Plainfield, Indiana, is a small suburb that sits just southwest of the capital of Indiana, Indianapolis. As a result, it isn’t much of a tourist spot, and Plainfield attractions can’t compare to those of Indianapolis. However, visitors to the Hoosier State often stay in Plainfield hotels because of their close proximity to Indianapolis attractions.
Plainfield is just over ten miles out from such popular Indianapolis tourist destinations as Circle Centre Mall, an Indianapolis shopping mall; the Indiana Convention Center, the site of Lucas Oil Stadium and a bevy of Indianapolis events; the Indianapolis Zoo, one of the biggest zoos in the United States; and the brightest beacon of Indianapolis sports, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Plainfield is also only ten miles away from the Indianapolis International Airport, so the town is a convenient distance away for visitors just flying in to the Circle City.
Plainfield attractions also exist, though they are certainly not as plentiful and distinct as Indianapolis attractions. The small Midwestern suburb is home to Chateau Thomas Winery, one of the most renowned and celebrated wineries in the area. The winery was founded by Dr. Charles Thomas, a retired OB/GYN who turned his passion for winemaking into a Plainfield business in 1984. A fixture of Indianapolis society, Chateau Thomas Winery has won international acclaim for the complex, sweet flavor of its wines. Visitors to the winery can tour its grounds and facilities, sample some of its award winning vintages, and visit the gift shop to take home a piece of Chateau Thomas.
|Video of the bottling line at Chateau Thomas Winery in Plainfield, Indiana|
Another Plainfield attraction that is often overlooked is the site of the old National Road, now known at U.S. Route 40. The National Road was one of the first major highways in the country; construction began in 1811 in Maryland, but halted in Illinois twenty-eight years later when funding ran out. Later on in the 1800’s, construction resumed, and the National Road became the first interstate in the United States. Now U.S. Route 40, the National Road is the only completely federally funded road, and it runs from New Jersey all the way to California. It has been designated an All-American Road since 2002.
|Video of a drive through Plainfield, Indiana along U.S. Route 40|
For Plainfield children, Splash Island Family Waterpark is an excellent place to relieve a case of the summer doldrums. This Plainfield attraction is owned by the Plainfield Parks and Recreation Department and is located at the town’s Recreation and Aquatic Center.
An all in one family fun destination, Splash Island features three waterslides, two whirlpools, a lazy river, a six-lane competitive pool for Plainfield sports nuts, and lots of open space for relaxing in the summer sun. In addition, the water park also has the SnacKabana, a Plainfield restaurant of sorts that whips up hot dogs, pizza, and other greasy treats for Splash Island visitors.
|Video of R/C boats at Splash Island in Plainfield, Indiana|
Visitors come to Plainfield, Indiana for easy access to the attractions of neighboring metropolis Indianapolis, but there are also many hidden Plainfield attractions that history buffs and wine enthusiasts will appreciate. Come on out to this idyllic Midwestern burg to see what you’ve been missing!
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