Southern Indiana misses you! If you are considering traveling this summer, come on down to Southern Indiana. In these uncertain times, we understand that many may be hesitant about travel.
This is why we have put together a list of a few Southern Indiana attractions that have reopened with several safety procedures set in place to ensure that you have lots of fun and keep safe too! Check out our Southern Indiana Reopenings list below:
Nationally known for family fun, this theme park/water park duo is a favorite summer spot in Southern Indiana. Located in Santa Claus, Indiana, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari has been voted “Cleanest Park in the World” for 19 consecutive years by “Amusement Today.”
Thrill seekers will get an adrenaline rush riding Thunderbird, America’s only launched wing coaster, and by taming Wildebeest, voted the #1 water ride on the planet by Amusement Today. The little ones will love riding Dasher’s Seahorses and playing in Holidog’s Treehouse. With three top-rated wooden roller coasters and the world’s longest water coaster, this one-stop park is filled with tons of family fun.
Holiday World officially reopened on June 17, and Splashin’ Safari plans to reopen on July 4. New for this summer, Holiday World announced “virtual lines” to help maintain social distancing while visiting the park. They have replaced crowded queues with an inLine Reservation System where you’ll wait while you enjoy other parts of the park. There are “Santatizer” stations throughout the park and park staff will be sanitizing high-touch areas regularly. Dining areas have been spaced out when possible as well.
Golfing at the French Lick Resort in Southern Indiana is a MUST for any avid golfer. Few things get the blood pumping like the mention of Donald Ross, Pete Dye, and Tom Bendelow in the same sentence. Nowhere else in the world can a golf player courses designed by each of these noted and prolific designers at one resort destination. The rolling hills of southern Indiana provide a beautiful, yet challenging, golf destination.
The French Lick Golf Resort is currently open and accepting reservations for tee times at all 3 courses: Pete Dye Course at French Lick, Donald Ross Course, and the Valley Links Courses. Hours have been adjusted to 9am-5pm to allow more time for sanitation.
The Indiana Military Museum has one of the most outstanding displays in the Midwest spanning the Civil War through WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and current engagements. The newly opened Annex exhibit space displays feature tanks, artillery and aircraft and the indoor museum showcases uniforms, flags, battlefield relics, captured enemy souvenirs, WWII toys, home front items, and vehicles.
The Indiana Military Museum reopened on Sunday, June 14. Hours will remain the same, daily 10am-4pm. The museum will be requiring masks and will have them on sale for $1 each. Additionally, the museum has reminders posted about social distancing and has implemented extra sanitation and cleaning measures.
For more information about the museum, click here.
Harmonie State Park offers a pristine landscape, where nature lovers can enjoy the simplicity of the outdoors. Located “on the banks of the Wabash” 25 miles northwest of Evansville, the park features a beautiful swimming pool, shady picnic areas, ravines and more. There are several trails for walking, biking, and nature hikes that will surely lure you in for a visit.
Harmonie State Park is currently open! Visitors can enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, boating, hunting, horse, and bicycle riding and geocaching. On DNR properties, some services and facilities are temporarily closed. DNR guidelines and safety protocol information can be found here. Visitors should follow posted restrictions and practice safe social distancing.
Perry County is excited to announce the opening of the Ohio River Scenic Railway where they will be offering new train rides every Saturday and Sunday, from June 20 to December 31. There will be additional train cars to ensure social distancing is kept for all riders. Climb aboard our vintage train and enjoy a leisurely trip across parts of the Ohio River banks and other natural settings throughout Perry and Spencer Counties in Southern Indiana.
For more information about the Ohio River Scenic Railway, click here.
Clark and Floyd Counties
Sample wines at this expansive family orchard and winery. Huber Winery is Indiana’s largest estate-bottled winery, and it has expanded its operation to include spirits with Starlight Distillery. Starlight Café has an array of appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas, and salads to pair with your favorite Huber drink.
Huber’s Orchard and Winery is open and ready for visitors! On May 11, they reopened on-premise dining as well as the tour and taste programs. The Farm Park officially opened back up on June 14 with regular hours. Live music will resume on June 20. The Ice-Cream Factory has also reopened with a major renovation!
Visitors can expect new social distancing, crowd control, as well as new safety procedures.
Ferdinand State Forest is one of the most serene state parks in Southern Indiana. The scenic beauty of the area allows for a peaceful get-a-way with nature. Ferdinand State Forest is currently open! Come explore over seven acres of beautiful wooded settings by kayaking on the lake, hiking the five trails, fishing, swimming, mountain biking, and more.
Playgrounds and the fire tower will remain closed at this time. Drinking fountains are also not available. Be sure to practice safe, 6-feet social distancing while exploring the park.