While Temps Are Still Warm – 5 Great Ideas to Enjoy the Outdoors
There are plenty of gorgeous days left so we wanted to remind you of a few of things that are great to do this time of year as the temps typically are much more conducive to outdoor activities. Click here to view a list of all outdoor recreation activities.
If you are a golfer, then you probably do not need reminding that there are still plenty of days left to get out on the course. There are four courses in the county and we encourage you to try them all. If it’s raining, then schedule in some time at Norwood Golf Course to play their indoor golf simulator and try some of their great appetizers.
Huntington County is known for outdoor recreation and have we got the trails! Salamonie Lake State Park has a great set of trails, including the 13 mile Blood Root Trail and several other smaller routes like the Marsh Trail that are as picturesque as they are in getting you out into nature. Within Huntington, there are two ACRES Land Trust properties open to the public, Tel-Hy Nature Preserve (1.1 miles) and Pehkokia Woods (1.9 miles) that offer you a chance to escape to a quiet riverside trail or up and down wooded hillsides. The Lime City Trail off of West Park Drive is a one mile paved trail that wraps right along the Little River to the Wabash River and the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park – and it’s one of our favorite walks.
3. Get Zipping
What are you waiting for? I’m a big wuss when it comes to heights, but the zip line experience at Zip Timber Lake will have you feeling brave after the first few lines. It’s just that fun! There’s plenty of time to get in a zip trip before the end of the season so talk a few friends into coming out and spending an afternoon zipping through the trees and race across the lake. Or try a night zip to test your nocturnal skills.
I’m not a fan of camping in hot weather, but late summer/early fall produces the best weather for sleeping outside under the stars. Camp at Roush Lake, Salamonie Lake or Camp Timber Lake and get out and enjoy fishing, hiking and all of that delicious grilled food. S’mores anyone? The beach at Salamonie is closed but there are plenty of ways to still have fun.
5. Drive In
Now that the sun is going down a little earlier, it’s the best time to hit the Huntington Twin Drive-In Theater. Movies start at dusk so get there early to get the best parking spot. If you are bringing kids you might want to find a spot near the concessions, bathrooms and the playground up front. The best part of coming this time of year is that it’s not so hot so less complaining from the kids. This time of year the theater operates on Friday and Saturday nights only.
There are plenty of other activities including eating as many dinners as you can on the patio of your favorite restaurant, lots of ice cream stops before the seasonal places like the BK Drive-In close, or just a stroll downtown with the kids. Come pick apples at Phil’s U Pick Orchard, or grab some produce at one of our farmers markets (see calendar for dates). Don’t get cooped up for the year yet. Do More outdoor fun in Huntington County.