As adults, we often focus on planning the perfect vacation and making sure we don’t forget anything as we pack. But, maybe we need to take a few lessons from our kids to get the most enjoyment out of our trip.
Imagine being a child in the back seat of the car as it drives by Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari and sees the Voyage and Thunderbird tracks towering in the sky. Or seeing the giant fairy tale characters from their favorite storybooks along the Holidog Express.
Allow yourself to be amazed as you compare your height to Abraham Lincoln’s at several different ages at the Bicentennial Plaza inside Lincoln State Park. Find out how tall he was as a seven-year-old boy cutting his way through the wilderness when the Lincoln family moved to Indiana in 1816.
Talk to the animals and make a new best friend as you take a ride on a horse named Donut, or a pony named Foxy, among many other furry options, at Santa’s Stables.
Indulge in a sugar rush from candy of all kinds and the frozen hot chocolate specialty of Santa’s Candy Castle. I mean think about it, what could be better than sipping on a frozen hot chocolate and selecting your next treat from the enormous Pez wall at a place called “candy castle” from a child’s perspective?
Catch a glimpse of Christmas magic when you visit Santa at the Santa Claus Christmas Store. And wander through the store’s Christmas trees to feel like you’re in the middle of a Christmas wonderland!
Try to figure out how people lived without televisions, radios, and gaming systems as you tour the Living Historical Farm inside Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. Plan to visit April through October when reenactors are present and the farm is filled with live animals.
Play the arcade games inside Frosty’s Fun Center, see how many Santa statues you can take your picture with, and paddle your way across Lake Lincoln inside Lincoln State Park. There’s plenty more to see in Santa Claus, Indiana, and Lincoln’s Indiana Boyhood Home, and you’ll get the most out of your trip if you let your inner child come out and play.
This blog post has been updated from April 2015.