Indiana I-65 Corridor: A North to South Journey
Start your day feeding your sweet tooth at Albanese Confectionery (Merrillville). Tour the candy factory and see how the world’s best gummis are made, sample some of the fresh product along the way. Visit Fair Oaks Farms where you can explore one of the largest working dairy farms in the United States. On this dairy adventure, visit the dairy barn, birthing barn, and cheese plant.
Rise and shine to start your day with a tour of Clay Critters (West Lafayette) where handcrafted unbreakable ‘critters’ from wildlife to fruit are made into magnets. See magnets come to life from the beginning sketches to the final personalization process. Take one home as a souvenir. Next visit SAMARA (West Lafayette) designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, this home is a beautiful example of his Usonian architecture containing over forty refinement innovations invented by the famous architect. Then it’s off to howl with the wolves at Wolf Park (Battle Ground) and learn how wolves interact with the staff and the local bison herd. The park is home to several packs of gray wolves, foxes, bison, and coyote.
Race your way to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the Indianapolis 500®, the Allstate® 400 at the Brickyard®, and Red Bull Indianapolis GPTM, the “Racing Capitol of the World” a phenomenal experience awaits you. After an eventful day, round up the group for a night of theatre entertainment. Enjoy Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre (Indianapolis), offering Broadway productions by professional equity company and an excellent buffet dinner. Enjoy your favorite cocktail in an intimate setting.
Head to the Columbus Area Visitors Center to learn why Columbus is ranked with the nation’s elite in architecture. A trained guide will accompany you on a tour of the city’s greatest architectural spots including contemporary and historical sites. Stroll through Irwin Gardens (Columbus), belonging to the Irwin-Sweeney-Miller family the gardens were designed after a garden in Pompeii, Italy in 1910.
Continue your flora tour at Stream Cliff Herb Farm (Commiskey) visit the historic 1812 homestead’s gardens, shops, and winery. Lunch at the Twigs and Sprigs Tea Room features soups, sandwiches, salads, and desserts with herb and edible flower flare. After lunch, participate in a workshop on gardening, herbal cooking, dried flower arrangements or traditional arts and crafts.
Enjoy Swifty Farms (Seymour), the largest thoroughbred horse farm in Indiana. Shuttled by the farm tram, you’ll visit the Mare, Stallion, and Yearling barns to learn how the staff, including resident veterinarian cares for over 80 thoroughbred horses. Travel to the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts (Seymour) owned by John Mellencamp, offering galleries, instruction studio, student gallery, art resource room, crafts barn, and amphitheater.