Things to do in Southern Indiana

Whether you’re in Southern Indiana on business or for a romantic weekend getaway, you’ll find a wide variety of attractions, restaurants and lodging choices to make your stay special.

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Sports, History, & Museums

Falls of the Ohio - Lewis & Clark

Carnegie Center for Art & History

Art gallery with rotating exhibits, family workshops, and permanent exhibits including "Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage: Men and Women of the Underground Railroad," which tells the story of New Albany's role in the Underground Railroad, and "Remembered: The Life of Lucy Higgs Nichols," an exhibit on one former slave who became a Civil War nurse. 

Howard Steamboat Museum

This 22-room, Victorian mansion looks back to the historic steamboat era and the boats that were built in the nearby Howard Shipyards. 

Falls of the Ohio State Park

Hike on 390-million-year-old fossils, in the largest-exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world.  The parks renovated interpretive center features hands-on exhibits in four-themed time tunnels: An Ancient Sea, A Changing Land, Converging Cultures, and The Falls Today. 

Louisville Slugger Museum

Interactive fun and factory tours.  Named "one of the greatest sports museums in the world" by Forbes.com. 

Frazier History Museum

Interactive exhibits, live performances, and special events bring 1,000 years of history of life. 

Churchill Downs

Home of the largest horse racing event, the Kentucky Derby and is one of the most historic venues in all of sports. 

Belle of Louisville Riverboats

Ride aboard the Belle of Louisville, the oldest operating Mississippi River-style steamboat in the U.S., or the riverboat Mary M. Miller, named after the first woman steamboat captain in the U.S., who was in Louisville, KY.  

George Rogers Clark Cabin

Imagine life in the 1700s at the re-created home of the Revolutionary War General George Rogers Clark. 

Kentucky Science Center

Explore 3 floors of interactive exhibitions offering educations science fun for the whole family and a four-story digital theater. 

Louisville Bats

The Louisville Bats are the triple-A minor league team affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.  We offer a major value for unique family fun. 

Recreation & State Parks

Deam Lake

Charlestown State Park

One of Indiana's newest and largest parks, Charlestown State Park has interpretive programs, hiking, camping, and a boat launch on the Ohio River. 

Clark State Forest

Indiana's oldest state forest with fishing, camping, hiking, and bridle trails, it is the southern end of the 58-mile Knobstone Trail, the state's longest hiking trail. 

Deam Lake State Recreation Area

A 194-acre lake and seasonably-open with two campgrounds, Forest Education Center, horse and hiking rentals, mountain biking, and boat rental. 

Louisville Mega Caverns

An underground adventure featuring zip lines, an underground tram and bike park, and an annual underground Christmas lights show. 

Kentucky Kingdom

More than 60 thrilling rides from steel and wooden coasters to kiddie rides.  The new "Eye of the Storm," a 7-story, high-speed thrill ride, opened in 2017. 

Ohio River Greenway

Paths along the north shores of the Ohio River provide safe, green, recreational river access.  When completed, the 12.5-mile pathway will connect New Albany, Clarksville, and Jeffersonville, with access to the Big Four Bridge to Louisville. 

Louisville Zoo

Home to more than 1,700 animals on 134 beautiful botanical acres. 

Big 4 Bridge

Big Four Bridge: This mile-long pedestrian and cyclist bridge spans the Ohio River and connects Jeffersonville, Ind. and Louisville, Ken.  Named after its former Big Four Railroad days (Cleveland, Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Chicago), the bridge offers spectacular views and averages more than 1.5 million visits per year. 

Distilleries, Wineries, & Breweries

Huber's

Best Vineyards, Winery, & Distillery

Best Vineyards produces high-quality wines and artisan spirits with all-natural flavorings, and with no artificial ingredients.  Each bottle of its finely crafted spirits begins with locally grown grains.  

Huber's Orchard, Winery, & Vineyards

Enjoy wine tastings, fresh market produce, baked goods, ice cream and cheeses, and sandwiches and pizzas at Starlight Cafe.  After taking fresh fruits and your favorite wines home, enjoy the sangria recipes on our site. 

Donum Dei Brewery

Brewery and taproom, serving panini sandwiches, house-made soups, and hummus. 

Flat 12 Bierwerks

Brewery and taproom, serving food from The Urban Bread Co. regional wines, and ciders.  Ohio River views, a heated patio, and original local artwork. 

Floyd Country Brewing Company

With an Old World Europe influence, this local brewery and restaurant serve the best "food, froth and follies."  Indoor seating, outdoor patio, and Biergarten.  

NABC Pizzeria & Public House

Enjoy New Albanian Brewing Company's craft beers in this family-friendly pizzeria.  Try their "upside down" pizza, a SoIN favorite!

Red Foot Brewing Co.

Craft brewery located in downtown Jeffersonville.  Brews available at The Red Yeti Restaurant and Brewhouse. 

Angel's Envy Distillery

Built in the heart of Louisville, the Angel's Envy Distillery in downtown Louisville's first fully operational whiskey production facility.  Angel's Envy puts you in the center of its distilling process for a tour experience unlike any other. 

Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company

Located in the historic downtown Louisville, Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company makes bourbon and rye whiskey in its state-of-the-art facility, while honoring its history and heritage dating back to 1889.  Tastings and tours are available. 

Starlight Distillery

Huber's distillery, producing quality, family-crafted and distilled spirits including liqueurs, infusions, vodka, brandy, rum, and gin. 

Arts & Music

New Albany Amphitheater

Jeffersonville RiverStage

Jeffersonville's riverfront stage for live music, events, movies, and other family entertainment. 

New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater

New Albany's live event amphitheater overlooks the Ohio River. 

Ogle Center

Performance venue with 4 stages showcasing theater productions, concerts, dance, and music.  The center includes the Richard K. Stemp Concert Hall, the Robinson Theater, the Stiefler Recital Hall, and the outdoor Horseshoe Amphitheater. 

Derby Dinner Playhouse

Year-round dinner theater featuring the best of Broadway musicals, mysteries, comedies, and dramas.  Full-service all-American buffet. 

NoCo Arts & Cultural District

The NoCo Arts & Cultural District is - No. (North) of Co. (Court Avenue).  It is intimate, whimsical, full of color and walkable. 

Water Parks

Charlestown Family Fun Park

Clarksville Cove Family Aquatic Center

Splash, swim and play at Clarksville Coves three splash pads, body and tube slides, and swimming pool.  The water is heated so it's never too cold!

Charlestown Family Activities Park

Have lots of fun at the Charlestown Family Activities Park!  Play miniature golf, enjoy water fun at the sprinkle pad, swing and slide at the pirate-themed playground, skate at the roller rink, and take your skateboard to the skate park. 

Jeffersonville Aquatic Center

The Aquatic Center & Skate Park features a 6-lane, 50-meter outside of competition pool, a 6-lane, 25-yard competition and lap pool, zero-depth entry family play pool, two water slides, large deck for sunbathing, full-service concessions, separate family locker room, and skate park. 

River Run New Albany Family Water Park

Get out and enjoy water slides, relax on an inner tube around the lazy river, or get soaked on the steamboat water feature.  There's also a splash pool just for toddlers. 

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