Experience the South American rainforest in a climate-controlled 78 degrees year round. From the tree top canopy to the river basin, natural animals and plants of the region surround you! Keep a watchful eye for the King & Queen of the jungle - the jaguars! Open 365 days a year. AMAZONIA is located inside Mesker Park Zoo through the entrance on Mesker Park Drive. Admission includes access to all exhibits in the zoo.
Are you ready for a nostalgia trip? Experience the 70s and 80s again at Boogie Nights, your number one retro nightclub experience! Celebrity Impersonators, vintage icons and more are on hand to make your your Boogie Nights experience is unforgettable! Open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, doors open at 9pm.
Home to the Evansville Otters of the Independent Frontier League, Bosse Field opened in 1915 and was the first municipally owned sports facility in the United States. Only Boston's Fenway Park (1912) and Chicago's Wrigley Field (1914) are older than Evansville's Bosse Field. Site for the filming of "A League of Our Own" in 1992. Whether you're a sports fan or a history buff, this structure is a must see!
Burdette Park has family fun year-round.The park is open 7AM-midnight, 365 days a year. The Park Office is open from 8AM-4:30PM Memorial Day through Labor Day. All activities in the park are subject to operational hours, rental restrictions and weather conditions.
The Aquatic Center with bumper pool, four slides, and recreation area is a haven for water enthusiasts. There is also an Olympic size pool, diving well and children's area with spray park.
The Koch Family Children’s Museum has been the favorite interactive learning zone in Evansville for over seven years! Housed in an historic building on 5th street Downtown, “cMoe” features three floors of permanent and traveling exhibits geared towards play based learning. Kids can have a ball in the Quack Factory, produce their own plays & films in Speak Loud, and build their dreams in Work Smart.
This carefully restored 1834 Federal-design home of the merchant employer of Abraham Lincoln offers a unique look at the early development of Indiana and the life of Colonel William Jones, who was also a politician. Includes guided tours, themed talks, exhibits and gifts.
Adjacent to Tropicana, District after Dark brings you such diverse experiences as Boogie Nights: the ultimate Retro Nightclub, Ri Ra Irish Pub with it's outdoor seating and great view of the Ohio, Sportsbook Bar & Grill, the ultimate sports bar, and Blush Ultra Lounge for a swanky night out!
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Steeped in tradition and always exciting, Ellis Park Race Track is just minutes from Downtown Evansville. Built in 1922 and owned by Churchill Downs, Ellis Park runs live thoroughbred races from July through Labor Day with simulcast racing available year round. Recent renovations of the facility enhanced her graceful gables and twin spires providing an elegant signature for this Kentucky landmark. Watch some of racing's finest from the air-conditioned comfort of the clubhouse or the open gallery alongside the track.
The Evansville African American Museum is located in one of the nation's first housing projects - Lincoln Gardens - built in 1938 under President Roosevelt's New Deal Program. The community then was known as Baptisttown and was an independent, thriving community with black doctors, lawyers and educators. The EAAM celebrates the struggles, successes and experiences of the African American culture in Evansville throughout the last 70 years. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Click here for more information.
The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science is one of Southwestern Indiana’s most established cultural institutions. This general museum maintains a permanent collection of more than 30,000 objects, including fine and decorative arts and historic, anthropological, and natural history artifacts. Over twenty temporary exhibitions are displayed every year in four changing galleries. Shows range from regional to internationally traveling exhibitions.
Learn about the history of transportation in Evansville at EMTRAC - the Evansville Museum Transportation Center. EMTRAC details the history of early river, rail, aviation and street transportation, and includes a steam engine, club car and caboose from the early 1900s.
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Located in the Shawnee National Forest in Southeastern Illinois, Garden of the Gods is famous for its unique rock formations and spectacular views, including Camel Rock and Anvil Rock. Garden of the Gods features hiking, camping and picnicking. A short looped trail from the main parking lot, which can be hiked in about 45 minutes, passes along most of the main rock formations.
Garvin Park is one of Evansville's oldest parks. Purchased in 1915, the 80 acres provides a large lake, swimming pool, playground, tennis & basketball courts and is next to historic Bosse Field. Garvin Park is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and is a favorite for public gatherings. During the month of December, the local Easter Seals features the Ritzy Fantasy of Lights for the Christmas season.
This memorial stands on the site where Lt. Col. George Rogers Clark and his frontiersmen defeated Lt. Governor Henry Hamilton and his soldiers to capture Fort Sackville from the British, one of the great feats of the American Revolution. The visitors center adjacent to the memorial features interpretive programs and displays.
Evansville's German heritage is celebrated at Germania Maennerchor, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to sponsor and promote German song, speech, music and the dramatic arts.
