Local Thrills

Wanting something a little different? From elephant encounters, casinos, ziplining, racing & skiing, these byway spots have what you’re looking for. These are a few of our favorite local thrills.


French Lick Resort & Casino + West Baden Springs Resort
8670 West State Road 56
French Lick, IN 47432
812-936-9300 or 888-936-9369

Includes the historic West Baden Springs Hotel and French Lick Springs Hotel, both fully restored to their early 1900s original grandeur. The two hotels offer luxury rooms, fine dining, European spas, beautiful gardens, golf, and other amenities.


Hollywood Casino
777 Hollywood Boulevard
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Dockside gaming, hotel, and 200,000 square-foot pavilion featuring live entertainment and fine dining.


Lawrenceburg Speedway
351 East Eads Parkway
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

The quarter-mile dirt track features sprint car racing, modified, and pro stocks. Open May–September.


Perfect North Slopes
19074 Perfect Lane
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
812-537-3754 or 513-381-7517

Ski resort featuring skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. With 5 chair lifts, 6 carpet lifts 22 trails and 2 terrain parks you’ll find a mix of diverse terrain with something for everyone! Open during winter months.


Paoli Peaks
2798 West County Road
Rt 25 South
Paoli, IN 47454

Ski resort nestled in the hills of southern Indiana. Features tons of winter sports and activities plus pro shops and restaurants on site. Open during winter months.


Wilstem Ranch
4229 US Highway 150
French Lick, IN 47432
Enjoy 1,100 rolling acres at this ranch that includes: up-close Elephant Encounters (March – October), Giraffe & Kangaroo Encounters, 4,000-foot-canopy zipline tour, ATV Adventure Tours, Horseback Riding, Lodging available on-site, with numerous cabin configurations for families, couples or larger family reunions.


Big Splash Adventure Hotel & Indoor Water Park
8505 West State Road 56
French Lick, IN 47432

40,000 square foot indoor water park full of unique and exciting features. No weather worries – water park is enclosed in a beautiful glass structure for year-round enjoyment for the entire family!


French Lick Scenic Railway
8594 West State Road 56
French Lick, IN 47432

Train rides in Indiana aboard the French Lick Scenic Railway offer 20-mile day tours through parts of the Hoosier National Forest, the 2,200-foot Burton Tunnel (Indiana’s second longest tunnel), and past limestone outcroppings. Special seasonal rides include Wild West Hold-Ups, The Polar Express & more.