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Where to stay

West Baden Springs Hotel

8538 West Baden Ave.

West Baden, Ind.



A grand hotel reborn, committed to its history and to Old World grace. April through October, from $229. November through March, from $189.

French Lick Springs Hotel

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8670 West State Road 56

French Lick, Ind.


Sister property to West Baden Springs Hotel and a historic destination in its own right, it is adjacent to the resort’s full-service casino. April through October, from $189. November through March, from $149.

Comfort Suites French Lick


9530 West State Road 56

French Lick


From $111.

Where to eat

West Baden Springs Hotel

Ballard’s Lounge, casual dining in the atrium, with light dinner entrees from $14; Sinclair’s, fine dining with entrees from $24; Sinclair’s Cafe, breakfast and lunch from $10. Several snack bars as well.


French Lick Springs Hotel and its adjacent casino feature six more eateries, of varying price ranges. Our top choice: Power Plant Bar & Grill. Burgers, tacos, Italian specialties. Entrees from $10.

Beyond French Lick Resort

Porky’s BBQ

711 West Main St., Paoli


Excellent pulled pork and other barbecue plates. Plus, a regional treat: fried pickles. Entrees from $8.

33 Brick Street

480 South Maple St.

French Lick


Celebrating homeboy Larry Bird with authentic memorabilia and satisfying pub food. Entrees from $11.

What to do

At French Lick Resort: golf (with three lush courses, including an LPGA tournament venue, prices from $40 for nine holes; horseback riding (ages 8 and up, from $38 per person), and carriage rides ($45 per family); biking (rentals from $5 per hour); Saturday afternoon tea ($21 per person); bowling at a six-lane alley (about $5 per game).

Beyond the resort Indiana Railway Tours

8594 West State Road 56

French Lick


Sixty-five pieces of rolling stock and locomotives at a restored station. No charge to walk through the depot and look at trains. A scenic 18-mile train ride through Hoosier National Forest is $18 adults, $9 for
ages 2-11. Family-oriented events (“Murder on the Petulant Express,” a staged train robbery, Dinosaur Train, etc.) are scheduled several times weekly; prices vary.

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

452 East Christmas Blvd.

Santa Claus, Ind.


Holiday-themed amusement park and Indiana’s largest water park. Opens May 3 for season through October. All-day pass $40 per person; discounts available for seniors, veterans, police, etc.