Come enjoy Evansville, Indiana. You'll find family attractions, exciting nightlife, and the education and culture of seven themed museums.
- Amazonia, Forest of Riches, at Evansville's Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden
- Angel Mounds State Historic Site
- Burdette Park and Aquatic Center
- Tropicana Evansville and The District Dining and Entertainment Destination
- cMoe – Koch Family Children's Museum of Evansville
- Evansville African American Museum
- Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science
- John James Audubon Museum (just five minutes from Evansville)
- LST 325 World War II Warship
- Reitz Home Museum
- Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve
- Willard Library
For more information, download an Evansville Visitors Guide. Or call (800) 433-3025 to request a copy by mail.
Experience the South American rainforest in a climate-controlled 76 degrees year round. From the tree top canopy to the river basin, natural animals and plants of the region surround you! Keep a watchful eye for the King & Queen of the jungle - the jaguars! Open 365 days a year. AMAZONIA is located inside Mesker Park Zoo through the new entrance on Mesker Park Drive. Admission includes access to all exhibits in the zoo.
Angel Mounds State Historic Site is nationally recognized as one of the best-preserved prehistoric Native American sites in the United States. Angel Mounds features a newly designed model museum that tell the story of the people of the Middle Mississippian culture who inhabited this area from 1000 to 1450 A.D. and the archeological remains of mounds they inhabited. Trails lead through the village for biking and hiking. Amazing new find that unearths more of the mysteries of our earliest settlers.
Home to the Evansville Otters of the Independent Frontier League, Bosse Field opened in 1915 and was the first municipally owned sports facility in the United States. Only Boston's Fenway Park (1912) and Chicago's Wrigley Field (1914) are older than Evansville's Bosse Field. Site for the filming of "A League of Our Own" in 1992. Whether you're a sports fan or a history buff, this structure is a must see!
The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana manages this outstanding gallery for local and regional artists and imagery. Exhibits, art-for-sale, performance art and a beautiful setting to cultivate the arts community.
Buffalo Run gives you a rare opportunity to see live buffalo and ostriches. They are kept in the fenced pasture located just behind the Buffalo Run Grill & Gifts. Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Burdette Park has family fun year-round.The park is open 7AM-midnight, 365 days a year. The Park Office is open from 8AM-4:30PM Memorial Day through Labor Day. All activities in the park are subject to operational hours, rental restrictions and weather conditions.
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The Koch Family Children's Museum of Evansville has become the new favorite place for children of all ages from the Evansville and tri-state region! Visiting this museum is an experience that will engage your child as they learn and have a ball - as in the Quack Factory assembly of sirens, bells and lights to signal the relay of the production sequence. Or let them try out their stage talents to write, direct and edit their own play complete with video replay to see themselves as stars! Children under 18 should be accompanied by an adult.
This carefully restored 1834 Federal-design home of the merchant employer of Abraham Lincoln offers a unique look at the early development of Indiana and the life of Colonel William Jones, who was also a politician. Includes guided tours, themed talks, exhibits and gifts.
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University of Southern Indiana Disc Golf Course.
37 stores and restaurants, including Shoe Carnival and Chuck E Cheese's
Steeped in tradition and always exciting, Ellis Park Race Track is just minutes from Downtown Evansville. Built in 1922 and owned by Churchill Downs, Ellis Park runs live thoroughbred races from July through Labor Day with simulcast racing available year round. Recent renovations of the facility enhanced her graceful gables and twin spires providing an elegant signature for this Kentucky landmark. Watch some of racing's finest from the air-conditioned comfort of the clubhouse or the open gallery alongside the track.
The Evansville African American Museum is located in one of the nation's first housing projects - Lincoln Gardens - built in 1938 under President Roosevelt's New Deal Program. The community then was known as Baptisttown and was an independent, thriving community with black doctors, lawyers and educators. The EAAM celebrates the struggles, successes and experiences of the African American culture in Evansville throughout the last 70 years. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Click here for more information.