Grouseland was the home of William Henry Harrison, the ninth President of the United States, who was the Governor of the Indiana Territory from 1800 to 1812. Built in 1803-04, the house was restored in 1911 as a museum and historic house furnished with period pieces, including many of Harrison's own possessions.
Have you ever seen a Chinese Fringe Tree? How about Mexican Bamboo or the Ben Franklin Tree? These trees are just the beginning of what can be explored at the Hartman Arboretum. Come and enjoy the ush gardens and scenery whle learning about native shrubs and trees. Many of the trees and shrubs seen at the Hartman Arboretum are native to Southern Indiana, Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky, also know as the Shawnee Hills area. New plant varieties that are not common to this area can also be observed.
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65 stores and restaurants including Gerst Haus, Lamasco Bar and Grill, Tin Man Brewing, PG Cafe, Smitty's Italian Steakhouse, Hagedorn's Pub, Thyme in the Kitchen, Paul's Menswear and more! Historic Franklin St is home to many great events including Mardi Gras Franklin Crawl and The West Side Nut Club Fall Festival, one of the largest street festivals in North America.
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari was voted Indiana's Best Place to Take the Kids for the many rides and water attractions the entire family to enjoy together. Amusement Today's 2002 Reader's Poll named Holiday World & Splashin' Safari the #1 Friendliest and the #1 Cleanest Park in the World; and The Raven was voted the #1 Wooden Roller Coaster in the World. Plus your admission includes free, unlimited soft drinks!
Hoosiers Lounge, located in the riverfront Pavilion, live entertainment, drink specials and sports on multiple screens. Local and regional acts playing favorites from yesteryear to today’s greatest hits.
Open 7 days a week.
Playground, Red Mosby Pool & Splashpark, connected to golf course and Howell Wetlands.
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Enjoy marshland, bald cypress slough, oxbow lake, lowland hardwood forest and upland meadow, as well as the wildlife found in these habitats such as muskrats, beavers, herons and wood ducks, at the 23-acre Howell Wetlands, one of only five urban wetlands parks in Indiana.
Located less than an hour from Evansville in Owensboro, KY., the International Bluegrass Music Museum collects, preserves and shares the heritage of the unique art form that is bluegrass music. Now offering guided tours for groups and music demonstrations.
Located south of the Gold Star twin bridges that connect Indiana to Kentucky, Audubon Museum and State Park preserves the work and spirit of this internationally recognized expert of ornithology. Audubon walked the forest now named after him when he resided in Kentucky in his early years. Life-size folios are on exhibit as are details of the accomplished study done by Audubon throughout his life. The surrounding woods offer trails for hiking, a lake for boating or fishing, and a beautiful 9-hole golf course.
Lincoln Amphitheatre is a covered, 1,500-seat amphitheatre that is located inside Lincoln State Park in Lincoln City, Indiana. It is the only covered outdoor venue in the nation and ensures that there is never a rain-out. The world premiere of "Lincoln" took place on the very grounds where Abraham Lincoln grew up. Enhanced by multimedia projections and period music, the story of the man considered by many to be the greatest U.S. president is expected to be a highpoint of the national celebration of the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth.
This splendid National Park is the site where Abraham Lincoln spent 14 of the most formative years of his life. Learn about the lives of Abraham Lincoln and his family, who lived here in a pioneer community from 1816 to1830. The grounds include the burial place of Lincoln's mother and a working pioneer farm.
This scenic 1,747-acre park was established in 1932 as a memorial to Nancy Hanks Lincoln. Recreational facilities include Lake Lincoln, lakeside shelter house, boat rental, nature center, cabins, picnic areas, shelters and trails. Lincoln State Park is home to the Lincoln Pioneer Village and Museum.
Enclosed 50 meter Olympic-size pool, diving area, snack bar, sun deck.
Called the ship that won the war by Churchill, the LSTs were essential in sea-to-land invasions and many were built in Evansville, IN. The 325 is 328 ft. long, 50 ft. wide and 1,625 tons of steel power. This floating piece of history was on site in Normandy on D-Day. She is also the "Last of the Class," meaning she is the only operational LST in existence. Tours are led by dedicated and learned crewmembers, some who served on LSTs. The 325 occasionally leaves port for cruises on other waterways.
Antiques, gift shops, and much more provide ample shopping experiences in Downtown. Local artwork and exhibits can be seen at the Arts Council Bower-Surheinrich Gallery. Numerous restaurants featuring Italian, Mediterranean, Korean, Spanish, Chinese and local cuisine. Nightlife can be found at several bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
Marengo Cave is one of the most beautiful show caves in the Eastern United States and has long been considered one of the Midwest's finest natural wonders. It is designated a U.S. National Landmark based on its great beauty and extremely large classic trunk passage.
