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Indiana “Staycation” Ideas


Two kids, likely siblings, are getting ready to zipline.

The stores are filled with “Back-to-School” signs and you’re wondering . . . how did the summer pass so quickly?  Maybe the realization has you longing for that vacation you never got around to taking.  Well, it’s not too late!


Why not consider a little weekend getaway or a simple day trip -- a "Staycation" before the kids go back to school.  There are lots of fun things to do within driving distance whether it’s Indiana Dunes State Park, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Brown County, or even just a day complete with visits to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and Parkview Field.  The options are endless, and all of them allow you to enjoy some quality time with the kids before sending them off for another school year.  We’ve included some local attractions below to help get you started on planning your Indiana Staycation:


Fort Wayne


Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Science Central

Fort Wayne Tincaps - Parkview Field

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Crazy Pinz Entertainment Center

Lazer X

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park


South Bend


The Kitchen BMX and Skate Park

South Bend Chocolate Factory

Potawatomi Zoo

South Bend Cubs - Coveleski Stadium

Hannah Lindahl Children’s Museum

Studebaker National Museum

HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum




The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

SpaceQuest Planetarium

Indianapolis Zoo

Caribbean Cove Indoor Waterpark

Rhythm! Discovery Center

Go Ape Zip Line and Treetop Adventure


Don’t let the summer pass you by!  Consider a trip to explore one of the many things that Indiana has to offer, and come back from your Indiana Staycation relaxed and ready for a new school year.

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