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, August 12 (rescheduled from July 8th), 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
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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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.