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Sample Family Trip Itinerary

Destination: Crawford County, Indiana

Day 1: Arrival at Sycamore Springs Park

  • Afternoon:
  • Arrive at Sycamore Springs Park and check into your camping cabin.
  • Unpack and settle in.
  • Take a short family-friendly hike on one of the park’s trails to get acquainted with the area.
  • Evening:
  • Enjoy a family cookout or picnic dinner.
  • Let the kids play at one of the playgrounds.
  • Relax by a campfire with some marshmallow roasting.

Day 2: Exploring Sycamore Springs Park

  • Morning:
  • Early morning hike on one of the scenic trails.
  • Breakfast at your cabin or a picnic area.
  • Late Morning:
  • Head to the fishing ponds. Spend some time fishing with the kids.
  • Afternoon:
  • Lunch at the picnic area.
  • More playground time for the kids.
  • Explore other trails or relax at the cabin.
  • Evening:
  • Dinner at the cabin.
  • Family games or storytelling by the campfire.

Day 3: Marengo Cave and Surface Activities

  • Morning:
  • Breakfast at the cabin.
  • Drive to Marengo Cave U.S. National Landmark.
  • Take a guided tour of the cave (choose from the Crystal Palace or Dripstone Trail tours).
  • Afternoon:
  • Picnic lunch at the cave’s picnic area or lunch at Springtown Pizza
  • Enjoy the surface activities: gemstone mining, pedal carts, and mini-golf.
  • Evening:
  • Return to Sycamore Springs Park.
  • Relax and have dinner at the cabin.
  • Evening stroll or playtime at the playground.

Day 4: Kid’s Crafts & Cones Event at Out of the Blue

  • Morning:
  • Breakfast at the cabin.
  • Drive to Out of the Blue at Cave Country Canoes for the Kid’s Crafts & Cones event.
  • Participate in the event from 10am to noon.
  • Afternoon:
  • Lunch at a local café or back at the cabin.
  • Free time for relaxing or another short hike.
  • Evening:
  • Dinner at the cabin.
  • Family movie night or board games.

Day 5: Visit to Stephenson’s General Store and Departure

  • Morning:
  • Breakfast and pack up.
  • Drive to Stephenson’s General Store for a nostalgic experience.
  • Enjoy ice cream or an old-fashioned soda and lunch.
  • Afternoon:
  • Last-minute shopping for souvenirs.
  • Head back to Sycamore Springs Park to finish packing.
  • Evening:
  • Depart for home.

Important Notes:

  • Reservations: Make sure to book the camping cabin at Sycamore Springs Park and any tours at Marengo Cave in advance.
  • Packing: Bring comfortable hiking shoes, fishing gear, picnic supplies, and camping essentials.
  • Events: Plan your visit to coincide with one of the Kid’s Crafts & Cones events at Out of the Blue (June 25, July 9, or July 23).
  • Weather: Check the weather forecast and pack accordingly.

Enjoy your family adventure filled with nature, exploration, and fun activities!


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