4 Activities for an Amazing Active Outdoor Experience
Party Barges on Salamonie Lake
What better way to get out on one of the top ten largest lakes in the state than on a party barge complete with 20-25 of your best friends? We can’t think of one either. Rent one of the barges from Pirates Cove Marina for the day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. so that you can explore Salamonie Lake or park and swim (did we mention the barges have built in slides?). This is great for bachelor/bachelorette parties, family get-togethers, team-building or just because it’s time to have fun! They also have pontoons and kayaks if you don’t need this large of a boat. Regardless, you can’t beat a day on the lake! Top it off with camping at Salamonie’s campground, do some hiking or fishing and end the day with a bonfire and s’mores. Did you know that you can select and reserve your campsite ahead of time online? Perfect!
Zip Line Canopy Tour at Zip Timber Lake
I’m completely afraid of heights, but the fun and excitement at Zip Timber Lake made me forget all about it. Make your reservations for the “High Adventure Canopy Tour” at Zip Timber Lake and you will not be disappointed. Once you graduate from ground school, they will have you zipping between trees, racing, maneuvering over challenging bridges and climbing inside a tunnel. They save the best part for last and take you on a grand finale zip over 1000′ across their pristine lake. Not only is this a fun way to test your skills, but it’s a great team building and bonding experience between the members of the group. Registration is online and you can select the time that works best for you. The zip line experience is located at Camp Timber Lake so make it an overnight affair and rent a campsite to continue the adventure.
Roush and Hillside Shooting Ranges
Want to test out your target skills? We have two great options for you to practice safely with your firearms. Hillside Shooting Sport attracts men and women from around the state with multiple firearms experiences including rifle/pistol ranges, tower hunts, archery, trap/skeet and they offer onsite training programs and a full service gunshop. Just outside of Huntington is the Roush outdoor shooting range with 33 stations – 50 or 100 yards and a pistol range. They also have an archery range as well. These are links to Roush and Hillside’s website pages.
New Lake Clare Fitness Park
On the outskirts of Huntington, is the newest addition to our outdoor challenges, the Lake Clare Fitness Park. Since it’s recent opening, athletes of all ages have been pushing themselves to complete the course and are having a ball doing it. There’s actually two courses, one is a moderate level course and the other is for those wanting a more difficult set of obstacles. Scale the wall, balance on beams, climb the rope and maneuver over the tires – there are 20 obstacles and we know you will want to try them all! There’s no cost to use the park and it’s open daily. There is no official website for Lake Clare but you can find additional details on our Sports, Recreation and Fitness page under the Lake Clare Fitness Park listing.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
Local Waterways Create Perfect Backdrop for Trails
I don’t know about you, but I love the warmer months of the year and as soon the temps are up I’m ready to find ways to be outside in nature. One of the most enjoyable and simplest activities that you can do in this area to enjoy nature is to hit one of the beautiful trails in Huntington County.
We are very fortunate to have the scenic Wabash and Little Rivers that wind through the county as well as our state park at Salamonie Lake and they create a perfect back drop for a number of breathtaking trails that help you clear your mind and get away from the hassels of everyday life.
We’ve been out in the county visiting a number of these trails with distances less than a mile up to a hefty 13 miles long and that range from flat paved trails to intermediate hikes. We hope that you will join us out on the trails and take some time to explore our landscape and maybe find yourself somewhere among the trees and the flowing waters.
Salamonie Lake – 9214 W Lost Bridge W, Huntington
Salamonie Lake DNR property features one of the top ten largest lakes in the state they have several scenic hiking routes from the Turkey Cove Trail that is .4 mile up to the 13 mile Blood Root trail and several in between. These paths are unpaved but well maintained. Head out for an afternoon or a fun multi-day camping trip. And make sure you take some time and visit the tail waters of the dam – it’s a great place to meander around the rocks and the water.
