Across the state of Indiana lies many hidden treasures that are waiting to be explored! Below are just a few that we found needed to be mentioned.
1. Located just south of Carmel City Hall is the Japanese Style garden that was inspired by representatives from Carmel’s Sister City, Kawachinagano, Osaka, Japan. You can access the garden by a small red bridge off the monon trail. This way, you also get a nice scenic walk on the monon. The bridge is located between West Carmel Drive and Gradle Drive.
2. Indianapolis City Market catacombs is located in downtown Indianapolis and is over 100 years old. They are left from Tomlison Hall, which was built in 1886. It was one of the city’s most significant meeting sites. The Hall burnt down in 1958 and the catacombs are all that’s left. They are one of only a dozen catacomb sites in the U.S. today.
Tours are available on the 1st and 3rd Saturday's of each month, May through October. Tickets are available here.
3. The Indiana Medical History Museum is located on Indianapolis’ west side (the former grounds of the Central State Hospital). The main building of the museum is the old Pathology building which is the oldest pathology facility in the nation.
Opened in 1896, the Pathological Department aided in research and education on the physical causes of mental disease. Although it closed in the 1960’s, the interior remained as it was left all those years ago. Today, visitors can tour the amphitheater, laboratories, library, autopsy room, and many of the other untouched areas. Learn more at http://www.imhm.org/.
4. Opened in 1926, Pokagon State Park was developed and designed by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). For the CCC’s own amusement, a toboggan run was constructed in the early 1930’s. In the 1970’s the slide was replaced with a refrigerated toboggan run. The slide’s total vertical drop is 90 feet and tops speeds of more than 40 miles per hour! It is open on weekends, starting the day after Thanksgiving and goes through February.
5. Eagle Creek Park has a treetop adventure course called Go Ape. This hidden gem is a course that consists of using a harness, pulleys and carabiners to maneuver your way through obstacles. There are 39 crossings, including tarzan swings, rope ladders, the log balance, flying carpet, Tic Tac Toe, and zip lines. It will take 2-3 hours to get through. It’s great for the whole family too. Children as young as 10 years old can participate.
- Content written by Rana Kory, Worley Erhart-Graves Financial Advisors