As you make plans to visit southern Indiana, keep in mind the cities of Clarksville, New Albany, and French Lick. Though the region is vast, dotted with a slew of can’t-miss attractions and welcoming locals, you won’t want to miss out on what French Lick has to offer. Plan your next visit to southern Indiana for the fall, winter, or early spring today.
No matter what time you visit, French Lick will yield fun-filled days at some of Indiana’s premier attractions. The French Lick Casino can mean hours of fun for those who love games of chance – or skill, depending on who you ask. They’ll also be hosting an impressive list of top-flight entertainment this fall.
In New Albany, you’ll be treated to one of the premier guided tours in the state – check out the Carnegie Center for Art & History. Few destinations in southern Indiana will yield as much edifying fun as the Carnegie Center.
Almost directly west of French Lick you can find the border city of Vincennes. Be sure to explore the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park – there are few areas around southern Indiana offering such incredible views of the fall foliage.
Bridge over the Ohio River in New Albany, IN
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Take the French Lick Scenic Railway and enjoy weekend excursions or holiday events like the Polar Express. Embark on an underground tour of Marengo Cave and see intricate rock formations. After your cave adventure try gemstone mining and canoeing. See more than 700 animals at the Mesker Park Zoo and Botanical Garden in Evansville. Thrilling roller coaster rides and water slides are the big draw at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus.
The Uplands Wine Trail leads to nine wineries in Southern Indiana. Huber’s Orchard Winery & Vineyards in Starlight offers 30 award-winning wines, plus brandies and ice cream. Bloomington’s Oliver Winery is Indiana’s oldest vineyard. Stroll the beautiful gardens before or after the tasting. At Turtle Run Winery in Corydon, view the pressing, blending, filtering, and bottling processes. Other wineries along the trail are located in Elizabeth, West Baden Springs, Bristow, Spencer, and Nashville.
Play golf at three award-winning courses in French Lick or practice your swing at Golf at Chariot Run in Elizabeth. Go fishing, boating or water-skiing at Patoka Lake, or spend an afternoon mountain biking, hiking, zip-lining, or horseback riding. Patoka Lake Marina offers pontoons and fishing boats for rent. In winter Paoli Peaks is a fun destination for skiing, sledding and snowmobiling. Enjoy 15 trails, 5 chairlifts, a full-service pro shop, and dining on-site.
Explore the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City, where Abraham Lincoln spent 14 years of his childhood from 1816-1830. The Visitor Center features a museum with several exhibits and an orientation video. Tour two memorial halls and browse the bookstore for souvenirs, toys, books, and gifts. The Living Historical Farm is a re-creation of a pioneer homestead. Visit the cabin and outbuildings and see rangers in period clothing performing activities typical of the 1820s.