French Lick, Indiana offers guests a cozy getaway filled with adventure, historical sites, and an array of activities sure to please the whole family. French Lick has something for everyone no matter the season.
Founded in 1857, the former French trading post quickly became known as a spa and casino spot attracting celebrities like Joe Louis, Irving Berlin, and even the infamous Al Capone. It is also the hometown of NBA superstar Larry Bird.
The French Lick Resort Casino was the hub of the area’s entertainment, with renovations in 2005 rejuvenating the famous locale. It now includes two historic hotels, stables, a casino, and three golf courses.
French Lick has been ranked as one of the best family vacation spots in the country. The Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park has a whopping 40,000 square feet enclosed in glass, and is equipped with water rides and attractions like Buccaneer Bay, a three-story attraction complete with ten platforms and 50 interactive play areas as well as two body slides and a giant dumping bucket to land in.
The Splish Splash Pool is perfect for younger children, with just-their-size slides and bouncers in the water. The complex also features an outdoor Doubloon Lagoon, surrounded by lounge chairs and water basketball nets. The pool also mimics a shoreline, with the entry point sloping like the beach.
Adult guests who love a little vino definitely need to swing through the French Lick Winery where not only can you taste a sampling of the finest blends, but also watch how the beverage is made via observation rooms. The area is also known for quality restaurants of any cuisine and for any budget, including locally owned eateries with menus stocked with homemade, comforting delights.
If you want to take in some of the sites of the area, head to The French Lick Scenic Railway. The train tours Hoosier National Forest and the Burton Tunnel, Indiana’s longest tunnel, traversing 20 miles past limestone outcroppings and other gorgeous landscapes throughout the state.
The train company also hosts special railway events like Wild West Hold-ups and train rides geared toward childhood favorites like the Wizard of Oz and Thomas the Train.
For more history, take the Indiana Landmark Tour, which lays out the background of the historic French Lick and West Baden Springs Hotels. The tours bring guests back to the heydey of the area, with extensive history, a look at the beautiful architecture, and anecdotes about the celebrities who frequented the location decades ago.
Adventure enthusiasts have a plethora of activities to try like mountain biking, ATV tours, hiking, and zip lining. The 4,000-foot canopy tour features nine exciting zip lines over some of the prettiest views around.
Head to Paoli Peaks and indulge in skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. For water lovers, fishing on Patoka Lake is a soothing way to spend the day, which also offers more exciting sports like water skiing and tubing.
Take in the beauty of art and nature all in one spot at the Fox Hollow Gallery. The locale features handmade items from local artisans such as jewelry, metal art, scrapbooking, and more. The gallery also specializes in rustic garden art, fountains, and statues. For more of what local artists have to offer, swing by the French Lick Market where handcrafted items can be viewed and purchased seasonally.
For more of what local artists have to offer, swing by the French Lick Market where handcrafted items can be viewed and purchased seasonally.
French Lick has something for every member of the family, no matter their age. With exciting sites and adventures year round, everyone who visits will love what the town has to offer.
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