If you thought Indiana was just a bunch of boring old cornfields, think again; the state is packed with tons of things to do and sights to see. Whether you’re headed to urban Indianapolis or enjoying the beauty of the countryside, here’s some of the best Indiana attractions.
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Credited as the largest children’s museum in the country, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum offers five stories of fun.
Turkey Run State Park: People come to Turkey Run State Park for the large lodge, extensive hiking trails, hayrides, and year-round events. The inn even has an Olympic-sized pool.
Nappanee: Downtown Nappanee is crawling with local shops and boutiques in historic buildings, while the countryside is covered with family-owned shops. It’s situated right on the edge of Amish Country, giving it that old-fashioned country charm.
Conner Prairie: This interactive “history park” is filled with costumed, historically-accurate interpreters and covers 800 acres of land. Experience a slice of history at this park just north of downtown Fishers.
The Spirit of Jasper: A restored historic passenger train, the Spirit of Jasper takes romantic trips through the countryside and offers various Ride ‘n’ Dine trips year-round.
These are just a few of the best Indiana attractions available. Try exploring local areas or doing some research to find some great Indiana attractions of your own!
Evansville, Indiana is a fantastic place to live with plenty of open space and events held year round. Fall brings cooler weather, high school football, and the start of the holiday season. Here are a few upcoming Evansville events that you should attend.
- Corn Maze – Located on the Angel Mounds State Historic Site, the Angel Mounds Corn Maze is open until October 31st. The maze is a tribute to Native American life and beliefs. Stop by the museum to see how corn shaped a civilization then head out to the corn maze for a scavenger hunt to track down beings from Native American cosmology. Each visitor receives a free s’mores packet and kids can take a barrel train ride, free with admission.
- Stomp Out Parkinson’s Disease Unity Walk – The annual Stomp Out Parkinson’s Disease Unity Walk takes place on October 15th. Come out to the Solarbron assisted living community and take part to help further research of such a devastating disease!
- Pumpkin P.R.I.D.E. Obstacle Run/Walk – The second annual Good Samaritan Foundation’s Pumpkin P.R.I.D.E. Obstacle Run/Walk takes place on October 22nd at the Fox Ridge Nature Park. Participants will tackle eight different obstacles. Free pumpkin decorating, live music, games, and other activities will also be available.
If you have a vehicle, you need to perform regular maintenance on it in order to keep it healthy and prevent high repair costs in the long-term. However, car owners are faced with a tough choice when it comes to deciding where their vehicle should be serviced. Should you go to the dealership service department, or the potentially more affordable independent mechanic? We say you get what you pay for—and you should go for the dealer.
The best thing about going to the dealership for service is that they know your car. Independent mechanics aren’t trained to specialize in your make and model of car, and could make costly mistakes when working with parts they’re unfamiliar with. Dealership service technicians know the brand of your vehicle inside and out and will be more reliable in that regard.
Additionally, at a dealership service department you’re going to get factory-backed OEM parts. OEM stands for “original equipment manufacturer,” which means your car is receiving replacements of the same parts it came with. Independent mechanics might use generic “aftermarket parts” that are cheaper, but often less effective.
What if you’ve already used an independent mechanic, and aren’t sure if your vehicle’s warranty still counts at the dealership service department? The good news is that the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 made it so that, except in rare cases, dealers must still honor the warranty, so you are welcome to come back without judgment.