Tag Archives: family fun

Jul
08
2017

Splash on the Wabash 2017

The public is invited to come party at the river at Splash on the Wabash. The one-day event will be held on Saturday, July 8 at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park (3011 West Park Drive, Huntington).  The festival features a fun inner tube ride down the Wabash River (choose from 3 launch times 10, noon 2), zip line for$5, free inflatables, free kayaking and more!  Bring your own tube (heavy duty) and life jacket (tube should be deflated for transport) and participate for only $5, or rent a tube and life jacket for $10 (must be reserved in advance.)  For tickets, tube rentals and details visit Splashonthewabash.com

Posted by Phyllis Renz at 12:00 am
Jun
03
2017

Boat Races at Lake Clare June 3 & 4

The Harry Brinkman Memorial Regatta will be held at Lake Clare in Huntington, Indiana, Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4, 2017 and is FREE to spectators.

There will be mod classes (Saturday only), and J classes. Visit Indiana Outboard for a list of the classes and the cost to enter per class per day.

Saturday races begin around noon and they will run races til about 5 p.m. and will feature the North American championships for 400 mod hydro, an antique boat show, and Drivers Reunion Day.

Sunday racing action will also run from noon to 5 p.m.

Concession stand near the pit area. Bring your own chairs. 

Make plans for the weekend. There is also a Parking Lot Party Friday and Saturday evening in Downtown Huntington featuring singing competition, live music, food and drinks or head out to the Goodrich Huntington Twin Drive In less than 1/4 mile away from the race. Gates open at 7.

Posted by Phyllis Renz at 12:00 am
May
25
2017

Enjoy this Slice of American Nostalgia- Head to the Drive-In

Goodrich Huntington Twin Drive-In, 1291 Condit Street, Huntington Website

 

It’s so hard these days to come up with new things to do with the kids on a weekend. But one of the best things we’ve found for weekend fun is watching movies at the drive-in. My parents never took me to the drive-in movies when I was a kid. We had heard about it, but for whatever reason it was never offered as a night out. So when I started working in Huntington I knew it was time to see what the hype was all about.

 

entrance-huntington-drive-in-indiana

The drive in has two lines for ticketing. Remember that ticket prices include 2 movies for the price of 1.

 

We headed to the Goodrich Huntington Twin Drive-In on a Friday night after loading up the SUV with blankets and pillows. One of the key pieces to a good drive-in experience is figuring out how you will sit during the movie. We had to test this out ahead of time with our new vehicle. Honestly we ended up sitting forward facing in the SUV in our normal seats and surrounded by lots of fluff. I’ve gotta say that I’m jealous of the families who put a mattress in the back of a pick up truck or those who bring their own camp chairs and sit out in the stars. We are low maintenance drive-in attendees and we are good with it.

 

We went a little after the gates opened because I wanted to make sure we got the pick of the spots and had no trouble when arriving early. The staff will give you details on which side to park for your selected movie. This is a twin drive in meaning there are two screens playing entirely different movies and each screen plays two movies each night. Typically if you are watching the family movie it will be on the side with the playrground.

 

playground-huntington-twin-drive-in

Kids have a blast on the playground before the movie.

 

Once we were situated it was time for dinner at the concession stand. We chowed down on hamburgers, hotdogs and a big bucket of popcorn that we almost finished before the movie started. There’s also a huge playground for all of the little ones to run around and enjoy until dusk when the movies start.

 

One special thing that happens before the movies start is the playing of the “Beep Beep” song which is super fun and you honk the horn along with the music. Let your kids do it and see the smiles on their faces.

 

There honestly is something so sweet about watching movies with the whole family cuddled up outside. Turn off those cell phones and relax under the stars with friends and family and enjoy a slice of American nostalgia. See you at the drive-in!

 

huntington-twin-drive-in-indiana

We chose a strategic location in the center and near the concession stand and bathrooms.

Posted by Tina Bobilya at 4:43 pm
May
18
2017

Conquer the Flying Squirrel at Zip Timber Lake

Every once in a while, it’s good to get out of our comfort zone and try something new. Well in this case, I decided to put my abilities and fears to the test and signed up for the 8 zip line full adventure course at Zip Timber Lake in Huntington and it was a blast. 

 

Owners, Jonathan and Olivia Kline, fell in love with zip lining on a mission trip in Honduras and after visiting a series of zip line courses the two set out to bring their own adventure course to their growing campground in Northeast Indiana. Camp Timber Lake is located between Roanoke and Huntington, just north of US 24 on 675 N and about 15 minutes west of Fort Wayne. Zip Timber Lake is located on the 65 acre property and check in for the experience is at the campground office. The centerpiece of the campground is a beautifully wooded private lake and YES you do get to zip over it. Twice!

