Summer Things To Do in Southern Indiana

Attractions & Things To Do

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Outdoor & Riverside Recreation

Big Four Bridge
Bike or walk across the Ohio River on the mile-long Big Four Bridge that connects downtown Jeffersonville to downtown Louisville. 

Cabins in Southern Indiana
Southern Indiana has several cabin options to give you the adventurous experience best suited for your family or travel crew.

Charlestown State Park
Located at a reclaimed site where an ammunition plant stood, this is one of Indiana's largest and newest state parks. Hike the trails and fish on the banks of Fourteen-Mile Creek along with other activities. 

Clark State Forest
Clark State Forest is the oldest state forest in Indiana and is home to the southern end of the state's longest hiking trail, Knobstone Trial. 

Deam Lake State Recreation Area
This park features many amenities including a spacious lake, camping, horse rentals, boat rentals, mountain biking trails, and more. 

Falls of the Ohio State Park
Walk alongside the Ohio River on the world's largest exposed Devonian Fossil beds and wander inside the Interpretive Center to check out its four themes and learn about its fascinating history.

Hoosier National Forest
The forest runs through 9 different counties and provides resources for the region. Here you can find camping, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding. 

Indiana Caverns
A premier family adventure park in an underground cave featuring walking tours, rides, and an escape room. 

Louisville Mega Cavern
An underground adventure featuring zip lines, an underground tram, bike park, and obstacle course that can be fun for all ages. 

Louisville Zoo
The zoo is a summer staple in Louisville, as it's home to more than 1,700 animals and 134 botanical areas. 

New Albany Flow Park
Skateboarders can shred this summer at New Albany's river-themed skate park. 

Ohio River Greenway
Take a stroll or bike on this 7-mile pathway along the Ohio River that connects Clarksville, Jeffersonville, and New Albany. 

Taylorsville Lake State Park
Just east of Louisville, this park offers boating, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and more. 

Waterfront Botanical Garden
Louisville's brand new botanical garden along the riverside.  A perfect spot for morning yoga, walks, and events. 

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Amusement Parks, Waterparks & Sports

Charlestown Family Activities Park
This park has everything! Enjoy the splash bad, roller skating, mini-golf, playground, and more. 

Clarksville Cove Family Aquatic Center
An aquatic experience that will keep you coming back, with three splash pads, multiple slides, a full-size pool, and a snack bar. 

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
A theme park and a water park with a seasonal theme in Santa Claus, Ind. that's perfect for the family in the summer. Opening May 21.

Jeffersonville Aquatic Center
Slides, kiddie pools, full-sized pools, concession stands and so much more! Your summer fun attraction. 

Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay
Louisville's lone theme park is filled with 60 thrilling rides and pure entertainment for the family. The waterpark offers everything from a lazy river to monster waterslides and everything in between! The theme park opens April 23, and the water park opens May 28.

Louisville Bats
Minor League Baseball is back in action after a year off, so take advantage and watch the Cincinnati Reds' Triple-A team!

Louisville City FC / Racing Louisville FC
A brand new stadium, a competitive team, and the world's most popular! Check out the men's and women's team this season. 

River Run New Albany Family Waterpark
A summer fun hot spot! River Run is one of the area's premier waterparks offering exciting slides, a kiddie pool, full-size pool, and a concession stand. 

Cat in the Hat Performers, Aerial view of Georgetown Drive-In Theater, and Mural in the NoCo Arts & Cultural District

Arts & Culture

Arts Alliance of Southern Indiana
Promoting art within three Southern Indiana counties, it has a plethora of events and classes during the summer. 

Derby Dinner Playhouse
Catch a musical at this iconic southern Indiana dinner theatre where shows rotate monthly. Summer shows are "Dearly Beloved," "Seussical," and "Grease"!

Georgetown Drive-In
Georgetown Drive-In is open and is back to showing first-run movies. Take a step back in time and go to the drive-in. 

NoCo Arts & Cultural District
A whimsical art district in Jeffersonville that showcases an array of colors and offers playful activities around the district. 

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Farm Experiences

Charlestown, Jeffersonville, New Albany, and Sellersburg Farmers Markets
Four separate farmers markets in four different and robust southern Indiana towns. Here you can find fresh produce and other goods on a weekly basis. 

