Day Trips Intro in Indianapolis

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Taking an Indianapolis day trip during your visit to Indiana's capital can provide you with a more well-rounded view of the state called "the Crossroads of America." If you have trouble deciding which place will make a compelling day trip, plan your excursion to Terre Haute.

Touring Terre Haute

About 75 miles west (veering slightly south) from Indianapolis is Terre Haute, which makes a great day trip destination. You can drive to Terre Haute from Indianapolis in about an hour and twenty minutes by taking the I-70 West. You can also take a Greyhound bus from Indianapolis to Terre Haute. Buses leave at least twice a day and cost around $43 for the round trip ($38 if you get your tickets online).

In Terre Haute, you can visit Inland Aquatics. The largest number of coral reefs for public viewing is housed at Inland Aquatics, which is actually a store but offers tours and educational experiences rivaling that of aquariums for free. There are also a number of museums in Terre Haute, including the Sheldon Swope Art Museum, which displays works from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Swope Art Museum is free to visit and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

If the outdoors and flora are your idea of a good time, make an appointment to tour the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, which is home to 350 acres of preserved trees, plants and flowers, as well as a herd of alpacas. Group and individual tours must be pre-arranged and take about three hours.

Terre Haute is also just a few minutes' drive from Illinois, if you want to make your day trip a little more adventurous, but you should find plenty of things to do in Terre Haute.

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