Things To Do In North Madison

Select Local Merchants

During a Muddy Fanatic race, you never know what's coming up next. Maybe you'll have to scale a steep rock wall or shimmy along a rope while suspended above a murky stream. One thing's for sure?by race's end, you'll be covered head-to-toe in mud, making it easy to consider this event part-race and part-spa day. The 5K trek takes groups past mud-soaked obstacles on their way to glory, i.e. the finish line. The fun, social aspect of the race means there's always someone available to lend a helping hand and to toast with at the after party, which features live entertainment. A portion of the proceeds goes toward the Son Foundation, an organization that provides housing to cancer patients and their families visiting the area for treatment.

2128 South Leslie Lane
Scottsburg,
IN
US

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

Q&A with Gerry Reilly, Site Manager

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.

601 W 1st St
Madison,
IN
US

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.

1608 Highway 227
Carrollton,
KY
US

Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure places novice passengers alongside professional drivers for ride-along experiences on Talladega Superspeedway. At 2.66 miles around, Talladega Superspeedway is the largest oval racetrack in the Sprint Cup Series and is well-known throughout motorsports. Passengers circumnavigate the speedy circle at speeds of up to 175 mph aboard real racecars once owned by such drivers as Mark Martin, Michael Waltrip, and Bobby Labonte. Before embarking, riders receive safety training and suit up in a full fire suit complete with a helmet with facemask and Hans Device, the same head restraint used by professional heavy-metal guitarists. Talladega Superspeedway is located next to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, which is open daily to visitors.

5120 Sparta Pike
Sparta,
KY
US

The neon glow of televisions and beer signs makes up most of the light inside Hoopsters Sports Bar & Grill. The space has sheltered diners from the light of day since 1994, keeping the bar dimmed to movie-theater levels to help diners enjoy the technicolor action of their favorite sports teams. When televised competition fails to entertain, the staff instead augments their selection of burgers and sandwiches with Tuesday-night trivia contests, Friday-night karaoke, and Saturday-night DJ-driven dance parties. Sunday even has a special designation as the staff flips over all channels to view NASCAR contests and speaks only in motor sounds.

305 S Highway 62
New Washington,
IN
US

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

335 Starks Ln
Bedford,
KY
US