Ever since Buffalo Bill and the Ringling Brothers roamed the streets during their winter off-season, Peru, Indiana has been filled with the circus spirit. More than a century later, it's still putting on a dynamic show. Located in downtown Peru, the Circus City Festival Museum tells the story of this local cultural tradition, from the city's first performances to the present day. Its halls are filled with collections of vintage photographs and educational displays alongside circus miniatures, costume pieces, and props. These artifacts tell the story of the show's evolution and that one time the roman rings performer totally stole the trapeze artist's boyfriend. Meanwhile, the Peru Circus' own colorful wagons are on display outside the museum throughout the day, and before and after each performance. While these exhibits preserve the circus' past, an on-site gift shop guards its future; proceeds go to support the Circus City Festival and Peru Amateur Youth Circus program.
Twenty-four aircraft have been restored and put on display at Grissom Air Museum, allowing visitors to get a close-up view of pieces of aviation history. The museum's planes range from B-17 Flying Fortresses to aerial drones and Japanese airliners.
Picturesque landscaping and above-average speed greens mark the challenging 18 holes at Honeywell Golf Course. Established in 1944 as a private course situated on the elegant Honeywell estate, landscape architect Arthur Hills expanded the terrain through the family's formal gardens in 1980, blending the old and new styles as seamlessly as a miniskirt made from buffalo-head nickels. Bunkers shelter the undulating front nines from errant shots and scantily clad sunbathers, and emerald fairways wend through the old garden's flowering shrubs and trees toward short, tighter terrain. Swingers looking for a challenge will enjoy testing their club’s mettle on Hills's addition, confronting some of the only back-to-back par-3 holes in the state.
When Farmer and Mrs. Guffey opened Guffey Acres in 2009, they wanted to create a community outlet that combined education, agriculture, and fun. A trio of mazes winds across more than 7 acres, coaxing guests on a labyrinthine journey that can last up to two hours, and nightfall brings spooky figures around every twist and turn as one maze transforms into the haunted Field of Screams. Outside the maze, the corn-related reveling continues with hayrides, cobs launched from the corn cannon, and playtime in the farm’s corn box, which is like a sandbox but more delicious, according to many goats. When the corny carousing has run its course, head to the barn to learn fun facts about animals or tour the pumpkin patch on a 10-barrel train. If all that farm fun conjures up an appetite, visitors can reenergize with treats on Cole's Concessions' dining porch.
Sycamore Golf Club is an island of shimmering emerald stamped onto an ocean of rolling beige. Once a wide-open farmland, the 100-acre parcel underwent major changes in 1961, when landscapers cleared away the wheat fields and cow communes to make way for the expansive 18-hole course. Today, the charm of the land remains thanks to a trio of ponds and two creeks that make their presence known on 15 holes, all of which are surrounded by newly planted tree groves.
True to the down-home feel of the area, Sycamore Golf Club is managed by the husband-and-wife team of Todd and Kathy Sandow. Kathy minds the pro shop and ushers twosomes and foursomes onto the first tee. And Todd, a PGA Professional, helps with club fittings and lessons for players of all levels.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,311 yards from the back tees * Course rating of from the back tees * Course slope of from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
A 9-hole, par 36 layout, Dogwood Glen Golf Course packs plenty of tee-to-green challenges in its 3,329-yard layout. The course opens with a 570-yard par-five—the first of two 550-plus-yard par-fives—letting golfers tee it high and swing freely to start their round. The course's five par-fours all measure more than 345 yards from the tips, making all but the longest-hitters golfers take a full swing with a wedge, short-iron, or curtain rod to make it to the green in regulation. With five tee options, the course caters to players of all abilities, and also provides alternative tee placements for those who want to play the course twice for an 18-hole round.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 36 course * Length of 3,329 yards from the farthest tees * Five tee options * Scorecard