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Four Great Family Road Trip Destinations

So much to explore just a few hours from Indy


April 2014

Those living in the Indianapolis area are fortunate to have tons of great destinations within easy driving distance. We've rounded up a few of the best so you can start planning your summer vacation!


(2 hours, 5 minutes)

Step back in time by booking a room at one of two historic hotels at the French Lick Resort (www.frenchlick.com). The French Lick Springs Hotel offers eight eateries, a bowling alley and organized children's activities. The more upscale West Baden Springs Hotel boasts seven additional restaurants, an awe-inspiring atrium and a Saturday afternoon tea service. Visitors can also explore five miles of hiking trails or sign up for horse/pony rides at the onsite stable.

If your kids love the water, set aside time for Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park & Resort (www.bigsplashadventure.com), with its pirate-themed tube slides, body slides and lazy river. Day passes are limited but can be reserved in advance. For drier fun, board the French Lick Scenic Railway (www.frenchlickscenicrailway.org) to enjoy a 20 mile round-trip journey through southern Indiana.


(3 hours, 2 minutes)

While this area is best known for Holiday World & Splashin' Safari (www.holidayworld.com), Santa Claus's holiday-themed amusement park, there are plenty of additional reasons to visit. Those wishing to remain in the Christmas spirit can pick up some gourmet candy canes at Santa's Candy Castle (www.santascandycastle.com) or write a letter to the big guy at the Santa Claus Museum & Village (www.santaclausmuseum.org).

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