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Family Road Trips


Great destinations are just a few hours away



Family_Road_Trips
Family Road Trips
April 2013

Pack up the car and hit the open road with your family to discover the many interesting travel destinations within driving distance of Indianapolis. Whatever your family's interests might be, here are a few ideas to make the classic road trip enjoyable for every passenger on board.

Bloomington, Jellystone Park, Brown County and Nashville

History and education

The WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology (www.wonderlab.org), located in the heart of downtown Bloomington, is an award-winning science museum that offers activities to keep kids entertained for hours.

Nature and outdoor adventure

Camping at Jellystone Park at Lake Monroe (www.lakemonroejellystone.com) lets kids take advantage of indoor and outdoor pools plus a giant jumping "pillow". Brown County State Park

(www.browncountystatepark.com) located near Nashville offers 12 miles of trails for hikers of all levels.

Relaxation

For relaxing in the great outdoors, try booking a cabin in Brown County (www.browncountycabin.com). Several cabin options are available within a short distance of everything to do in the area.

Shopping and dining

Explore the many unique specialty shops in Nashville (www.nashville-indiana.com/shops.html) that cater to art, handmade jewelry, fudge, candles, glass blowers and more. After working up an appetite, try one of the restaurants famous for country cooking, such as Artists Colony Inn or Story Inn.

Columbus, Ohio and neighboring towns

History and education

The Center of Science and Industry (www.cosi.org) in downtown Columbus was voted the number one science center in the country according to Parents Magazine. Interactive activities are designed for each stage of a child's learning development.

Nature and outdoor adventure

If you're looking for a little exercise, try the Olentangy Trail (www.parkscolumbus.gov/OlentangyTrail.aspx). The trail starts from Worthington Hills to downtown, with stops among other parks to rest. The bikeway winds through several neighborhoods along the Olentangy River and travels through the Ohio State University campus.

Relaxation

Kick back and relax at the Heartland County Resort (www.heartlandcountryresort.com). Accommodations include suites offering log cabins, fireplaces, a Jacuzzi tub and porches with swings.

Shopping and dining

In Westerville, located just ten miles northeast of Columbus, you'll find Amish furniture, confectionaries and antiques in this quaint town. After shopping, let your taste buds lead you to Rubino's Pizza for New York style and Sicilian pizza or try waterfront dining at Bel Lago (www.bellagorestaurant.com) for a great Sunday brunch.

Northern Kentucky

History and education

Take a trip to the Nostalgia Station Toy and Train Museum in Versailles (http://www.ohwy.com/ky/n/nosttotr.htm). Housed in a 1911 railroad station, railroad memorabilia, model trains and pre- and post-war toys are waiting to be seen.

Nature and outdoor adventure

If you're a fisherman, Guist Creek Lake in Shelbyville (http://www.guistcreek.com) is the place to be as it is one of the best bass lakes for its size in the state. Campers are welcome and Jon boats and motor boats are available for rent.

Relaxation

Big Bone Lick State Park in nearby Union (http://www.big-bone-lick.com) provides the perfect opportunity to wind down, spread a picnic, stroll through a trail or study fossilized bones in the indoor museum.

Shopping and dining

The Wakefield-Scearce Galleries in Shelbyville (www.wakefieldscearce.com ) is a refurbished 200 year old home that specializes in fine English antiques. After shopping, try Wallace Station (www.wallacestation.com) for a giant pancake or blueberry French toast casserole, as featured in "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives."

Your next travel destination is just a road trip away – get out and discover what new adventures await your family!


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