National Parks / Natural World in Indiana with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Hoosier State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Indiana offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Indiana itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Potawatomi Wildlife Park

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    Tippecanoe

    The Park preserves both prehistorical and historical indian encampments, the Steven Ben-nack Potawatomi village, a portion of the Goshen-Logansport trail, and the Tippecanoe River ford where several ...

  • Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve

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    Evansville

    Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve is an Indiana State Nature Preserve and National Natural Landmark featuring nearly 200 acres of virgin bottomland hardwood forest. This old-growth lowland forest is of ...

  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

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    Porter

    15 miles of Lake Michigan shore line as well as wildlife, sandy beaches, hiking trails, wetlands, and prairies - and an amazing outdoor adventure for the whole family in Indiana!

  • Hoosier National Forest

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    Bedford

    In the hills of south central Indiana, provides a wide mix of opportunities and resources for people to enjoy. Rolling hills, back-country trails, and rural crossroad communities make this small but ...

  • Douglas Center for Environmental Education

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    Gary

    Hike the Miller Woods Trail and through the unique ecosystems of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in the summer; attend award-winning environmental education programs year round; and when you get ...

  • Fort Harrison State Park

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    Indianapolis

    A state park for all seasons, with woodland walks, sledding, canoeing, and fishing just some of the activities to enjoy in Indiana!

  • Cool Creek Park

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    Carmel

    One of Hamilton County's most popular parks, Cool Creek Park has 90 acres of year round fun with trails, sports, a nature enter and playgrounds!

  • Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens

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    Indianapolis

    Located within Garfield Park, this beautiful conservatory and gardens offer gardening demos, workshops, talks, and amazing nature!

  • Botanical Conservatory

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    Fort Wayne

    Surround the family in nature with tropical gardens, and great exhibits, as well as fun family events at this Fort Wayne conservatory!

  • Potato Creek State Park

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    North Liberty

    A beautiful state park in Indiana, with outdoor activities, year round fun, a 327 acre lake, diverse landscapes and fascinating history!

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  • HealthWorks Kids Museum

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    South Bend

    HealthWorks!, a one of a kind place that merges the best of both worlds from children�s museums and health education centers with our own creative spin.

  • The Studebaker Museum

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    South Bend

    The Mission of the Studebaker National Museum is to honor and perpetuate the legacy of the rich industrial heritage of the South Bend area, through the display, interpretation, conservation and ...

  • Hannah Lindahl Childrens Museum

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    Mishawaka

    There�s a place in Michiana made just for you! And this is it - the Hannah Lindahl Children�s Museum! Step inside and you�ll step back in time to a world your grandparents - even your ...

  • Grissom Air Museum

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    Peru

    WELCOME . . . to the Grissom Air Museum, one of the nation�s fastest growing aviation museums. Here you can learn about our historic aircraft, climb the Observation Tower, view exciting ...

  • National Model Aviation Museum

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    Muncie

    Visit the Museum and view the largest collection of model aircraft in the United States. Discover how aeromodeling helped change the world of aviation and examine the astonishing craftsmanship and ...

  • Muncie Children's Museum

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    Muncie

    A fun children's museum in Indiana where kids can learn and play in a safe and creative environment!

  • Terra Haute Children's Museum

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    Terre Haute

    A fun science and tech learning experience for kids in Indiana, with hands-on exhibits that encourage learning through play!

  • Museum of Miniature Houses

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    Carmel

    Come and see what is on display today! Explore our gift shop, which offers fine and unusual miniatures, books and periodicals about miniatures and dollhouses. Visiting children can play the Museum ...

  • Indiana Transportation Museum

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    Noblesville

    Our engineers are ready to take you on a wide range of train excursion experiences for the whole family, from caboose rides, our family-oriented Pizza Train and the popular Dinner on the Diner.

  • Indianapolis Museum of Art

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    Indianapolis

    Enjoy an afternoon exploring our galleries, strolling our gardens and grounds, or discovering the past at our historic home.

  • Indiana Medical History Museum

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    Indianapolis

    The Indiana Medical History Museum is located in the Old Pathology Building on the grounds of the former Central State Hospital on the near westside of Indianapolis.

  • The Childrens Museum of Indianapolis

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    Indianapolis

    Visit the LARGEST children's museum in the WORLD! Pretty amazing! The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is an incredibly fun and exciting hands-on experience for kids who can learn and discover ...

  • Hesston Steam Museum

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    La Porte

    History comes alive at the Hesston Steam Museum as real steam locomotives take you on a spectacular two and a half mile journey through deep woods, past lakes and farm fields.

  • National New York Central Railroad Museum

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    Elkhart

    A TIMETABLE TO THE PAST At the center of it all was the New York Central Railroad. Elkhart's National New York Central RR Museum recaptures the days when locomotives were symbols of progress, and ...

  • The Last Supper Museum

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    Greensburg

    The Last Supper Museum, LLC displays over 2,000 inspirational art pieces of Christ’s Last Supper as described in the Bible.

  • Koch Family Childrens Museum

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    Evansville

    18,000 square feet of hands on, multi media exhibits and activities encouraging skill development, self expression and the freedom to explore!

  • Santa Claus Museum and Village

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    Santa Claus

    All things Santa! Take the kids on a stroll through history at the Santa Claus Museum and Village, and visit various part of Santa's festive and magical world!

  • Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

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    Indianapolis

    Uncover secrets and stories of Indiana at this fascinating state museum, with three floors of surprises!

  • Imagination Station

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    Lafayette

    Enjoy hands on science exhibits including nanotechnology, archeology, microscopes and kaleidoscopes, plus a Mars Rover simulation!

  • Science Central

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    Fort Wayne

    Learning all things science whilst having FUN at this Indiana Science Center, with over 130 hands-on exhibits that will teach science in an engaging way

  • Hall of Heroes Museum

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    Elkhart

    Visit the world's ONLY superhero museum, and it's in Indiana!

  • The Washington Park Zoo

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    Michigan City

    Founded in 1928, this great Indiana zoo encompasses 15 acres ,and is home to more than 200 animals from all over the world!

  • Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo

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    Fort Wayne

    Animals from all around the world, plus train rides, rainforests, hands-on fun and an African Safari - all at this great Fort Wayne zoo perfect for kids!

  • Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

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    Albion

    Spend the day with beautiful, rescued exotic animals in this non-profit animal sanctuary.

  • Wolf Park

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    Battle Ground

    Explore this wolf conservation park with 18 wolves, as well as coyotes, red foxes and a herd of bison!