The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science houses a $10 million permanent art collection ranging from 16th century paintings to modern sculptures by world-renowned artists. National and local traveling exhibits are available year-round. The children's learning and exploration center and renovated Koch Planetarium offer educational fun for all ages.
Learn about the history of transportation in Evansville at EMTRAC - the Evansville Museum Transportation Center. EMTRAC details the history of early river, rail, aviation and street transportation, and includes a steam engine, club car and caboose from the early 1900s.
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Locally owned and a member of the Frontier League, the Otters are the darlings of summer. Great ball play combined with fun promotions throughout the game guarantee an evening of fun family entertainment. To top it off, the games are played at Bosse Field, a stadium built in 1915 and the site of the filming of A League of Their Own in 1992. Come watch our Boys of Summer from May through August!
Built in 1912 and restored in 1995, the Pagoda retains its original Japanese architectural design conceived from a model displayed at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. As a community gathering place, the Pagoda was a popular site for picnics and concerts for residents to enjoy along the river.
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Located in the Shawnee National Forest in Southeastern Illinois, Garden of the Gods is famous for its unique rock formations and spectacular views, including Camel Rock and Anvil Rock. Garden of the Gods features hiking, camping and picnicking. A short looped trail from the main parking lot, which can be hiked in about 45 minutes, passes along most of the main rock formations.
Garvin Park is one of Evansville's oldest parks. Purchased in 1915, the 80 acres provides a large lake, swimming pool, playground, tennis & basketball courts and is next to historic Bosse Field. Garvin Park is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and is a favorite for public gatherings. During the month of December, the local Easter Seals features the Ritzy Fantasy of Lights for the Christmas season.
This memorial stands on the site where Lt. Col. George Rogers Clark and his frontiersmen defeated Lt. Governor Henry Hamilton and his soldiers to capture Fort Sackville from the British, one of the great feats of the American Revolution. The visitors center adjacent to the memorial features interpretive programs and displays.
Evansville's German heritage is celebrated at Germania Maennerchor, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to sponsor and promote German song, speech, music and the dramatic arts.
Grouseland was the home of William Henry Harrison, the ninth President of the United States, who was the Governor of the Indiana Territory from 1800 to 1812. Built in 1803-04, the house was restored in 1911 as a museum and historic house furnished with period pieces, including many of Harrison's own possessions.
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Live music, drink specials.
Olympic-size pool, snack area. Admission includes waterslide.
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The museum began as a repository for family memorabilia. Items included equipment and other items from the family's long line of woodworking history. The family also had a collection of items of local historical interest, including photos, printed materials, automotive equipment and vehicles and military items.
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari was voted Indiana's Best Place to Take the Kids for the many rides and water attractions the entire family to enjoy together. Amusement Today's 2002 Reader's Poll named Holiday World & Splashin' Safari the #1 Friendliest and the #1 Cleanest Park in the World; and The Raven was voted the #1 Wooden Roller Coaster in the World. Plus your admission includes free, unlimited soft drinks!
Hoosiers Lounge, located in the riverfront Pavilion, live entertainment, drink specials and sports on multiple screens. Local and regional acts playing favorites from yesteryear to today’s greatest hits.
Open 7 days a week.
Primitive camping; 4,400-acre fish and wildlife area; fishing, hunting, picnicking, boat rentals; nearby Twin Swamps Nature Preserve has hiking trails through beautiful cypress swamps; free admission.
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Enjoy marshland, bald cypress slough, oxbow lake, lowland hardwood forest and upland meadow, as well as the wildlife found in these habitats such as muskrats, beavers, herons and wood ducks, at the 23-acre Howell Wetlands, one of only five urban wetlands parks in Indiana.
Indoor Olympic pool facility surrounded by trails and children's playground.
Located less than an hour from Evansville in Owensboro, KY., the International Bluegrass Music Museum collects, preserves and shares the heritage of the unique art form that is bluegrass music. Now offering guided tours for groups and music demonstrations.
Ivy Tech is a public, community-based technical college offering credit programs in business, technology, health sciences, public service, visual technologies and general education. Ivy Tech promotes educational mobility through partnerships with local school and other higher education institutions.
