In northern Indiana, Elkhart County stitches together two welcoming worlds. So get ready for a road trip.
The River Queen takes kids for a ride on the St. Joseph River.
Photo: paddlewheeler image by wiladayvo from Fotolia. It welcomes families with open arms by offering many things for kids to do throughout the year.
Take your kids on a river cruise and encourage them to play in beautiful Ox Bow Park. Some Elkhart, Indiana attractions aim to educate, entertain and maybe even enlighten your kids all at the same time. Elkhart is very rail-friendly, with Amtrak servicing Elkhart station.
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It also preserves rail history with its National New York Central Railroad Museum, an eclectic museum located across from the current Amtrak station. Dedicated to preserving the New York Central Railroad, the museum helps kids learn with interactive exhibits.
With model trains indoors and real train cars outdoors, little ones who love trains will be in heaven. Among its outdoor exhibits are a steam locomotive, electric locomotives, freight cars, a railroad post office, and a caboose.
Its Little Sprouts preschool program empowers kids to have fun while learning about the wonder of trees, how caterpillars become butterflies, water conservation, and other nature-themed topics, all the while enjoying the great natural beauty of the gardens. Story time in the garden invites all children to savor a good story while relaxing against the idyllic backdrop of the garden.
Children are also welcome on the bird walks which are offered on certain dates throughout the year. Joseph River aboard the Elkhart River Queen.
The Elkhart River Queen is a restored riverboat offering family-friendly excursions on the water. Children are encouraged to participate in riverboat operations, like determining the water level and working the paddle wheel.
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If your kids need to run off some energy then take them to Ox Bow Park, where they can play field sports during the warmer months and try their hand at winter sports in the colder months. The park offers opportunities for hiking, and archery is free for kids under And don't leave Elkhart without visiting the Midwest Museum of American Art, a large museum which includes works by renowned artists like Norman Rockwell.
It offers workshops for children and other programs to engage kids in the arts.
Robin Raven is a travel journalist and author. She has written for USAToday.
What delights Robin the most about travel are the unexpected joys that pop up along the way. From the euphoria of hiking to a breathtaking overlook in the Upper Cumberland area of Tennessee to the pleasure of a six-course vegan meal at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya resort in Mexico, Robin is grateful for all the experiences that come her way as a travel writer.