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Free Things to Do
When we tell you to come see us in southern Indiana - just across the river from Louisville, we mean it! And we’re not asking you to break your bank. Sometimes the hottest spot in town is the one that costs the least or nothing at all.
We've complied a list of the free activities you can find in Southern Indiana year-round and during the fall and holiday season.
Big Four Pedestrian Bridge
What to expect: A walking path across a former railroad bridge links Southern Indiana to the Louisville Waterfront. Go in the evening and enjoy the gorgeous LED lighting system that gives the bridge a lovely, colorful glow. Hours: 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
- Free parking
- Fully accessible to mobility devices
- Local author Kenny Karem’s
downloadable and free
activity sheets for the bridge
and the Ohio River.
- A total walking experience of two miles.
- Family Friendly
- Great for a date
Carnegie Center for Art & History
What to expect: The Carnegie Center for Art and History is a division of the public library system in New Albany-Floyd County. The center acts as a hub for contemporary art shows and historical information and exhibits about Floyd County. The art exhibits rotate on a monthly to bi-monthly basis and encompass various media. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (closed on Sundays and Mondays)
- Free admission
- Most programs and lectures are free
- #IAmPublicArt yearly public art event
- Presenters of the New Albany Flow Park (art and skate park)
Schimpff’s Candy Demonstration & Museum Tour
What to expect: Schimpff’s Confectionery is family- owned and operated. It has been in its current location since 1891. The confectionery makes and sells several candy varieties including cinnamon red hots and their version of the Modjeska, a rich caramel and marshmallow chew. The store, which includes a deli, soda fountain, and museum, offers candy making demonstrations. A simple call ahead will let you know what time to catch the demonstrations, which can be red hot making or chocolate dipping.
- Museum and candy memorabilia
- Good comfort food in the deli
- Speaking with members of the Schimpff family about the history
- Perusing the photos on the walls
Ohio River Greenway
What to expect: A seven mile stretch of Ohio River Waterfront on the Southern Indiana side providing walking, biking and hiking to residents and visitors. The Greenway spans the lengths of New Albany, Clarksville, and Jeffersonville’s southern borders. The project is a collaboration between the cities with each city adding its own specific amenities to the project. It has received input from Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. Hours vary.
- Falls of the Ohio Access
- Big Four Bridge Access
- New Albany Amphitheatre and Waterfront access
- Loop Island Wetlands
Fossil Beds at the Falls of the Ohio
What to Expect: The Fossil Beds at the Falls of the Ohio State Park date back nearly 400 million years. For a $2 parking fee, access to the Fossil Beds is a short hike down to the river. Be sure to wear good hiking shoes or boots. Bring a bucket and a brush to clear debris from fossils. Hours: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Walking down to the fossil beds is free (parking is $2 per vehicle next to the interpretive center, there is also free parking at the nearby park)
- Listen for alarms that signal changes in the river level
- Most fossils are relatively small, marine life but the fossil deposits are some of the largest in the country.
- Some are 50-feet long. See tips for finding really big fossils.
- Bring sunscreen, a hat and water.
- Remove any trash you bring with you