Located south of the Gold Star twin bridges that connect Indiana to Kentucky, Audubon Museum and State Park preserves the work and spirit of this internationally recognized expert of ornithology. Audubon walked the forest now named after him when he resided in Kentucky in his early years. Life-size folios are on exhibit as are details of the accomplished study done by Audubon throughout his life. The surrounding woods offer trails for hiking, a lake for boating or fishing, and a beautiful 9-hole golf course.
Open 7 day a week 11 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. Daily lunch and drink specials. Live music. Indoor and outdoor seating.
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Open 7 days a week. Live music by popular local and regional bands. Bar specials. Kitchen open for breakfast, lunch and late into the evening. Indoor and outdoor seating.
Lincoln Amphitheatre is a covered, 1,500-seat amphitheatre that is located inside Lincoln State Park in Lincoln City, Indiana. It is the only covered outdoor venue in the nation and ensures that there is never a rain-out. The world premiere of "Lincoln" took place on the very grounds where Abraham Lincoln grew up. Enhanced by multimedia projections and period music, the story of the man considered by many to be the greatest U.S. president is expected to be a highpoint of the national celebration of the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth.
This splendid National Park is the site where Abraham Lincoln spent 14 of the most formative years of his life. Learn about the lives of Abraham Lincoln and his family, who lived here in a pioneer community from 1816 to1830. The grounds include the burial place of Lincoln's mother and a working pioneer farm.
This scenic 1,747-acre park was established in 1932 as a memorial to Nancy Hanks Lincoln. Recreational facilities include Lake Lincoln, lakeside shelter house, boat rental, nature center, cabins, picnic areas, shelters and trails. Lincoln State Park is home to the Lincoln Pioneer Village and Museum.
Numerous stores and restaurants including Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Pet Smart, and Kohl's
Enclosed 50 meter Olympic-size pool, diving area, snack bar, sun deck.
Antiques, gift shops, and much more provide ample shopping experiences in Downtown. Local artwork and exhibits can be seen at the Arts Council Bower-Surheinrich Gallery. Numerous restaurants featuring Italian, Mediterranean, Korean, Spanish, Chinese and local cuisine. Nightlife can be found at several bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
Marengo Cave is one of the most beautiful show caves in the Eastern United States and has long been considered one of the Midwest's finest natural wonders. It is designated a U.S. National Landmark based on its great beauty and extremely large classic trunk passage.
Year round beauty abounds in this oasis of plants, shrubs and flowers conveniently located off of the Lloyd Expressway on Evansville's eastside. Site of community vegetable garden. Visitors welcome during daylight hours anytime. For guided tours, see information on the website listed.
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The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum was built in 1918 to honor soldiers and sailors who fought in the Civil War and Spanish-American War. Built in the Classic Revival architectural style, the building is made truly unusual and striking by the brick wings on either side of the poured concrete front, the curved corner of which give the building an Art Deco Flair, says the Indiana Historic Architecture Home Page. The Coliseum is now used for sports, exhibitions, stage plays, concerts, meetings and receptions.
Mesker Amphitheatre offers a night under the stars like none other. The amphitheatre features 5,500 reserved seats and seating for an additional 3,000 on the lawn. Ample parking and beautiful scenery make this facility a popular entertainment spot for a variety of events, including the popular Mesker Movie Series each summer. Summer concert series from June through August.
Indiana's oldest zoo extends over 50 acres and is home to more than 700 animals. Pathways bloom and grow with local and exotic trees and plants. Open 365 days a year. New in 2008 - Amazonia! A walk through the wild expanse of the South American Rainforest! Enclosed, climate controlled to a jungle perfect 78 degrees. Complete with daily rain shower! Animals include howler monkeys, toucans, capeberras, tapir, sting rays and the elusive Queen of the jungle - the jaguar! Enter Zoo through new entrance on Mesker Park Drive.
The Castle on the Hill is home to one of the nation's largest communities of Benedictine women. Guided tours include the majestic domed church, outdoor Stations of the Cross, Lourdes Grotto, and Rosary steps. Gift shop, For Heaven's Sake also on grounds.
