Southern Indiana is just a mile north of Louisville
Located just one mile north of Louisville, Southern Indiana is a quick hop over the bridge from downtown and has charming riverfront communities with revitalized, walkable downtowns, historical attractions and up-and-coming restaurants.
Clarksville is home to the Falls of the Ohio State Park, where the 390-million-year-old exposed fossil beds steal the show. The Falls is the site where explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark met before embarking on the famous Lewis & Clark Expedition. The Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center features exhibits with state-of-the-art audio, video and interactive elements. The George Rogers Clark Home Site is located west of the Falls of The Ohio. Known for almost 200 years as “Clark’s Point,” it allows for spectacular views of the Falls and the Ohio River.
Looking for some fresh air and exercise? The Ohio River Greenway is a seven–mile stretch of pathway along the edge of Jeffersonville, Clarksville and New Albany that can be explored by bike or foot. Right around the corner, you’ll find the Widow’s Walk Ice Creamery. This charming bright yellow Victorian-style home serves up sweet treats and is a great place to relax and take in the riverfront views.
A short walk across the Big Four Bridge will land you in Jeffersonville at the Big Four Station Park, which features green space, fountains, a pavilion and a playground.
Grab a bite at TOWN, an Italian-American pub with eclectic menu items. For craft beer and pub fare, there’s Red Yeti, Upland Brewing Co. and Pearl Street Taphouse. Pizza and craft beer go hand in hand at Parlour with its expansive outdoor patio. For Mexican, there’s La Catrina Tacos & Tequila. NoCo Arts & Cultural District is a hub for creativity. The 22 block area is home to three museums, two art centers, seven artists’ studios and a private maker space. It is also home to the Vintage Fire Museum. Union Restaurant & Gameyard is reminiscent of a backyard cook out and is a great place to gather with friends or family.
Stop by Schimpff’s – one of the oldest, continuously operated, family-owned candy businesses in the United States. For more sugary treats, you can find delicious cakes and other bakery goodies at Adrienne & Co. or frozen yogurt at Pearl Street Treats.
Take a step back in time to the Great Steamboat Era with a tour of the Howard Steamboat Museum, a treasure trove of models, photographs, paintings and other artifacts. RiverStage – Southern Indiana’s premier outdoor entertainment venue – is a great place to catch a concert.
Unwind at Match Cigar Bar, where you can sit on a leather chair, listen to jazz on vinyl and sip on a fine Bourbon or a handcrafted cocktail. Across the street, you’ll find the Southern Indiana Visitor Center, a helpful resource with staff ready to answer questions and a gift shop filled with souvenirs, art and memorabilia.
Head to MESA, A Live Dining Show, where you can converse with some of the area’s hottest chefs as they prepare meals right before your eyes. Try Dragon King’s Daughter for an Asian-fusion experience. For small plates and big steaks, there’s Brooklyn and the Butcher. Be sure to check out their speakeasy while you’re there. Try the rustic-chic gastropub The Exchange Pub + Kitchen or try Board and You Bistro & Wine Bar for dinner or weekend drag brunches. For dessert, head to the colorful Sweet Stuff Bakery for a cookie or pastry.
For stylish clothing and accessories, shop the racks at local favorites Dress & Dwell, Him & Her Boutique or House of K. For gifts, there’s Regalo and True North, and for home décor, there’s Madhouse.
For art and history lovers, there’s The Floyd County Library Cultural Arts Center, a museum and a contemporary art gallery. Take a tour of the historic Culbertson Mansion, which tells the story of an influential dry goods merchant, one of Indiana’s wealthiest men. Have a family-friendly good time at River Run Family Waterpark. For those in search of mystery and magic, visit J&B Magic Shop and Theater or The New Albany Wicked Walk. For skateboarders, New Albany Flow Park is a one-of-a-kind skateable work of art. Old-school pinball and vintage arcade games can be found at Recbar 812.
Other Southern Indiana Points of interest
Feeling lucky? Just 20 minutes west of Louisville is Caesars Southern Indiana Hotel & Casino, which hosts concerts and is home to a hotel, restaurants, golf course and nightclub. In the mood for fried chicken and all the fixings? Starlight, Indiana, is the site of Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant is about a 20-mile drive from downtown Louisville. You could spend the entire day here or at neighboring Huber Orchard, Winery & Vineyards and Starlight Distillery.
Charlestown State Park, located near Charlestown, is a 5,100-acre park with interpretive programs, hiking, camping and a boat launch on the Ohio River. Enjoy the scenic outdoors with miles of trails and views along the Ohio River and Fourteen Mile Creek. Charlestown State Park is also home to the historical Rose Island, an abandoned resort and theme park. Another option is The Woods ATV Adventures in Starlight, Indiana, where you can explore 500 acres of breathtaking forests in off-road vehicles.
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