101 Family Day Trips and Staycation Ideas Around Indianapolis | Kids Out and About Indianapolis

101 Family Day Trips and Staycation Ideas Around Indianapolis

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo


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Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Indianapolis. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

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Explore Gardens and Sculpture Parks

  Coxhall Gardens
Garfield Park
Dollie's Lavender Farm
Willowfield Lavender Farm
The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park



Get Wild on a Hike

   Morgan-Monroe State Forest
 Vandalia Trail
 Pennsy Trail
 Nebo Ridge Trail


Time Travel Today

   Indiana Historical Society
 Indiana War Memorial Museum
 Indiana Medical History Museum
 Conner Prairie
 Levi Coffin House


Make Life a Beach

 Eagle Creek Park Swimming Beach
 Morse Park and Beach
 Monroe Lake
 Indiana Dunes
 Deam Lake


Splash into Some Water Fun

 Splash Island
 The Waterpark
 Freedom Springs
 Forest Park Aquatic Center
 Splash House
 Big Splash Adventure


Spend the Day at a Museum

   Imagination Station
 Indianapolis Museum of Art
 Muncie Children's Museum
 The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
 Rhythm! Discovery Center
 Museum of Miniature Houses
 Indianapolis Art Center
Howard Steamboat Museum


Explore These Cities

 Fort Wayne
 Santa Claus
 Terre Haute


All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

   Indianapolis Rowing Center
 Grissom Air Museum
 Indiana Transportation Museum
 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
 National Model Aviation Museum
 Cave Country Canoes
 Hesston Steam Museum


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

   Kelsay Farms
 Tuttle Orchards
 Stuckey Farm Orchard and Cider Mill
 Traderspoint Creamery
 Piney Acres
 Watermans Family Farm
 Fair Oaks Farm
 Distelrath Farms


Play Ball!

   Indiana Fever
 Indiana Pacers
 Indianapolis Colts
 Indy Fuel
 Indy Eleven
 Indy Indians


Treat Yo' Self

   Rocket Fizz
 The Best Chocolate in Town
 Abbott's Candies
 Graeter's Ice Cream


Connect with Nature

 Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens
 Holliday Park
   Daubenspeck Nature Park
 McCloud Nature Park
 Fort Harrison State Park
 Coxhall Gardens
  Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

   Indiana Beach
   Holiday World
 Stricker's Grove
 King's Island
 Coney Island


Talk to the Animals

   Columbian Park Zoo
Oinking Acres Farm Rescue and Sanctuary
 Wolf Creek Habitat & Rescue
 Indianapolis Zoo
 Wolf Park
 Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden
 Nine Lives Cat Cafe
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo


Explore the Globe Close to Home

   Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
 Freetown Village


Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

   Cataract Falls
 Clifty Falls
 McCormick's Creek
   Glen Helen Nature Preserve


Get Active Indoors

   Bounce U
 Zip City
 The Park
 Sky Zone
 Roller Cave


Challenge Yourself

   Indiana Zipline Tours
 Breakout Games
 Climb Time Indy
 SportZone Indy


Shop Your Heart Out

   Kids Ink Children's Bookstore
 The Toy Pit
 Kits & Kaboodle Classic Toys
 Castleton Square
 Circle Centre Mall


Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Atlanta. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away