 

camp-timber-lake-camping-fishing-huntington-indiana

This pristine lake is the centerpiece of Camp Timber Lake. Photo credit: Camp Timber Lake

 

I signed up for the full adventure tour which includes all 8 zip lines and four bridges. Reservations are required so make sure you call the office or go online to schedule your tour. Groups are organized into up to 10 per tour and that includes two guides. Full tours will take up to 2-3 hours depending on the size of the group and partial canopy tours are 45 to 90 minutes.

 

ground-school-zip-timber-lake

A group getting their lesson in braking. Photo credit: Zip Timber Lake

 

As soon as you gear up and before you hit any heights, the guides take you through a ground training and it definitely helps you to become comfortable with the braking procedure. Once you climb the stairs to the first zip platform, you will be up in the tree canopy until a ground landing about halfway in. I felt pretty confident by about the second or third zip into the session. That’s when the seriously fun bridges come in. One of which is a series of suspended “clouds” as they call them. Luckily you are clipped to two safety lines at any time which does help the overall anxiety as you take the first step onto the suspended cloud. I won’t give away any secrets on how to make this easier, it’s way more fun to see if you can figure it out on your own. Part of the overall appeal of the experience is learning to trust in yourself and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and I was feeling pretty proud of myself.

 

clouds-zip-timber-lake -huntington-indiana

These suspended “clouds” are just one of the fun features you have on the full adventure tour. Photo credit: Zip Timber Lake

 

On further is the ground landing. I was a little intimidated by having to land upright on my feet, but again, the guides are right there to make it smooth and I was just fine. So, how do you get back up to the zipping level again? This was one of my favorite parts! You enter into this tall tube and rock climb up to the platform. Not a rock climber? Well, they have regular footholds for you if you want the easy way up. This next section is a fun set of zips and bridges that keep the challenges going and the confidence growing. From rope bridges to climbing to a higher platform, I love that it’s not just a set of zips, but rather it mixes things up quite a bit and keeps you on your toes. Pick one of your friends to do the racing zip across the lake as a little healthy competition always makes for a hilarious conversation on the way across.

 

climbing-chute-zip-timber-lake-huntington-indiana

Head back to the trees inside this climbing tube. Try the rock climbing fixtures for the best experience.

 

Then there’s a very short hike to the final zip, the Flying Squirrel, which is a 1000’ zip across the lake. You are hoisted to a crow’s nest at the top of a 70’ pole with spectacular views of the area. They definitely saved the best for last and flying near the surface of the lake was pure bliss. I was even brave enough at that point to dip a toe in the water and take in the gorgeous scenery. Spectacular!

 

lake-zip-timber-lake-huntington-indiana

The “Flying Squirrel” zip takes you 1000′ across the lake. Photo credit: Zip Timber Lake

 

With the variety of the features for the course, the owners have definitely done a great job of creating a fun experience for all ages. There are some restrictions for weight and I wouldn’t suggest this for small children. Just go to the Zip Timber Lake website for all the pricing and tour information or contact them via phone at 260.672.3251. When planning your trip, consider making it a weekend of fun and stay at Camp Timber Lake for swimming, hiking, fishing, boat rentals, and lots of yummy s’mores and memories. (Plus, there’s Two-EE’s Winery, Hillside Shooting Sport and shopping in the town of Roanoke close by) Don’t have a camper? They have an RV and cabins available for rent as well. 

 

For more outdoor fun in Huntington County, check out our Sports, Recreation and Fitness page. For similar activities, visit our blog.

10 Things You Should Do in Huntington County in 2017 article.

Zip and Sip in Huntington County- 4 days of action packed fun! article.

 

 

cabin-rental-camp-timber-lake

Rent a cabin and make a weekend of the experience. Photo credit: Camp Timber Lake

 

Camp Timber Lake/Zip Timber Lake located at 1740 E 675 N Huntington IN 46750    260-672-3251

Posted by Tina Bobilya at 11:19 am
Mar
10
2017

Pulse Opera House presents: “The Boxcar Children”

Feb. 24-26, March 3-5, 10-12. 

This live production showcases local youth talent at the Pulse Opera House in downtown WarrenGenerations of young readers have cherished the spirited Depression-era adventures of The Boxcar Children, and now the Alden children’s story comes to life on stage. Orphaned and in danger of being sent to different foster homes, the four siblings run away and make their home in an abandoned railroad boxcar. Pursued by the authorities and a mysterious stranger, the children discover the rewards and perils of life on the run, as well as the joy of keeping their family together.  The show will run weekends from February 24 to March 12 with Friday and Saturday evening performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 4 p.m. Show dates are: February 24, 25 & 26 and March 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12. School Shows will be TBD.. The box office opens one hour before the performance. Visit www.pulseoperahouse.org or call the box office at 260.375.7017 for ticket info and show times. For more info visit the Pulse Opera House Facebook page

Posted by Phyllis Renz at 12:00 am
Mar
03
2017

Pulse Opera House presents: “The Boxcar Children”

Feb. 24-26, March 3-5, 10-12. 

