Many of the most popular things to do in Pulaski County center on the Tippecanoe River. Fed by 88 lakes and said to be one of the cleanest bodies of water in the country, it’s naturally a great place to head for fun.
While you’re here try fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing and floating. Bring your own equipment and head straight for one of several access points or rent from two outfitters — Riverside Rentals and Tippy-Canoe Rentals— who can provide everything you’ll need.
Tippecanoe River State Park is another top place to visit in Pulaski County. In addition to water play you can enjoy 14 miles of hiking and horse trails as well as 10 miles of hiking-only trails. One of only 13 fire towers in the state is here, so be sure to climb the 90 feet and enjoy the 360-degree view when you get to the top. Maybe you came just to relax and commune with nature. In that case you’ll find plenty of wildlife that make the park their home and lots of places to stretch out with a good book or just enjoy life in this green sanctuary.
Natural beauty is for the taking at the 8,179-acre Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area. The spot attracts tens of thousands of migrating sandhill cranes each year as they migrate north in the spring and south in the fall. The Tippecanoe Nature Preserve is home to birds, mink and beaver, and for natural enjoyment of the flora variety, there’s Berns-Meyer Nature Preserve, where you can walk along paths to see various tree varieties, marsh marigolds and green dragons.
Is golf your bag? Moss Creek Golf Club and Pond View Golf Course invite you to play while you’re here. Or walk, run, bike or skate on the 22-mile-long Panhandle Pathway that follows the old Pennsylvania Railroad Line.
Speed enthusiasts will want to take in a race at Shadyhill Speedway, where stock cars race on a dirt track, or bring their motorcycles to one of two motocross tracks in the county — Leisure Time Motocross or FMX. Take part in a race or practice on the track that runs through both farmland and forest. Motorcycle lovers will also want to visit the World of Motorcycles Museum with its display of nearly 100 vintage machines and a gift shop where they can shop for bikes, equipment, clothing and accessories.
Adventurers will find plenty to do at Fort Knox, one of the most popular places to find things to do in Indiana. Calling itself one of the world’s premier paintball parks, it offers 14 distinctive maps. “Alcatraz” re-creates the famous prison in San Francisco Bay, while “Orion” is a three-level rocket-ship compound. “Bridge on the River Kwai” overlooks a prisoner-of-war compound and recalls the atrocities of World War II in the Pacific. The 24 jail huts here make up another map, “P.O.W. Camp.”
Revisit life on the frontier at “Deadwood,” an old-time town complete with saloon, church, inn and jail or “Fort Knox,” which you’ll defend from hostile raiding parties. Experience the zombie apocalypse at “Interstate 85.” “Shipment” is based on Modern Warfare 4, part of the Call of Duty gaming franchise. “Bermuda” provides a life-size pirate ship in the Bermuda Triangle, and “Tippman Bridge” is a double bridge that spans 120 feet of water and is the largest bridge in the industry.
“Temple of Doom” replicates ancient ruins where a burial chamber, treasure and portal to another world are said to be hidden. “Area 51” is an abandoned military investigation site where an unidentified flying object can be seen. “Warwick Castle” provides plenty of space to practice attack and defend strategies, and “Tires Speedball” is comprised of a Winding Snake, Large Pyramid, Small Pyramid, Tall Columns and Short Columns.
As much as there is to do outdoors, inside fun is also on offer — especially if you like to shop. Locally owned stores and artisans at work in their studios include Abandoned Treasures, the Old Barn and Garden, Mina’s Market and Boutique, Montgomery Market and Stonewheel Pottery. Then when you’re ready to relax at the end of the day, take in a movie at the Isis Movie Theater.