Winter. It’s the coldest season of the year. Some people love it, some don’t. Beat the winter blues – build a snowman, make snow angels or go sledding.
Beat the Winter Blues
Winter. It’s the coldest season of the year. Some people love it. You can build a snowman, make snow angels or go sledding. But for outdoor enthusiasts, that may not be enough. Indiana has so much to offer. Pokagon State Park in Steuben County has the only refrigerated toboggan run. Riders whoosh down the track around 35-40 miles per hour. If it’s more thrills you seek, Salamonie Lake State Park offers 40 miles of snowmobile trails and rests between Wabash and Huntington County. If you’re wanting to hit the slopes, look no further than Southern Indiana. Paoli Peaks and Perfect North Slopes are the ideal places when it comes to skiing, snowboarding and tubing. In Northern Indiana, Deep River Waterpark transforms its plaza into an outdoor ice skating rink.
Relaxation (pot inn- or have Ramon take one while we are there)
For those of us who are snowbirds or prefer staying inside during the winter months, treat yourself to a stay at one of the seven beautiful state park inns or one of their cabins. You can relax by a fireplace, go on a scenic walk or just spend time with your family.
Entertainment (Indiana Grand, French Lick)
There are plenty of activities for indoor fun-seekers as well. Go all in at one of Indiana’s 13 casinos. You’ll find slot machines and table games, and many offer live entertainment or concerts. If want to forget it’s winter, pamper yourself with a salon and spa package at Belterra Casino Resort or French Lick Resort.
Want to be entertained? Grab dinner and a show at the Derby Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville. The theatre is known for its productions of Broadway musicals and comedies. If it’s music you’re after, the Blue Gate Theatre in Shipshewana offers up everything from blue grass, county and Christian performances.
History & Heritage (Levi Coffin)
Another great winter escape is a visit to a museum. The Indiana State Museum would be a good place to start. Recently it unveiled three newly-renovated interactive galleries: Natural Regions, Contested Territory and 19th State. Indiana has 11 state historic sites, which include Corydon, the state’s first capital. You could tour Levi Coffin’s home in Fountain City. Coffin and his wife helped more than 2,000 freedom seekers find safety.
Play Time (Children’s museum)
For the smaller ones in your family, you could take them to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the largest facility of its kind in the world. The Dinosphere or Playscape are sure to be a hit. In Columbus, little ones can explore the free indoor playground at the Commons. This stainless steel jungle gym is truly one-of-a-kind.
Home of Hoops (NEED)
Remember, it’s winter in Indiana and in all four corners of the state, there are teams playing basketball. Catch a professional game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, collegiate athletes on the hardwood or head to a high school gym on a Friday night. That’s Honest-to-Goodness Indiana!
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