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8 Amazing Experiences Surrounding French Lick West Baden – Blog


Posted on 10/15/2018 by Visit French Lick West Baden

There are so many ways to enjoy French Lick West Baden, but the surrounding area also offers a wide variety of great experiences, from outdoor and family fun to wine tastings and cultural attractions. Using French Lick West Baden as your home base, you can easily enjoy this list of 8 amazing experiences surrounding French Lick West Baden!


  1. Gasthof Amish Village


    A truly unique adventure, the Gasthof Amish Village is 92 acres of an "oasis in the farmland" of Indiana just three-quarters of an hour from French Lick West Baden. It’s a blend of Amish history and heritage that offers locally-produced Amish crafts and foods. You’ll find antiques, unique shops, and access to a 25-acre lake, along with a bakery that makes fresh homemade pies, bread, noodles, cookies, and cakes every day. Don’t forget to stop at the restaurant located inside the village, famous for its large buffet with authentic Amish recipes.


  2. Indiana Caverns


    Stretching for almost 45 miles, just an hour drive from French Lick, is Indiana’s Longest Cave – Indiana Caverns. The public entrance is a very recent discovery - just found in 2012. You can go on a walking tour that includes an underground boat ride, and kids will love the Cavern of the Sabertooth attraction. Feeling adventurous? Experience 4 hours of underground exploring with their Deep Darkness challenge where you’ll climb, crawl, and kayak your way through the underground stream.


  3. Animal Encounters at Wilstem Ranch


    Located just a short drive from French Lick West Baden, Wilstem Ranch offers up-close elephant encounters with three levels of engagement available from March to October! Not only this, they also have Giraffe and Kangaroo encounters open year-round. Explore the ranch on an ATV adventure tour or on horseback. Lastly, don’t miss Grizzly encounters with Jeff “the Bear Man” Watson, formerly with Animal Planet! Click here to learn more about the adventure opportunities at Wilstem Ranch.


  4. Lincoln’s Boyhood Home


    An hour’s drive will find you at Lincoln’s Boyhood Home, a memorial to the celebrated president with a re-created 1820s homestead. There’s a cabin site with a bronze casting of sill logs and fireplace hearthstones, and a memorial building with sculptured panels. You can also walk in Lincoln's footsteps on the site’s hiking trails. You’re not going to want to miss this historical opportunity! Plan your visit here.


  5. Lost River Game Farm


    Head just 25 minutes north of French Lick West Baden to discover Lost River Game Farm, where you can hunt pheasant, quail, and chukars on different types of ground, with the option of adding professional guides and dogs provided by the farm. Their Driven Pheasant Hunt includes a pheasant release, lunch, and birds cleaned.


  6. Hoosier National Forest


    Set in the rolling hills of central Indiana, 20 minutes from French Lick West Baden, Hoosier National Forest includes some of the best remaining forestlands in Indiana. It holds a wide variety of areas for camping and fishing, as well as hiking, horseback riding, and back-country trails. You’ll be able to truly immerse yourself in the Indiana Wilderness when you visit the Hoosier National Forest.


  7. Holiday World


    Less than an hour away from French Lick West Baden is Holiday World, an amusement and water park. It boasts the world’s longest water coaster, Mammoth, in addition to Thunderbird, America’s only launched wing coaster. There’s a lot of opportunity for family fun, with science, comedy, magic shows, and plenty of rides for kids. When you’re in town, check out their holiday themes around Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and 4th of July that include special rides and adventures! Explore their rides here!


  8. Pakota Lake Winery

Just 25 minutes from French Lick West Baden, is a hidden gem: Pakota Lake Winery. However, it’s growing its brand and won’t be a secret much longer, after winning two gold medals and six silver at the Indy International Wine Competition! Be sure to stop by their Tasting Room, which is open daily to the public. The Tasting Room offers exceptional sipping experience of their many different varieties of wine, along with gift shop and wine sales. See all their offerings here!



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