“With gas prices on the rise, it’s a great time to explore what’s in our own backyard,” said Amy Vaughan, director of IOTD. “We have lots to do close to home for Hoosiers.”
There are more than 60 trip ideas at www.VisitIndiana.com. Below are a few adventurous spring break vacation ideas.
Zip on a Zip Line
Missed the zip line in Indianapolis during the Super Bowl? Dagaz Acres Ziplines in Rising Sun and Explore Brown County in Nashville both offer multiple zips through forest canopies providing breath taking views. Additional information and reservations can be made at www.dagazacres.com and www.explorebrowncounty.com/zip-lines.
Ride a Horse
Gallop through the forest and streams all while riding horseback. Crooked Creek Trails located in north central Indiana offers horseback rides throughout the year with a reservation. Go to www.crookedcreektrails.com to make a reservation.
Crawl in a Cave
Head below the ground and discover one of Indiana’s caves. Marengo Cave and Squire Boone Caverns, both open year-round, offer guided walking tours. More adventurous explorers may enjoy getting dirty while crawling their way through Marengo Cave on the Waterfall Crawl tour. Discounts are available at www.visitindiana.com for Marengo Cave in Marengo and Squire Boone Caverns in Mauckport. Additional information and reservations can be made at www.marengocave.com and www.squireboonecaverns.com.
Soar in a Hot Air Balloon
Soar between the clouds in a hot air balloon provided by Midwest Balloon Rides. Float above downtown Indianapolis at sunrise or schedule a balloon to come to almost any community in Indiana. For more information, visit www.midwestballoonrides.com.
Canoe or Kayak Indiana’s Waterways
Canoe or kayak the White River, Salt Creek, Patoka Lake or Lake Monroe with Most High Adventure Outfitters located in Bloomington. Rentals are available throughout the year with a reservation. A $5 discount on rentals is available at www.visitindiana.com. For more information about Most High Adventure Outfitters visit www.soilandwater.com/mosthigh/default.htm.
Climb to New Heights
Climb Time in Indianapolis offers 8,500 square feet of indoor climbing surfaces and 30 ropes. Routes change weekly, providing a challenge to beginners and experienced climbers. For more information, visit www.climbtimeindy.com.
Zoom Around on Two Wheels
Cruise the Monon Greenway or explore downtown Carmel and Broad Ripple all while on two wheels. Carmel Cyclery offers bike rentals that allow riders to easily check out shopping and dining in surrounding towns. For more information, visit www.carmelcyclery.com.