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Great Day Trips and Excursions from Plainfield, Indiana

The city of Plainfield, Indiana is an important suburb on the southwestern side of Indianapolis, just after the Indianapolis International Airport. Most day trips and excursions from Plainfield logically proceed eastward into the grand Circle City, to take advantage of the plentiful and varied things to do in Indianapolis. There are, however, tons of fun day trips from Plainfield just lurking, as it were, at the fingertips of its lucky Hoosier residents.

If you’re interested in exploring Indy for a day, check out our directories of Indianapolis attractions, Indianapolis family sightseeing centers and fun and educational family activities in Indianapolis. But if your spirit longs to take you and your loved ones wandering a bit farther afield, have a look at the ideas below.

Day Trips and Excursions from Plainfield, Indiana

Billie Creek Village in Rockville

Just about an hour’s drive to the west of Plainfield is the picture-postcard tourist destination Billie Creek Village, located in Rockville, Indiana. Visitors can see over 40 picturesque covered bridges in this area of Parke County, which is the host for a renowned Covered Bridge Festival, occurring in the Fall every year. If you plan to make this particular day trip from Plainfield in early October, on one of the most lavishly colored days in Fall, you’re likely to arrive during the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival. Any time of the year, however, you can take in Billie Creek Village, just east of Rockville on Highway 30, for less than $10, including a tractor shuttle tour of the living history village. Be sure to pick up some real maple syrup from the General Store.

Brown County State Park in Nashville

A little over an hour’s drive south of Plainfield are the Brown County State Park, the Yellowwood State Forest and the Morgan-Monroe State Forest. Of the three, the Brown County State Park is by far the largest; in fact, it’s the largest park in all of Indiana. The ride alone is worth it, but once you arrive, you might very well never want to leave. Apart from all the natural beauty your heart and soul can stand, the Park also offers many wonderful family attractions, such as its enormous aquatic center. You might also try to fit a visit to the Wylie House Museum into your trip. It’s just next door in Bloomington, Indiana, a city that makes a wonderful day trip from Plainfield in its own right.

Peru, Indiana

North of Plainfield, about 100 miles as the crow flies, is the hamlet of Peru, Indiana. It’s the epitome of small towns that represent the heart of the Heartland. That is in itself enough reason to visit, though fans of Cole Porter will say that since Peru is his birthplace, that’s a real plus. Peru has a few other attractions that make it a potentially unforgettable day trip from Plainfield. One is the International Circus Hall of Fame and Museum, a collection of circus memorabilia to beat the band. The other fun tourist destination in Peru, Indiana is the Grissom Air Museum. Both are popular places for Hoosiers to visit, and both are unique. Take your camera and the kids!


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