With an abundance of interesting cities and dynamic college towns, Indiana is the go-to destination for an unforgettable bachelor party. Places like Carmel and Fort Wayne are a stone’s throw from exciting attractions and activities such as water sports, lakes, ski resorts, race tracks, golf, casinos, bars, and fine dining. For your upcoming bachelor party, book a stay at one of many Indiana vacation rentals. Where to begin? Start with our list of the top bachelor party destinations in the state.
1. French Lick
French Lick is Larry Bird’s hometown and the city throbs with a sporty youthfulness worthy of Bird’s legacy. Today, it’s a moderately forested resort town, with secluded vacation rentals on woodsy plots near Hoosier National Forest. French Lick Resort is open daily to the general public and has four expansive, championship golf courses, a large casino, day spas, and casual or fine dining.
Elsewhere in the city, you can bump karts with your groomsmen at French Lick-West Baden Indoor Karting. Sample world-class vintages at French Lick Winery. Bond and build team skills at E!FL, French Lick’s local escape rooms. Cruise Patoka Lake in a boat rented from Patoka Lake Boat and Marine. During winter, Paoli Peaks Resort features boarding, tubing, and skiing down 65 acres of slopes, with a pro shop on site.
2. Terre Haute
Terre Haute is the self-proclaimed capital of Wabash Valley, less than 90 minutes from Indianapolis. Vacation rentals along Wabash Avenue, the main drag, treat you to luxurious accommodations in the middle of a semi-urban setting. Mom-and-pop shops dominate the downtown area, and the nighttime party spirit is palpable.
Elite Party Buses has executive wheels for rolling bachelor parties, with 16-passenger buses containing removable dancing poles, coolers, a sound system with mobile device inputs, flatscreen televisions, and heat or AC. With a non-resident license, you can fish the waters of Hawthorn Park or Green Valley Public Fishing Area. Catch United States Auto Club racing at Terre Haute Action Track. During clement weather, make the rounds at Terre Haute’s three championship golf courses. For grub and pubs, revisit Wabash Avenue, and check out The Verve or Charlie’s.
3. Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne has skyscrapers evocative of a big city, but its tree-lined blocks and historic homes near the downtown area give it an intimate, small-town feeling. Three rivers run through its downtown environs: Maumee, St. Joseph’s, and St. Mary’s. Better still, kayak, canoe, or paddleboard the rivers (it’s legal) with rentals from Fort Wayne Outfitters.
Swim off any pre-wedding jitters at Fox Island, a 605-acre park with a swimming beach and picnic area. Tee up like a master at Brookwood, Donald Ross, or Autumn Ridge, three pro-quality golf courses. Fuel yourself for the coming night at Hoppy Gnome, Scotty’s, or Birdboy, three local spots for craft brews and good eats. At night, jam to retro house or live rock-country at Flashback on the Landing or Spur. Heads up: Fort Wayne is Vera Bradley central. If your sweetheart digs Bradley, this is a great time to pick up a few rare honeymoon gifts.
4. Michigan City
Michigan City sits on Lake Michigan, with lakeside vacation rentals nestled between 100-year-old spruce. The city is large enough to have everything a bachelor could ever want, but it’s also small enough to race around easily. Speaking of racing: Purchase tickets online to the Great Lakes Grand Prix, the iconic Super Boat International race held annually in Michigan City. Or get in on the boating action with a Michigan City Fishing Charter excursion. Book a tee time at Michigan City Golf Course. Spend a day with Lady Luck at Blue Chip Casino and Spa. Nosh on starred American fare at Fiddlehead Restaurant, or catch the game and some grilled chops at Knuckleheads Sports Bar.
Home to Ball State University, Muncie is one of Indiana’s best-kept secrets. The city’s population swells and diminishes with the influx of students, but the students’ presence keeps this college town’s variety of activities diverse and available year-round. Rent bikes at Cardinal Greenways, and tour the paths at Prairie Creek Reservoir.
Catch the latest drag races at Muncie Dragway. At Epic Escape and Muncie Escape Game, you and your bros can combine IQs and muscles to solve riddles and escape themed rooms. Broad Ripple Party Bus offers limo buses for up to 35 people, with amenities like dance floors, lasers, bars, and party tables. Timbers Lounge and Big Shots Pub in the downtown area offer happy hour food, specials, and games.
Evansville is an Indiana city on the Ohio River, which is twice as wide as the Mississippi. Riverfront vacation rentals let you enjoy postprandial riverside strolls, an activity that locals claim is the best way to appreciate the Indiana sunset. Paradise Fishing Charters boasts tournament-winning guides who can help you appreciate the fishing in Evansville’s other waterways. Maybe you and the troop should try your luck at Tropicana Evansville Hotel and Casino? For military history brought to life, board and tour the USS LST-325, a WWII naval landing ship. Enjoy local bands and bites at downtown Evansville’s Lamasco Bar or KC’s Time Out.
Bloomington is Indiana University territory, with Hoosier spirit and school colors spilling into the streets at every turn. Downtown vacation rentals orbit the tree-lined main square, where nearly a half-dozen microbreweries and starred restaurants quench and feed the locals. Work up your appetite at Hoosier Heights, a renowned local rock climbing gym.
Snag a bass or two on Lake Monroe, Indiana’s largest reservoir. IU Bloomington also hosts Little 500 weekend, the bike race modeled after the Indianapolis 500. Both events take place within a 30-day window, so you might be able to catch either of them depending on your group’s plans. To refuel, stop by Upland, the leading local microbrewery and restaurant serving award-winning brews and eats. Downtown, all along Kirkwood, College, and Walnut, there are restaurants, bars, and shops galore. Kilroy’s and Scotty’s have you covered for brews and sports-watching, while the Bluebird music club is an international go-to for jazz, funk, and blues.
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