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Snow Day: Winter weekend getaways that are close to home

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Even adults need a snow day every once in a while: a chance to get away from it all and focus on fun and family. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to travel beyond the Midwest to retreat. These winter weekend getaway destinations are a few hours’ drive from Indianapolis and offer something for every member of your family. After all, what better way to commemorate the new year than with a vacation? 

Downtown Chicago


3 hours away from Indianapolis 

Though dipping your toes into the shores of Lake Michigan should wait until the warmer months, the city of Chicago offers entertainment, dining, theater, shopping and sporting options well into the winter. After investigating the many retail destinations and having your fill of deep-dish pizza, exploring one of Chicago’s many world-class museums should keep your entire family both warm and occupied. Three of Chicago’s best museums, The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium, are all located on one campus, so tourists will not have to spend much time out in the cold making their way from one location to the next. Those who don’t mind getting a little chilly should look into ice skating at Millennium Park. The backdrop of Chicago’s architecture is sure to make for a memorable experience. 


French Lick Resort and Casino

French Lick, Indiana 

2 1/2 hours away from Indianapolis

Those who are looking to try their luck to win big this winter might want to take a trip to French Lick Resort and Casino. The 3,000-acre resort is home to a Vegas-style casino complete with live entertainment, DJs and promotions. That doesn’t mean you have to leave the kids behind; this resort has a KidsFest Lodge that offers little ones painting, video games, crafts or board games, as well as plenty of other entertainment options that are geared toward family-friendly fun. Adults who would rather put their money on a sure bet can enjoy spas, shopping, carriage rides, three golf courses, indoor pools, a hot tub and a bowling alley.  



Pokagon State Park

Angola, Indiana

2 1/2 hours away from Indianapolis

If you are looking for a family-friendly getaway that’s full of adventure and thrills, Pokagon State Park in Angola, Indiana, might be the right move. This beautiful park is home to the exhilarating Toboggan Run frozen thrill ride, with a 90-foot vertical drop over the course of a quarter mile. If you visit while there is snow on the ground, you might want to rent out a pair of cross-country skis from the park and hit the trails. Make it a weekend trip by staying overnight at the Potawatomi Inn, which overlooks the beautiful Lake James. 


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