by Sarah Einselen
It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy, as George Gershwin once wrote. Thinking about taking a day trip with family or friends? Check out our list of ideas within a three-hour drive of Logansport.
Less than 1 hour
Canoeing down Wildcat Creek
A new canoe and kayak outfitter opened recently in Kokomo — so now canoeing down the Wildcat Creek doesn’t require a trip to Lafayette.
Where: Kokomo Canoe and Kayak Rentals, 4356 E. Howard County Road 100 South
Cost: Rent a canoe for $35 for the day
Info: kokomocanoekayak.com or 765-860-1500
Wabash and Erie Canal
Take a ride back in history at the Wabash and Erie Canal Park in Delphi. The park’s canal boat runs every weekend through the summer, and the interpretive center spotlights the creation of the largest manmade waterway in the U.S.
Where: Wabash and Erie Canal, 1030 N. Washington St., Delphi
Cost: Museum admission is free; $7 for adult boat rides or $4 for youth
Info: wabashanderiecanal.org or 765-564-2870
Reader says: “The canal ride is relaxing and interesting, as are all the individual cabins and houses.” — Terry L. Ray via Facebook
Up to 2 hours
Washington Park zoo
Bring the kids along for a day at Washington Park Zoo and the nearby Washington Park beach in Michigan City. The zoo celebrates 85 years this year and exhibits more than 90 species from around the world — think Bengal tigers, alligators, Grizzly bears and even a kangaroo or two.
Where: 115 Lakeshore Drive in Michigan City
Cost: $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for children or seniors for the zoo; $7 parking for the beach
Info: michigancityparks.com or 219-873‑1510
Reader says: “A nice little zoo for the kids and such a beautiful beach. We pack our lunch and spend the day.” — Monica Ervin via Facebook
The Village at Winona
Spend a day shopping, dining and strolling past historic Winona Lake structures. The arts community listed on the National Register of Historic Places is home to several galleries and studios.
Where: The neighborhood near 901 E. Canal St., Winona Lake
Cost: Free to look
Info: villageatwinona.com or 574-268-9888
Shipshewana Auction and Flea Market
Who doesn’t enjoy an afternoon browsing through the unexpected treasures at a flea market? And Shipshewana’s is the largest in the Midwest. Several Amish shops are located nearby, as well as a Hudson auto museum and a farm animal park.
Where: 325 S. Van Buren St. in Shipshewana
Cost: Free to look
Info: tradingplaceamerica.com or 260-768-4129
Amish Acres Historic Farm and Heritage Resort
Didn’t get enough Amish immersion at Shipshewana? Head to Nappannee for horse and buggy rides and a dip into the Amish way of life at a farm where three generations of the family who lived there have left their mark.
Where: 1600 W. Market St. in Nappanee
Cost: $12.95 per adult or $4.95 per child for the tour; $5.95 or $3.95 for buggy rides
Info: amishacres.com or 1-800-800-4942
Indy Indians at Victory Field
Bring your baseball glove and catch some foul balls at an Indianapolis Indians game at Victory Field in Indianapolis. The ballpark shoots fireworks off after every Friday night home game.
Where: Corner of West and Maryland streets in downtown Indianapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $10 for adults or $9 for children
Info: indyindians.com or 317-269-3545 (box office)
Up to 3 hours
One of Chicago’s top tourist destinations combines stunning architecture with a five-acre garden. Millennium Park features free concerts often through the summer.
Where: In the heart of downtown Chicago, bordered by Michigan Avenue to the west, Columbus Drive to the east, Randolph Street to the north and Monroe Drive to the south
Cost: Free to enter the park
Info: millenniumpark.org or 312-742-2963
South Haven lighthouse
For more than a century, the South Haven lighthouse has guarded the entrance of the Black River at Lake Michigan. Built in 1903 of steel, the lighthouse has nearly 3,000 photos of it posted on the photo-sharing website Flickr.com. Snap your own before heading to the beach, the paintball field or the road-racing course.
Where: On the south pier off of Water Street in South Haven
Info: southhaven.org or 1-800-764-2836
Pere Marquette Beach
Looking for a clean, safe and thriving beach certified by the Clean Beaches Coalition? Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon is one of just four certified “clean beaches” on Lake Michigan. Remember to follow the coalition’s Blue Wave Ethics.
Where: Beach Street and Lakeshore Drive, Muskegon, Mich.
Brown County State Park
Some call this state park’s hills the “little Smokies” for their resemblance to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee — it might help that they’re located around the Hoosier state’s Nashville. The state’s largest park is a traditional fall color hot spot, but the park also features the Abe Martin lodge, a nature center and mountain biking trails.
Where: 1405 W. Ind. 46 (west gate) or 1801 E. Ind. 46 (north gate) in Nashville
Cost: $5 entry fee for vehicles with Indiana license plates
Info: in.gov/dnr/parklake/2988.htm or 812-988-6406