Staycation in Indiana

Enjoy a stay at the Caribbean Cove Hotel with a package, normally $269, discounted to $159.

This package includes:

  • (1) Night Stay
  • (4) Waterpark Passes
  • (4) Breakfast Passes
  • $10 Arcade Card
  • (1) Large Pizza
  • (4) Drinks

All the ways to save on In Good Cents are good in Indiana, but sometimes there are Indiana deals that’s available only to Hoosiers.

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Yesterday I gave you fun ideas for a FREE or cheap Indiana Staycation. Today, I’ve partnered with bloggers around the United States to give you ideas for hundreds of cities.  Whether you live in the city or are just heading there on vacation, make sure to check out the great staycation ideas to help you save!

Mid Atlantic

NW (or all), Connecticut :: Parenting Miracles
Boston (or all), Massachusetts :: Maven of Savin
Central, New Jersey :: Our Good LIfe
Adirondak Mountains and Central, New York :: For This Season
Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York :: Ann’s Entitled Life
Syracuse, New York :: I am THAT lady
Erie, Pennsylvania :: Growing Kids Ministry
Greater Harrisburg, Pennsylvania :: Family Balance Sheet
Hershey, Pennsylvania :: Good Deal Mama
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania :: Beyond the Cover
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania :: The Coupon “High”
Poconos, Pennsylvania :: Bucktown Bargains
Scranton, Pennsylvania :: Bucktown Bargains

Midwest

Des Moines, Iowa :: Make the best of everything
Aurora, Illinois :: A Savings WOW!
Central, Illinois :: The Homeschool Scientist
Chicago, Illinois :: Chicagoland Homeschool Network
Naperville, Illinois :: The Sensible Mom
Schaumburg, Illinois :: Ravings By Rae
Fort Wayne, Indiana :: Simplified Saving
Indianapolis, Indiana (Metro Area) :: In Good Cents
Muncie, Indiana (Central IN) :: the daisyhead
Northern Indiana :: So Dough Savvy
Kansas City Area :: Kansas City Mamas
Metro Detroit, Michigan :: Saving Dollars and Sense
Grand Rapids, Michigan :: Give Me Neither
Oakland County, Michigan :: Bargain Shopper Mom
Minneapolis, Minnesota :: Creative Couponing
Rural Minnesota (either Southern our Lake Country) :: Mommysavers.com
St. Cloud, Minnesota :: Frugal Finders
Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas :: Kosher on a Budget
Springfield, Missouri :: Getting Freedom
Cincinnati, Ohio :: Family Friendly Cincinnati
Columbus, Ohio :: Cleverly Simple
Dayton, Ohio :: Savings Lifestyle: Dayton
Mansfield, Ohio :: The Traveling Praters
NE Ohio :: Raising Lifelong Learners
Northeast Ohio (Canton, Akron, Cleveland) :: Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring
Black Hills, South Dakota :: Little House Living
South Dakota :: Moms Mustard Seeds
Oshkosh, Wisconsin :: Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom

Mountain

Phoenix, Arizona :: Mom Endeavors
Scottsdale, Arizona :: Saving For Someday
Tucson, Arizona :: Desert Chica Ramblings
Colorado Springs, Colorado :: The Greenbacks Gal
Denver, Colorado :: Bargain Blessings
Helena, Montana :: The WiC Project
Omaha, Nebraska :: Mom Endeavors
Reno, Nevada – Lake Tahoe (Northern Nevada) :: Saving in Nevada

Pacific

Fresno, California (Central Valley) :: NerdFamily Blog
Los Angeles, California :: Savings.com
San Diego, California :: Good Cheap Eats
San Diego, California :: Life as MOM
Portland, Oregon :: Frugal Living NW
Seattle, Washington :: Thrifty NW Mom

South Atlantic

Arkansas :: Discovering Arkansas
Washington, DC :: Kidventurous
Clearwater Beach, Florida :: Bargain Briana
Jacksonville, Florida :: Saving The Family Money
Southwest Florida (Ft. Myers area) :: Chaos Is Bliss
St. Augustine, Florida :: Simply St. Augustine
Tallahassee, Florida :: SwagGrabber
Atlanta, Georgia (metro area) :: Hodgepodge
Atlanta, Georgia (metro area) :: The Couponing Couple
Annapolis, Maryland :: The Happy Housewife
Hagerstown, Maryland :: Cheryl Pitt
Asheville, North Carolina :: Paradise Praises
Charlotte, North Carolina :: from our front porch lookin’ in…
Raleigh/Southeastern, North Carolina :: Upside Down Homeschooling
Upstate South Carolina :: The Tween & Me
Charlottesville, Virginia :: How to Have it All
Richmond, Virginia :: Teachers of Good Things
Smithfield, Virginia :: Walking in High Cotton
Virginia Beach, Virginia :: The Coupon Challenge

