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Jul
13
2017

4 Activities for an Amazing Active Outdoor Experience

Party Barges on Salamonie Lake

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

Here are links to additional outdoor activities:

 
Enjoy this Slice of Americana: Head to the Drive In
 

Conquer the Flying Squirrel at Zip Timber Lake
 

Local Waterways Create Perfect Backdrop for Trails

 

 

Posted by Tina Bobilya at 3:47 pm
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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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

Posted by Tina Bobilya at 4:43 pm
Apr
28
2017

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

 

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There are several trails of varying lengths at Salamonie Lake (DNR). This one wraps around beautiful hills and meadows.

 

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

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Take time to stop and take in the overhead views of the Wabash River.

 

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

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Just a snapshot of the gorgeous river views from the Lime City trail that make it a favorite with the locals.

 


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

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The trail at Memorial Park winds around beautiful reflecting pools and landscaped gardens.

 

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

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Walk along the Wabash River at Tel Hy Nature Preserve

 

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.

 


 

Posted by Tina Bobilya at 12:04 pm
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.

 

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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!

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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.
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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.
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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
Dec
02
2016

A Big Band Christmas at HU

Mark your calendar to attend A Big Band Christmas with the Fort Wayne Jazz Orchestra and Huntington University Concert Choir. This holiday concert will be presented at the Huntington University Merillat Centre for the Arts in Zurcher Auditorium on Friday, December 2nd at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.

For tickets, visit The MCA Box Office or call 260-359-4261. The Box Office is open from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and one hour prior to all performances.

 

Posted by Phyllis Renz at 7:30 pm