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Southern Indiana Micro Tour
Deep in the heart of southern Indiana, discover two of the state's premier cities – New Albany and Clarksville. Found just inland of the Ohio River, New Albany and Clarksville feature a wide range of fun, historic, and memorable attractions.
You’ll find New Albany and Clarksville just along the Ohio River in southern Indiana. Enjoy this micro tour, as the two cities are less than six miles apart. New Albany is intersected by I-64, and features a wealth fun, interesting, and family-friendly attractions. Enjoy your time in New Albany and southern Indiana.
Opened in 1937, the Carnegie Center For Art & History is one of the top destinations in the area. Just one aspect of the New Albany Downtown Historic District, the Carnegie Center was initially opened in 1904 as a library. It wasn’t until more than 30 years later when it was expanded to a museum. You don’t want to miss out on one of the true gems at the Carnegie Center – "Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage: Men and Women of the Underground Railroad” is a very popular permanent exhibit at the center.
The New Albany Farmers Market is a particularly exceptional destination where you can buy locally grown foods, handmade wares, or enjoy a pleasant lunch. Beginning in early November and running through the end of April, the Winter Farmers Market shifts to their indoor location at Third Market, just a black away from their outdoor market. During the rest of the year, each Saturday is when you’ll find the New Albany Farmers Market – in late August, they host their annual Watermelon Eating Contest.
Created in 1892, Shawnee Park is a tremendous way to spend an afternoon outdoors. Just across the Ohio River from downtown New Albany, Shawnee Park is 316 acres in size, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. As you explore Shawnee Park, be sure to roam around Shawnee’s Great Lawn, an ideal place to the let the kids run around, fling the Frisbee around, or enjoy a tasty picnic. Northern Louisville’s Riverwalk Trail also passes through Shawnee Park.
Though technically a town in southern Indiana’s Clark County, Clarksville is also a part of the Louisville Metropolitan area. Make your way into Clarksville from New Albany along the Ohio River Scenic Byway. Founded in 1783, Clarksville is the oldest American town within the Northwest Territory.
Enjoy an entertaining night out when you visit the Derby Dinner Playhouse. Opened in 1974, this dinner theatre has been in continuous operation, winning awards along the way, like the Business Owner of the Year Award from the Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce. As a member of the National Alliance of Musical Theatre, the Derby Dinner Playhouse features a full food menu. It has featured some of your favorite plays over the years, as well.
Make sure you pack your golf clubs and enjoy an afternoon on the links. Check out the Wooded View Golf Course, yielding one of the premier golf experiences in all of southern Indiana. Wooded View is 18 holes, plays to a par of 71, and has a max length of 6,514 yards. Opened in 1978, Wooded View is open to the public, and it features a course rating of 71.0, and slope rating of 126.
Because Clarksville is situated just inland of the Ohio River, you’ll find a wide range of riverside activities to check out. The Falls of the Ohio State Park is home to the Meriwether Lewis and William Clark statue, and the Falls Interpretive Center. You can also visit the Ohio River Greenway, Van Dyke Park, and the Louisville Waterfront Park.