Budget-Friendly Things to do in Indiana 

Budget-Friendly Things to do in Indiana 

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Looking for something to do alone or with the family? Here are a few nearby destinations and events to help keep the winter blues away.  

“Winter Wonder in Batesville, Indiana is a free 200-foot lighted drive-through tunnel with over 100 lighted snowflakes. It is located in the Village Green parking lot. The tunnel will be up until Feb. 28.  

The 2022 Mysterious Winter Hike Series is being held in Brown County State Park. Led by park naturalists, these hikes take visitors to little know areas of the park, introducing them to historical features that include “manmade lakes that were started but never finished, an old village with many homesteads and even to a large boulder perched high in the tree tops.”  

For more information call 812-988-5240 or visit Mysterious Hills Winter Hike Series – Brown County, Indiana  Start times for hikes vary. Hikes are free with the standard entrance fee to the park.  

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis offers discount admission tickets for $6 each on the first Thursday of every month. First Thursday hours are 4 pm to 8 pm. For more information, call 317-334-4000 or visit The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (childrensmuseum.org)   

Museum admission is free on Feb 21, President’s Day but tickets are required. They may be reserved beginning Feb 11 at 9 a.m. Tickets go fast, so be sure to sign up early!  

The Shipshewana Ice Festival and Chili Cookoff will be held in Shipshewana, Indiana Jan 21 and 22. Have you ever wanted to see how ice carving is done? At the Shipshewana competition, ice carving experts create incredible sculptures that are as beautiful as they are short-lived. Chili tastings add some heat to what could be a very cold day. 

 For more information visit Ice Festival & Chili Cookoff – Shipshewana, Indiana (visitshipshewanain.com) or call (260) 768-4008. The ice sculpture viewing is free but there is a charge for the chili tasting.