This live production showcases local youth talent at the Pulse Opera House in downtown WarrenGenerations of young readers have cherished the spirited Depression-era adventures of The Boxcar Children, and now the Alden children’s story comes to life on stage. Orphaned and in danger of being sent to different foster homes, the four siblings run away and make their home in an abandoned railroad boxcar. Pursued by the authorities and a mysterious stranger, the children discover the rewards and perils of life on the run, as well as the joy of keeping their family together.  The show will run weekends from February 24 to March 12 with Friday and Saturday evening performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 4 p.m. Show dates are: February 24, 25 & 26 and March 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12. School Shows will be TBD.. The box office opens one hour before the performance. Visit www.pulseoperahouse.org or call the box office at 260.375.7017 for ticket info and show times. For more info visit the Pulse Opera House Facebook page

Posted by Phyllis Renz at 12:00 am
Feb
28
2017

Zip and Sip in Huntington County

If you are a fan of enjoying the outdoors, splashing, shopping, dining in nationally-featured restaurants, soaring through the trees and sipping on award-winning wines, then you need to DO MORE in HUNTINGTON COUNTY. We’ve assembled a sampling of some of the BEST of what we have to offer into a suggested 4 day itinerary. Want to make it a day trip or a weekend? Pick and choose from our list and come visit! DO MORE in Huntington County.

 

Day One:

Check in to one of our great lodging properties or campgrounds and head right out to do the High Adventure Canopy Tour at Zip Timber Lake (reservations required) or follow our Antiques Trail and do dinner at Nick’s Kitchen in Downtown Huntington and have the original hand breaded pork tenderloin that was featured on the Travel Channel. Then walk down to Antiqology for ice cream and the Midwest’s largest selection of craft sodas.

 

Zip-timber-lake-zip-line-camping-adventure-huntington-roanoke-fort-wayne-indiana

Soar through the trees on the Zip Line Canopy Tour at Zip Timber Lake.

 

Day Two:

Get up early and spend the day at Salamonie Lake on a rented pontoon or a Party Barge for 20 of your closest friends from Pirates Cove Marina and then stay up late and enjoy a double feature at the nostalgic Goodrich Twin Huntington Drive-In Theater. Don’t forget the popcorn!

pirates-cove-marina-salamonie-lake-party-barge-boat-rentals-huntington-indiana

Rent out the barge for the day.

 

Day Three:

Spend the day shopping in the quaint town of Roanoke for jewelry, artistic works, clothing, gifts, kitchen items, quilting supplies and so much more. Have lunch in one of their cafes and then spend the afternoon sampling wine at Two-EE’s Winery. For dinner, make reservations at Joseph Decuis, a gourmet farm-to-fork that features its own farm-raised Wagyu beef.
wagyu-steak-joseph-decuis-restaurant-roanoke-indiana-huntington-county

 

Day Four:

After a big breakfast, spend time golfing at one of the county’s five golf courses or hiking one of our scenic trails and visiting our Sunken Gardens in Huntington before heading out of town.
sunken-gardens-park-scenic-weddings-huntington-county-indiana

 

Need help planning your trip? We are more than happy to help you hand craft your adventure. Call us at 800-848-4282 or browse our site for details and trip ideas.

Posted by Tina Bobilya at 4:54 pm
Feb
24
2017

Pulse Opera House presents: “The Boxcar Children”

Feb. 24-26, March 3-5, 10-12. 

This live production showcases local youth talent at the Pulse Opera House in downtown WarrenGenerations of young readers have cherished the spirited Depression-era adventures of The Boxcar Children, and now the Alden children’s story comes to life on stage. Orphaned and in danger of being sent to different foster homes, the four siblings run away and make their home in an abandoned railroad boxcar. Pursued by the authorities and a mysterious stranger, the children discover the rewards and perils of life on the run, as well as the joy of keeping their family together.  The show will run weekends from February 24 to March 12 with Friday and Saturday evening performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 4 p.m. Show dates are: February 24, 25 & 26 and March 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12. School Shows will be TBD.. The box office opens one hour before the performance. Visit www.pulseoperahouse.org or call the box office at 260.375.7017 for ticket info and show times. For more info visit the Pulse Opera House Facebook page

Posted by Phyllis Renz at 12:00 am
Jan
04
2017

Ten things you should do in Huntington County in 2017!

This list is obviously not all-inclusive, but instead a way to spark your creativity to help plan a year of FUN.

 

1. Try as many sodas as you can at Antiqology in Downtown Huntington. Have you seen the wall of sodas at this place? It’s impressive at minimum. You could try a new one every day of 2017 and not taste them all.

