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Things to Do Near Holiday World

Posted on February 8, 2024

Planning a day (or two or more) at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana? You’re sure to have an amazing time. But there are so many more things to do throughout Spencer County... if you don't plan a few extra days, you might just miss out on making some family memories!

From outdoor fun at Lincoln State Park to entertainment under the stars at Holiday Drive-In, here’s where to find more family-fun activities near Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.

Outdoor Fun Near Holiday World 

Christmas Lake Golf Club and The Rustic Golf Course – Looking for a relaxing time outdoors? Hit one of the area’s two beautiful golf courses! 


Hit the Trails – Walk, run, or bike your way through the town of Santa Claus and at nearby parks.


Lincoln State Park – Hiking, swimming, biking, fishing, camping, picnicking. If it can be done outdoors, it can be done at Lincoln State Park!


Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial – Discover the peace and solitude of wooded trails, and learn a little something about Abraham Lincoln’s Indiana life along the way. Follow the trail to the Living Historical Farm, and you might just make some new farm animal friends during your visit!


Entertainment Near Holiday World

Lincoln Amphitheatre – Catch a live show from nationally touring musical acts all summer long at this unique open-air venue nestled inside Lincoln State Park.


Holiday Drive-In Movie TheaterThere’s just something about a movie under the stars. Catch a double-feature of family favorites this summer… and don’t forget the popcorn! 


History Near Holiday World 

Santa Claus Museum & Village – You can learn all about the town’s amazing history at the museum. Plus, get a selfie with the giant historic Statue and write a letter to Santa in the town’s original post office.


Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum – Spend a day stepping back in time when you tour 13 Lincoln-era replica cabins, plus a museum full of artifacts from the area’s historic past.


Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial – Abraham Lincoln’s Indiana years come to vivid life at the park’s Visitor Center, Living Historical Farm, Nancy Hanks Lincoln’s gravesite, and more.


Lincoln Ferry Park – This riverfront park isn’t just a pretty spot for a picnic… it’s also the very spot where Abraham Lincoln operated his ferry boat business.


Saint Meinrad Archabbey – A jewel in this area’s crown, Saint Meinrad Archabbey was founded in 1854 and is one of just two archabbeys in the U.S., and one of 11 in the world. Experience the amazing architecture and beautiful grounds as you take a self-guided tour.


Fun for Kids Near Holiday World 

Good Life Designs - Aspring young artists (and grown-ups, too!) can get creative with paint-your-own ceramics or by giving the pottery wheel a spin!


Lincoln State Park Nature Center – With interactive exhibits and amazing displays, the Nature Center inside Lincoln State Park is a great place to learn and play!


Fun for Grown-Ups Near Holiday World 

Monkey Hollow Winery and Distillery – From fruity-favorite wines to unique spirits like Limoncello, you’ll find all the unique tastes of the area!


Pepper’s Ridge Winery – Settle at an outside table to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and a selection of sips. The Lakeview Peach is a local favorite!


River City Brew Works – Craft beer fans will want to head to River City Brew Works to try the selection of local brews on tap. Bringing the kids? They have a great root beer, too!


Santa Claus Brewing Co. - Thanks to a selection of local craft beers and a menu of pizza, wings, and more, you can eat, drink, and be merry at Santa Claus Brewing Co.!


Shop & Eat Near Holiday World 

A visit to the area isn’t complete without a little retail therapy and some really great food. Be sure to check out our ideas for Shopping Near Holiday World and Places to Eat Near Holiday World while you’re here!


Mark Your Calendar 

You never know what might be happening during your visit to the area! Be sure to check out the Events Page and make plans to attend a live music performance, festival, or another area event.