Several times a year, Sankt Nikolaus Lauf embraces exercise, charity, and German heritage by hosting a costume-filled run/walk in the heart of Indianapolis. In the fall months, the race joins forces with GermanFest and invites waves of jovial runners and walkers to don lederhosen for the event. Weeks later, during the St. Nikolaus Festival, hordes of athletes don the traditional scarlet suit and flowing beard of Santa Claus for the Sankt Nikolaus Day Lauf. With numbers pinned to the backs of their seasonal ensembles and the race's starting words “Achtung, fertig, los!” ringing in their ears, racers sprint through the chilly air in pursuit of awards, festival goodies, and funds for charitable foundations.
Sprawling over 500 acres, eXplore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat entertains guests with a swath of old-fashioned adventure in the middle of Indiana. Fourteen ziplines, two sky bridges, and a rappelling tower offer a bird's-eye view of the scenic forest year-round. As zipliners soar back and forth above land and lake, guides lead tours of ATV riders on off-road explorations below. The rhythmic cough of paintball guns echo through the trees as teams compete for dominance on one of 10 scenario fields, some of which feature crashed planes. After a day of fun, visitors retire to the climate controlled cabins or open campgrounds for a night spent in the embrace of Mother Nature.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Wear comfortable walking shoes, sun screen, and bring plenty of water and snacks.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: The Butterfly Garden
What special training do you or your staff have?
We have extensive backgrounds in plant science, since we are afterall an Arboretum (a living museum for plants). Our knowledgeable staff offer expert information on any plant-related questions that visitors may have to the Arboretum. In addition, several of our employees are ISA Certified Arborists and can provide excellent pruning tips.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Our property is 121 acres, with over two miles of paved trails and around [a quarter]-mile of non paved woodland hiking trails. Because of this, people often do not plan out how long it will take to see everything, or do not come prepared with refreshments packed. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, and plant for at least two hours, if not more, to see everything.
Finding a babysitter is one thing that mothers don’t have to do in order to attend Stroller Strong’s fitness classes. That’s because children are always welcome at classes—in fact, the sessions are based around the act of pushing kids in strollers. Inside Leblond Recreation Center or outdoors at Ault Park, groups convene to burn calories and tone muscles behind the rolling wheels of their child’s buggy. Afterward, they spend 10 minutes working out abdominal muscles while kids play with the studio’s toys.