Adventure Everywhere in Indiana

Adventure is Everywhere

Think you live in a place where there is nothing to do? I hear that all the time regarding my state and I disagree. With the right mindset and a little creativity, you can find adventure wherever you live. You don’t need to travel out of the country or even out of your town. I’d be willing to bet you can find something fun and interesting to do wherever you are. Once you learn that adventure-seeking skill you can use it wherever you go to create more excitement in your life.

To prove my theory, I’m embarking on a really long (like probably a few years) experiment to find something enjoyable to do in every county in Indiana. Let’s face it, Indiana isn’t a vacation hotbed – most people head to a big city or the beach for their annual vacations, so I figured if I can prove that my middle-of-the-country state has something interesting to do EVERYWHERE, my point will be made!

There are 92 counties in Indiana, so it’s a pretty daunting task. You can expect to start seeing posts each month covering a county or two (or three). I’ll still continue to share other trips, travel info, ideas for things to do, etc., this will just be a fun little addition. Luckily for me, I’ve already covered a few so I have a bit of a headstart.

I’ll come back to this post and add links as I complete each county. I’ve broken down the state into regions and to keep it simple, I just followed how Visit Indiana categorizes them. Ready to begin? Here we go …

Goat Yoga in Franklin, Indiana
Having fun in Franklin, IN (Johnson County)

Central Indiana is complete!!!

Boone – Boone County Adventures

Clinton – A Day of Fun in Frankfort

Hamilton – 5 Fun Fall Adventures in Hamilton County; Spend A Perfect Day in Westfield; Hamilton County Wineries; 10 Fun and Affordable Dates in Hamilton County; Nature Experiences in Fishers Indiana

Hancock – Foodies Flock to Fortville; Exploring Greenfield

Hendricks – A Rainy Day (Danville)

Johnson – Friday Night Fun; Goat Yoga and Dining Downtown; Exploring and Enjoying Franklin

Marion – Zoo Boo; A Presidential Adventure; Garfield Conservatory; 5 Fun Family Experiences Near Indy; Exploring Indianapolis

Morgan – Bees, Beers and More in Morgan County

Shelby – Hiking, Local Treats and More

South Central Indiana includes:

Bartholomew

Brown – Shopping & Sipping in Brown County, Indiana

Daviess – Fun Things to do in Daviess County

Dearborn – Visit Aurora in Southern Indiana

Decatur – Unique Attractions in Decatur County

Franklin – Franklin County Indiana Fun

Greene – Greene County Adventures

Jackson – Music & More in Jackson County

Jefferson

Jennings

Knox

Lawrence

Martin

Monroe

Ohio

Ripley – Batesville Indiana Fun!

Switzerland

The Refinery in Kokomo, Indiana
Look at these delicious drinks at the Refinery in Kokomo (Howard County)

East Indiana includes:

Adams – Art, History & More in Adams County

Allen

Blackford – A Walk in the Woods

Cass

DeKalb – Automobiles & More in Auburn, IN

Delaware – A Day Trip to Muncie

Fayette – A Winter Day in Fayette County

Grant – A Day Trip on the Garfield Trail

Henry – History, Hiking and Wine? A Perfect Day in Henry County

Howard – Crown Haven Center, A Full Day of Fun in Kokomo

Huntington

Jay

Madison – Adventure Everywhere

Miami – Fall Fun in Miami County

Noble

Randolph – Pies and Racetracks

Rush – A Hunt for Covered Bridges

Tipton – Dinner & a Movie – Small Town Style

Union – A Hidden Outdoor Adventure

Wabash – Day Trip Idea from Indianapolis – Wabash

Wayne

Wells – Spend a Day in Bluffton, IN

Whitley

toboggan+state park + Pokagon
Tobogganing fun at Pokagon State Park (Steuben County)

North Indiana Includes:

Elkhart – Is Elkhart, Indiana Worth Visiting?; 15 Fun Things to do in Elkhart County

Fulton – Things to do in Fulton County

Jasper – Birds, Beer and Beauty!

