If you are traveling for Labor Day, you’re going to want to enjoy the last of the beautiful summer weather, ideally doing something that is fun for the whole family. The good news is that you don’t have to leave Indiana to have a great Labor Day; we have plenty of fun things to do in our own backyard!

Whether you are a native Hoosier or are visiting family or friends from out of state, you will fall in love with Indiana all over again this Labor Day. Why not take advantage of the very best that Indiana has to offer? Read on to learn more!

For the kids

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The largest children’s museum in the world, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is one of the best places to bring your family while in Indy. It has 500,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits focused on science, history, and culture, as well as live theatre and entertainment.

The newest addition is the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience; you can get active with some basketball, soccer, pedal car racing, golf, and top if off by visiting the National Art Museum of Sport.

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

You are never too old to visit the zoo. With over 1,000 animals and many rides and attractions, you can fill a whole day with fun—all while supporting the non-profit Fort Wayne Zoological Society. 

Marshall County Blueberry Festival 

Whether you’re a blueberry fan or not, Plymouth’s Marshall County Blueberry Festival is fun for all. The festival includes a 15K run, crafts, a parade, fireworks, free entertainment, a classic car show, hot air balloons, carnival, family activities and, of course, plenty of blueberry treats. 

21 and over

Oliver Winery

Looking for a place to unwind? Bloomington’s Oliver Winery was named Travel + Leisure’s top 25 wineries to visit in the U.S. in 2017, and one of the 50 largest U.S. wine operations by Wine Business Monthly in 2018.  

After taking a tour of the facility, you can take your tastebuds on a journey with various quality wines, as you enjoy the ambiance of the Tasting Room, gardens, or hillside picnic area.

KISS at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center 

Get your black and white face paint out of storage and prepare to “Rock and Roll All Nite.” KISS will be at Indiana’s largest outdoor music venue, Noblesville’s Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, on Saturday, August 31.

Parks and recreation

Indiana Dunes National Park

Everybody wants to be outside soaking up the sun on Labor Day. The weather in Hammond is beautiful this time of year, and Lake Michigan looks gorgeous under the sunlight at Indiana Dunes. 

Bring your family or a group of friends to the beach, explore the dunes, or go birdwatching along Porter Brickyard Bike Trails. You can even spend the entire weekend there by reserving a camping spot on these new National Park grounds.

White River State Park

This Indianapolis State Park is home to the Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis Indians Baseball in Victory Field, the state’s largest IMAX® Theater, the Indiana State Museum, the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn, as well as many more attractions. 

Events are always happening, so you are sure to run into plenty of things that will keep you busy all weekend long!

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