Year round beauty abounds in this oasis of plants, shrubs and flowers conveniently located off of the Lloyd Expressway on Evansville's eastside. Site of community vegetable garden. Visitors welcome during daylight hours anytime. For guided tours, see information on the website listed.
Extending over 50 acres, historic Mesker Park Zoo is home to more than 700 animals and is open 365 days a year! Pathways bloom and grow with local and exotic trees and plants. The crown jewel of the zoo is Amazonia- a walk through the wild expanse of the South American Rainforest! This enclosed, climate controlled jungle stays a sultry 78 degrees and comes complete with daily rain shower! Animals include howler monkeys, toucans, capeberras, tapir, caiman, and the elusive queen of the jungle - the jaguar!
The Castle on the Hill is home to one of the nation's largest communities of Benedictine women. Guided tours include the majestic domed church, outdoor Stations of the Cross, Lourdes Grotto, and Rosary steps. Gift shop, For Heaven's Sake also on grounds.
The Atheneum was designed by world-renowned architect Richard Meier and serves as the visitor center for New Harmony, IN, and the surrounding region. Named for Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and the arts, the Atheneum features an orientation film, communal history exhibits and an observation deck. Tours of historic New Harmony are available from the Atheneum daily from March 15 through December 30.
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The Courthouse is one of the finest examples of Neo-Baroque architecture in the United States. Elegant, intricate sculptures carved from Indiana limestone sit above each entrance. Lavish marble floors and walls inside are accented by the black slate stairs and wrought iron railings that lead to the top story rotunda. The Old Courthouse was built in the 1890s and remains one of Downtown's premier architectural showplaces.
Built in 1869, the Old Post Office and Customs House is a classic example of the Richardsonian Romanesque architectural style, featuring round arches over window and door openings, extensive use of stone masonry and towers.
Once complete, the Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage will encompass 42 miles of pedestrian and bicycle trails that encircle the city. Linking communities and providing a natural refuge from busy streets, the Greenway will be a linear park and trail system that ultimately extends into adjacent counties and ties into the American Discovery Trail (an interstate system of trails that cross the U.S.). Access to the completed portions of the trail is found at Garvin Park (N. Main Street and Heidelbach Ave.) and at the downtown Riverfront.
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Return to the days of Victorian elegance and grandeur by touring the historic Reitz Home Museum. Described as one of the country's finest examples of French Second Empire architecture, the Reitz Home Museum features period furniture, silk damask-covered walls, hand-painted ceilings, delicately molded plaster friezes, French gilt chandeliers and intricately patterned wood parquet floors. Call for hours of operation, open Tuesday - Sunday, closed Monday.
Large selection of imports, drafts as well as domestic beers, wines and liquors. Full menu. Open daily. Entertainment on weekends. Indoor and outdoor seating. View of the Ohio River.
Located in Evansville's hot spot - The District
A brick paved walkway above and tiered seating below provide the perfect setting to view the spectacular Ohio River. Convenient driving access with parking is available along the lower plaza that is the scene for numerous summer concerts and festivals. Framed by the inspiring Four Freedoms Monument and Aztar Plaza, the Riverfront invites walkers, runners, bikers and strollers to enjoy the lovely Front Door to our city.
Pigeon Creek meanders for miles through Evansville’s northeast side and downtown area to its juncture with the Ohio River. Years ago, the city built one canoe/kayak launch on the creek at Heidelbach but lack of a second launch prevented most people from enjoying the waterway for recreation.
Saint Meinrad Archabbey offers a peaceful and spiritual retreat with beautiful grounds and the opportunity for prayer with Benedictine monks. Founded in 1854, Saint Meinrad is one of only two archabbeys in the United States, and one of only eleven in the world. Home to the Saint Meinrad School of Theology, the Abbey Press, the Abbey Press Gift Shop and Abbey Caskets.
The Santa Claus Post Office is the only post office in the world with the Santa Claus name. Stop by this small-town post office to receive the famous Santa Claus picture postmark, available only during the Christmas season. Also during the holidays, the Santa Claus Post Office receives thousands of letters to Santa written by children from all over the world. Santa's Elves make sure each child receives a reply.
Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park dedicated to the pure joy of flying. Offering Open Jump, Ultimate Dodgeball, Foam Zone, Sky Slam and Skyrobics, Sky Zone is a great place to take your family or host a party or group event.
Located just over 100 miles Northeast of Evansville, Spring Mill State Park features a restored pioneer village, cave tours, trail rides, fishing, hiking, swimming, and more. Spring Mill is also home to the Grissom Memorial, which honors Mitchell, Indiana native Virgil Gus Grissom, one of the seven Mercury astronauts and America's second man in space.