The Atheneum was designed by world-renowned architect Richard Meier and serves as the visitor center for New Harmony, IN, and the surrounding region. Named for Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and the arts, the Atheneum features an orientation film, communal history exhibits and an observation deck. Tours of historic New Harmony are available from the Atheneum daily from March 15 through December 30.
Antique, gift shops and locally owned restaurants line this 15 block area.
Stores and restaurants located along First Ave.
24 stores and restaurants along First Ave.
Daily food and drink specials. Live music. Pool. Darts.
Daily drink specials. Pool tables & darts. Live entertainment on weekends.
The Courthouse is one of the finest examples of Neo-Baroque architecture in the United States. Elegant, intricate sculptures carved from Indiana limestone sit above each entrance. Lavish marble floors and walls inside are accented by the black slate stairs and wrought iron railings that lead to the top story rotunda. The Old Courthouse was built in the 1890s and remains one of Downtown's premier architectural showplaces.
Built in 1869, the Old Post Office and Customs House is a classic example of the Richardsonian Romanesque architectural style, featuring round arches over window and door openings, extensive use of stone masonry and towers.
Once complete, the Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage will encompass 42 miles of pedestrian and bicycle trails that encircle the city. Linking communities and providing a natural refuge from busy streets, the Greenway will be a linear park and trail system that ultimately extends into adjacent counties and ties into the American Discovery Trail (an interstate system of trails that cross the U.S.). Access to the completed portions of the trail is found at Garvin Park (N. Main Street and Heidelbach Ave.) and at the downtown Riverfront.
Night club. Entertainment. Daily drink specials. Pool. Darts. Open Tuesday- Sunday.
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Return to the days of Victorian elegance and grandeur by touring the historic Reitz Home Museum. Described as one of the country's finest examples of French Second Empire architecture, the Reitz Home Museum features period furniture, silk damask-covered walls, hand-painted ceilings, delicately molded plaster friezes, French gilt chandeliers and intricately patterned wood parquet floors. Call for hours of operation, open Tuesday - Sunday, closed Monday.
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A brick paved walkway above and tiered seating below provide the perfect setting to view the spectacular Ohio River. Convenient driving access with parking is available along the lower plaza that is the scene for numerous summer concerts and festivals. Framed by the inspiring Four Freedoms Monument and Aztar Plaza, the Riverfront invites walkers, runners, bikers and strollers to enjoy the lovely Front Door to our city.
Saint Meinrad Archabbey offers a peaceful and spiritual retreat with beautiful grounds and the opportunity for prayer with Benedictine monks. Founded in 1854, Saint Meinrad is one of only two archabbeys in the United States, and one of only eleven in the world. Home to the Saint Meinrad School of Theology, the Abbey Press, the Abbey Press Gift Shop and Abbey Caskets.
The Santa Claus Post Office is the only post office in the world with the Santa Claus name. Stop by this small-town post office to receive the famous Santa Claus picture postmark, available only during the Christmas season. Also during the holidays, the Santa Claus Post Office receives thousands of letters to Santa written by children from all over the world. Santa's Elves make sure each child receives a reply.
Located just over 100 miles Northeast of Evansville, Spring Mill State Park features a restored pioneer village, cave tours, trail rides, fishing, hiking, swimming, and more. Spring Mill is also home to the Grissom Memorial, which honors Mitchell, Indiana native Virgil Gus Grissom, one of the seven Mercury astronauts and America's second man in space.
It was Squire Boone and his brother, Daniel, who discovered these caverns in 1790. Between 1804 and 1809, Squire built a gristmill near the mouth of the cave that serves as the focal point of Squire Boone Village today. The village includes craft shops, playground, picnic groves, kitchen, bakery and candy cabin.
New facility opened in October of 2002, Swonder Ice Arena is a skater's dream come true. Two regulation-size rinks suit hockey players and figure skaters. Inliners and skateboarders can choose between an indoor or outdoor skate park. State-of-the-art sound and light show designed with the technology used at the 2002 Olympics heats up the action when the skaters take the ice. University of Southern Indiana and local high school hockey teams compete weekly. Seating for 1,500 spectators available.