Antiqology craft sodas

Antiqology has hundreds of craft sodas to try

 

2. Get as many friends together as you can and rent a party barge at Pirates Cove at Salamonie Lake. We think combining it with a weekend of camping is first-rate fun.

Rent out the barge for the day.

Rent out the barge for the day.

 

3. Go see a show at the Pulse Opera House. First off, they don’t do operas in case you were wondering. But they do community theater right in this amazing historic building in Downtown Warren.

Pulse Opera House in Warren, Indiana

Pulse Opera House in Warren, Indiana

 

4. Come out for the hot air balloon glow during Heritage Days in June. A lot of people come out for the show and it’s spectacular to watch. Or join us for river tubing fun during Splash on the Wabash in July.

 

Spectacular balloon glow at Huntington Heritage Days

Spectacular balloon glow at Huntington Heritage Days

 

5. Watch a movie at the Goodrich Twin Huntington Drive-In and get a big bucket of popcorn. Make sure you plan ahead and bring plenty of pillows and/or comfy chairs.

Drive In 1

 

6. Try a new restaurant, or two…or ten. If there is one thing that keeps people coming back to Huntington County and we hear it again and again – it’s the food! Ask around for recommendations, call our office, or just pick a place and try it. Tenderloins, Wagyu steak, burgers of all kinds, pizza and Philly cheesesteaks all wait for your dining pleasure. (Blog: 10 Best things I’ve eaten in Huntington County) 

tenderloin cropped

Mini tenderloin from Nick’s Kitchen

 

7. We have a ton of new bakeries filled with cookies, pies, cakes, muffins, etc. so you should get to work trying something from each. (Blog: Sugar, Yes Please!)

Son Rise

Cinnamon rolls from Son Rise Bakery

 

8. Take time to visit each of our small towns and check out their shops and boutiques. We have people come from all over the area to shop here and many new places have opened in just the past few years. If you haven’t been shopping in Huntington County lately, you really should take time and come. (Link: Shopping and Retail page)

 

2015-trove-3

 

9. Hike one of our beautiful trails listed on the Parks and Recreation page. Many are even located within Huntington city limits to make it easy to stop over on a lunch for a quick break. Or head over to Victory Noll in Huntington and walk the labyrinth.

Walk along the Wabash River at Tel Hy Nature Preserve

Walk along the Wabash River at Tel Hy Nature Preserve

 

10. Have you been out to Zip Timber Lake and done the high adventure canopy tour? It is one of our favorite things to do in the county and the 1000’ lake zip grand finale will leave you wanting to do it again.

zip line

Zip across the lake at Zip Timber Lake.

 

Need more ideas? Follow our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages to keep updated year-round on all the ways to DO MORE fun in Huntington County!

Posted by Tina Bobilya at 10:41 am
Feb
26
2016

Sunken Gardens – Experience this beautiful attraction in Huntington

 

Whether you are interested in historic landmarks or just enjoy beautiful unique spaces, Sunken Gardens is a must-see location in Huntington, Indiana (1200 West Park Dr.).

 

The Sunken Gardens started out as a stone quarry, but after it was abandoned and became an eyesore, the city purchased the property in 1924.  A short time later a group of members of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce, headed by E.M. Wasmuth, acquired the quarry and began to beautify it into its original beauty. The group dedicated it to the city in 1929. According to the Parks Department, it is one of only two such gardens in the country.

 

sunken-gardens-memorial-park-weddings-photos-huntington-indiana

This is a great location for weddings or family photos.

 

sunken-gardens-spring-overhead-memorial-park-huntington-indiana

View from above on a gorgeous spring day.

 

The Sunken Gardens are located at Memorial Park just off West Park Drive, just a short drive from Downtown Huntington. Parking is available just west of the gardens or across the street. Just follow the path from the parking lot to the stairs and enjoy the overhead views as you descend the stairs For anyone needing to avoid the stairs, we recommend that you use the parking across the street and enter the gardens via the short tunnel.

 

Take some time to walk around and maybe bring a picnic lunch so that you can enjoy your time at Sunken Gardens. Enjoy the beautiful fountains, rock walls and a gazebo. If you have time, Memorial Park also features the gorgeous new Veteran’s Memorial, a great playground for the kids, frisbee golf goals, basketball area, tennis courts, picnic pavilion, scenic walking trails that encircle a large pond (formerly fish hatcheries) and additional gardens.

 

The park is regularly rented out for weddings and is a perfect setting for photographs. If you are interested in having your wedding at the park, contact the Huntington County Parks Dept. at 260-358-2323. There is a fee for rentals. If you are interested, the Lion’s Club is conveniently connected by an underroad tunnel to the Sunken Gardens, and for a small daily charge you can use the facility for wedding prep for the bride and bridesmaids and then make your dramatic entrance via the tunnel. (Lions Club 260-358-8468)

 

imag1114

Posted by Tina Bobilya at 3:20 pm