Before you get all sad that summer is over, just remember that the fun doesn't just stop because fall candles are suddenly popping up everywhere and stores are already setting up Halloween and Christmas displays.\nAnd just because you might not be able to travel to the most exotic places in the world, that doesn’t mean you can’t still have the time of your life right here in Indiana.\nThis list is for those who seek some adventure without the excessive preparation. There are so many spectacular spots to go to in Indiana and they happen to be within three hours of Indianapolis. You can explore a cave, walk through a Japanese garden, see Indiana's attempt at utopia or chill by the lake. It's all up to you!\nIf you're looking to escape the city for a day or a weekend, there is a getaway destination for everyone. Just round up your friends, put someone on snack duty, another on music and drive to your next adventure!\nCataract Falls\nTime from Indianapolis: 1 hour\nWhere: Owen County\n@lorintay0embedded via\nAny time is a good time to go chase waterfalls. Cataract Falls is the biggest waterfall in Indiana and has a drop of 86 feet. No matter what the weather is like, the water will always be cold. But if you're brave enough to dip a toe in, that's on you! Head here for a peaceful afternoon as you walk through the forest-scape and eventually land at the waterfall where you can sit and enjoy the view.\nFruit Hills Winery and Orchard\nTime from Indianapolis: 3 hours\nWhere: Bristol\n@chelsealenealosembedded via\nThere are other ways to enjoy a glass of wine outside of your home and in sweatpants on the couch. Head to this winery with a group of best friends as you walk around the vineyard, taste the local wine and relax as you overlook the rolling hills. You will have to pay a tasting fee of $5, but that allows you to come back as many times as you want within the calendar year.\nWebsite\nParke County Covered Bridges\nTime from Indianapolis: 1.5 hours\nWhere: Parke County\firstname.lastname@example.org via\nDid you know that Parke County has 31 covered bridges? There's even a festival dedicated to it in the fall that's happening this year in October. But you can visit the county at any time and take a self-guided tour to see the bridges. Some are closed off to vehicle traffic, but there are still over 20 open to pedestrians. So head on over there if you ever want to feel like you've traveled back in time.\nWebsite\nWest Baden Springs Hotel\nTime from Indianapolis: 2 hours\nWhere: West Baden Springs\n@christinasteinerembedded via\nThis luxury hotel was once called the "Eighth Wonder of the World" and it's easy to see why. Be prepared to be treated like royalty if you're staying for a weekend, if you're there for the spa services or if you're there to have afternoon tea in the atrium. Basically, live out your fantasy of being Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries and you're bound to have the best time ever!\nWebsite\n@natalieclayton1embedded via\n@lizbillmanlairdembedded via\nIndiana Zipline Tours\nTime from Indianapolis: 1 hour\nWhere: Crawfordsville\n@kellykayreynoldsembedded via\nSoar through a forest spontaneously. Yes, you can make that happen. Spend a day living life on the edge as you experience what it's like to fly with 8 ziplines. If you're tired from that excitement, there's also the option of playing on their adult jungle gym that has suspended tree platforms and a swinging bridge. You can even go rock climbing, take short hikes, and the best part of all? There's a night zipline package too that involves glowsticks!\nWebsite\nJordan Hall Greenhouse\nTime from Indianapolis: 1.5 hours\nWhere: Indiana University Bloomington\email@example.com via\nThe hidden gem of IU's campus is this greenhouse. It's open seven days a week and there's no admission fee. So walk around while you stop and smell the flowers and you'll immediately feel like you're in a tropical jungle. This is the ideal spot for an Instagram photo shoot, so bring along a friend who's willing to be your photographer and creative director.\nWebsite\nNew Harmony\nTime from Indianapolis: 3 hours\nWhere: New Harmony\n@kflem7embedded via\nTake a stroll through this charming town that once was a social experiment to try and create a utopian community. Take an afternoon to explore the small town that has kept most of the buildings from the first settlement. But the highlight of New Harmony has to be the labyrinth that is open and free to the public. For those looking for a challenge, head into the maze as you try to make your way to the small temple in the middle. For those who can't be bothered, there is a direct way to the center using the gates.\nWebsite\n@usamazingplacesembedded via\n@erinlasaleembedded via\nIndiana Dunes National Lakeshore\nTime from Indianapolis: 2.5 hours\nWhere: Porter\n@min_k__0o__embedded via\nSummer is over, but that doesn't mean you still can't enjoy the beach and the shoreline of Lake Michigan! Take the time to enjoy the last bit of warm weather before we head into fall. Lay on the beach, play some volleyball, go paddleboarding, or go hiking on the rugged dunes.\nTibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center\nTime from Indianapolis: 1.5 hours\nWhere: Bloomington\n@murueva25embedded via\nSpend a peaceful afternoon taking in the beautiful artwork and statues on the grounds of the cultural center. There are guided tours available that go through the significance of the place. Events are always going on here and you might be lucky enough to experience a meditation and teaching event.