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Parks & Playgrounds in Indiana
Hoosier State Water, Historic & State Parks
Question: What does every kid love? Answer: Parks, and lots of them. Whether it’s water parks, state parks, or historic sites, Indiana has plenty of playground for you and your family.
Indiana is home to 25 state parks – the largest of which is Brown County State Park set in the southern part of the state. Founded in 1929, Brown County State Park is located in Nashville – less than an hour southwest of Edinburgh, and 30 miles southeast of Martinsville.
Set on 16,000 acres, the park hosts over one million annual visitors, and features hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking, plus swimming pools, tennis courts, and an indoor water park. Enjoy Indiana’s fall foliage from Hesitation Point, fish the 17-acre Ogle Lake, or hike to the top of Weed Patch Hill – the state's third highest point.
Speaking of water parks, Deep River Waterpark is a premiere summer spot for families looking to splash around. Set in northern Indiana east of Merrillville and Schererville, Deep River is open from late May through mid August – with ice-skating in the winter. Known as the "Midwest's Favorite Family Waterpark,” Deep River features the Rip Tide Wave Pool, STORM Tube Ride, and the Paddles PlayZone. Take advantage of volleyball courts and plenty of concessions during your sizzling summer day.
In southern Indiana, French Lick is home to Big Splash Adventure – 40,000 square foot indoor water park for year-round fun. Young ones love Buccaneer Bay, while older visitors enjoy a slide down Jolly Roger Jetty. Relax in the Lost Treasure Lagoon, or float around in the Outdoor Leisure Pool during the summer.
More fun in French Lick includes horse back riding, zip lining, and ATVing at Wilstem Ranch, and rock-climbing, go-karts, mini golf, and laser tag at Shotz. And if you'd like to see the scenic side of southern Indiana, grab a seat on French Lick Scenic Railway – where you can hop the Dinosaur Train, Easter Express, or Polar Express depending on your travel dates.
For a bit of history mixed in with your outdoor time, visit Mounds State Park – set near Anderson just northwest of Indianapolis. The park is best known for its 10 prehistoric and ceremonial mounds, including the Great Mound – the world’s largest earthwork. The 250-acre park features hiking trails, plenty of swimming, and fishing in the White River. Enjoy lunch at one of the picnic shelters, trek along one the marked trails, or head to the Visitor Center for more information on the famed mounds.
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