Join us the weekend of May 12 and 13 at Ceraland Park, less than 8 miles SE of Columbus, Indiana. Columbus is around an hour from either Louisville or Indianapolis, a little over 2 hours from Dayton, and 90 minutes from Cincinnati.
Ceraland (Ceraland.org - Home
) is a self contained park with a wide variety of free or inexpensive activities, including playgrounds, driving range, boat rentals (rowboats & paddleboats), fishing, miniature golf, horse shoe pits, a driving range, go cart track (karts not provided), etc. It's spacious, convenient to IN SR 46, yet far enough from town and major highways to be quiet at night. It is fenced off from the rest of the county and we've found it a good place to take kids.
Camp fees are $18/night for water & electric, or $21 for water, electric, and sewer. The sites are surprisingly roomy for a private campground, and except for a few right on the water, fairly level. Pets are allowed. The park does not take reservations, per se, but they will save a block of sites for a group so make sure to let us know if you can come!
Looking for something else to do during the day?
I probably shouldn't mention it, but practice for the Indianapolis 500 is the preceding week, and pole day is Saturday the 12th (Indianapolis Motor Speedway
) If you would like to come early for this event or any other reason, that can be arranged.
For the rest of us... there is a local Parks & Rec bicycle ride, the Tour de Trails, It's 12 miles, nearly all on multi-use paths (People Trails in our fair city) with numerous stops and door prizes. No idea what it will be like this year, but last year the prizes were nice (camp chairs, shirts, Indianapolis Zoo passes, that sort of thing). The pamphlet says, "The ride will be a road rally format with various stops playing games and solving riddles, causing the rider to spend part of the time off the bike." ...."with a total ride of about 12-13 miles."...."WIN great prizes".
Registration is $15 for anyone 15 years old or older and includes a t-shirt. Additional shirts are $10. Get the Tour de Trails pdf file at
Columbus, Indiana - Parks & Recreation Department
and click on the registration link at the top of the page to pre-register for the bike ride if you're so inclined. They also gladly accept day-of registrations. I did the ride last year on an old English 3 speed and had a great time. We're taking the kids this year.
The city of Columbus Visitors Center website (Columbus, Indiana Convention and Visitors Bureau
) has more information about the town. If it sounds like we're proud of it, well, we are. After all, we have a Starbucks AND a Chihuly now! Actually, the city is regionally known for its architecture (there is a nice bus tour). More info may be found on the Visitors Center's website above.
Google Maps link to Ceraland (awkward link, but gives a nice view of the place): columbus, in - Google Maps