Fishing and boating are excellent opportunities to get outside and connect with family and friends while practicing social distancing. June is an especially good time to fish for largemouth bass, sunfish, catfish and Skamania steelhead. DNR properties are open and have abundant fishing opportunities. For public fishing areas and access sites, see on.IN.gov/where2fish. For fishing tips and videos, visit wildlife.IN.gov/3600.htm. Some urban parks were also stocked with catchable-size channel catfish recently — see wildlife.IN.gov/7508.htm for a list of those sites. Indiana is also home to several water trails across the state that provide paddling opportunities. See on.IN.gov/watertrails for more information. There will be a few fishing events throughout the state on Free Fishing Weekend. To learn more about these events, see dnr.IN.gov/fishfree. This year’s final Free Fishing Day will be Sept. 26.
Enjoy the Animals
The Columbian Park Zoo. located in Columbian Park, is the second oldest zoo in Indiana dating back to 1908. The original animals housed at the zoo included foxes, skunks, pelicans, deer, lynx, prairie dogs and a wolf. Today, the Zoo features several “immersion” exhibits and the animal collection consists of nearly 200 animals representing approximately 90 species. The zoo offers a variety of education programs throughout the year that inspire an appreciation for the world’s wildlife. Enjoy a butterfly garden, petting zoo, gift shop, outdoor art, a “Wild Tykes Play Zone” and more. Admission is free.
Play Arrow Tag Archery
This new game is a blend of dodge ball, paintball, and laser tag, combining the best aspects of these sports while adding the skill of archery. Players use bows and special rubber-tipped arrows, and Arrow Tag is a year-round activity that everyone can enjoy. Arrow Tag Archery Games are a low impact option without the bruises of paintball at Valley Branch Retreat with over 500 acres of year-round adventure.
Travel Underground – In a Boat
An hour-long boat tour through Bluespring Caverns brings you up close to the majesty of the underground in a trip as natural as possible. Passages and water-courses are illuminated by the pocket of light that follows your tour boat through the darkness. Visit during a wet period and you will hear and see the power of the underground river. Don’t miss the 1/2 mile nature trail in the Bolton Natural Area. It’s your chance to view one of Indiana’s largest sinkholes (covering 15 acres!). At the Visitor Center, find a varied selection of unique gifts and souvenirs and prospect for gems at the Myst’ry River Gemstone Mine. At Blue Springs Cavern Road near Bedford.
Tour a Chocolate Factory
SOUTH BEND – Is there anything more magical than walking around a chocolate factory? See how some of your favorite chocolates are made with samples along the way in South Bend. It’s a fun-filled activity for any age. When it comes to all things chocolate, there’s no place better than the South Bend Chocolate Factory and Museum. This Hoosier based chocolate factory was originally formed in 1991 and has since become the fastest growing chocolate company in the country! You’ll find this decadent chocolate factory right off of “Sweet Street.” Once inside, you’ll be able to take a small tour, where you’ll learn some pretty interesting facts about making mouthwatering chocolate. >MORE
Ziplining in Brown County
How is eXplore Brown County different from other zip lines in Indiana? eXplore Brown County offers 15 world-class zip lines with 6 different tour options; the Fastest, Longest, and Tallest Twin Racing Zip Line in Indiana! Soar over a mile of cable from heights of 20’ to 70’ through treetops, over hollows, and our lake. The zips incorporate trees and poles, with a mix of both ground and elevated take-offs and landings. The length of the zips range from 80′ – 1220′ and include tower rappelling, side-by-side zips, scenic tree towers, and The Screamer! a 1/4-mile 1220′ zip, an adventure you won’t soon forget!