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Spring brings warmer temperatures, blooming flowers, and a load of fun. As schools let out for spring break, look no further than these 13 Indiana destinations for the perfect getaway! Family-friendly activities abound from buggy rides in Shipshewana, the world's largest children's museum, or a unique stay in one of 7 Indiana's State Park Inns. Now is the time to start planning your spring break getaway in Indiana.
Nestled in Northern Indiana, Shipshewana is a great destination for a family-friendly vacation. Take your kids on the historic 1906 Dentzel Carousel, ride through the city or countryside on a buggy ride, watch a show at the Blue Gate Theatre, or shop till you drop at the many local merchants. Find your Shipshewana spring break getaway here.
As you might already know, Indiana Dunes National Park is a must-see! Even better for spring break, Indiana Dunes National Park's Douglas Center in Gary hosts interactive exhibits, a video, and live animals each Saturday. Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center offers self-guided play stations and the new Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting honors collegiate and professional mascots. Click here for all of the information for spring break along the South Shore.
Fort Wayne turns into "Fort Fun" for spring break! Children can spark their imagination at one of their many museums including Science Central. The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, a downtown nature oasis, offers three gardens under glass. There are also loads of things to do at Fort Wayne's entertainment centers! Check out all of the Fort Wayne spring break ideas here.
French Lick is a unique destination that is magnified during spring break. Big Splash Adventure Indoor Waterpark & Resort lets guests experience the tropics year round in their 40,000 square foot facility. Wilstem Wildlife Park gives visitors the chance to encounter and interact with exotic creatures which now includes an Asian Elephant! Top off your stay by lodging at the historic West Baden Springs Hotel or the French Lick Springs Hotel. Look at more French Lick spring break information here.
One of the best destination dining locations is Triple XXX Family Restaurant, the last standing “XXX Thirst Station” root beer drive-in around the country. With warmer temperature approaching, it means that it is time to shop for new clothes and Lafayette's 50+ local boutiques and shops are the place to start! Click here for more spring break getaways in Lafayette-West Lafayette.
The Children's Museum of Evansville is located in the heart of the city. With over 20,000 square feet of exhibits, it is an experience to behold. The Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden connects families with hundreds of animals from around the globe. Evansville is also a great city for sports and luckily the 2021 NCAA Division II Men's Tournament will take place at the Ford Center. Check out more things to do in Evansville over spring break here.
Clark and Floyd counties in Southern Indiana provide a relaxing reprieve from everyday life. Derby Dinner Playhouse features multiple live productions in March including Saturday Night Fever and A Year With Frog & Toad. Kids and adults alike can watch candy being made at Schimpff's Confectionery in a live demonstration. A tour at the Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site lets visitors experience the 20,000-square foot mansion, hand-painted ceilings, a remarkable carved staircase, and other intricate masterworks. Read more about spring break in SoIN here.
Every attraction in Columbus shows off its architectural wonder! Kidscommons is a hands-on museum where guests can design their city of the future, find their inner artist, and learn about other cultures. The free Commons Playground is a great jungle gym featuring five steel columns, roping, and steel to connect 50 custom made platform pieces. No visit to Columbus is complete without a stop to Zaharakos Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor. To find out about more family fun in Columbus, click here.
Any spring break trip has to start with chocolate. Richmond's Chocolate Trail leads you to historic candy factories, tasty ice cream shops, and more. Over 10 locations offer free chocolate treats! Beautiful nature is plentiful including Thistlethwaite Falls, one of the best waterfalls in Indiana. A visit to Richmond must also include a trip to the only two Egyptian mummies on permanent display in Indiana. More information on Richmond can be found here.
Just north of Indianapolis, Hamilton County is chock-full of many attractions in multiple cities that will provide a memorable spring break getaway. Strawtown Koteewi Park allows kids to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow at their archery center. No matter the weather, the indoor water park at the Monon Community Center is the perfect spot for a swim. Conner Prairie, K-Trails Equestrian Adventures, and Topgolf are just a few more great options. Read more about their 25 spring break ideas here.
State Park Inns
Indiana's State Parks feature seven beautiful hotels located among some of the best nature in the country. Indiana State Parks with Inns include Brown County, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, McCormick's Creek, Pokagon, Spring Mill, and Turkey Run. Abe Martin Lodge at Brown County State Park boasts a 12,000-foot water park facility with a zero-entry pool, water basketball court, water volleyball court, whirlpool, and slides! For more information on booking a room at one of State Park Inns, click here.
One of the more unique spring break attractions is The Tie Dye Lab in Avon! The do-it-yourself studio allows participants the chance to color t-shirts, hats, socks, bandannas, and more. If food is your forté, Oasis Diner in Plainfield is a fun place to take kids on a day trip. It is one of only 5 historical diners to remain on US 40 from Illinois to Maryland. More spring break options in Hendricks County can be found here.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is the largest of its kind in the world and ripe for a spring break visit! XZOOberance at the Indianapolis Zoo is an awesome 12-day spring festival with outdoor musical instruments, crafts, and more! Indianapolis also has some of the best trails in the Midwest from the Cultural Trail to the Canal Walk at White River State Park. Click here for more information on an Indianapolis spring break.