The Downtown Riverwalk, playgrounds, and museums are all great places for families…we’ve got everything you need to have a fun day with your family before the summer is over!
Enjoy the Downtown Riverwalk
If you’re looking for a relaxing walk or bike ride location, take in the Downtown Riverwalk for a great family activity and way for kids to let out some energy. Step onto the Riverwalk at First Main Streets for a great view of the Wabash River and as an added feature, check out the Tecumseh statue at First and Hart Streets. Erected in 2009, the hand-carved wooden sculpture depicting the Shawnee warrior is part of the “Trail of Whispering Giants” by artist Peter Toth. The Riverwalk is also the setting for “Food Trucks on the Wabash” held on Mondays, bring your hunger downtown for this great weekly event!
Play & Splash Around
The dog days of summer are coming to a close, but the parks have opened back up to give everyone outdoor relief. Folks can head over to one of Vincennes Parks or Kimmell Park to use the great playground equipment. Grab a towel and stop by Four Lakes Park where the splash pads are still open daily from 10am – 7pm.
Take a Hike or Light a Campfire
Two parks just outside of the city limits offer great hiking trails. A hike at Fox Ridge Nature Park is an excellent way for the family to get exercise in a beautiful setting with plenty of room for everyone to spread out. Or enjoy four miles of marked trails, picnic areas and playgrounds at Ouabache Trails Park. For an overnight adventure, the park also offers modern rental cabins, primitive and RV campsites, complete with a full-service shower house facility, laundry service center and a whole lot of fun!
Shop for Local Produce at the Farmer’s Market & and Enjoy BBQ
Shop a variety of colorful produce, freshly baked pastries and various artisan vendors, there’s something to satisfy everyone in the family at the Vincennes Historic Farmers Market. On Wednesday evenings, Bobe-B-Q serves up their famous barbecue sandwiches, ribs, nachos and more. Outdoor seating is available.
Get in Touch with Knox County’s History
Take the kids to learn about military history through the years at the Indiana Military Museum, featuring displays with tanks, battlefield relics, captured enemy souvenirs and more. George Rogers Clark National Historical Park is a hidden gem right in our hometown. The impressive memorial represents a major Revolutionary War victory by the capture of British Fort Sackville. Visit Grouseland, William Henry Harrison’s mansion walk the grounds and learn of its significance to the Indiana Territory. The home is closed for architectural restoration. Next door, the Vincennes State Historic Sites give a glimpse at early Territory life including the Territory Capitol building, print shop and Jefferson Academy.
Please remember to follow Governor Holcomb’s guidelines, https://visitindiana.com/blog/index.php/2020/05/12/back-on-track-what-is-open-in-indiana/, and the CDC’s guidelines, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html.