Elkhart County Fair: Indiana’s Largest County Fair

Elkhart County Fair: Indiana’s Largest County Fair

It’s fair time! Counties across the country celebrate agriculture in late summer, typically in July and August. We try to go to at least one county fair each year. Last year, we stopped at the Elkhart County Fair in Goshen, Indiana, during our visit to the area. The Elkhart County Fair is Indiana’s largest county fair and one of the largest in the United States. This well-attended fair drew over 183,000 people in 2016.  Read more

Riding the Family-Friendly Soaring Eagle Zip Line

Riding the Family-Friendly Soaring Eagle Zip Line

We found a zip line that’s ideal for beginners, children, and the faint of heart. You wear no helmet or harness. You don’t sign a waiver acknowledging you can be killed. And it costs only five dollars to ride. The Soaring Eagle Zip Line in Mooresville, Indiana’s Pioneer Park is truly family friendly. Read more

AACA Museum: World’s Largest Tucker Car Collection

AACA Museum: World’s Largest Tucker Car Collection

When you think of Hershey, Pennsylvania, most likely the first thing you think of is chocolate. But there is more to Hershey than chocolate—like the AACA Museum. Any classic car enthusiast would love the AACA Museum. Cars range from a Chicago Benton Harbor, made in 1895, to a 2002 BMW Mini-Cooper that has been modified into a snowmobile. The museum exhibits a lot of awesome cars, but what particularly caught our attention was the collection of Tucker automobiles. The collection includes 48 automobiles, engines and memorabilia from David Cammack, Tucker historian and collector. It is the world’s largest Tucker collection in the world. Read more

Experiencing New Wilstem Ranch Giraffe Encounter

Experiencing New Wilstem Ranch Giraffe Encounter

Last year we had a great time bathing an elephant at Wilstem Ranch. So when we heard about the new Wilstem Ranch giraffe encounter, we had to experience it.  Read more

14 Fun Facts about the North Dakota Capitol

14 Fun Facts about the North Dakota Capitol

We drove to the right location according to the map, but there was no dome. Was this really the North Dakota capitol building? A sign confirmed it was. North Dakota’s capitol is a skyscraper design rather than a dome. We found out the reason for the skyscraper design and lots of other fun facts on the North Dakota Capitol tour. Read more

Mount Rushmore Symbolism

Mount Rushmore Symbolism

As we celebrate Independence Day, I was  thinking about the Midwest attraction that best symbolizes America. Mount Rushmore represents four presidents who were instrumental in our nation’s development, preservation, growth, and development. Read more

Indianapolis Museum of Art: Play Mini Golf at the IMA

Indianapolis Museum of Art: Play Mini Golf at the IMA

Never did I think we’d drive 295 miles round trip to play mini golf. But this was no ordinary mini golf. It was Mini Golf at the IMA, the second year for this summer event at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. And we timed our visit right, since it was also the opening day of the summer beer garden. Read more

Follow the Wayne County, Indiana, Chocolate Trail

Follow the Wayne County, Indiana, Chocolate Trail

Chocolate? An entire trail of chocolate? Absolutely I must do that. And so it was. During our trip to Richmond, Indiana, we indulged in not only chocolate candy, but also chocolate gelato, chocolate cake, even chocolate cheese! The Chocolate Trail includes twelve stops throughout Wayne County, each offering a chocolate sample.  And the best thing about it? It’s free! Another four stops offer a complimentary sample with purchase. With Chocolate Trail passports in hand, we made it to eight trail stops during our three days in Richmond. Read more

Touring the Seiberling Mansion in Kokomo

Touring the Seiberling Mansion in Kokomo

Who takes over two years to build a mansion, lives in it for fewer than five years and then leaves town? Monroe Seiberling did. We visited the Seiberling Mansion in Kokomo, Indiana, which now serves as the Howard County Historical Museum, and learned the fascinating stories of the home and those who lived there. Read more

6 Small Midwest Zoos Great for a Short Visit

6 Small Midwest Zoos Great for a Short Visit

Large zoos are a fun all-day adventure. But there are times that you don’t have all day. Or perhaps you have little ones in tow who can’t yet handle a full day outing. You hate to pay the full price for a major zoo, deal with the hassle of a large parking lot, and leave after a few hours. Here are six Midwest zoos that are great for short visits. Read more