Resting beneath the southern shore of Lake Michigan, Indiana is a state teeming with natural beauty and rich history. The state's famous limestone forms the backbone of Indiana's diverse natural attractions, including rivers, canyons, gorges, caverns, forests and more. Those who sneeze at the thought of the outdoors needn't avoid Indiana; the state is also home to several dynamic urban centers. Throughout the year, visitors and residents alike can take their pick of an abundance of festivals, attractions, cultural events, musical activities and more.
- Name of location MADISON, IN
On the last weekend of April, the annual garden tour at the Lanthier Winery welcomes warm spring breezes and the sweet aroma of a French country garden. Why don't you do the same? The winery is the site of America's only outdoor, interactive "Garden of Art," blooms and scents all around. Free samples of award-winning Indiana wines accompany the garden tour, and master gardeners present free workshops. Visitors get a free samples bag, but a donation to America in Bloom garners a larger bag. Admission is free and you can take home free plants!
- Name of location Wakarusa, IN
Pancake lovers rejoice; the end of April is syrup pouring time downtown. You and 16,000 other visitors can see a sugar camp and tour the museum before heading to the carnival rides. The parade and free popcorn really ice the cake, and there are food vendors galore. Be sure to see the handmade arts and crafts, too, at this 45-year-old annual tradition.
- Name of location Liberty, IN
This festival on the first weekend in May has a little bit of everything, and there is not much it doesn't have. Go for the BBQ and stay for the Antique Car & Truck Show; if that's not enough, take in the Antique Tractor & Farm Machinery Show. Don't worry, ladies, there is a Craft Fair and many home and health products and services to peruse as well. This is actually in Dunlapsville, just south of Liberty. Go. Eat.