Joe Huber Family Farm & Restaurant
Yes, you can have a delicious country-style meal here but there is so much more. Kids will enjoy the playground and can feed the ducks and fish. 

Huber's Orchard, Winery & Vineyards
Pick strawberries, taste wine, and shop in the country market. Huber's is the largest winery in Indiana and is a favorite within the community. 

The Sporting Club at the Farm
A new attraction that offers the ultimate outdoor experience. Head to New Albany to take part in archery, fishing, shoot clay pigeons, and more.

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Carnegie Center for Art & History
A branch of the public library with rotating art exhibits in the heart of New Albany. Each exhibit is sure to grab your attention and make you think about the past and future.

Culbertson Mansions State Historic Site
Take a tour inside the home of William Culbertson, once the richest man in the state of Indiana, and gaze at the artistical and architectural beauty of the mansion. Preregistration is recommended, offering timed tours and the max capacity is 10 people. 

Frazier History Museum
Interactive exhibits that are always changing and bringing the past 1,000 years to life. The Frazier History Museum is also the start of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Howard Steamboat Museum
A museum located along the Ohio river dedicated to the history of steamboats. 

Kentucky Derby Museum
Located on the grounds of Churchill Downs showcasing everything there is to know about the historic "Run for the Roses."

Kentucky Science Center
Kentucky's largest science museum offering three floors of exhibits. 

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory 
Although you can't go to a baseball game this summer, make a stop at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, one of the greatest sports museums in the world.

Muhammad Ali Center
Swing by and take in this magnificent cultural experience dedicated to Muhammad Ali, a native of Louisville. 

Speed Art Museum
Experience the largest art museum in Kentucky and take in its architecture.

Vintage Fire Museum
A museum telling stories of fire fighting all the way back from the 1700s. 

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Champions Pointe Golf Club
One of two golf courses owned by native Fuzzy Zoeller, it is demanding, yet a brilliantly designed course. 

Covered Bridge Golf Club
The second of Master's champion Fuzzy Zoeller's courses. A course for anyone, with excitement at each hole. 

Elk Run Golf Club
The ultimate "shot maker's" course with wide fairways and large greens; located in the heart of Jeffersonville. 

Hidden Creek Golf Club
27-hole course in the countryside where turkeys and bald eagles are often seen. 

Valley View Golf Club
Located on a wooded hillside, this course has everything like subtle breaks on the green, potential water hazards, sand bunkers, and unusual grass bunkers. 

Wooded View Golf Course
Known for its beautiful clubhouse and wooded surroundings. It's not unlikely that you'll see a rabbit, deer, fox, and other living animals.

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Wineries & Distilleries

Angel's Envy Distillery
Visit Louisville's first fully operational whiskey facility and enjoy an experience unlike any other. 

Craft distillery in New Albany with a speakeasy-style tasting room and 4 featured spirits: Gin, vodka, oaked rum and silver rum. 

Evan Williams Bourbon Experience
Learn everything you need to know about distilling bourbon and how Evan Williams became to be. 

Huber's Orchard, Winery & Vineyards
Huber's is the largest estate-bottled winery in Indiana and is a favorite within the community. Wine tasting, along with an array of other activities, provides fun for an entire day on the farm.

Starlight Distillery
Located at Huber's Orchard, Winery & Vineyards, this is where you can enjoy the best of both worlds, wine, and bourbon. 

Turtle Run Winery
Turtle Run Winery, a perfect place to have a picnic and taste wine in the rolling hills of southern Indiana.

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Summer Shopping

Summer shopping is always a hot commodity in our downtown riverside towns because of the diversity of shops and easy walking ability to each store. You'll be able to find anything from summer apparel to home decor. Buy yourself the perfect gift or find something for that hard-to-buy-for friend. Treat yourself to a day of shopping in downtown Jeffersonville or downtown New Albany!

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Summertime, the perfect time to grab a cocktail outside and dine on a patio. What makes Southern Indiana's restaurants so special is it's access to riverside dining, which gives customers a gorgeous view of the Ohio River and downtown Louisville. Don't forget to get dessert after your meal or grab an ice cream cone at one of Southern Indiana's ice cream shops!