Budget Travel: Indiana
| FAMILY FUN
new African Journey at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is part of a
Picnic in the Park package. This exhibit, opening June 6, offers an
interactive experience for visitors, plus all the animals you’d expect
in the jungle, including giraffes that you can feed. And don’t miss the
hyenas – a first for the zoo. For $182, stay overnight at the
Staybridge Suites and get four tickets to the Children’s Zoo and tokens
to the African Journey exhibit. The package includes breakfast and a
Get four tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari – one of the
most popular theme parks in the Midwest – when you stay at the Jasper
Inn and Convention Center. Opening this summer is Pilgrims Plunge, the
world’s tallest water ride. The overnight package is $225.
Exploration is part of what makes summer travel so much fun. In
Southern Indiana, visit Squire Boone Caverns, discovered by Daniel
Boone’s brother more than 200 years ago. Guided tours take you deep
into the caverns, where you’ll learn how these passageways were formed
beginning at a time when dinosaurs roamed here. Take a free one-hour
cavern tour, and then play a round of miniature golf at Golf Shores.
The tour, golf and an overnight stay for four at the Hampton Inn in
Corydon is $130.
For $229 a night on weeknights, families can enjoy the comfort and
luxury of the French Lick Springs Resort, along with a pizza dinner,
bowling and an in-room movie.
You also may want to tour the historic Marengo Cave, which is part of a
“Rivers, Streams & Caves Package” at the Leavenworth Inn on the
Ohio River. For $167, four people can select between a cave tour or
half-day canoe trip, have a place to sleep and get breakfast thrown in,
too. In Lafayette, a family of four can play Monster Mini Golf, have
burgers and fries at The Other’s Pub, stay overnight at the Days Inn
and enjoy a leisurely continental breakfast all for $134.
Make it a family reunion at the Rawhide Ranch in Brown County, where
horseback riding and old-fashioned relaxation are on tap. The public
riding facility features 54 scenic acres located just three minutes
from downtown Nashville. Stay in the two-story ranch house, where the
horses sleep on ground level and guests upstairs. Pond fishing and
campfires replace Internet access, TVs and phones. Book one night, and
get half off the cost of the second night.
The “Experience, Explore, Discover, Escape Package” is designed to help
you do all of the above. This mini-vacation offer four nights at the
Hilton Garden Inn in Carmel just north of Indianapolis, a hot breakfast
for four each day, and tickets to some of the area’s most popular
attractions, including the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Indianapolis
Zoo, Conner Prairie and the Monon Center, which offers a water park,
nature trails and fitness center in Carmel. The action-packed
four-night package is $499 for Thursday through Sunday travel.
That’s just one of several summertime deals including attractions in
and around downtown Indianapolis. Other packages include visits to the
storied Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, Indiana State Museum and
IMAX Theatre, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Symphony
Orchestra or the Caribbean Cove Indoor Water Park – where it’s easy to
make a big splash when you’ve got 50,000 square feet of water. You
won’t go hungry on your trip, either: Nearly every package includes a
hot breakfast, and many include dinner, too.
Information Source: Indiana Office of Tourism Development
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