The speedsters at French Lick/West Baden Indoor Karting organize action-packed go-kart races on a 1,250-foot indoor road course. The European-made Sodi Karts can ramp up to 40 mph; junior carts, which seat ages 8–13, max out at 20 mph, but they make up for the lower speed by causing everything else to move in slow motion. The Arrive & Drive heat race ($12 for adults, $10 for juniors) thrusts contestants into an eight-minute contest against as many as nine other drivers, all competing to win the favor of the timing system and power slide their way to the top of the list of fastest laps. Karters who opt for the membership crash into the world of karting with style, enjoying perks that include a free race, a helmet head sock, quantity discounted races, plus another free race during the week of their birthday.
Founded in 1961, the Indiana Railway Museum guides rail-hopping wayfarers on a historic tour along 10 miles of scenic railroad between French Lick and Cuzco. During the 1.75-hour round trip, passengers will visit wooden and limestone train stations from the early 1900s and look out onto historic pieces of rail equipment, such as steam locomotives and Theodore Roosevelt's experimental bourbon-powered bullet train. Throughout the journey, the French Lick Scenic Railway will pass through Hoosier National Forest and the 2,200-foot Burton tunnel before traveling along beauteous lakes and impressive limestone cuts created during John Henry's showdown against the 4G iHammer.
Celebrate the second annual 5K run/walk through the lush, rolling hills and thick vernal woodlands of Lincoln State Park. Winding through most of the park's scenic pathways, this Lincoln-jog traverses the man's boyhood hills, where, from the ages of 7 to 21, he mastered oratory at the price of shaving skills. The money raised by this event supports the DNR, Friends of Lincoln State Park, the wardens of this historic parcel, and funding toward the park's amphitheatre programs. Learn about upcoming commemorative events on the theater's Facebook page. Event T-shirts will be available while supplies last or until a John Wilkes Booth impersonator fires the starter pistol at 9 a.m. CDT.
Engines roar as brightly colored go-karts modeled after real stock cars zip around the track at Fuzzy’s. After completing so many laps that eyebrows have doubled in volume, drivers can head over to softball and baseball batting cages that pitch orbs at up to four different speeds or explore the gently rolling hills of the miniature-golf course. Each rough ends in three holes, color-coded according to difficulty. Eye-hand coordination flourishes further amidst the arcade’s blips and beeps, inviting gamers to challenge each other to virtual racing or attempt to roll wooden orbs into distant skee-ball holes.
Located near Santa Claus, Indiana, Santa's Stables spreads holiday cheer year-round at its Christmas-themed barn. Framed with red eaves like Saint Nick's beach house, the barn houses a fleet of gentle horses along with Peaches the pony. Under the direction of seasoned guides, one to 10 visitors climb astride the steeds and trot along dirt and gravel trails for 15 or 45 minutes. The myriad paths, upon which horses safely stroll nose-to-tail, snake through flourishing plant life and incognito Christmas trees.
Located near Hoosier National Park, Patoka Lake Marina & Lodging teems with the area's wildlife, including ospreys, loons, herons, and the elusive bald eagle. Climb aboard the marina's new 60-foot Patoka Voyager for a two-hour tour of the picturesque lake and relax as a guide takes you along the scenic shoreline, detailing Patoka Lake's history and singing children’s lullabies. There's a cash bar available, as well as indoor or outdoor seating. Though not included in today's Groupon, the Patoka Grill stands there ready to fuel up tour-goers before or after the trip. Those who prefer the thrill of catching their own dinner can cast their lines in the lake for bass, bluegill, catfish, and walleye.