Things to Do This Winter in Southern Indiana
It's the most wonderful time of the year and southern Indiana is bursting with options to fill your winter and holiday needs. Whether you're looking for activities for your family or friends, southern Indiana can turn some of the gloomiest days of the year into the jolliest days of the season.
If it's chilly out, you can always hibernate in your own home, but why not go inside one of our beloved museums? We have a few historical and cultural museums in southern Indiana like the Carnegie Center for Art & History, Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site, and Howard Steamboat Museum. If those don't sound like they tickle your fancy then head over to Louisville which is just 1-mile from southern Indiana. Their museums consist of the Frazier History Museum, Kentucky Derby Museum, Kentucky Science Center, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Muhammad Ali Center, and Speed Art Museum.
Schimpff's Confectionery, one of the oldest and continuously operated candy shops in the country should be near the top of your list for places to go during the holidays. Watch live candy-making demonstrations done by hand—especially the candy canes—and shop for your favorite stocking stuffers!
Derby Dinner Playhouse
There is nothing better than having a delicious meal and being entertained while you stuff your face, the magical component of Derby Dinner Playhouse. This is the oldest and largest continually operating dinner theatre in the country, and their holiday shows are their most popular throughout the year. This year they are featuring, "CHRISTMAS MY WAY - A Sinatra Holiday Bash" and "A WINNIE THE POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL."
Supporting local businesses is easy when you have two delightfully-booming downtowns who offer a plethora of local goods at beautiful and unique storefronts. No matter who you’re shopping for, our shops have the perfect gifts for everyone.
Huber's Orchard, Winery & Vineyards
One of the most popular year-round attractions in southern Indiana is Huber's. Make the journey to Starlight to enjoy fresh hot apple cider, taste premium wines, and pick out a real Christmas tree. One of the best family traditions during the holidays is to cut down your own Christmas tree, and Huber's has plenty to choose from.
In our region, weather can be a hit or a miss (no pun intended), but we definitely have a good amount of "warmer" days in the winter season. Rates are cheaper, you get to go outside and be active, and we have fantastic courses. What's not to love?
If you want the best culinary experience in town that your taste buds will thank you for then MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen is the place to go. You'll get a hands-on demonstration from a superb local chef as well as a 3-5 course meal. Be sure to check out their upcoming events and your kids may enjoy a class at MESA Kids Cooking School!
Once you're done shopping locally, go ahead and dine locally whether it's for carry-out or dine-in. These restaurants even have heated patios like La Catrina, Parlour, Union Restaurant & Gameyard, Pearl Street Taphouse, Portage House, The Exchange Pub + Kitchen, and Floyd County Brewing Co.
The Sporting Club at the Farm
Hunting season is in full swing so get your practice in at The Sporting Club at the Farm which offers shooting sports, archery, upland game hunting, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Nestled along the Ohio River, the Farm offers a new and unique way to enjoy the great outdoors.
Get bundled up or choose a warmer weekend to get outdoors to do some hiking or walking. We offer some of the greatest trails in the region and you can make it a year-round thing to do. Explore our multiple state parks, walk across the Big 4 Bridge, or take a stroll on the Ohio River Greenway.