10 Places to Travel on a Budget: Indiana
The ten places to travel on a budget in Indiana include entertainment events and nature-filled hotspots. When you're short on funds, Indiana has a collection of places that are free. The music, entertainment and crowds found at these event and locations rival the country's largest states and celebrations. Think Mardi Gras, with a view of corn fields!
- Indianapolis Free Concerts. Indy loves free concerts. The downtown Indianapolis comes alive with music when marquee events come to town. Concerts are also held before many Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers game. Indy's downtown celebrations are definitely one of the ten best places to travel on a budget.
- Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne. The Three Rivers Festival is a week-long event in Fort Wayne. Dozens of venues offer dancing, music, food, parades, and a massive fireworks display to end the event. Best of all, this event is free, making it one of the ten best places to travel on a budget in Indiana.
- Fox Island Park. This Indiana State Park in northeast Indiana invites hikers all year round and cross-country skier in the winter. The Allen County Park is on the path of a massive bird migration path, so bird watchers and nature photographers have the perfect vantage point in both fall and spring for some great viewing.
- Farmer's markets. Farms are everywhere in Indiana. Corn, soy, popcorn and tomatoes fill the local markets with fresh produce beginning each summer. At farmer's markets throughout the state the food is fresh and offered at reasonable prices.
- White River Gardens, Indianapolis. Take a hike or bike through the complex of paths along the White Water River in downtown Indy. The gardens display a variety of flowers. Bring a lunch and enjoy the view of nature and the river.
- Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Porter. Swim, sun or just sit on the sand, the dunes in northwest Indiana are free throughout the year. It's one of the ten places to travel on a budget in the state. The dune park includes over 15,000 acres of different natural environments, making for a perfect place to experience an afternoon of solitude in nature.
- Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis. Visit the resting place of a U.S. President, Benjamin Harrison and three U.S. Vice Presidents. If you're not a fan of politics, check out the grave of Bonnie Parker, of Bonnie and Clyde outlaw fame, along with gangster John Dillinger's headstone. Cemetery viewings and tours are both free, making this one of the ten best places to travel on a budget.
- Fourth Street Festival, Bloomington. The town is the home to the main campus of Indiana University and the historic downtown provides plenty of opportunities for visitors to view art, listen to music and eat tasty food. Admission is free to the day-long event held each September.
- The circus in Peru, Indiana. Fan of the circus? Peru is the former home to several historic traveling circus groups. As a result the city celebrates its circus heritage every July with the the nation's longest-running circus parade featuring scores of colorful, historic wagons.
- Demolition Derby is also big in Indiana. Events are not free, but admission is nominal. Costs will stay really low if you don't drink too much beer. If you like to see a good car wreck, this is the place to be. With Indiana's love of auto racing cars can been seen getting smashed throughout the state on any given weekend night. Try the big displays at Evansville or the Indianapolis State Fairgrounds for the biggest venues.