I no longer live in Indiana. We moved back to my home state of Connecticut after having spent four years where my hubby hailed from– North-Central Indiana. I really, really like it here in New England and very much enjoy all it has to offer. Still, there are parts of Indiana I really miss and I will always cherish the memories of my older children’s baby- and toddlerhood spent there.
So, one might wonder, what on earth can you actually DO out in the cornfields of Indiana? Well, my friends, there are lots of fun ways to refresh your mind, recharge your soul, and delight your little ones! Here are just a few…
Visit the zoo!
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is one of my favorite I’ve ever visited. It’s the perfect size to tackle with little ones and there’s an impressive array of animals. Midwest summers can get toasty, but there are always some temperate ones thrown in the mix. We especially loved the aquarium there as a place to escape the heat and noise… the was particularly nice with babies and toddlers.
Small town fairs and carnivals!
Small town fairs abound in North Central Indiana. Greentown’s fair each summer was a huge attraction that drew crowds from all the neighboring little towns. Plenty big enough to entertain the whole family, it was significantly smaller (and more affordable!) than the Indiana State Fair. There’s something lovely about a hometown fair and all the familiar sticky faces you’ll find there.
Long, ambling drives…
Perhaps it’s due to the fact that I’m prone to carsickness, but there is nowhere I’ve enjoyed long, aimless drives more than Indiana. The fields are ripe and green, the land is flat and open, the roads are straight and peaceful. Crank some music, open the windows, and drive wherever your heart leads you. The beauty of the “midwest grid” system of roadways is that it’s incredibly difficult to get lost. We loved to head out, no destination in mind, and land in some tiny town with dollar ice cream cones… talk about some cheap summer fun!
Relish the space.
North Central Indiana is full of fields and parks– wide, open spaces. This is a beautiful place to let your children run free. Pack a picnic. Toss a frisbee. Fly a kite– Indiana is windy and there aren’t so many trees that it’s likely to get snagged. Chase fireflies. There is abundant room to move in this neck of the woods and this means you can do things that city folk cannot– enjoy it!
Sigh… it makes me miss it! I might have to plan a nice summer vacay back there one of these days.
What’s your favorite way to “Staycation” in your neck of the woods?