French Lick West Baden is the perfect travel destination, no matter your interests. If you plan to make the trip, we invite you to discover some other South Central Indiana exciting attractions within easy driving distance. Whether you’re looking for fun day trips in Indiana to fill up your weekend, or you have a full week to spend here, you’ll find more than enough of any type of fun to keep you and the kids busy. Read about these easy Indiana road trips to get an idea of the quick jaunts that await you just outside of French Lick West Baden – destination ideas are less than 50 miles away. Check out our lodging options for a home base and start planning your trip. Come play with us and experience living in this fun family resort town in the central part of the state!
For family excitement:
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari: Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari offer kids and adults a fun-filled theme park and water park in nearby Santa Claus, Indiana! Holiday World celebrates Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and the 4th of July with rides – including the new Thunderbird steel coaster, the nation’s first launched wing coaster, three of the world’s top wooden coasters, and themed family and children’s rides, plus live entertainment, games and attractions. Plan your family or group trip to one of the most popular French Lick West Baden area attractions today!
Splashin’ Safari, named the Best Water Park in the nation by USA Today, includes the two longest water coasters in the world, numerous family raft slides and water slides, wave pools, plus water activities for children. Both parks offer free soft drinks, free parking, free inner-tube usage, free sunscreen and free Wi-Fi. Special events include Friday Night Fireworks in June and July and Happy Halloween Weekends in the fall.
For family and outdoor fun:
Lincoln State Park: Discover Indiana's past throughout 10 miles of hiking trails, rolling forested hills, and two scenic lakes. While on a hike, visit Abe Lincoln's boyhood home. Be sure to check weather conditions before heading out.
Lincoln Amphitheatre: The amphitheatre is a beautiful, 1500-seat covered theatre located inside Lincoln State Park in Lincoln City, Indiana. The Lincoln Boyhood Drama Association produces an inspiring, patriotic dramatization of historical events from the life of Abraham Lincoln.
Spring Mill State Park: Spring Mill offers hours of exploration and endless opportunities for recreation. You will find caves, a restored pioneer village from the early 1800s, a nature center, and the Astronaut Gus Grissom Memorial, to name a few.
Bluespring Caverns: Head north and discover the natural wonders of the world below as you float along the timeless waters of Myst'ry River. See native blind crawfish and crayfish in the clear water and experience gemstone mining.
Indiana Cave Trail: Get off the beaten path and explore Southern Indiana above and below on the Indiana Cave Trail. Four great show caves offer tours and more: Marengo Cave, Squire Boone Caverns, Bluespring Caverns and Indiana Caverns. Visit all 4 cave locations and receive a free t-shirt!
Cave Country Canoes: Care to float the Blue River? This outfitter offers a canoe trip to fit your level of ability and experience.
White River Outfitters: Catering to all of your outdoor adventure needs, White River Outfitters offers canoe and kayak rentals for one and two-day trips on the White River.
For culture and history:
Gasthof Amish Village: Enjoy the "Simple Life" with good food, country shops, and family activities in a peaceful and quiet country Amish setting. TripAdvisor reviews call the Amish restaurant’s daily buffet “Wonderful” and “Worth the drive.”
Dubois County Museum: Located in the heart of Jasper, Indiana, the Dubois County Museum traces the region's rich history from the Ice Age through the present. Explore all types of art, artifacts, traditions and cultures of the county's communities through numerous changing exhibits, special programs and seasonal events. The Dubois County museum is considered to be one of the largest county museums in the state of Indiana.
St. Meinrad Archabbey: Visitors are always welcome. Join any day at prayer or Mass in the Archabbey Church or tour the historic buildings and peaceful campus.
Monastery Immaculate Conception: The monastery dates back to 1867 and is listed in the National Historic Register. The grounds include serene gardens, and outdoor Stations of the Cross, a labyrinth, and three shrines.
For wine aficionados:
Don't forget to stop by Patoka Lake Winery while you're in the area!
Save enough time to enjoy a flavorful getaway along the Uplands Wine Trail as you explore the rural wine country of the Midwest. Our own French Lick Winery is one of the nine delicious stops on the trail. Other wineries include:
- Oliver Winery (Bloomington)
- Butler Winery (Bloomington)
- Brown County Winery (Nashville)
- Sweet Owen (Owen)
- Turtle Run Winery (Corydon)
- Huber's Orchard, Winery & Vineyards (Starlight)
- Best Vineyards (Elizabeth).
Keep these nearby destinations in mind when planning getaways to French Lick. You can make a home base in one of our comfortable hotels and check out these great area activities just minutes away. No matter how you spend your visit in French Lick, we’re glad you’re here.