Things to do in Indiana with kids
Indiana is quaint country state filled with rolling hills, charming small towns and sandy dunes, but with the added dash of city vibrancy for when you fancy it!
Want to know the best thing about this amazing state? Only the WORLDS largest children’s museum! The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is an incredible place for kids to explore, learn, and create (and its HUGE!)
Bordering Lake Michigan in the north, Indiana offers beautiful water based activities with their unique dunes, such as at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. In the south, kids can really experience a different culture with Amish Acres as they explore history.
Here you can also find some incredible wildlife opportunities for kids, such as the eye opening Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, and the unique Wolf Creek Habitat.
History comes to life with attractions such as President Benjamin Harrison’s Home, USS LST Ship Memorial and George Rogers Historical Park, and there are plenty of excitement for the whole family at attractions such as Great Times Family Fun Park!
Lewis and Clark started their northwest journey in Indiana, so what better place than to start your family adventure there too!
Offering a huge outdoor water park with 6 slides, wet roller coaster and splash playground; high wires climbing challenge and camping options.
The Fun Center offers several fairground style rides, as well as mini golf, batting cages, go-karts and more!
Scream your head off riding some of the top coasters on the planet! Whether you like to spin, bump, fly, or bounce, your family will laugh yourself silly on these great family rides.
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!
Situated on 50 acres of rolling hills, Mesker Park Zoo is home to over 700 animals, thousands of exotic botanic species and Amazonian forest of riches!
Columbian Park Zoo is home to over 190 animals and offers FREE admission! This Indiana favorite is where kids can visit amazing animals from all over the world!
A beautiful wolf sanctuary with visits by appointment only. Kids can experience rescued animals, from foxes, coyotes and of course, wolves.
A unique experience for the family where you can interact with amazing wolves IN their enclosures! A fun animal experience for your family day out in Indiana!
Explore over 160 species of animals over 23 acres in this very special zoo in South Bend, with a rich history and great learning fun for kids!
Amazing animal fun, with not only a zoo but aquarium and botanical gardens too! - a great idea if you're looking for the best things to do with toddlers in Indianapolis.
Founded in 1928, this great Indiana zoo encompasses 15 acres ,and is home to more than 200 animals from all over the world!
Explore this wolf conservation park with 18 wolves, as well as coyotes, red foxes and a herd of bison!
Spend the day with beautiful, rescued exotic animals in this non-profit animal sanctuary.
Water fun in Marion with a host of activities for the family, including Wave Pool, Kiddy Area, Lazy River, Racer Slides, Bowl Slide and more!
Enjoy 40,000 sq ft of big splash water park fun in Indiana, with a host of water park fun for the whole family!
Featuring a wave pool, loads of water slides, kiddie leisure pool,
Make a splash at Northern Indiana's largest family water park, with water fun over summer, and ice skating in winter.
Super fun water park in Indiana for the whole family, with thrills, spills, slides, water features, play areas, lap pools and a lazy river!
50,000 square feet of indoor tropical water fun in Indiana, where you can spend the day on an island of sprays, slides, and fun surprises! - one of the best fun things to do in Indianapolis with kids.
Explore the rich history of America's railroad at the National New York City Railroad Museum with actual historic locomotives on display
Enjoy an afternoon exploring our galleries, strolling our gardens and grounds, or discovering the past at our historic home.
Enjoy hands on science exhibits including nanotechnology, archeology, microscopes and kaleidoscopes, plus a Mars Rover simulation!
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!
Uncover secrets and stories of Indiana at this fascinating state museum, with three floors of surprises!
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
It's an art attack in Fort Wayne with the Museum of Art, featuring every changing exhibitions that introduce kids to the wonderful world of art.
Celebrate the life of the iconic James Dean in the city he grew up in, through a private collection of amazing memorabilia
A great local museum showcasing the history of Fairmount, as well as a tribute to it's famous residents Jim Davis and notably James Dean
The fascinating Studebaker National Museum is an automobile lovers dream, with over 30 vintage cars, plus Presidential carriages & more!
A fun day out exploring miniature houses with detailed collections of dollhouses and more! A unique day out in Carmel!
A fun children's museum in Indiana where kids can learn and play in a safe and creative environment!
A fun science and tech learning experience for kids in Indiana, with hands-on exhibits that encourage learning through play!
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.
Visit the LARGEST children's museum in the WORLD! One of the best fun family things to do in Indianapolis - an incredibly fun and exciting hands-on experience for kids who can learn and discover through play! Pretty amazing!
18,000 square feet of hands on, multi media exhibits and activities encouraging skill development, self expression and the freedom to explore!
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.
Visit this aviation museum and view the largest collection of model aircraft in the USA, & discover how aeromodeling helped change the world of aviation!
Explore the beginnings of scientific psychiatry and modern medicine in the historic Indiana Medical History Museum with guided tours!
At Grissom Air Museum you can learn about historic aircraft, climb the Observation Tower, view exciting exhibits, and enjoy a modern, hands-on facility!
A fun indoor children's play center with both indoor AND outdoor play! Great for those kids under 9 years who can enjoy unstructured and imaginative play!
Indoor fun for active kids in Indiana, with bumper cars, mini golf, climbing structures and more!
10,000 sq ft of inflatable fun at The Bouncin Barn, with gym, toddler area and birthday party rooms too!
Bouncing fun in Fort Wayne with floor AND wall covered trampolines, plus sports and a foam pit!
Their patented style of fun with trampoline covered floors and walls provided high level angular bounces kids can't get enough of. Session types include open jump, 3D Dodgeball and SkyRobics fitness classes.
Bouncing fun at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park! With trampoline covered floors, foam pits and dodgeball.
