6 Top Harrison County Attractions for Reunion Planners
The site of Indiana’s Old State Capitol offers plentiful outdoor adventures and multi-generational activities for your next reunion.
Indiana’s premier historic area that’s filled with small-town charm and big-city amenities, Harrison County is the ideal location for your next reunion. Visitors of all ages will enjoy Corydon’s Old State Capitol, the interactive Discovery Center and thrilling cave adventures, while adults in your group can take advantage of the region’s wineries and gaming opportunities. With hotels and venues ready to accommodate large groups, Harrison County can help create an unforgettable reunion. Here are the top six reasons to bring your reunion to Harrison County.
1: Peerless Historic Sites
Serving as the state’s first capital from 1816 to 1825, Corydon brims with vestiges of the past. The idyllic downtown square is dominated by the Old State Capitol, a cupola-topped limestone building that houses the chambers where the House of Representatives, Senate and Supreme Court met. Nearby is the residence of Indiana’s second governor, William Hendricks. History fans also will want to visit the Battle of Corydon Memorial Park, which commemorates the only Civil War battle fought on Indiana soil. Visitors can tour a restored log cabin, see a Civil War cannon, read historical plaques and walk a wooded trail.
2: The Heart of Cave Country
On a hot summer day, it’s refreshing to go underground and explore an “air-conditioned” cave where the temperature is a constant 52 to 54 degrees. At show caves like Indiana Caverns and Squire Boone Caverns, your group will marvel at underground formations, waterfalls and streams. The 85-minute tour at Indiana Caverns includes a pontoon boat ride; above ground, thrill seekers zoom over the treetops on the Bat Chaser aerial coaster. Squire Boone offers a zipline adventure through forests and ravines, and at a historic grist mill powered by water from the caverns you can see how corn is ground into cornmeal and grits. At both caves, guests can pan for gemstones.
3: Multi-generational Discovery Center Fun
Conveniently located across the street from the Old Capitol and housing interactive exhibits that appeal to multiple generations, the Harrison County Discovery Center is a perfect addition to your reunion. Themed rooms include the Archivist’s Office (where visitors can listen to “talking portraits” and view historic Harrison County documents), Exploring Our Caves (which spotlights the area’s miraculous cave ecosystems) and The Civil War: Conflict Creeps Northward. This immersive 360-degree multimedia presentation depicts the Battle of Corydon, the only pitched Civil War battle to take place in Indiana. Spacious second-floor space can be rented for group activities and catered meals, and Discovery Center staff can work with reunion groups to host entertaining scavenger hunts that utilize the exhibits.
4: Walkable, Family-Friendly Downtown
Visitors are drawn to the inviting shops and eateries in and around Old Capitol Square. Antique hounds have a field day hunting for treasures in places like Red Barn Antique Mall. Pick up a hand-blown glass ornament or paperweight and watch the glassblower in action at Zimmerman’s Art Glass. Other shops deal in arts and crafts, gifts, candy and wines. Locally owned restaurants downtown include Beaver Street Brick & Grill (wood-fired pizzas and more) and 1816 Modern Kitchen, which puts a contemporary spin on Southern comfort foods like shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes. For a creamy taste of small-town Americana, have an old-fashioned milkshake at Butt Drugs Soda Fountain.
5: World-Class Wineries
Looking to integrate a relaxing wine tasting into your reunion plan? Harrison County is home to four wineries that each feature an exclusive vino lineup. Options include Indian Creek Winery (which hosts tastings, live music and private events), Best Vineyards Winery (where you can sample distilled spirits and pluck fresh raspberries) and Quibble Hill Winery. At Turtle Run Winery, groups can embark on an in-depth tour to witness the winemaking process and try one of the property’s 30 unique blends.
6: Thrilling Gaming
Previously named Horseshoe Southern Indiana, the completely reimagined Caesar’s Southern Indiana has all the amenities you’ll need for your next reunion. The property’s new casino floor features slots, table games and comprehensive sports book, while dining options include Jack Binion’s Steak, Spears & Spirits for craft cocktails and the Piazza food hall. The property can accommodate reunions with a spacious receptive space that can seat 1,270 people and allows catering and AV services.