Five Indiana Adventures That Are Perfect for the RV
How you plan your vacation will greatly depend on what you want to do. If you plan on renting an RV from Outdoorsy, you have tons more choices than if you stay in a hotel in the city and rent a car.
All of your choices don’t necessarily mean camping in the middle of the woods either. Here are five fun adventures you can have in Indiana that are perfect if you and your family are traveling in an RV.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
No trip to Indiana is complete without a trip to The Dunes. You don’t have to be in an RV in order to visit this popular vacation spot, but it sure makes enjoying The Dunes a lot easier!
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore contains 15 miles of shoreline right on Lake Michigan and contains a whopping 15,000 acres. Take a dip in the lake, walk one of the 50 miles of trails, or try your hand at climbing one of the massive dunes in the park.
When you’re in an RV, you can stay in the park at Dunewood Campground. It can fill up fast, especially around the holidays, so make sure you reserve your spot early.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The Dunes isn’t the only area Indiana is known for. Even more popular is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!
The home of the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400, it’s a must-visit for every racing fan. It’s a great place to visit for others too because it’s steeped in history, having been originally constructed over 100 years ago.
You can catch a race, but you can do much more during your visit. You can visit the museum and check out the Auto Racing Hall of Fame. You can also do a little golfing at the Speedway Golf Course.
Because people come from all over to catch a race, the raceway is very friendly to RVers with a campground that is located on-site.
Hoosier National Forest
If you want to get away from it all and get in touch with nature, visit the Hoosier National Forest. It contains over 200,000 acres of woodland. It features must-see areas that include:
- The Lick Creek Settlement
- Potts Creek Rockshelter Archeological Site
- Jacob Rickenbaugh House
There’s a lot to do in the park. You can hike over 200 miles of trails, do a little mountain biking, or horseback riding. Wildlife watching is a popular pastime too because the park contains animals like fox, white-tailed deer, and endangered species like the Indiana bat and bald eagle.
McCormick’s Creek State Park
McCormick’s Creek State Park is a great place to visit because it is the oldest state park in Indiana. It was dedicated in 1916, but it’s history goes back much further than that.
The park was named for the area’s first settler, John McCormick, who settled the area exactly 100 years before. In 1888, a portion of the land was purchased by Frederick Denkewalter who built the original Canyon Inn. The present day, remodeled Canyon Inn is now open to visitors.
With a visit to the Inn, you can tour some of the rooms or purchase something in the gift shop, but you can also ask the naturalist staff for tips on how best to enjoy your time in the park. They might suggest:
- Going for a hike on one of the trails
- Checking out the nature center
- Going for a dip in the swimming pool
- Playing a little tennis
- Canoeing and kayaking
If you’re looking for a little more entertainment and family-friendly activities that are sure to keep the whole crew entertained, drive your RV over to Indiana Beach.
The amusement rides are sure to help you pass the time. Hop on a family ride, like the Tilt-a-Whirl, or watch the little ones play in Kiddyland. If you’re looking for an adult thrill, try the Hoosier Hurricane.
When it’s time to cool off, hit the Ideal Beach Waterpark and ride water coasters or float around in the Action River.
That’s not all! There’s zip lining, water shows, and paddle wheel boat adventures! It’s all about staying and playing at Indiana Beach, so it’s easy to find a full-service RV slot right on-site.
There is no shortage of amazing RV adventures to be had in Indiana! Set up camp and stay awhile at one of the locations on this list or spend a few days at each before returning home. There’s no question that no matter what you do, everyone will look forward to the next Indiana vacation!