Adjacent to Casino Aztar is their latest offering - a $40 million entertainment district called The District. Anchored RiRa's Irish Pub with great food and atmosphere, The District is the hottest nightspot in town. To complete the experience, visit the exotic Blush Ultralounge inside the LeMerigot Hotel.
The non-denominational Roofless Church, a New Harmony architectural landmark designed by Philip Johnson and built in 1960, is open to the public and operated under the auspices of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. Mrs. Jane Blaffer Owen, who commissioned the Roofless Church, believed that only one roof, the sky, could embrace all worshipping humanity. Its picturesque setting makes the Roofless Church a popular setting for weddings and other ceremonies.
At Vanderburgh County 4-H Center. Nov-March practice on Tues & Thurs, racing Saturdays at 3:00pm. Practice $3, points $10, trophy $13.
Tri-State Speedway is a one-quarter mile high-banked dirt oval racetrack located approximately 15 miles north of Evansville off Hwy 41. Racing takes place on Sundays between May and September for Sprints, UMP Modifieds, Pro-Modifieds and Late Models (UMP sanctioned).
Tropicana Evansville offers dockside gaming 24/7! Located on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Evansville, Indiana, the centerpiece of this attraction is the "City Of Evansville" riverboat casino featuring three levels of Las Vegas-style gaming action. Over one thousand slot machines offer a variety of play from $0.01 to $100. Table games include Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Spanish 21, Three Card Poker, Bonus Let It Ride Poker, Omaha, plus a live Poker Room.
The University of Evansville features 13 varsity intercollegiate athletic teams, which compete in the Division I Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). Check with the UE athletic department for a full schedule of Aces athletic events.
Dramatic enrollment increases in the last 10 years makes USI the fastest growing university in Indiana. Enrollment is currently over 10,000 students. USI is a regionally responsive, comprehensive public university in the model of the "new American college" that emphasizes teaching and interaction between faculty and students. A liberal arts and science curriculum serves as the foundation of knowledge for all programs.
18-hole course on rolling terrain. No cost, open to all ages. Discs available through the USI Dept. of Recreation.
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The Victory Theatre is a 1,950-seat venue managed by Venue Works. The theatre recently underwent a $20 million renovation, and evokes nostalgic memories of the 1920s. In addition to being the home of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Victory Theatre hosts a wide variety of concerts, Broadway shows and children's programming. The Victory Theatre is located on Evansville's beautiful downtown cobblestone walkway.
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Antique tools and children's toys, local military artifacts and art exhibits.
Shops and restaurants including Sears and SteinMart for shopping and locally owned Hacienda restaurant and Time Out Bar and Lounge.
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Adjacent to the Nature Preserve, Wesselman Park features a Par 3 golf course, batting cages, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, softball fields, a playground and more!
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve is a National Natural Landmark and a State Nature Preserve with over 190 acres of virgin bottomland hardwood forest, providing the prefect atmosphere for relaxing nature walks. The Nature Center features exhibits, events, wildlife observation areas, meeting rooms a library and a gift shop.
Tour this beautiful hotel palace called the Eighth Wonder of the World with its incredible domed atrium and preserved gardens.
Completed in 1849, Willard Carpenter House is one of the finest examples of pure Georgian architecture in this area. Built of brick and stone, it features a balanced facade and a classic facade over the entrance door. Restored in 1974 to as close to its original condition as possible, the home stands as a memorial to one of Evansville's most aggressive and influential pioneers.
Willard Library is the oldest operating library in the state of Indiana. It was opened in 1885 under the directive to be a public library for the use of the people of all classes, races and sexes free of charge forever. The Special Collections department houses one of the most extensive collection for genealogy study in the Midwest. Sneak a peek at our famous Grey Lady with 24-hour viewing available on the Ghostcam on the library's website.
German for vintner of the forest, Winzerwald Winery opened in early 2001 on 85 acres of rolling land in the Hoosier National Forest. The winery offers free tastings and unique German- and Swiss-style wines, gifts and educational tours.