It was Squire Boone and his brother, Daniel, who discovered these caverns in 1790. Between 1804 and 1809, Squire built a gristmill near the mouth of the cave that serves as the focal point of Squire Boone Village today. The village includes craft shops, playground, picnic groves, kitchen, bakery and candy cabin.
New facility opened in October of 2002, Swonder Ice Arena is a skater's dream come true. Two regulation-size rinks suit hockey players and figure skaters. Inliners and skateboarders can choose between an indoor or outdoor skate park. State-of-the-art sound and light show designed with the technology used at the 2002 Olympics heats up the action when the skaters take the ice. University of Southern Indiana and local high school hockey teams compete weekly. Seating for 1,500 spectators available.
Built in 1912 and restored in 1995, the Pagoda retains its original Japanese architectural design conceived from a model displayed at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. As a community gathering place, the Pagoda was a popular site for picnics and concerts for residents to enjoy along the river.
The non-denominational Roofless Church, a New Harmony architectural landmark designed by Philip Johnson and built in 1960, is open to the public and operated under the auspices of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. Mrs. Jane Blaffer Owen, who commissioned the Roofless Church, believed that only one roof, the sky, could embrace all worshipping humanity. Its picturesque setting makes the Roofless Church a popular setting for weddings and other ceremonies.
Evansville's only floating bar and grill! One of the more unique places to eat, enjoy a drink or even play a game of cornhole. Live music, and a relaxing view of the river. You can even drive your boat right up to the dock and have your meal served right to you! Located at Marina Pointe, next to the LST 325.
Tropicana Evansville offers dockside gaming 24/7! Located on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Evansville, Indiana, the centerpiece of this attraction is the "City Of Evansville" riverboat casino featuring three levels of Las Vegas-style gaming action. Over one thousand slot machines offer a variety of play from $0.01 to $100. Table games include Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Spanish 21, Three Card Poker, Bonus Let It Ride Poker, Omaha plus a live Poker Room.
The University of Evansville features 13 varsity intercollegiate athletic teams, which compete in the Division I Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). Check with the UE athletic department for a full schedule of Aces athletic events.
Dramatic enrollment increases in the last 10 years makes USI the fastest growing university in Indiana. Enrollment is currently over 10,000 students. USI is a regionally responsive, comprehensive public university in the model of the "new American college" that emphasizes teaching and interaction between faculty and students. A liberal arts and science curriculum serves as the foundation of knowledge for all programs.
18-hole course on rolling terrain. No cost, open to all ages. Discs available through the USI Dept. of Recreation.
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The Victory Theatre is a 1,950-seat venue managed by Venue Works. The theatre recently underwent a $20 million renovation, and evokes nostalgic memories of the 1920s. In addition to being the home of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Victory Theatre hosts a wide variety of concerts, Broadway shows and children's programming. The Victory Theatre is located on Evansville's beautiful downtown cobblestone walkway.
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Two 18 hole miniature golf courses, 1 indoor, 1 outdoor. Unlimited golf all day for one price. Home of the only Lazer Tag experience in the Evansville area. Over 50 arcade games, indoor playground and cafe featuring pizza, snacks and drinks.
Shops and restaurants including Sears and SteinMart for shopping and locally owned Hacienda restaurant and Time Out Bar and Lounge.
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Adjacent to the Nature Preserve, Wesselman Park features a Par 3 golf course, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, softball fields, a playground and more!
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve is a National Natural Landmark and a State Nature Preserve with over 190 acres of virgin bottomland hardwood forest, providing the prefect atmosphere for relaxing nature walks. It is the largest old growth urban forest in the nation. The Nature Center features exhibits, events, wildlife observation areas, meeting rooms a library and a gift shop.
Completed in 1849, Willard Carpenter House is one of the finest examples of pure Georgian architecture in this area. Built of brick and stone, it features a balanced facade and a classic facade over the entrance door. Restored in 1974 to as close to its original condition as possible, the home stands as a memorial to one of Evansville's most aggressive and influential pioneers.
Willard Library is the oldest operating library in the state of Indiana. It was opened in 1885 under the directive to be a public library for the use of the people of all classes, races and sexes free of charge forever. The Special Collections department houses one of the most extensive collection for genealogy study in the Midwest. Sneak a peek at our famous Grey Lady with 24-hour viewing available on the Ghostcam on the library's website.
German for vintner of the forest, Winzerwald Winery opened in early 2001 on 85 acres of rolling land in the Hoosier National Forest. The winery offers free tastings and unique German- and Swiss-style wines, gifts and educational tours. You can also visit the tasting room on Franklin Street in Evansville, IN.