Trip Tips – Business Hours and Time Zone

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“When are they open?”

That’s a question we get a lot at the visitors bureau. To help you make plans, the current month’s business and restaurant hours are available anytime on our website. Find the current month’s list of hours of operation for local businesses here.

If you’re already in town, printed sheets are available outside and inside the visitors bureau office. Our office is located in the Kringle Place Shopping Plaza, to the right of the Santa Claus Christmas Store’s main entrance. The visitors bureau is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm CT.

There are many attractions, lodging, shops, and restaurants which also keep copies of the business hours on hand, so don’t hesitate to ask.

When traveling in southern Indiana, you can cross time zones several times. Spencer County observes the Central Time Zone, as well as Daylight Savings Time. We are on the same time as Evansville, Indiana, St. Louis, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois and one hour behind Indianapolis, Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, Ohio. Our close neighbors to the north in Ferdinand, Huntingburg, and Jasper, observe Eastern Time and are one hour ahead of Spencer County.

If your cell phone is not set to remain on your home time, you may see it flip between the two time zones as you travel. If you happen to ask a local resident what time it is, you may hear them casually use the terms “fast time” and “slow time.” That’s just our slang for our Central Time, being “slow time” and those who are an hour ahead of us observing Eastern Time are on “fast time.”

Whatever time zone you’re coming from, we hope you enjoy your time in Spencer County.

Originally posted March 8, 2015

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