54 Things To Do

Summertime at the pool at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort

It’s starting to feel a lot like…Christmas AND summer! After all, the town of Santa Claus is the only place where you can experience the best of both worlds. Paired with the various sites throughout Lincoln’s Indiana Boyhood Home, it’s the perfect combination for tons of family fun.

We’ve compiled a list of 54 things to do:

  1. Send a postcard from the Santa Claus Post Office, the only post office in the world with the Santa Claus name. Postcards may be purchased at the Santa Claus Christmas Store, Evergreen Boutique & Christmas Shop, Holiday Foods, the Santa Claus Museum & Village, and more.
  2. Satisfy your adrenaline craving on Holiday World’s Thunderbird roller coaster. It goes from zero to 60 in about three seconds and has several loops, rolls, twists, and turns!
  3. Take a trip back in time when you roam the 13 Lincoln-era replica cabins at Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum.
  4. Everyone loves pizza, right? Sink your teeth into a fresh pizza from one of the local hot spots: Brick Oven Pizza, Frosty’s Fun Center, Hoosier Land Pizza & Wings, or Jenk’s Pizza.
  5. Pack a cooler, lay under a blanket of stars, and catch the latest flicks at the Holiday Drive-In Movie Theater.
  6. Stop by the Visitors Bureau, located next to the Santa Claus Christmas Store, for free maps, business hours, brochures, trip tips, and more. We love to meet visitors and don’t worry, we’ve been asked just about every question under the sun! We’ve got answers.
  7. Hike one (or all!) of the many thriving, scenic trails at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial and Lincoln State Park.
  8. Visit Lincoln Landing where Abe launched his flatboat trip to New Orleans.
  9. Browse a selection of over 8,000 ornaments at the Santa Claus Christmas Store. You can personalize them for free and makes for a great souvenir you will cherish for years to come.
  10. Want to tap into your inner cowboy or cowgirl? Take a friendly, relaxing horseback ride through the winding trails at Santa’s Stables.
  11. Don’t miss your chance to play a round of golf at the championship Christmas Lake Golf Course.
  12. You can’t leave the Santa Claus area without having a Frozen Hot Chocolate from Santa’s Candy Castle. And then enjoy another; it’s hard to stop at one!
  13. Soar over the lake at Santa’s Lodge on Santa’s Express Ziplines.
  14. Marvel at the inside of the 1880 Santa Claus Church at the Santa Claus Museum & Village.
  15. Enjoy some creamy, hand-scooped ice cream from Frosty’s Fun Center—we’d recommend trying the Dirty Frosty Sundae.
  16. Tour the Bicentennial Plaza commemorating Abe Lincoln’s 200th birthday, inside Lincoln State Park.
  17. “Oooh” and “Ahhh” during the Friday Night Fireworks shows at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.
  18. Discover the beauty of the picturesque Saint Meinrad Archabbey, one of only two in the U.S., home to nearly one hundred Benedictine monks.
  19. Learn about the town’s magical history at the Santa Claus Museum & Village.
  20. Unwind with complimentary wine tastings at the secluded Pepper’s Ridge Winery while enjoying the countryside scenery.
  21. See the memorial grave marker of Honest Abe’s mother, Nancy Hanks, at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial.
  22. Take a peaceful walk or drive along the Ohio River Scenic Byway. It’s also a great spot for picnics!
  23. Share your Christmas wishes when you visit with Santa at the Santa Claus Christmas Store.
  24. Stop at Pumpkins and More Farm Market to browse handmade crafts or pick up some fresh, locally grown produce.
  25. Discover a piece of local history and view the Huffman Covered Bridge.
  26. Have a scoop (or two) of ice cream Scoops Ice Cream.
  27. Walk through interactive exhibits at the Nature Center inside Lincoln State Park. The whole family can learn about the different animals and plants that lived during the Lincoln-era as well as the ones that are still flourishing now.
  28. Stay at Santa’s Lakeside Cottages where you can fish in the on-site lakes.
  29. See the Historic Santa Statue that stands at twenty-two feet at the Santa Claus Museum & Village. This is a great photo op! Make sure to take a #SantaSelfie and share it with us.
  30. Chat with an elf on the North Pole Network at Santa’s Candy Castle. You’ll receive a certificate if you’re on the good list (proof to all of your friends!).
  31. Need a little retail therapy? Whether you’re shopping for a cute, trendy top for yourself or a gift for someone else, the Evergreen Boutique & Christmas Shop has a variety of beautiful, hand-selected items and Christmas-themed trinkets.
  32. Visit the Living Historical Farm at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. There, you will find friendly reenactors dressed in period clothing performing chores pioneer-style, just how Lincoln and his family would have done in the 1800s.
  33. Ride the Mammoth, the world’s longest water coaster at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.
  34. Shop for inspirational gifts at the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Gift Shop.
  35. Cruise the local backroads and stop by Monkey Hollow Winery and Distillery. Enjoy their summer concerts on select dates.
  36. Lounge on the beach or doggie paddle around Lake Lincoln.
  37. See a hutch Abe’s father, Thomas Lincoln, built on display at Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum. His craftsmanship was stunning!
  38. Enjoy mini golf, cornhole, arts and crafts, movies, golf cart parades, and more when you stay at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort.
  39. Challenge yourself and see if you can climb to the top of the rock wall at Santa’s Lodge.
  40. Did you know that junior rates are available at the Christmas Lake Golf Course and driving range? Test your golf skills or practice your swing.
  41. The divine fudge and cookies at Santa Claus Christmas Store are delicious; you may want to try all varieties.
  42. Have a picnic at Lincoln Ferry Park and watch the steamboats travel down the Ohio River.
  43. Groups of 15 or more can tour Dr. Ted’s Musical Marvels, and view the large collection of vintage musical instruments.
  44. Go paddle boating, canoeing, or kayaking in Lake Lincoln. Boat rentals are available.
  45. Write a free letter to Santa at the Santa Claus Museum & Village. Every letter receives a response during the month of December if received by the 20th in 2019!
  46. Santa’s Lodge, Baymont Inn & Suites, Rockport Comfort Inn & Suites, and other local hotels all offer swimming pools. Relax and splash around!
  47. Tour the original Santa Claus Post Office at the Santa Claus Museum & Village. This historic spot now serves as the headquarters for Santa’s Elves.
  48. Tour Indiana’s first national park, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, and view interactive exhibits and a short educational film.
  49. Ride three of the best wooden roller coasters on the planet at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.
  50. Mingle with the locals; check out events happening during your visit.
  51. Walk through history as you tour the Colonel Jones Home, a beautifully restored 1834 Federal-design home of the merchant employer of Abe Lincoln.
  52. Take selfies or family photos with all the Santa statues around town! Can you find all of them?
  53. Enjoy a scenic, delightful drive to one of several locally owned restaurants: The Chateau, The Rustic,  New Boston Tavern, and more. See a complete list of dining options here.
  54. Visit the nation’s largest roofed amphitheater, Lincoln Amphitheater, and catch one of their other various shows. For more information click here.

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This post was originally published in June 2016.

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