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AMAZONIA at Mesker Park Zoo

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1545 Mesker Park Drive, Evansville, Indiana 47720 812-435-6143 Website

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.

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Angel Mounds State Historic Site

8215 Pollack Ave, Evansville, Indiana 47715 812-853-3956 Website

Angel Mounds State Historic Site is nationally recognized as one of the best-preserved prehistoric Native American sites in the United States.

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Autumn Fun- Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Patches, and more!

Citywide, Evansville, Indiana 47712

Evansville has so much fall family fun to offer! Corn mazes, pumpkin patches, hayrides and more! 

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Bosse Field

23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, Indiana 47711 812-435-8686 Website

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! 

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Burdette Park, Aquatic Center and BMX track

5301 Nurrenburn Rd, Evansville, Indiana 47712 812-435-5602 Website

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. 

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cMoe - Koch Family Children's Museum of Evansville

22 S.E. 5th Street, Evansville, Indiana 47708 812-464-cMoe(2663) Website

 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.

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Eagle Slough

500 Waterworks Road, Evansville, Indiana 47725 Website

127 acre wetland north of Ellis Park. One hundred species of birds and wildlife have been identified among the forests and lakes. Wild life viewing platforms, trails and parking. A project of the Sycamore Land Trust. 

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Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science

411 SE Riverside Dr, Evansville, Indiana 47713 812-425-2406 Website

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.

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Evansville Museum Transportation Center (EMTRAC)

411 SE Riverside Dr, Evansville, Indiana 47713 812-425-2406 Website

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.

Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed Monday

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Garden of the Gods

Shawnee National Forest, R.R. 2, Box 4, Elizabethtown, Illinois 62931 618-287-2201

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.

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Garvin Park

Heidelbach Avenue
Across from Bosse Field, Evansville, Indiana 47711
812-435-6141 Website

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. 

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Holiday Drive-in

US Rt. 231, Rockport, Indiana 47635 812-649-2857 Website

Come see one of the last of it's kind! Open since 1955, Holiday Drive Inn is one of the less than 400 operational drive inn theaters left in the United States! 

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Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

452 E. Christmas Blvd, Santa Claus, Indiana 47579 812-937-4401 or 877-463-2645 Website

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!

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Howell Park

Broadway Ave. and Tekoppel Ave., Evansville, Indiana 47712 812-435-6141

Playground, Red Mosby Pool & Splashpark, connected to golf course and Howell Wetlands. 

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Howell Park Par 3 & Miniature Golf

1101 S. Barker Ave, Evansville, Indiana 47712 (812) 781-1058

9 Holes; 871 Total Yards

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Howell Wetlands

1400 S Tekoppel Ave
Broadway Ave. and Tekoppel Ave., Evansville, Indiana 47712
812-499-2952 Website

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.

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IMAX Theatre

1801 Morgan Center Drive, Evansville, Indiana 47715 (821) 479-9732 Website

Movies scheduled afternoons and evenings. Ticket prices vary according to film. Group rates available. Call (812)479-9732 or (812)431-6566 or (812)426-0133 for ticket or group reservations.

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John James Audubon State Park & Museum

3100 US Highway 41 North, Henderson, Kentucky 42420 270-826-2247; 270-827-1893 Website

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.

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Lloyd Park & Pool

6101 N. First Ave, Evansville, Indiana 47710 812-435-6085

Enclosed 50 meter Olympic-size pool, diving area, snack bar, sun deck.

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LST 325

840 LST Drive
Along Riverfront at Marina Point, Evansville, Indiana 47713
812-435-8678 Website

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.

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Main Street

Downtown Evansville, Evansville, Indiana 47708 Website

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.

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Marengo Cave

P.O. Box 217, Marengo, Indiana 47140 812-365-2705 Website

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.

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Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden

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1545 Mesker Park Drive, Evansville, Indiana 47720 812-435-6143 Website

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! 

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Midget Links

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1215 E. Morgan Ave, Evansville, Indiana 47711 812-422-0632 Website

Oldest miniature golf course in Evansville! and one of the five oldest miniature golf courses in the country! Famous for it's 1500 gallon aquarium in the center. Also has an archery 

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New Harmony Atheneum

Historic New Harmony, P.O. Box 579, New Harmony, Indiana 47630 800-231-2168 Website

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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Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage

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401 SE Riverside Drive, Evansville, Indiana 47713 812-435-6141- Parks Dept. Website

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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Riverfront/Dress Plaza

Downtown Evansville, Evansville, Indiana 47708

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.

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Santa Claus Post Office

45 N Kringle Pl.
Kringle Place Shopping Center, Santa Claus, Indiana 47579
812-937-4469 Website

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.

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Showplace Cinemas East

1801 Morgan Center Dr, Evansville, Indiana 47715 812-426-1319 Website
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Showplace Cinemas Newburgh

8099 Bell Oaks Dr, Newburgh, Indiana 47630 812-426-1319 Website
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Showplace Cinemas North

4492 N 1st Ave # B
North Park Shopping Center, Evansville, Indiana 47710
812-426-1319 Website
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Sky Zone

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49 NORTH GREEN RIVER ROAD, Evansville, Indiana 47715 812-730-4SKY (4759) Website

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. 

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Swonder Ice Arena & SK8 Park

209 N. Boeke Rd., Evansville, Indiana 47711 812-479-0989 Website

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.

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USI Bluebird Trail

8600 University Blvd, Evansville, Indiana 47712 812-464-8600 Website

Located on the campus of the University of Southern Indiana, the USI Bluebird Trail is a combination nature/research project featuring 50 bluebird nesting boxes.

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Walther's Golf & Fun Center

2303 N. First Ave, Evansville, Indiana 47710 812-464-4472 Option #1 Website

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. 

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Wesselman Park

551 N. Boeke Rd., Evansville, Indiana 47711 812-475-2579; 812-473-5394

Adjacent to the Nature Preserve, Wesselman Park features a Par 3 golf course, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, softball fields, a playground and more!

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Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve

551 N. Boeke Rd., Evansville, Indiana 47711 812-479-0771 Website

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.

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Willard Library

21 First Ave., Evansville, Indiana 47710 812-425-4309 Website

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.

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