South Central

Coastal Alabama :: Meet Penny
Huntsville, Alabama :: The Traveling Praters
Northern Kentucky :: Simply Sherryl
Chattanooga, Tennessee :: Living Chic on the Cheap
East Tennessee (Smoky Mountains, Knoxville) :: Finding Joy on the Journey
Nashville, Tennessee :: Montessori Tidbits
Arlington, Texas :: Grocery Shop For FREE
Austin, Texas (Hill Country) :: Ponder the Path
College Station, Texas :: How to Homeschool My Child
Dallas, Texas :: Surviving The Stores
East Dallas, Texas :: Funky Faith Girl
Fort Worth, Texas :: Coupons & Freebies Mom
Houston, Texas :: MomsToolbox
Houston, Texas :: MyLitter
Katy, Texas :: Moms Confession
McAllen, Texas (Rio Grande Valley) :: iLoveMy5Kids
San Antonio, Texas :: Melissa’s Bargains

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Everyone should take the time to be a tourist in their own town. Exploring all the fun things your town has to offer can give you a new perspective and even introduce you to places you never knew about.

The Canal & White River State Park

The Canal
(Photo courtesy of Visit Indy)

As one of Indiana’s Historic Districts, The Canal & White River State Park is a beautiful place to just walk and explore. The Canal was built back in the 1800′s, but has been refurbished stretching from White River State Park to 11th Street downtown. The walk is beautiful  but you can also enjoy pedal boats, ride bikes, and more.

White River State Park also includes trails, museums, and The Indianapolis Zoo.

Bike-In Movies

Bike In Movies
(Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Parks & Recreation Department)

Indianapolis Parks & Recreation are offering a new twist on movies in the park. Instead of a drive-in, they are offering bike-in movies. Bike to Garfield Park and enjoy a FREE classic family-movie like The Goonies or A Christmas Story. Bring lawn chairs and food to picnic or visit the local food vendors.

Bike-In Movies are happening May – September.

Easley Winery

Love wine? Each Saturday through September 28, 2013, Easley Winery offers Grooving in the Garden with live music. Bring your own food, lawn chairs, and have a picnic, plus enjoy a FREE winery tour. Plus, take part in a wine tasting for only $5.

Also check out Mass Ave. Free Tasting Tuesdays!

Eagle Creek Park

GoApe! 7-14-12 (5 of 19)

Admission to Eagle Creek Park is $5 per car or $3 per biker or hiker, but inside you’ll find tons of fun to fill your day, like the Earth Discovery Center, nature trails, animal exhibits, boat or canoe rental, archery and pistol range, and more. Bring a picnic lunch.

If you want to GoApe! make sure you make an appointment. It’s $55 per adult 18 years or older or $35 for children ages 10-17.

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Admission to the Indianapolis Museum of Art is always FREE, including their always fun Art in the Park and Make & Take workshops where you and your family can create your own masterpiece.

While you’re there, make sure to tour the historic Lilly House and take a nature walk or have a picnic in The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park that covers 100-acres.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

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The Children’s Museum is always one of our favorite places to hang out during the summer on rainy days. It’s a place where children of all ages (even adults who like to play like children) explore science, health, history, and so much  more with hands-on activities.

Grab a The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis coupon for the month of May to save on a membership or admission. To save even more, visit on one of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Family FREE Nights the first Thursday of every month, but keep in mind it can get very crowded.

More FREE Things to Do in Indianapolis

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For more fun ideas, read Staycation Ideas: Frugal Fun in Central Indiana.

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Staycation Ideas | Frugal Fun in Central Indiana

by Beth Montgomery on June 5, 2012 · 0 comments

in Indiana

With the increase in flight costs, a staycation is becoming more appealing to many families. First, if you aren’t aware, a staycation is a vacation, but in your own hometown. Throughout the summer, I’ll be sharing a few of our favorite family-fun spots, plus ways to save at each one, during the Indiana Summer Fun Series, but if you don’t live in Indiana, stay tuned! I’ve partnered with a group of amazing bloggers who are all sharing staycation ideas in various cities around the United States and I’ll have a full list for you tomorrow.

Travel Back in Time

Marsh Supermarket Symphony on the Prairie

Indiana is full of history! You can experience historical Indiana in person at Conner Prairie, one of my kids favorite places to run around and explore. Pet baby animals, experience The Civil War, talk with historical figures, and play old-fashion games. Stop by Ricker’s BP Stores to get a discount on a 1859 Balloon Ride.

