Have Fun at the End of Summer in Evansville

Have fun at the end of summer in Evansville

As the summer draws to a close and the evenings get cooler, there is still time to have some fun. The end of summer in Evansville has plenty to offer. Try some of these great attractions.

  • Angel Mounds State Historic Site. This is one of the best-preserved Native American sites in the country. Not only will you get a glimpse of history, but you will be surrounded by beautiful changing trees as well.
  • Children’s Museum of Evansville. This museum is often called “cMoe” and has been an Evansville staple for nearly 10 years. Here, kids can experience hands-on learning with lots of fun.
  • Garden of the Gods. Cross the border into Illinois and visit this breathtaking park with its stunning rock formations.
  • Holiday Drive In. Catch one more movie out under the stars before the drive-in season ends. Check the location’s schedule for movies and show times.
  • West Side Nut Club. Celebrate the beginning of fall by heading to the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival. This year’s fun will be held October 2nd through the 7th. Be sure to stop by our dealership during this event for a great offer!

What is your favorite way to spend the end of summer in Evansville? If you need a new ride for the upcoming cold weather, then come visit us here at Evansville Kia today.

Last Chance for a Summer Road Trip from Evansville

Summer Road Trip
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It’s hard to believe or accept, but summer is nearly drawing to a close, which means you’ve got one last chance for a summer road trip. Living here in Evansville gives us plenty of unique opportunities for short road trips, placing us in close proximity to things not just here in Indiana but also in Kentucky and in Illinois, as well as Ohio and Tennessee.

Here are just a few summer road trip ideas, courtesy of us at Evansville Kia:

Nashville, Tennessee

 Just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Evansville, Nashville (also known as Music City) is the perfect place to get some great drinks and listen to music or explore some culture, like at the Parthenon. Nashville is also situated next to Percy Priest Lake if you want to spend your weekend hiking, kayaking, and swimming.

Mammoth Cave

Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave is just over two hours from Evansville and offers a unique chance to explore underground Kentucky up close and personal. While around the cave, you can enjoy a number of unique experiences, such as golf, horseback riding, and camping.

Holiday World, Kings Island & Cedar Point

 If you like amusement parks, you’re in a good spot. It’s just an hour drive to Holiday World, a three-and-a-half-hour drive to Kings Island, and a seven-hour drive to Cedar Point. While the last drive sounds outrageously long, Cedar Point is recognized as one of the world’s best amusement parks and is well worth the trip.

Chicago, Illinois

Take a five-hour trip up to the Windy City to explore fine dining, shopping, museums, and more. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to catch the Cubs hot off their winning streak at Wrigley Field.

Where do you plan to explore this summer? More importantly, what vehicle will you be taking on your road trip?  Tell all of us at Evansville Kia in Evansville, IN in the comments below!

Tornados and Hail and Floods, Oh My: Tips for Driving During a Storm

In Evansville, we get our fair share of bad weather—snow, hail, flooding, and even tornadoes. While we all might know what to do when a storm threatens our home, it may be less clear what to do when driving during a storm. Review the tips below, courtesy of Evansville Kia, and stay safe out there!

General Tip

If you can avoid driving during a storm, then stay where you are. Sometimes, going out into a bad storm might be unavoidable, but if you can postpone driving until it passes, please do so.

Flooding Tips

  • Never drive down a road that is covered in water, even if it looks like it might not be too deep. Currents can take cars very easily.
  • Keep your wipers and headlights on, and head for higher ground immediately.

Tornado Tips

  • Don’t fool yourself into thinking you can outrun a tornado. They are fast and unpredictable—put as much distance between yourself and the tornado as possible.
  • If possible, abandon your vehicle and get into a building. Buildings are always safer than cars in a tornado.
  • Don’t park underneath a highway overpass or bridge. Doing so can cause a traffic jam and prevent others from getting to safety.
  • If you can’t get out and get to a ditch, keep your seatbelt on, put your head beneath the windows, and cover it with a coat or blanket.

Hail Tips

  • If you’re caught in a hailstorm, seek cover immediately, or risk your windshield being damaged. Look for places like carwashes or car ports. If you can’t find good shelter for your car, leave it parked outside and take shelter inside a building.

When battling bad weather on the road, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Increase your chances for coming out unscathed by investing in a vehicle that is durable and safe, like the Kia Sportage, available now at Evansville Kia.

Best Indiana Attractions in the State

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!

Upcoming Evansville Events

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.

Top Five Offbeat Attractions In Evansville

Ever feel like you’ve seen it all? Well, chances are that you’ll find something new in this top five list of offbeat attractions in Evansville…

# 1 – Willard Library

Word is that people first starting seeing the ghost of a lady way back in the 1930s. The cool part is that people have even reported seeing her during the day.

# 2 – Gypsy Graveyard

According to Roadside America, Elizabeth Harrison was a real Gypsy Queen. She died in 1895 and her body was interred at Oak Hill Cemetery. “50 gypsies and several thousand onlookers” reportedly attended her funeral.

# 3 – Roadside Sign Collection

Do you have a thing for roadside signs? If so, you are in luck. There is an enormous collection of them housed at Wilson’s General Store And Café.

# 4 – Roseanne House

Remember the early 90s hit TV show Roseanne about a highly dysfunctional working class family? The house they used for all of the exterior shots is located in Evansville! It’s at 619 South Runnymede Ave.

# 5 – LST Navy Ship Museum

The acronym stands for “Landing ship, tank.” So, it’s a Navy tank/boat. And it’s the only working LST in existence!