‘Beyond-the-Basics’ Summer Packing List

Summer vacation prep often begins with a packing list. If you’re visiting Santa Claus, Indiana, and the sites throughout Lincoln’s Indiana Boyhood home, you’ll, of course, want to bring the essentials.  

Lightweight clothing? It gets warm here in the summer! 

Swimsuit? A must for big and little swimmers! 

Sunglasses? Gotta protect those peepers! 

But this is a unique area with unique attractions and activities. So, you might want to think beyond the basics before you start loading up your suitcase. 

What to Put on Your Packing List 

There are so many fun and exciting things to do in this area. And here are some items you’ll want to have handy to enjoy your visit to its fullest: 

Selfie Stick – There are a lot of great photo opportunities around town, including more than 20 Santa statues. To guarantee you get the best #SantaSelfie, a selfie stick is a must! 

S’mores Fixin’s – If you’re staying at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV ResortLincoln Pines Lakefront ResortSanta’s Lakeside Cottages, or roughing it at a campsite, then chocolate bars, marshmallows, and graham crackers should be at the top of your list. 

Roll of Quarters – Is Frosty’s Fun Center on your restaurant itinerary? This retro-cool restaurant has an arcade with favorite games for the young and young-at-heart. Make sure to bring a pocketful of change so you can play them all! 

Nerves of Steel – Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari boasts award-wining roller coasters, and this summer, the water park welcomes Cheetah Chase, the world’s first launched water coaster. But these rides aren’t for the faint of heart. Think you’ve got what it takes? 

Iron Stomach – If indulging (or overindulging) in local food and drink is your favorite part of vacation, then you’ll want to plan a stop at Santa’s Candy Castle. Take the Santa’s Fire & Ice Challenge while you’re there – you’ll heat up with a full pound of “fire” popcorn, then cool down with “The Avalanche,” a ½-gallon of their famous frozen hot chocolate!

Pioneer Spirit – This area is where a young Abraham Lincoln lived, played, and grew from a boy into a young man. When you visit sites like the Living Historical Farm at Lincoln Boyhood National MemorialLincoln State Park, and Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum, you’re invited to step back in time, walk in Abe’s footsteps, and get a glimpse of Indiana life as he and his family experienced it. 

The Most Important Thing on Your List 

There’s one more thing you don’t want to forget to bring along on vacation … and it’s an important one. If you want to make sure you have a merry, memorable visit, you simply need to bring along the people you love spending time with the most! 

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