52 Things To Do This Summer

Looking for things to do when you visit this summer?

We’ve updated our list of “51 Things To Do This Summer” to 52 items to add to your to-do list. 

Did we miss anything? Feel free to share your ideas with others in our comments section!  

  1. Send a postcard from the Santa Claus Post Office, the only post office in the world with the Santa Claus name. (Post cards may be purchased at the Santa Claus Christmas StoreHolly Tree Christmas Shopand Holiday Foods.) 

  1. Learn about the town’s magical history at the Santa Claus Museum & Village. 

  1. Take a thrilling ride on the nation’s first launched wing roller coaster, Thunderbird, at Holiday World & Splashin‘ Safari. It goes from zero to 60 in about three seconds! 

  1. See interactive exhibits, animals of all kinds, and more at the Nature Center inside Lincoln State Park. 

  1. Try a delectable frozen hot chocolate at Santa’s Candy Castle. And then enjoy another; it’s hard to stop at one! 

  1. Hike trails at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial and Lincoln State Park. 

  1. Stop by the Visitors Bureau, located next to the Santa Claus Christmas Store, for free maps, business hours, brochures, and more. We’re friendly and love to meet visitors to the area! 

  1. Play a round of mini golf at Frosty’s Fun Center, home of the giant melting snowman. Who can make a hole-in-one? 

  1. Browse a selection of over 5,000 ornaments at the Santa Claus Christmas Store. 

  1. Feeling a bit adventurous? Enjoy a horseback ride through the winding trails at Santa’s Stables. 

  1. Enjoy a pizza from one of the local hot spots: Brick Oven Pizza, Frosty’s Fun Center, Hoosier Land Pizza & Wings, Jenk’s Pizza. 

  1. Sit under the stars and catch the latest flicks at the Holiday Drive-In Movie Theater.  Holiday_Drive_In_Group things to do

  1. Looking for something one of a kind? Check out handmade items from local artisans at the Kringle Haus Werkstatt 

  1. Don’t miss your chance to play a round of golf at the championship Christmas Lake Golf Course. 

  1. Share your Christmas wishes when you visit with Santa at the Santa Claus Christmas Store.  

  1. Tour the Bicentennial Plaza commemorating Abe Lincoln’s 200th birthday, inside Lincoln State Park. 

  1. Oooh” and “Ahhh” during the Friday Night Fireworks show at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.  

  1. Discover the beauty of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, one of only two in the U.S., home to nearly one hundred Benedictine monks. Saint-Meinrad-Archabbey-Exterior_4 things to do

  1. Take a trip back in time when you roam the 14 Lincoln-era replica cabins at Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum. 

  1. Kick back with complimentary wine tastings at Pepper’s Ridge Winery and enjoy the countryside scenery. 

  1. See the memorial grave marker of Abe’s mother, Nancy Hanks, at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. 

  1. Take a peaceful walk along the Ohio River Scenic Byway. 

  1. Marvel at the inside of the 1880 Santa Claus Church at the Santa Claus Museum & Village. 

  1. Walk through history as you tour the Colonel Jones Home, a restored 1834 Federal-design home of the merchant employer of Abe Lincoln.  

  1. Discover a piece of local history and view the Huffman Covered Bridge. 

  1. Have a scoop (or two) of ice cream at Sprinkles and Cream or Scoops Ice Cream. 

  1. Visit the Lincoln Landing where Abe launched his flatboat trip to New Orleans.  Lincoln-State-Park-Lake-Lincoln_11 things to do

  1. Throw out a line to fish at Lake Lincoln inside of Lincoln State Park.

  1. See the Historic Santa Statue that stands at 22 feet at the Santa Claus Museum & Village. This is a great photo opp! 

  1. Chat with an elf on the North Pole Network at Santa’s Candy Castle. You’ll receive a certificate if you’re on the good list (proof to all of your friends!). 

  1. Shop for souvenirs and Christmas-themed trinkets at the Holly Tree Christmas Shop. 

  1. Visit the Living Historical Farm with reenactors dressed in period clothing performing chores similar to what the Lincoln Family did, at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. 

  1. Ride Mammoth, the world’s longest water coaster at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. 

  1. Shop for inspirational gifts at the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Gift Shop. 

  1. Venture into the country and stop by Monkey Hollow Winery. Enjoy their summer concerts on select dates. 

  1. Lounge on the beach or doggie paddle around Lake Lincoln. 

  1. See a hutch Abe’s father, Thomas Lincoln, built on display at Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum. 

  1. Enjoy mini golf, cornhole, arts and crafts, movies, golf car parades, and more when you stay at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort.  

  1. Try a latte or smoothie at Kringle Haus Werkstatt 

  1. Test your golf skillor practice your swing at the Christmas Lake Golf Course and driving range. Junior rates available! 

  1. Ride three of the best wooden roller coasters on the planet at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. 

  1. Write a free letter to Santa at the Santa Claus Museum & Village. Every letter receives a response! 

  1. Groups of 15 or more can tour Dr. Ted’s Musical Marvels, and view the large collection of vintage musical instruments. 

  1. Go paddle boating, canoeing, or kayaking in Lake Lincoln. Boat rentals are available! 

  1. Have a picnic at Lincoln Ferry Park and watch the steamboats travel down the Ohio River. 

  1. Santa’s Lodge, Baymont Inn & Suites, Rockport Comfort Inn & Suites, and other local hotels all offer swimming pools. Relax and splash around! 

  1. Tour the original Santa Claus Post Office at the Santa Claus Museum & Village. This historic spot serves as the headquarters for Santa’s Elves. 

  1. Mingle with the locals; check out events happening during your visit 

  1. The divine fudge and cookies at Santa Claus Christmas Store are delicious; you may want to try all varieties. 

  1. Tour Indiana’s first national park, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, and see exhibits and a film. 

  1. Take pictures with all the Santa statues around town! Can you find all of them? 

  1. Enjoy a scenic drive to one of several locally owned restaurants: The Chateau, The Rustic,  New Boston Tavern, and more. See a complete list of dining options here. 

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