Zip, swing, and climb through the trees! Go Ape Treetop Adventure is a highly interactive 2-3 hour outdoor experience for those 10 years and over - one of the really fun activities for kids in Indianapolis.
500 acres of year-round adventure with zip-lines, paintball, hiking, mountain biking trails, air-soft fields, a 4 acre fishing lake, and much more!
Those active kids will love to bounce the day away with wall to wall trampolines at this Indiana Trampoline Park!
Kids as young as 4 years can learn wilderness survival skills at this fun Indiana academy!
Indoor trampolining fun for active kids in Bloomington, as well as slam dunk zone, obstacle course, dodgeball & more!
Atmospheric multi-level laser tag arena for a thrilling family battle! Great for ages 7 and up in Indiana!
Two mini golf courses, go karts, batting and soccer cages, and arcade games all offering a well rounded family day out in Indiana!
A 'Paint & Take' Art Studio where people of all ages and interests can enjoy the simple pleasures of painting!
Surround the family in nature with tropical gardens, and great exhibits, as well as fun family events at this Fort Wayne conservatory!
A beautiful state park in Indiana, with outdoor activities, year round fun, a 327 acre lake, diverse landscapes and fascinating history!
Spanning over 200,000 acres, Hoosier National Forest has camping, hiking, horseback riding, historic sites & more!
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 wintery snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are a....
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 early indian trails crossed the river.
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 exceptionally high quality.
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!
A state park for all seasons, with woodland walks, sledding, canoeing, and fishing just some of the activities to enjoy in Indiana!
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!
Located within Garfield Park, this beautiful conservatory and gardens offer gardening demos, workshops, talks, and amazing nature!
Great river run with jet boat rides, along the Ohio and Kentucky, with more adventures too!
Located in an authentic 1800s train station, the Monon Depot Museum provides exciting exhibits and programming for all ages. A train lovers dream!
Beautiful historic guided cave tours set in a village which will take you back to the 1800s way of life.
Underground adventure in Indiana for the whole family with tours through incredible natural wonders, as well as gem stone mining!
Older kids will love these tours along an underground river, surrounded by great chambers that are millions of years old! Great fun in Indiana!
Paoli Peaks is a fun Ski Resort in Southern Indiana offering alpine skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing during the winter months.
A historic look into the life of the 23rd president - Benjamin Harrison. A fascinating and educational family day out in Indiana for the whole family!
A planetarium is a domed theater in which a realistic and scientifically-accurate simulation of the night sky is created, using a highly-specialized "star projector." One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kid....
Take a tour of a significant historic amphibious vessel and learn about life onboard from the mess deck to the Captain's cabin! Guaranteed to fascinate imaginative kids on your Indiana family day out. Ahoy maties!
It’s an amazing living history experience your whole family can enjoy in Indiana, with five historic areas, and a museum all over 1400 acres...experience Prairietown history first hand!
Lincoln Amphitheatre is a completely covered outdoor theatre featuring the musical drama Young Abe Lincoln in 2009's bicentential of his birth.
80 acres of fascinating historic farm and heritage resort that lets families experience the lifestyle of the Amish through guided tours. With farm animals, musical theatre, food, crafts, and shops. A great day out, and even the option to overnight.
A fun outdoor trip back in time. Kids and adults can have fun on the farmstead, tall grass prairie and our Woodland Native American Village.
Explore the second oldest historical society in Indiana! Spend your day exploring the fascinating history of the state through exhibits and original artifacts!
WonderLab is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for people of all ages, especially children, to experience the wonder and excitement of science through hands-on exhibits and programs that stimulate c....
Explore the boyhood of Abraham Lincoln in this fascinating and historic attraction in Indiana. Show kids they can be anything they want to be!
History comes back to life at this Historical Park! Your family day out can be fun and educational at this historic site that made a huge impact to the USA.
5 acres fun - complete with an indoor playland, multi-level arcade, go-karts, bumper boats and mini golf! A great family fun day out idea for things to do with kids in Indianapolis on that day out of yours!
Dairy adventures, farm fun, and animal encounters at this Indiana farm, where kids can learn about sustainable farming and enjoy great events!
Great indoor and outdoor family fun in Indiana with mini golf, go-karts, batting cages, a kids playland, and an arcade too!
Offers national standard skating facilities but also welcomes families and kids for public sessions. Lessons are available in hockey, figure and speed skating as well as standard beginners' tuition.
Fills a significant place in the local community and beyond, offering free arts class places to children considered vulnerable in a super nurturing creative environment. Other families are welcome to at a modest charge.
Zig-E's Funland is filled with fun activities - from laser tag, mini golf, trampolining and and arcade - and perfect for all ages!
Classic farm fun in Indiana, with rides, slides, fun events, fruit picking and even live music!
Great kids fun with go-karts, bumper cars, lazer maze, batting cages, bounce houses and...alligators? Yep! Enjoy this indoor / outdoor fun center in Indiana.
Spend an adventurous day at Evansville, Indiana's most unique and exciting miniature golf course. AdventureLand has two 18 hole courses surrounded by caves, waterfalls, and streams.
Mini golf, mini pin bowling, and arcades all await at this fun center in Indiana!
Come & Enjoy! Beach * Paddle Boats Fishing Contests * Boat Parades Playground * Putt-Putt Golf Lawnmower Rodeos Potluck Dinners * Chili Cook-Off Kid's Games & Activities * Contests Local Festivals * & More!
Dip into Amish history with traditional (or slightly more luxurious!) camping and activities such as swimming, fishing, playgrounds, bingo, gospel music, open air movie showings and of course the famous free kettle popcorn!