ATTRACTIONS IN COLUMBUS, INDIANA
With dozens of unique marshmallow flavors, like Bourbon Brown Sugar and Crunchy Cinnamon, the team of Alexa Lemley and Samantha Aulick hand-craft artisan treats in Columbus. Their creations have really struck a note around the country, and they’ve been featured in many national publications, including Oprah magazine. They create treats in small batches with local, all-natural, and organic ingredients.
240Sweet can provide demonstrations, tastings, and special interest classes. Contact them for details.
240Sweet never uses preservatives, stabilizers, artificial colors, or artificial flavors. 240Sweet treats include Michigan beet sugar, Ohio glucose, Indiana corn starch, and organic Tahitian beans to make their our own vanilla extract. Chef Alexa is an Indiana Artisan, which is “a Hoosier recognized for careful attention to detail, knowledge of a craft and an entrepreneurial spirit – their extraordinary talent contributes to Indiana’s reputation for quality work.” Chef Alexa has also been the Artist in Residence at the Indiana State Museum.
Located eight miles east of Columbus, off of Highway 46
A forty-four acre park featuring a cascading waterfall (amount of water varies by rainfall) and two hiking paths of 1.75 and 2.25 miles.
Directions : from Columbus, go east on SR 46 about 8.5 miles to CR 925 E (on the right) and turn right. The road will turn sharply left, becoming CR 200 N. Follow this road about 2.2 miles to CR 1140 E (on the left just before the creek) and turn left. Go about 0.4 mile to the parking lot on the left.
Photo by Gary Scroggins
Less than ten minutes southeast of Columbus, your family can have their pick of a wide range of recreation options at CERA Park, a 345-acre park with both indoor and outdoor activities. You may have a hard time choosing from the many things you can do, there’s a stocked lake for fishing, paddle boats, row boats, canoes, seven shelter houses, and picnic areas. Then there are two outdoor basketball courts, shuffleboard courts, six horseshoe pits, two sandpit volleyball courts, a go-kart track, an 18-hole miniature golf course, a driving range, six tennis courts, an outdoor amphitheater that hosts many events, playgrounds, a remote control airplane strip, a rifle and archery range, a trap and skeet range, nine ball diamonds, an aquatic center with a large water slide and toddler play area.
- View the CERA Park guide (PDF)
Or you can head indoors and use the 30,000-square-foot sports and fitness center with two full gyms, a cardio room, a running/walking track, a weight room, and locker rooms, as well as a Fitness Center to help you achieve your fitness goals! Outdoor enthusiasts will also appreciate how close the park is to two state parks that are favorites in Indiana: Brown County State Park, the largest in the state known for its stunning vistas, is only thirty minutes away, and Clifty Falls State Park, with its must-see waterfalls, is only sixty minutes away.
CERA is also known for its beautiful 355-site campground, including camping cabins, and has been a prime location for motor coach and camping club rallies. In 2013, CERA was given a ranking of 9/10 for facilities, 9/10 for restrooms, and 10/10 for appeal by Good Sam Camping Club and the park is now a Good Sam Certified destination. CERA also hosts many local youth camping retreats for scouts, church groups, and school athletic teams, because they have found that it is a perfect choice for team building and camaraderie.
TripAdvisor reviewer Rhilohso recently wrote, “We had a beautiful campsite right on the lake and under some beautiful pine trees. It was really the best campsite we have ever stayed in. So much nature but also so many others things to do there. We enjoyed kayaking (brought our own), putt putt, disc golf, driving range etc. We took a day trip to Brown County State Park for horseback riding and hiking. Great fall weekend with family.”
In addition, CERA is the host site for Bartholomew County Little League, Fastpitch Softball, and Baseball tournaments and leagues, and is an AAU-sanctioned park.
Corner of Marr Road and Hollowell Drive, Columbus
Columbus Dog Park is an off-leash recreation area for all sizes of dogs, with a fenced area where dogs may run, play, and socialize with each other under the supervision of their owners. Day passes are available for $5 at Hotel Indigo and the park is open from dawn to dusk year round. There are two, separate fenced areas for large and small breeds. The park has water, a shelter house, park bench, picnic tables, and dog potty-bag stations. The park is run by a dedicated group of volunteers.
Edinburgh Premium Outlets
Make a day of it, shopping for the finest designer labels and leading brands at savings of 25% to 65% every day at 85 outlet shops located right on Interstate 65, between Indianapolis and Louisville. Bargain hunters know this is a true shopping destination. You’ll find full parking lots and swarms of shoppers checking out the name-brand shops, such as Michael Kors, Coach, Under Armour, Columbia Sportswear, and Polo Ralph Lauren.
Stay the night at a selection of hotels nearby. Explore Exit 76 Antique Mall, located right around the corner. It’s also only minutes from Columbus, a city celebrated for its remarkable collection of modern architecture.
Located just 6.5 miles north of Columbus, Indiana, and just off of I-65, the Exit 76 Antique Mall is the largest antique outlet mall within hundreds of miles. You just don’t know what will catch your eye or spark a memory or warm your heart while you’re discovering something interesting around every corner.
It’s climate-controlled, 72,000-square-feet, and all on one level. You’ll find over 360 merchants from across the United States, 600 booths, a customer lounge with vending and large-screen TV, and easy access to many restaurants nearby. There are over FIVE MILLION items under one roof!
Mill Race Park
Mill Race Park
Landscape Management recognized this 85-acre riverfront park as one of the top 100 parks in the nation for design, reputation, and accessibility. Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh, and featuring structures by Stanley Saitowitz, it includes an 84-foot observation tower, a covered bridge, people trails, fishing at two lakes, picnic shelters, playground equipment, horseshoe pits, basketball courts, and an amphitheater that hosts concerts and performances.
Not Just Popcorn
Featured on the Food Network, this popcorn ships all over the world. Located in downtown Edinburgh, it is well worth the 3.5 mile drive from Edinburgh Premium Outlets. The retail store is in the same building where they create their popcorn mixes and and they will be happy to let you watch! Group tours are available for a nominal fee, and guests are taken through the process of growing, harvesting, popping, coating, packaging, and finally meeting the popcorn connoisseurs – there is always a lot of tasting going on!
Zaharakos Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor
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This elegantly-restored 1900-style ice cream parlor and museum was named “The Number One Thing Every Hoosier Must Do” byIndianapolis Monthly magazine. One writer said it is “…a confection of mirrors, marble, Tiffany glass, carved woodwork, and polished soda-fountain plumbing.” The one-of-a kind Victorian ice cream parlor and museum is a treat for kids of all ages, from the music coming from the 1908 Welte Orchestrion to the homemade sodas and ice cream. Try a local favorite, the Green River, made the old-fashioned way. The gift shop features handmade toys, trains, and ice cream items. Plus, the Commons playground and kidscommons are right next door!
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