Groups enjoy visiting the sites and attractions around Evansville, Indiana, including:
- Seven wineries
- Themed museums
- National forests for hiking
- Historical landmarks from all of the major wars
- One of the most popular theme parks in the country
Experience the South American rainforest in a climate-controlled 76 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 new entrance on Mesker Park Drive. Admission includes access to all exhibits in the zoo.
Angel Mounds State Historic Site is nationally recognized as one of the best-preserved prehistoric Native American sites in the United States. Angel Mounds features a newly designed model museum that tell the story of the people of the Middle Mississippian culture who inhabited this area from 1000 to 1450 A.D. and the archeological remains of mounds they inhabited. Trails lead through the village for biking and hiking. Amazing new find that unearths more of the mysteries of our earliest settlers.
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!
Buffalo Run gives you a rare opportunity to see live buffalo and ostriches. They are kept in the fenced pasture located just behind the Buffalo Run Grill & Gifts. Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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.
Carson's Brewery is a craft beer micro-brewery located in Evansville, Indiana. 20 barrel batch size brew system and a large selection of beers. Tap room and brewery tours available. Tap room is also available to rent for private events. Limited food selection, the focus here is on the beer!
The Koch Family Children's Museum of Evansville has become the new favorite place for children of all ages from the Evansville and tri-state region! Visiting this museum is an experience that will engage your child as they learn and have a ball - as in the Quack Factory assembly of sirens, bells and lights to signal the relay of the production sequence. Or let them try out their stage talents to write, direct and edit their own play complete with video replay to see themselves as stars! Children under 18 should be accompanied by an adult.
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 houses a $10 million permanent art collection ranging from 16th century paintings to modern sculptures by world-renowned artists. National and local traveling exhibits are available year-round. The children's learning and exploration center and renovated Koch Planetarium offer educational fun for all ages.
Bosse Field, Evansville, Indiana 47711 812-435-8686
Locally owned and a member of the Frontier League, the Otters are the darlings of summer. Great ball play combined with fun promotions throughout the game guarantee an evening of fun family entertainment. To top it off, the games are played at Bosse Field, a stadium built in 1915 and the site of the filming of A League of Their Own in 1992. Come watch our Boys of Summer from May through August!
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.
Florida Georgia Line has cherished the good times seeing their QUADRUPLE PLATINUM debut single “Cruise” dominate Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart at No.
The Ford Center is a cornerstone for continued revitalization downtown. Its sweeping curved forms evoke the unique nature of the horseshoe bend in the Ohio River while providing an aesthetic that is of its time, reflecting its citizens’ forward-thinking nature. The use of native Indiana limestone at the arena’s base creates a visual grounding for the building while also respecting the materiality of Evansville’s civic buildings.
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.
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.
On Indiana State Road 69, 3.5 miles south of New Harmony, New Harmony, Indiana 47631 812-682-4821
3,465 acres on the Wabash River with boat ramp, picnic areas, cabins, pool, hiking trails, bridle trails; admission fee.
The museum began as a repository for family memorabilia. Items included equipment and other items from the family's long line of woodworking history. The family also had a collection of items of local historical interest, including photos, printed materials, automotive equipment and vehicles and military items.
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!
Broadway Ave. and Tekoppel Ave., Evansville, Indiana 47712 812-499-2952
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.
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.
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.
The best for the pool and dart leagues from the tri-state area as well as central and southern Illinoise will compete in the $100,000 Player Rewards Tournament in Evansville beginning Friday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 4th at The Centre. Competitions begin at 7PM on Thursday, 9AM on Friday and Grand Finale begins at 9AM on Sunday. No admission charge for spectators.
The 6th Annual Jazz & Wine Festival will again turn Main Street into a nightclub under the stars! Sixteen bands on three stages, ten restaurants, nine wineries with tented and open-air seating. The party begins at 4PM until 11PM. Ages 21 and over only. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. They can be purchased through website http://www.evansvillejazzfest.com/ or by calling 812-425-5050.
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.
Along Riverfront at Marina Point, Evansville, Indiana 47713 812-435-8678
Authentic WWII warship open for tours Tuesdays-Sundays and Mondays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Called the ship that won the war by Churchill, the LSTs were essential in sea-to-land invasions. The 325 is 328 ft. long, 50 ft.
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.
The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum was built in 1918 to honor soldiers and sailors who fought in the Civil War and Spanish-American War. Built in the Classic Revival architectural style, the building is made truly unusual and striking by the brick wings on either side of the poured concrete front, the curved corner of which give the building an Art Deco Flair, says the Indiana Historic Architecture Home Page. The Coliseum is now used for sports, exhibitions, stage plays, concerts, meetings and receptions.
Indiana's oldest zoo extends over 50 acres and is home to more than 700 animals. Pathways bloom and grow with local and exotic trees and plants. Open 365 days a year. New in 2008 - Amazonia! A walk through the wild expanse of the South American Rainforest! Enclosed, climate controlled to a jungle perfect 78 degrees. Complete with daily rain shower! Animals include howler monkeys, toucans, capeberras, tapir, sting rays and the elusive Queen of the jungle - the jaguar! Enter Zoo through new entrance on Mesker Park Drive.
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.
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.
Corner of Second & Sycamore Streets, Evansville, Indiana 47708
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.
Paoli Peaks caters to both skiers and snowboarders with 64 skiable acres, 15 slopes, one quad and three triple lifts, one double chair lift, three surface tows, a Jurassic Snow Park with giant snow mounds and jumps, and much more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kringle Place Shopping Center, Santa Claus, Indiana 47579 812-937-4469
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.
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.
Adjacent to Casino Aztar is their latest offering - a $40 million entertainment district called The District. Anchored RiRa's Irish Pub with great food and atmosphere, The District is the hottest nightspot in town. To complete the experience, visit the exotic Blush Ultralounge inside the LeMerigot Hotel.
Historic New Harmony, New Harmony, Indiana 47631 800-231-2168
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.
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.
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. 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.