Established: Before 1950
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: None
Pro Tip: Purchase tickets at Lanier-Madison Visitor Center across Vine Street from the Mansion.
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Free street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Spiral staircase
Recommended Age Group: All ages
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Give visitors a short introduction to the life and times of James Lanier.
What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?
Customers will experience an informative and fun tour of a fully furnished Greek Revival mansion with a spiral staircase and 14 ft. ceilings. Visitors will also be told short, interesting stories about the Lanier family and the town of Madison. For example, they will hear how one family member drowned in the Ohio River, that Madison was the second largest pork-packing town in the 1840s, and that James Lanier lent the State of Indiana over 1 million dollars during the Civil War.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
There are beautiful gardens on the mansion grounds.
Mud oozes through fingers, toes, and other places mud should never ooze through during Mudathlon, a challenge that puts 3 miles and more than 40 obstacles between racers and the finish line. With multiple stops across the country, Mudathlon transforms its destinations into messy, muck-riddled swamplands, where participants ascend walls, zip down slides, and always end up in the same place—back in the mud. Course marshals stationed along each route keep feet moving in the right direction, and at the finish line, the top three male and female competitors receive Top Mudder awards for finishing fastest while ingesting the government’s daily recommended serving of mud. After the race, individuals and teams gather to celebrate at a country-themed party, which continues the festivities with live music, costume contests, and an abundance of food and beer.
Every time Cliff Robinson stirs his completely restored 500-horsepower Stearman PT-17 biplane to life, it's as if he's paying homage to the showmen who flew such aircraft a century ago. Back then, pilots would dazzle crowds during performances known as "barnstorming," and afterward, they would take onlookers on rides above the town. Cliff carries on that tradition with Robinson Aerobatics, toting guests through the skies above Madison and the Ohio River Valley. Cliff's lengthy flying career helps him make rides all the more exciting: he's participated in more than 300 public air shows and has collected more than 8,000 hours of experience as an instructor, crop duster, and aerobatics showman.
Opened in 1968 as a nine-hole course, Cardinal Hills added a back nine in 1996 to form a 5,614-yard excursion that challenges oncomers with undulating greens and tree-lined fairways. Though relatively short in overall length, the Harold England design presents its fair share of difficulties, forcing players to choose their clubs wisely and to carefully discern which flagsticks are actually remnants of failed moon landings.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 5,614 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 70 from the back tees * Course slope of 113 from the back tees
Shadowood Golf Course, a par 72 championship golf course that hosts the Indiana Open tournament, challenges serious and casual golfers alike with 6,709 yards of ponds, creeks, and other natural obstacles. During each 18-hole round, command a cart across the meticulously manicured green, through stately trees, and past vibrant landscaping between sinking difficult shots and challenging surrounding carts to games of chicken. A driving range, sand pit, and practice putting green prep players for full games and roles as extras in golfing films.