Happy Faces, Hidden Places

Itineraries

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  • Angel Mounds State Historic Site – The regional center and chiefdom for a community of thousands of people of the Middle Mississippian culture from 950 to 1450 A.D., Angel Mounds State Historic Site is nationally recognized as one of the best-preserved prehistoric Native American sites in the United States.
  • Willard Library – Opened in 1885 to be “a public library for the use of the people of all classes, races, and sexes free of charge forever,” Willard Library continues to operate as a public library to this day and houses one of the most extensive collections for genealogy study in the Midwest. Fully restored to its architectural splendor, Willard Library is one of the finest examples of Victorian Gothic architecture.
  • LST 325 – WWII Landing Ship Tank – The last operational LST in existence, LST 325 makes her home in Evansville. Essential to WWII sea-to-land maneuvers such as D-Day, LST 325 is 328 feet long and weighs 1,625 tons. Come meet a true hero and the heroic crew that leads the tours.

History

  • Bosse Field – Currently home to the Evansville Otters, 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 old than Evansville’s Bosse Field. The box office hit “A League of Their Own” was filmed at Bosse Field in 1992.
  • Angel Mounds State Historic Site – The regional center and chiefdom for a community of thousands of people of the Middle Mississippian culture from 950 to 1450 A.D., Angel Mounds State Historic Site is nationally recognized as one of the best-preserved prehistoric Native American sites in the United States.
  • Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science – permanent art collections valued at $10 million dates from the first century B.C. to the present. Paintings, sculptures, artifacts, and room displays on two floors.
  • LST 325 – WWII Landing Ship Tank – The last operational LST in existence, LST 325 makes her home in Evansville. Essential to WWII sea-to-land maneuvers such as D-Day, LST 325 is 328 feet long and weighs 1,625 tons. Come meet a true hero and the heroic crew that leads the tours.

Holiday

  • Reitz Home Museum Victorian Christmas – The Reitz Home Museum is the brightest gem in Evansville’s Victorian architecture crown. During the holiday season, local decorators adopt a room in the home to spin their vision of what Christmas looks like at the turn of the 20th century. The result is Victorian style and elegance mixed with holiday whimsy and magic.
  • The Nutcracker – Evansville Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” is an annual holiday tradition featuring the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. The Nutcracker will delight audiences of all ages.
  • Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights – Garvin Park will be aglow with the scenes of the season during the Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights. Drive a mile through the park to enjoy 60 sparkling and festive seasonal character and scenic displays that make this a favorite holiday tradition for the whole family.
  • Thyme in the Kitchen Cooking Class – Thyme in the Kitchen cooking classes are an excellent choice for your next outing! A wide variety of cooking classes are available, everything from the basics to exotic. All classes will last two to two in a half hours.

Fall

  • West Side Nut Club Fall Festival – The second largest street festival in the country… and it’s still growing! Over 150,000 people attend this week-long event which features free entertainment, carnival attractions, window displays, amateur talent competitions, a huge parade, and over 120 booths offering tasty treats from the traditional to the unique.
  • Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden – The largest zoo in Southern Indiana with a “kid-friendly” fountain area also offers a gift shop and restaurant where you can dine inside or outside. Tour the zoo and botanic garden on foot or by tram. The amazing exhibit Amazonia is a spectacular experience of a walk through the South American rainforest.
  • Reitz Home Museum – The elegance and grandeur of the Victorian era abound in this historic mansion. Restored and renovated to the more gracious time of the late 1800s, the Reitz Home Museum is a stunning example of French Second Empire architecture.
  • Victory Theatre featuring the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra – Over its 84-year history, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra has grown to become one of the finest regional orchestras of its kind in the country.
  • Grey Lady Ghost Tours at the Willard Library – Look for the world’s most famous library ghost, Willard Library’s Grey Lady! The tour guides will recount stories about the famous ghost in the exact location of the library where they happened.

Nature

  • Wesselman Woods Nature Center – One of Indiana’s few remaining old-growth bottomland hardwood forests, providing habitat for a huge diversity of woodland species, including white-tailed deer, raccoon, rare salamanders, and both resident and migratory birds. A nature preserve is located on-site and includes indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife observation areas, multipurpose rooms, and a gift shop.
  • Howell Wetlands – Howell Wetlands is a 35-acre urban wetland showcasing a diversity of wetland habitats that provide homes for beaver, waterfowl, turtles, frogs, and songbirds, among many others. Over two miles of hiking trails lead visitors on trails that extend over a marsh and cypress slough, through a wildflower and grassland prairie, over an oxbow lake, and through a bottomland hardwood forest.
  • Angel Mounds State Historic Site – The regional center and chiefdom for a community of thousands of people of the Middle Mississippian culture from 950 to 1450 A.D., Angel Mounds State Historic Site is nationally recognized as one of the best-preserved prehistoric Native American sites in the United States.
  • Burdette Park and Aquatic Center – Burdette Park is a 140-acre facility offering a wide variety of activities for patrons of all ages to enjoy year-round. Features include the summer Aquatic Center with swimming and diving pool, mega water slides, wading pool, bumper boats and spray park; playgrounds; shelter houses; miniature golf; batting cages; fishing lakes; hiking trails; basketball and tennis courts and more.

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  • Hotel
    • Le Merigot – Experience the ultimate in modern luxury at Le Merigot at Tropicana Evansville! Each Le Merigot guestroom is beautifully appointed with contemporary Italian bed linens, Sealy pillow-top mattresses, goose-down duvets, and flat-screen TVs. Each bathroom features a glass stand-alone shower with a rainmaker showerhead and plush micro-fleece bathrobes and slippers.
  • Lunch
  • Attraction
    • LST 325 – WWII Landing Ship Tank – The last operational LST in existence, LST 325 makes her home in Evansville. Essential to WWII sea-to-land maneuvers such as D-Day, LST 325 is 328 feet long and weighs 1,625 tons. Come meet a true hero and the heroic crew that leads the tours.
    • Reitz Home Museum – The elegance and grandeur of the Victorian era abound in this historic mansion. Restored and renovated to the more gracious time of the late 1800s, the Reitz Home Museum is a stunning example of French Second Empire architecture.
    • Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science – permanent art collections valued at $10 million dates from the first century B.C. to the present. Paintings, sculptures, artifacts, and room displays on two floors.
  • Dinner
    • Walton’s International Comfort Food – Features brick oven-baked pizza, barbeque, sandwiches, and Asian pho rice bowls. Fidel’s Bourbon Bar and Cigar Lounge located above Walton’s International Comfort Food serves premium bourbon and classic Prohibition Era craft cocktails.