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Editors, reporters, travel writers, and other members of the news media are welcome to request additional information by emailing Melissa Arnold, Executive Director of the Spencer County Visitors Bureau, or by calling (888) 444-9252.

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Media Team

Melissa Arnold

Executive Director

(812) 937-4199

Karen Graybill

Marketing Coordinator

(812) 937-4199

Tyla Zellers

Office Manager

(812) 937-4199

Fun Facts and Idea Starters


  • The Thunderbird steel roller coaster, at Holiday World, is the nation’s first launched wing coaster – with loops and rolls, plus a breathtaking flight through the woods!
  • Holiday World also features TIME Magazine’s choice for the #1 wooden roller coaster in the nation – The Voyage! USA Today named Splashin’ Safari the country’s best water park, with two water coasters and loads of family raft rides and children’s slides
  • One of eight wineries along the Hoosier Wine Trail, Pepper’s Ridge Winery is situated on a quiet country road near Rockport, Indiana. Enjoy complimentary wine tastings and relax in the peaceful setting located minutes away from the Ohio River Scenic Byway.
  • Visit Lincoln State Park and discover Indiana’s past throughout 10 miles of hiking trails, rolling forested hills, and two scenic lakes. You can sleep among the trees in the lakeside campground, log cabins, or group cottages.
  • Saint Meinrad Archabbey is a peaceful and spiritual place with beautiful grounds and the opportunity for prayer with the Benedictine monks.
  • Feel the ageless beauty as you walk into the completely original, 1880 Santa Claus Church. Visit the fully restored 1935 Santa Statue, towering 22 feet tall and “dedicated to the children of the world.”
  • The first Santa Claus Post Office opened its doors in 1856. The town’s name did not peak interest however, until 1914 when Santa Claus’ 14th postmaster, James Martin, took it upon himself to answer the children’s letters.
  • Santa’s Candy Castle was dedicated in 1935 and now serves as a free attraction for families visiting. Try the frozen hot chocolate!
  • Just five miles from the town of Santa Claus is the spot where Abraham Lincoln lived from 1816 to 1830, between the ages seven and twenty-one.
  • The Spencer County courthouse was built in 1921. It is the fifth courthouse to serve the county.
  • Founded in 1854, the Saint Meinrad Archabbey is one of only two archabbeys in the United States and one of 11 in the world.
  • Santa’s TOYS offers a year-round selection of toys for a variety of ages. Several demos allow visitors to play while browsing.
  • Find a wide selection of Santa Claus, Indiana, souvenirs including t-shirts, postcards, and more at the Santa Claus Museum & Village.
  • The Antique Shak in Gentryville, IN is filled from top to bottom with antiques from all over.
  • Darlena’s Holiday and Gift Shoppe in Rockport is filled with home decor, custom wreaths, and holiday items for the entire family.
  • Saint Meinrad Archabbey Gift Shop features one of the largest selections of inspirational gifts including Bibles, books, music and DVDs.


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