Each year, Native American Days draws crowds of 10,000–15,000 visitors to celebrate North America’s ancient cultures on the site of a former Mississippian settlement. After parking a car or roller-skating horse on-site, attendees can head to a performance area at the center of the grounds to take in traditional dancing, storytelling, and music, including performances by Estun-Bah, a musical group led by world-champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan. For an additional fee, a variety of workshops teach patrons time-tested skills such as archery, beadwork, and how to construct a drum out of a laptop case. Native American Days kicks off at 9 a.m. each day and lasts until 2 p.m. on September 23 and until 5 p.m. on September 24 and 25.
Since joining the Frontier League in 1996, the Otters have shattered several of the league's records while sending dozens of signees to the MLB. In 2005, the club became the first in the league to record a million total fans in attendance—a vote of confidence that led the Otters, in the the subsequent season, to repay Evansville with its first Frontier League championship. The team passed another milestone in 2012, becoming the first FL team to rack up 700 wins, still a far cry from matching some local 7-year-olds' kickball record of infinity wins. Opened in 1915, the Otters' home turf, Bosse Field, enjoys its own legacy of storied moments, most notably its use during the filming of A League of Their Own.
Though it functions as an all-purpose gym, Tri-State Athletic Club is actually a community epicenter. When guests aren't running across its sports courts, they might be toasting each other in its halls at a wine tasting or holiday event. Family-friendly programming welcomes kids and adults alike to pool activities and tennis lessons, and personal trainers guide members, whose names they've committed to memory, through custom workouts. Meanwhile, instructors lead group classes such as Pilates, spin, and heated yoga in well-equipped studios. This supportive atmosphere imbues the club with positive vibes, which prompt strangers on neighboring treadmills to amicably concede the right of way.
Discovered in 1883, Marengo Cave, a U.S. National Natural Landmark, is located roughly an hour from Louisville and is open 363 days a year. Showcasing eye-catching speleothems (cave deposits), visitors can browse a wide variety of soda straws, stalactites, flowstones, and draperies. The combo tour melds together a 70-minute Dripstone Trail Tour that’s one mile in length, as well as a 40-minute Crystal Palace Tour that guides groups past eye-catching flowstone deposits. Embark on an exciting mini-journey into the earth’s depths without ending up at its core.
Patoka Lake Marina & Lodging's guides enable clients to explore the second largest lake in Indiana and its animal inhabitants during boat tours on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Located near Hoosier National Park, the area teems with 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 and outdoor seating. Children five and under can partake of the scenic water fun for free when accompanying a ticketed adult.
Tangling through wooded countryside, Quail Crossing sprawls across 320 acres of minimal bunkers, fairways, and prairie grasses. Course architect Tom Doak designed the par-71 course to stretch 6,758 yards at the tips with neatly maintained tees, greenways, and roughs. The land's former life as a mining quarry makes for elevated mood swings, where strategic shot placements matter most. Though a wooded backdrop of sycamore, oak, and maple trees won't syrup your pancakes, it will create a challenging framework to guide the drive at daybreak and beyond.
Inside the water vessel of choice, you'll paddle down the beautiful, clean Blue River and take in an eyeful of wooded hills, limestone bluffs, and friendly forest critters for approximately two to four hours of natural wonderment. The river is a Class 1 stream, so it provides wetventures for beginners, families, and groups. Cave County Canoes is equipped and experienced in providing unparalleled water excursions. Channel your inner water-Lance Armstrong as you fearlessly paddle past a bevy of possible animals including otters, blue herons, and hellbenders, the continent's largest salamander, in your boat built for one or two.