Winter Weekend Getaways and Day Trips from Indianapolis

Some of our favorite places to visit on cold winter weekends.

The holidays have come to and end and it’s easy to want to hide out at home until spring is here. However, if you are up for a little exploring, there are many things to do that are just a short drive from Indianapolis.

Brown County – 1 hour 15 minutes drive

At just over an hours drive from Indianapolis, Brown County is well known for beautiful fall foliage but there is still lots of fun to be had even after the leaves have fallen. There are many wineries, restaurants, boutiques and local art to enjoy and keep out of the cold. We highly recommend the signature pulled pork nachos at Big Woods Brewing.

Perfect North – 1.5 hour drive

A crisp snowy weekend is perfect (see what we did there) for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing! Bring your own snacks and drinks or enjoy some of the treats the lodge has to offer. Their website says they are making fresh snow for this weekend so book your passes quickly!

French Lick – 2 hour drive

French Lick our favorite weekend getaway in Indiana. We love the peaceful setting and there is truly something for everyone. 

The West Baden Springs Hotel is absolutely beautiful and filled with history. It was even once called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” largely in part to its incredible glass atrium in the center.

The French Lick Springs Hotel is stunning and historic as well, but also has a casino, spa, restaurant, bowling alley – and more!

Big Splash Adventure is the third major hotel in French Lick and features a 40,000 sqft indoor water park.

Pokagon State Park – 2.5 hour drive

While this trip requires a bit more driving, it’s well worth the trip. In addition to miles of scenic trails and a full calendar of activities, there is a quarter-mile, toboggan run where you can experience speeds of 35-40 mph. The inn also has an impressive brunch on Sunday mornings.