Summer is a great time to explore areas around Indiana. Besides the well-known attractions in Indy, what else is there to do within a short drive from Lebanon? Here are a few suggestions for day trips that are off the beaten path but are affordable and interesting for both children and adults. All of these venues are north of Lebanon (we will explore other areas in another column). Try one or two and experience new adventures!
Grissom Air Museum: 1000 Hoosier Blvd. Peru
Monday- Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 12-5 p.m.
Admission: Adult $7, military $5 ,Seniors and Students 6-21 $6
Grissom has several types of planes and helicopters that are on display, including planes that were previously flown by President G.W. Bush and astronaut Neil Armstrong.
Peru American Circus Museum: 154 N. Broadway Peru
Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except during circus week, the hours are extended).
Admission: Free to the museum
Circus week is July 13-20 this year. This is a worthwhile trip to see amateurs (read as students) from the area performing all the circus acts. During the week the museum has extended hours and circus wagons will be on display outside the building. Call ahead for performance times and ticket info.
Fair Oaks Dairy: 865 N 600 E, Fair Oaks
Monday- Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Adult $12, Age 3-12 $10, service providers in uniform are free
Visitors may experience the wonder of live birth in the calf birthing barn and watch how dairy products like cheese and ice cream are made. Samples are offered and there is a kids area for playing and exploring. Pigs are a new attraction this year.
Tropicanoe Cove: 1915 Scott St. Lafayette
Located in Columbian Park.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m., and Wednesday ( Family Day) 1111 a.m. to 8 p.m.