Evergreen Park – 1390 Evergreen Road, Huntington
Don’t have time for a longer walk but want to be out in nature? Head to Evergreen Park to walk one of our favorite 1 mile trails. The trail drops into a clearing and wraps along the Wabash River and a designated grassland preservation area. The best part of the trail is the scenic overlooks providing you breathtaking views of the Wabash River below. There are plenty of places to sit and stay for a while. Bring the kids or grandkids and have an afternoon picnic while the kids play on the playground.
Lime City Trail – West Park Drive, Huntington
One of my favorite places to escape during the day is the Lime City Trail. Park at the trailhead along West Park Drive near the St. Rd. 9/ US 24 Intersection and head out on this one mile trail (1.75 miles if you go all the way down and back) that wraps right along the river and lose yourself amid the natural beauty of trees and water. The trail also passes by the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park which reminds us all of the tremendous history of this area and the impact that the rivers.
Memorial Park – 1200 West Park Drive, Huntington
I love to get out at lunch time and one of my favorite places to walk is Memorial Park. Turn into the main drive and this gem of a trail wraps around the ponds to the right. This is a great place to head during a lunch break to take in a quick walk outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. Full distance is less than a mile.
Tel Hy Nature Preserve (ACRES Land Trust) 1429 N 300 W, Huntington
If you are looking for a hike close to town, you might check out Tel-hy Nature Preserve which is an ACRES Land Trust Property. Park your car in the lot and enjoy this 1.3 mile hike through these lovely looped trails that wind you around with overhead views of the river and into wooded areas. If you aren’t looking for a more advanced hike, try to stay to the left at the fork. The path is unpaved so make sure you wear appropriate footwear in case of muddy areas.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
6 Things to do on a Cold Day in Huntington County
Let’s face it, many of us just don’t want to get out of our pajamas on a cold day, let alone leave the house for things to do. But we’ve got some suggestions for things to do even when it’s freezing outside to help combat your cabin fever.
1. Let your inner artist shine.
a. Giggabuggy offers weeknight and weekend painting sessions. They provide all the supplies, you just show up with family or friends for the fun. Guests are welcome to bring wine or their beverage of choice along with snacks. Reserve your space online at https://www.giggabuggy.com/home.html
b. Board and Brush in the Town of Roanoke has plenty of sessions for you to make your own personalized art piece for your home or a gift. Choose from open studio time where you can pick a design or one with a set project. Wine is complimentary. Sign up online at their website.
2. Come out and explore nature from the indoors.
The Upper Wabash Interpretive Services office at Salamonie Lake is a great place to head on a cold day, plus, there’s no gate fees this time of year. Get up close with many different species of wildlife that are native to the area including fish, frogs, snakes and raptors. Spend some time in the bird/wildlife viewing area which is always teeming with animals. Shop at the Otter Run Tradin’ Post. The Interpretive Services also offer regular programming, just visit their website for details and winter hours.
3. Warm up at one of our coffee shops in the area.
Nothing feels better on a cold day than a great cup of coffee. While we know you can grab a cup of joe at most restaurants, these places offer more of a “coffee shop” feel.
a. Café of Hope is located inside of the Life Church at 900 E. State St. in Huntington and open to the public. This is a great place for meetings (call ahead to reserve a room) and they offer sandwiches, bagels and snacks as well. Wi-Fi is available.
b. Four Cups is in the upper level of the 509 Community Church on 509 E. State St. in Huntington. They have a sophisticated selection of coffees and related drinks in a thrift-shop chic environment. WiFi available
c. JJ. Java is located at 2840 Guilford St. in Huntington. They are a full-service coffee shop (featuring Hubbard and Cravens coffee) with breakfast/snack items. The shop is bright and cozy and a great place to get some work done outside of the office. WiFi available.
d. Moose and Mollies Café in Roanoke on 147 E. 2nd St. is as charming as it gets. Not only do they serve up a wide range of coffee drinks, but they have a selection of breakfast baked goods and a lunch menu featuring sandwiches, salads and soups. We won’t mention the big case of gelato flavors…we’ll just leave that there.