Kosciusko – Beginning the Weekend Off Right, Salt Caves and MudLove

LaGrange

Lake – Treats for Everyone, Animals, and Antiques in Lowell

LaPorte

Marshall

Porter – Day Trip to Valparaiso

Pulaski

St. Joseph

Starke

Steuben – Five Fun Things to do Near Pokagon, An Overnight Adventure at Pokagon State Park

South Indiana Includes:

Clark

Crawford – Marengo Cave – Indiana’s Most Visited Natural Attraction

Dubois

Floyd

Gibson

Harrison

Orange

Perry

Pike

Posey

Scott

Spencer

Vanderburgh

Warrick – Newburgh, a Darling Rivertown

Washington

McCords Candy Store in Lafayette, Indiana
Learning how to make candy canes in Lafayette, IN (Tippecanoe County)

West Indiana Includes:

Benton – Waterfalls and Windmills

Carroll – Indiana Day Trip: Things to do in Delphi

Clay

Fountain

Montgomery – Day Trips in Indiana, Crawfordsville

Newton

Owen – A Perfect Day in Spencer

Parke

Putnam

Sullivan

Tippecanoe – Best Places to Eat Near Purdue, McCords Candy Cane Tour

Vermillion

Vigo

Warren – Waterfalls and Windmills

White – A Day at the Lake

Whew! That’s an awful lot of places to visit. It’ll be interesting to see if my hypothesis is correct – if I really can find something fun to do in every county in Indiana. Regardless of success, I think I can safely say when this project is complete I’ll be an expert on things to do in Indiana!

If you are from one of these counties – I’d love to get your thoughts on what makes your area special and what I should be sure to check out!

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45 Comments

  1. So true people miss adventures in their own backyard. We’re temporarily in MN for the last 2 years and I’ve never really explored any of it. I always go elsewhere, but this summer we’ll check out some main sites around here.

  2. I just found out all of the cool places my home state offers. I couldn’t believe all I have missed over the years. Looks like you are set with adventures this summer!

  3. This is an awesome challenge as many of us forget to take the time to explore our own backyard! My home state of Georgia has 159 counties so it would definitely be a challenge here as well! I am excited to follow along. We have not made it to Indiana yet, but when we do I will know exactly where to go!

    1. So true, there is always something fun to do if you look hard enough! Just let me know when you come and I’ll share all the best places!

  4. That’s an ambitious and impressive goal to visit all counties! I’m exploring my own backyard this summer in Minnesota so looking forward to learning more about your home state.

    1. South Bend is great – I’ve only been there for a Notre Dame game once years ago, so I’m looking forward to checking it out again!

  5. I think this is a great idea. I’m originally from Indiana and I felt that way for a long time but there are some really fun and unique things in the state. Sometimes it does take a bit of looking and a change of mind set, but really doesn’t everything? Good luck! I am watching all your posts to see how many things I’ve done or need to!

    1. 29 isn’t a lot, but Utah is a BIG state – Since I’m in the middle of Indiana, 3 hours is the farthest I’ll have to go!

  6. I’m not sure I’ve ever mentioned to you that I lived in Southern Indiana for about 5 years waaaaay back in the day! My son still lives there so we know how amazing Indiana can be. Thanks for some new ideas/destinations for us to explore!

  7. What a great idea! I was looking at your prior posts and saw you were in Warsaw. Warsaw is the orthopaedic capital of the world. I work for Johnson & Johnson, in their medical device division and we have an office there. When I have traveled there, I stayed in a lovely bed and breakfast in Winona

    1. Fun! I really liked Warsaw – next time you go, you should definitely check out the salt cave – it was a neat experience and for $5 you can’t beat it!

  8. I love this post idea. It’s awesome and so true how there is some such to see and do in your own backyard. Also, some of the country names in the state are great! Miami, Delaware, Ohio, and Switzerland? So fun.

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