove featuring exhibits, murals, a 17-room main street reminiscent of the 1890s and a restored log house built in 1850s. Visiting the museum is an inside look at the progression of farm and pioneer machinery and the crafts and trades or an earlier time. It's a family-friendly place with plenty of changing exhibits and special programs allowing multiple enjoyable visits. Visit their website for more information.

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