Spring is upon us, and everyone is antsy to go on new adventures after the chilly winter season. Indiana is filled with exciting activities for all ages throughout the state and the time to start planning begins today!
Based on population the top five largest cities in Indiana include Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, Carmel and South Bend. Even though these may have the largest number of people, there are other places in Indiana to explore outside of these top-five cities. This spring can be an opportunity for you, your family and friends to explore a new part of Indiana and see all the Hoosier state has to offer.
Spring activities to do in Indianapolis
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis - Have a day at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis! The museum is filled with indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. Check online before going to see if the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience is open for the season.
Victory Field with the Indianapolis Indians - Enjoy hotdogs, popcorn, ice cream and more while watching the Indianapolis Indians play the beloved American game of baseball. The 2022 season begins in April, tickets to come!
Spring activities to do in Fort Wayne
Zesto Ice Cream - For all our ice cream fans out there, Zesto is a locally owned ice cream shop that has been serving the community for more than 50 years. Zesto has a treat for everyone including sundaes, shakes, slushes and razzles.
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory - Visit this botanical conservatory for a unique experience and enjoy nature’s beauty in Fort Wayne. This conservatory includes a Showcase Garden which has seasonal displays as well as a relaxing and rejuvenating atmosphere for all who come.
Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo - This attraction is considered one of Indiana’s #1 summer bucket list items. This zoo offers animals ranging from the African lion to the blacktip reef shark. They will be open for the season in Spring 2022, check out their website for official opening dates and more!
Spring activities to do in Evansville
Evansville African American Museum - Their mission is “to continually develop a resource and cultural center to collect, preserve and educate the public on the history and traditions of African American families, organizations and communities.” The museum has a rich history and is a place for meeting, learning, celebrating and discovering new ways of looking at history and culture.
Hartman Arboretum - At this unique attraction, visitors can view three different gardens including a wildlife garden, a hydrangea garden and a contemplative garden. Get off the couch and enjoy this place which also includes a stumpery, a native vine arbor and a pick-your-own blueberry patch.
Blue Grass Fish and Wildlife Area - Enjoy the beauty of nature in the Blue Grass Fish and Wildlife Area which expands across 2,532 acres. The nature area includes 28 pits and lakes which amounts to 600 acres of water. Plan a trip during hunting season, fishing season or just to have a wildlife watching experience.
Spring activities to do in Carmel
Monon Trail - This trail extends 25 miles across central Indiana. It begins in Carmel where you can explore various restaurants and breweries with family and friends. Grab your bike, go on a walk or start training for your first 5k on the trail.
Explore Carmel Arts & Design District – Visit the heart of Old Town Carmel and take in all the beauty their art and design district has to offer. Visit the many art galleries, showrooms at the Indiana Design Center, antique shops, retail stores and numerous restaurants with unique cuisine.
The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers – This cute cake shop is in the Carmel City Center and is home to some of the best cakes in Indiana, two of which even made Oprah’s Favorite Things list. The Cake Bake Shop is for all ages and can have everyone leaving with a major sugar high. Have a bridal or baby shower coming up? Contact The Cake Bake Shop to see if they have openings to host the event.
Spring activities to do in South Bend
South Bend Chocolate Factory - If you like premium chocolate and want to see where it's made, visit the South Bend Chocolate Factory to get the full experience. Tour the factory and sample the most iconic chocolate in Indiana. If you are looking for a fun lunch spot, The Chocolate Café in downtown South Bend has scrumptious lunch items and various chocolate treats to enjoy before, after or for lunch.
Studebaker National Museum - If you have not visited the well-known Studebaker National Museum yet, this is your sign that this spring you need to put it at the top of your list. This museum invites visitors to explore the history of automobiles and gain insight into where our world started and how we made our way to where we are today in this industry.
Potato Creek State Park – About 12 miles aside from South Bend lies Potato Creek State Park. There lies the 327-acre Worster Lake which visitors can enjoy throughout the year. The state park also offers campgrounds for individuals and families to come and camp. Plan a weekend trip this spring and you can camp, hike, swim and enjoy the great outdoors at Potato Creek.
Make every moment count this spring by finding an activity for you, your family and your friends to do this season!