Plus, don’t miss out on Marsh Supermarket Symphony on the Prairie, where you can enjoy music with a theatrical flare from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in a family-friendly environment where even the youngest are welcome! Now is the time to get discount tickets at Marsh.

Sleep Under the Stars (But in a Tent!)

My son rode his "firetruck" in front of the tent most of our stay.

Who needs an expensive hotel when you can fall asleep to the sounds of nature? When it’s time for us to staycation, we always reach for our tent. Hiking through Indiana woods, cooking food over a camp fire, and simply relaxing outside is one of the best ways to unwind. Since you aren’t likely to get  a Wi-Fi signal, you can escape the crazy world and just enjoy time together. Plus, it’s as low as $12 a night to camp in one of the state parks.

Indiana has many great parks and campgrounds, even for the youngest camper. We have tons of tips for first time campers, including what to do, where to stay and, what to bring! Make sure to print the Camping Checklist!

Hit the Water

One grandpa and three little girls (and they made it with no problems)

It’s never too late to learn to canoe and with the White River Canoe Company in Noblesville, kids as young as six years old can canoe down the White River.

And, if you’re incredibly brave, like my Dad (pictured to the left) you can attempt to handle all the kids by yourself in one canoe! Print a coupon for 50% off a second canoe.

Enjoy the Parks

Fort Harrison State Park Pony Rides

Fort Harrison State Park is always on our list for summer fun, especially with the horseback riding and pony rides, great picnic spots, and beautiful lakes with fish and ducks to feed. Make sure to check out the Nature Center schedule for fun and educational activities.

Or, if you enjoy walking and water, head to Eagle Creek Park where you can rent canoes, sailboats, and row boats (and of course, fish). We love to walk the long trails through the woods. We tend to skip the map and just see where we end up, since you hit a road often enough you won’t get too last.

Just pay park admission per vehicle and stay the day to get the most bang for your buck.

CLICK HERE for all the staycation ideas in Central Indiana!

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Staycations Ideas Around the United States

by Beth Montgomery on June 5, 2012 · 0 comments

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Did you catch my Central Indiana Staycation Ideas yesterday?

There’s more! If you aren’t in the Central Indiana area or are venturing outside of Central Indiana this summer, make sure to check out the list of staycation ideas around the United States below:

Mid-Atlantic

Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York :: Coupons, Deals and More
Central New Jersey :: Philzendia (formerly Oh diane)
Erie, Pennsylvania :: Growing Kids Ministry
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania :: Family Balance Sheet

Midwest

Black Hills, South Dakota :: Little House Living
Central Indiana :: In Good Cents
Chicago, Illinois :: Chicagoland Homeschool Network
Cincinnati, Ohio :: Savings Lifestyle Cincinnati
Dayton, Ohio :: Savings Lifestyle Dayton
Kansas City Area :: Kansas City Mamas
Mansfield, Ohio :: The Traveling Praters
Metro Detroit, Michigan :: Saving Dollars and Sense
Mount Vernon, Ohio :: Living Better One Day at a Time
North Central Indiana :: Parenting Miracles
Oakland County, Michigan :: Bargain Shopper Mom
Omaha, Nebraska :: Mom Endeavors
Oshkosh, Wisconsin :: A Little Bit of This and That
SE Minnesota :: Everyday Notions
Springfield, Missouri :: Getting Freedom
Springfield, Missouri :: I Think I can, I think I can
St. Louis, Missouri :: Our Four Letter Words

South Central

Arlington, Texas :: Grocery Shop For FREE
Dallas, Texas :: Surviving The Stores
Grapevine, Texas :: My Crazy Savings
Houston, Texas :: MomsTravelTales

South Atlantic

Baltimore, Maryland :: The Happy Housewife
Charlottesville, Virginia :: How to Have it All
Jacksonville, Florida :: Saving The Family Money
Orlando, Florida :: Orlandos Best Deals
Shenandoah Valley, Virginia :: Life Your Way
St. Augustine, Florida :: Jypsie Visions
Washington, DC :: Holy Spirit-led Homeschooling

Mountain

Arizona (all) :: Mom Endeavors
Colorado Springs, Colorado :: Springs Bargains
Denver, Colorado :: Denver Bargains
Phoenix, Arizona :: Saving For Someday
Tucson, Arizona :: Desert Chica Ramblings

Pacific

Portland, Oregon :: Frugal Living NW
San Diego, California :: Life as MOM
San Diego, California (The Eating Tour) :: Good Cheap Eats
Seattle, Washington :: Queen Bee Coupons

Where would you visit on your Central Indiana Staycation?

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