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Top 10 Places to Visit in Indiana

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#1 Indianapolis

Indianapolis, also known as Indy is the capital of the Indiana state. Family attractions and places to visit in Indianapolis are Indianapolis Motor Speedway, White River State Park, Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Eiteljorg Museum, Canal Walk, and Indianapolis Zoo.

Fort Wayne
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#2 Fort Wayne

Located in northeastern Indiana, Fort Wayne is not far from border with Ohio and Michigan. It is the second largest city in Indiana. The city is known for hosting variety of cultural festivals and events. Fort Wayne is popular for great museums and many entertainment options. Places to visit and family attractions include Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Science Central, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and Old City Hall.

Indiana Dunes National Park
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#3 Indiana Dunes National Park

Located in northwestern Indiana, Indiana Dunes National Park runs for 15 miles along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. The 15,000 acres national park is known for its sandy beach and miles of trails over rugged dunes. The park features sand dunes, wetlands, prairies, rivers, and forests. It is also known for rare species of birds observed in the park. Recreation activities include hiking, camping, bird watching, swimming, fishing, and horseback riding.

Brown County State Park
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#4 Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park is one of the larger state parks in the United States. Also called "the Little Smokies", it is Indiana's most visited state park. The 16,000 acres park features rugged hills, ridges and fog-shrouded ravines. It is popular tourist attraction for its unique fall color and scenic vistas. Park activities include camping, fishing, biking, hiking, and horseback riding. Abe Martin Lodge at the park offers accommodations including motel rooms, cabins, dining, conference facilities and indoor water park.

Clifty Falls State Park
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#5 Clifty Falls State Park

Located near Madison, Clifty Falls State Park is known for its waterfalls and canyons. The park features Clifty Creek, Little Clifty Creek, and a canyon in which the sun only shines during midday. The upper rim of the canyon at the north end of the park is descending to the valley of the Ohio River over one of the two Clifty Falls. Park includes four named waterfalls: 60 feet Big Clifty Falls, 60 feet Little Clifty Falls, 78 feet Hoffman Falls, and 83 feet Tunnel Falls.

Cagles Mill Lake & Cataract Falls
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#6 Cagles Mill Lake & Cataract Falls

Cagles Mill Lake is a reservoir located near Cataract is known for the Cataract Falls. The 1,400-acre lake was built as flood control reservoir and is home to beautiful Cataract Falls. It is the largest waterfall by volume in the Indiana state and part of the Lieber State Recreation Area. The state of the art Aquatic Center is open during the Memorial Day to Labor Day recreation season. The Aquatic Center has a zero entrance pool, water bubblers and a tornado water slide. There are also shelters, a volleyball court and a playground. Other fun activities include hiking trails, boat access to Cagles Mill Lake and a campground.

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#7 Bloomington

Located south of Indianapolis, Bloomington is the home to Indiana University Bloomington. The city offers many natural attractions: hills, forests, and lakes. Bloomington is a beautiful city with so many attractions and fun things to do. Places to visit and family attractions include McCormick's Creek State Park, Monroe Lake, WonderLab Science Museum, Hoosier National Forest, and Eskenazi Museum of Art.

South Bend
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#8 South Bend

South Bend is located along the southernmost bend of the St. Joseph River. It is the 4th largest city in Indiana and cultural hub of northern Indiana. The city is known for annual festivals and historic attractions. There are plenty of great family fun activities to do in South Bend. Best places to visit include Studebaker National Museum, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Potawatomi Zoo, The History Museum, and Snite Museum of Art.

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