AAA reports that 66% of Americans plan to take a least one trip this summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Many families will use these vacations as a time to build family bonds while having a great time with their children.
For those who are looking for some great ideas on where to go close to home here are “The Top 10 Things for Families to do in Indiana” as compiled by Trekaroo.
1. Visit the Indiana State Fair
Every August for 17 days the Indiana State Fair has everything from Monster Truck pulls to kid petting exhibits. If you can go during the week it’s less crowded and very family friendly. There are endless food vendor choices, and many, many things to see.
2. Climb Some Sand Dunes
At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore there are over 15 miles of natural shoreline where large sand dunes have formed and tower nearly 200 feet above the lake, where swimming, picnicking, camping and hiking are available.
3. Go to an Indians Baseball Game
For a fun afternoon go see the Triple A minor league Indianapolis Indians play at Victory Field. This fan friendly ballpark gives families a choice of traditional seating or a grassy area behind the outfield to picnic and watch the games.
4. Take a Lap at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway offers some exciting moments for the entire family. The Speedway Hall of Fame is home to the largest collection of race cars and is the starting point for a bus tour that takes guests around the 2 ½ mile oval at speeds slightly less than 200 mph.
5. Take a Walk on the Wild Side
The Indianapolis Zoo is a great place for kids of all ages. Dolphin shows, butterfly conservatory, aquarium, and the new Orangutan exhibit make for an interesting, fun and affordable family outing.
6. Experience the Indianapolis Children’s Museum
Recognized as the country’s top children’s museum, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum allows kids of all ages to enjoy hands-on fun with their many ever-changing exhibits.
7. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari for Great Family Fun
Holiday World offers a great selection of kid-friendly rides, heart-pounding roller coasters, top-notch shows, and great dining. The fun is doubled with an incredible water park built right into Holiday World called Splashin’ Safari.
8. Interact With Living History
Experience history first-hand and connect with the past at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park where kids can learn all about living in Indiana during its pioneer period. Check out the special programs.
9. Explore Indiana’s State Parks
There are lots of great activities to be enjoyed year round at the highly rated Indiana State Parks including hiking trails, horseback riding, family-friendly nature centers, outlook towers, and Olympic size swimming pools. These parks allow kids to run around, explore, and feel like they are far from home.
10. See a Farm in Action
At Fair Oaks Farms just north of Rensselaer, kids will learn all about how food gets from a farm to their dinner tables. Mooville is the place to have a blast climbing up Udder Heights, jumping on the Dairy Air pillow, and riding on the MooChoo train.
Make Sure You’re Ready for those Family Adventures
Part of making your next family road trip a great experience is not having it spoiled by having to deal with car trouble. So to help you make this year’s trip one without incident, Beck’s Auto Center is passing on some helpful tips for “Prepping for the Summer Road Trip”.
Enjoy your summer!