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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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Things to do page Sport Museums

Sports, History, & Museums

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. 

Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site
This mansion was once owned by William Culbertson, who was once the richest man in the state of Indiana. Check out this 20,000-square-foot mansion in all of its glory and view its hand-painted ceilings, carved staircases, marble fireplaces and more!

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 park's 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 

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.  

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
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. 

Muhammad Ali Center
Visit Muhammad Ali's museum and culture center who was a native of Louisville. 

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

The Sporting Club at the Farm
One of the newest attractions in southern Indiana that offers pure outdoor fun. Head to New Albany to take part in archery, fishing, shoot clay pigeons, and more.


Things to do page - outdoor rec

Recreation & State Parks

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. 

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. 

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
A theme park and a water park with a seasonal theme in Santa Claus, IN that's perfect for the family in the summer. Opening June 17. 

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

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. 

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

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

Ohio River Greenway
Paths along the north shores of the Ohio River provide safe, green, recreational river access.  The 7-mile pathway connects New Albany, Clarksville, and Jeffersonville, with access to the Big Four Bridge to Louisville.

Waterfront Botanical Gardens
Louisville's brand new botanical garden sitting directly along the riverside. Although it's new and not fully completed, it is open. A perfect spot for morning yoga, walks, and social distancing events. 


Things to do - Wineries, Distilleries

Distilleries, Wineries, & Breweries

Baer's City Winery
Baer's City Winery offers food, wine, beer, sodas, and a gorgeous outdoor patio with a fire pit, and outdoor furniture. In the colder month's cozy up downstairs in their wine room and enjoy sipping a glass of wine with family or friends. 

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. 

Distillery 64
A craft distillery in New Albany offering four spirits; gin, oaked rum, silver rum and vodka. Their speakeasy has one-of-a-kind vibes and is a can't miss when visiting Southern Indiana!

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

Upland Brewing Co.
Overlooking the Ohio River on a tri-level patio, Upland has one of the best views in town to enjoy a craft beverage offering 20 taps.

Floyd County Brewing Company
With an Old World European 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!

Angel's Envy Distillery
Built-in the heart of Louisville, the Angel's Envy Distillery is 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 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. 

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


Things to do - Music and Art

Arts & Music

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. 

Georgetown Drive-In
Take a step back in time and watch a movie in style at the Georgetown Drive-In. 

TheatreWorks of Southern Indiana
TheatreWorks is the resident theatre company at the New Albany Performing Arts Center that is committed to creating performances for local artists to provide quality entertainment to the community. 

Things to do - Water Parks

Water Parks

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.