Summer vacation prep often begins with a packing list. If you’re visiting Santa Claus, Indiana, and the sites throughout Lincoln’s Indiana Boyhood home, you’ll want to bring the essentials.
Lightweight clothing? It gets warm here in the summer!
Swimsuit? A must for big and little swimmers!
Sunglasses? Gotta protect those peepers!
But this is a unique area with unique attractions and activities. So, you might want to think beyond the basics before you start loading up your suitcase.
What to Put on Your Packing List
There are so many fun and exciting things to do in this area. And here are some items you’ll want to have handy to enjoy your visit to its fullest:
There are a lot of great photo opportunities around town, including more than 20 Santa statues. To guarantee you get the best #SantaSelfie, a selfie stick is a must! Want to find all the statues? This video can help!
If you’re staying at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph, Lincoln Pines Lakefront Resort, Santa’s Lakeside Cottages, roughing it at a campsite, or enjoying one of the area’s vacation rentals with a firepit, then chocolate bars, marshmallows, and graham crackers should be at the top of your list.
Roll of Quarters
Is Frosty’s Fun Center on your restaurant itinerary? It’s a great choice for families. Not only do they offer a menu packed with pizzas, sandwiches, ice cream, and more. But the restaurant also features an arcade with favorite games for the young and young-at-heart. Make sure to bring a pocketful of change so you can play them all!
Nerves of Steel
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari boasts award-wining roller coasters, like the high-flying Thunderbird, and exhilarating water rides, including Cheetah Chase, the world’s first launched water coaster. But these rides aren’t for the faint of heart. Think you’ve got what it takes?
If indulging (or overindulging) in local food and drink is your favorite part of vacation, then you better pack your iron stomach… and maybe some antacid! The pork chop dinner from New Boston Tavern is a famous favorite of locals and visitors alike. And hearty eaters will want to give “The Grinch” from S&S BBQ & Pizzeria a try—it’s a pizza loaded with a full pound of pulled pork! After dinner, satisfy your sweet tooth with a frosty Frozen Hot Chocolate at Santa’s Candy Castle or a giant cookie from the Santa Claus Christmas Store.
This area is where a young Abraham Lincoln lived, played, and grew from a boy into a young man. When you visit sites like the Living Historical Farm at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Lincoln State Park, and Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum, you’re invited to step back in time, walk in Abe’s footsteps, and get a glimpse of Indiana life as he and his family experienced it.
The Most Important Thing on Your List
There’s one more thing you don’t want to forget to bring along on vacation … and it’s an important one. If you want to make sure you have a merry, memorable visit, you simply need to bring along the people you love spending time with the most!