e. Party Shop Coffee and Confections is a long-time favorite for coffee drinks in Downtown Huntington at 413 N. Jefferson St. Grab a seat and hang out – you might see a few folks you know. Feel free to grab a few chocolates while you are there too. Wi-Fi available.
f. Son-Rise Bakery is Downtown Warren is a full-service bakery but has recently added pumpkin spice lattes, peppermint and white chocolate mochas and caramel macchiatos. They have breakfast sandwiches and amazing cinnamon rolls. Wi-Fi available.
4. Get out and see a movie with your friends.
There are some great movies out in theaters right now and the Goodrich Huntington 7 has the popcorn ready for you. The theater is located at 350 Hauenstein Road.
5. Take the time to visit one of the museums in the county.
In honor of the upcoming inauguration, visit the Quayle Vice-Presidential Learning Center and brush up on your history. Kids love visiting the Sheets Wildlife Museum to see species of animals from all over the globe. Finally, take an afternoon to venture into the fascinating history of Huntington County at the Huntington County Historical Society. Arts and Culture section
6. Sign up for time with the golf simulator at Norwood Golf Course.
Call Norwood Golf Course and sign up for time on their golf simulator. If you haven’t played before, it’s a fantastic mix of golf with a computerized screen that allows you to play a number of courses while warm and dry indoors. Bring along your friends, order some food from the Foxhole Pub and ENJOY!
5961 W Maple Grove Rd
Huntington, Indiana, IN 46750 (260) 356-5929
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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!)
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)
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.
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.
Splash on the Wabash
The public is invited to come party at the river at one of Huntington’s newest festivals, Splash on the Wabash. The one-day event will be held on Saturday, July 9 at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park (3011 West Park Drive, Huntington). The festival begins with a fun inner tube ride down the Wabash River and continues with an afternoon of activities that focus on celebrating the rivers!
Inner Tube Lazy River Ride
Who’s ready for river tubing? The committee gets special permission to adjust the flow for the event to create a fun and relaxing lazy river ride down the scenic Wabash River. Participants will park and sign in at the Historic Forks of the Wabash and then are bused to the launch site. Tubers must be at least 8 years of age to participate. The float will return them back to the event area in approximately 60-90 minutes. There are two launch times to choose from (noon or 2 p.m.). See the event website for launch times, rules, and additional information and tickets. Tickets are now on sale. First come, first served! A limited number of rentals are available and MUST be reserved online in advance. Tickets are available online at http://splashonthewabash.com.
- $5 per person PARTICIPATION FEE (bring your own tube and life jacket)
- $10 per person TUBE AND LIFE JACKET RENTALS/PARTICIPATION FEE
FREE Family activities 1-5 p.m.
Includes water and nature themed hands-on learning booths for children, games, face painting, bubble activities, an inflatable obstacle course, a foaming pit of bubbles, 34’ inflatable water slide and a ! There will also be “walk on water” balls and a water slide! Children will get wet so dress them appropriately! There will be hamburgers and hotdogs and frozen treats for purchase.
FREE Kayak Usage 1-5 p.m.
Take a spin on the river in a kayak! Volunteers will be available to help you learn how to use this great mode of transportation.
Art Silent Auction – painted rain barrels 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rain barrels are an important part of river conservation and are a great canvas for local artists to showcase their talent. The rain barrels will be displayed around town prior to the event and a silent auction will allow festival-goers the chance to take home their favorite. The auction closes at 4!
For more information, visit http://splashonthewabash.com or call the Huntington County Visitor Bureau at 260-359-8687.
Two-EE’s Winery Saturday Uncorked
Come out and listen to great music on the patio at Two-EE’s Winery. Tastings stop at 7 p.m. but you are able to purchase wine by the glass or bottle until 9:30 p.m. to enjoy during the music.
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.
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)