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Here’s where the wild things are — in Southern Indiana!

In the scenic rolling hills of Paoli just a few miles east of French Lick, Wilstem Wildlife Park proposes a variety of unexpected animal attractions and adventures for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Here, guests have the opportunity to interact with sloths, giraffes, kangaroos, grizzly bears…

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French Lick and West Baden sparkle and shine at the holidays

Visits to the Southern Indiana resort partnership of French Lick Springs Hotel and West Baden Springs Hotel are restful and rejuvenating any time of the year, but take on an special glow at the holidays that’s nothing short of magical. The natural mineral springs that run underground through Orange…

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Cruise to Shelbyville to see this quirky winter attraction

Vierl Veal decided to create an ice slide on his rural Shelbyville property in 1961, but Mother Nature had a different idea. Strong winter winds blew the water into beautiful frozen sprays instead of a solid sheet, and the first Veal Ice Tree was born. In a somewhat eccentric undertaking, Vierl and…

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Local Artists Design New Ornaments For 92 County Tree

Originally published on Nov, 14 2022 by Indiana State Museum and Historic Site (https://www.indianamuseum.org/blog-post/local-artists-design-new-ornaments-for-92-county-tree/) The Indiana State Museum’s 92 County Tree is getting a facelift – 60 new ornaments from counties across the state will…

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Warm up in a cozy igloo this winter

The weather outside is frightful, but so what! Central Indiana residents and visitors can take charming temporary refuge in their very own private snow globes. Several metro-area restaurants, bars and wineries maintain cozy outdoor igloos to cuddle up in for memorable date nights, holiday outings…

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New Boater’s Guide to Indiana Marinas Making Waves

Boating season may have ended for the year, but whether you boat, fish or enjoy riding a personal watercraft, Indiana has a new tool to help you plan your next boating adventure when warm weather returns. It might help you protect Indiana’s waterways too! The new digital version of the Boater’s…

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The Magic Springs of West Baden

Earlier this year, diggers at West Baden Springs Hotel uncovered the long forgotten Neptune Spring on the resort’s property. Originally known as Spring #5, Neptune lies just southeast of the grand hotel on a floodplain along the French Lick Creek. The rediscovered mineral spring was one of four…

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Explore Southern Indiana's Backroads

“The southern part of Indiana is the good part,” beams Tracy Clay in Yoho General Store. Beauty, food, wine and art await! Yoho General Store is a “community,” even for those passing through Solsberry. Everyone talks to everyone across tables and across the dining room. Yoho General Store - A…

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