\nWebsite\nBluespring Caverns\nTime from Indianapolis: 1.5 hours\nWhere: Bedford\firstname.lastname@example.org via\nAn hour-long boat tour will allow you to learn and experience the expansive cave system. There's an inherent thrill that comes with just being underground, but don't be too scared off by the darkness! There are lamps that will illuminate passages as you make your way through. Pay attention and you might be able to spot a blind cavefish or a blind crayfish!\nWebsite\n@melanieyoderembedded via\n@floridaluxlifeembedded via\nGabis Arboretum\nTime from Indianapolis: 2.5 hours\nWhere: Valparaiso\n@digiwildembedded via\nNo agenda, no planning — just explore. Take your time as you walk on this 300-acre land full of woodlands, wetlands, prairies, gardens, and hiking. Sometimes, you just need a beautiful backdrop as you catch up with friends and enjoy each other's company. Even if you're not a kid, make sure to head to the Railway Garden to see a fantastic scale model train.\nWebsite\nZaharakos\nTime from Indianapolis: 1 hour\nWhere: Columbus\n@kaori___120embedded via\nZaharakos is an ice cream parlor and a museum! It's been open since 1900 and supposedly serves some of the best ice cream in Indiana. And there's only one way to find out if that claim is true! Order a milkshake, a scoop of ice cream, or a sundae as you take in the beautiful interior. After you're done, head on upstairs to the museum to learn about ice cream, soda fountains, and syrup.\nWebsite\nHoosier National Forest\nTime from Indianapolis: 2.5 hours\nWhere: Bedford\n@miranda_dafoeembedded via\nIndiana is more than just corn fields! See for yourself when you walk through this local treasure. There are rolling hills, back-country trails, and beaches for you to relax. If you want a great view, don't skip out on the Hickory Ridge Fire Tower located right in the forest. And if you just want to drive while listening to some good music, the forest offers a ton of scenic drive routes!\n@itsmichel7embedded via\email@example.com via\nHoliday World\nTime from Indianapolis: 3 hours\nWhere: Santa Claus\n@youknowits__trueembedded via\nChristmas Boulevard? Santa Claus? Yes, this theme park has rides based on the Fourth of July, Christmas, Halloween, and Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean you can't ride and enjoy them at any time! This is where you take your friend who is obsessed with holidays. Buy funnel cake, share some fries, and wait in line for some insane roller coasters.\nWebsite\nBrown County State Park\nTime from Indianapolis: 1 hour\nWhere: Nashville, IN\n@olivia_jenningsembedded via\nA visit to Nashville isn't exclusive to country music and cowboys. Pack up the car with picnic items, a Bluetooth speaker and some games for a relaxing day out away from the city. The state park is home to several hikes and picnic areas that are perfect for hanging out with your squad.\firstname.lastname@example.org via\n@ambdd23embedded via\nShiojiri Niwa Japanese Garden\nTime from Indianapolis: 2.5 hours\nWhere: Mishawaka\n@marison459embedded via\nThis garden has become a popular spot for photo shoots and it's easy to see why! Everywhere you go is the perfect backdrop. Head here with a friend or even by yourself if you want to spend some time alone in a peaceful garden. The hidden gem of this garden has to be the teahouse pavilion. Make sure you go see it!\nTurkey Run State Park\nTime from Indianapolis: 1.5 hours\nWhere: Marshall\n@lzxoooooembedded via\nBefore it gets too cold, why not go camping for a weekend? This state park is the spot for you, your friends, and your SO to take a break from social media. Walk through the ravines, the sandstone gorges and go canoeing. If you hate getting into the water outside, there's also an Olympic-sized pool. Cuddle up by the campfire at night and have a contest to see who is the master at making s'mores.\n@kennnolenembedded via\n@alexis_trumbowerembedded via\nShipshewana\nTime from Indianapolis: 3 hours\nWhere: Shipshewana\n@shipshewana_flea_marketembedded via\nShipshewana is home to a large Amish community and lots of fun activities and attractions. You can take a buggy tour and visit the Menno Hof museum to learn the history and lifestyle of the Amish. But the one thing you can't miss is the flea market with hundreds of goods being sold. If you go on a Wednesday, you can even witness a live auction!\nPatoka Lake\nTime from Indianapolis: 2.5 hours\nWhere: Birdseye\n@ashley_richmerembedded via\nDrinking on a boat with the sun shining on your face? Get it in while you can before it's too cold. Hang out with your friends on the lake in a floatie or sit on the beach to enjoy the sun. And if you feel the chill in the air already, go hiking or biking to warm up!\nConner Prairie\nTime from Indianapolis: 30 minutes\nWhere: Fishers\n@visithamiltoncoembedded via\nThis is the museum to end all museums. There is a 4-story treehouse, a huge gondola balloon, and a barn where you can get up close and personal with some animals. The demographic leans more to young children, but that doesn't mean adults can't have fun here too. The 1836 Prairietown is especially fun with actors walking around in costumes!\nWebsite\nWhitewater Valley Railroad\nTime from Indianapolis: 1.5 hours\nWhere: Connersville\n@nonakyrstinembedded via\nAll board! Take an afternoon on the weekend to ride the train! The trains are authentic to the time they were used for this history-filled canal route. There are regular and special themed trains (Polar Express train ride!) running all the time from April-December. Hop on, enjoy the ride, and appreciate the view.\nWolf Park\nTime from Indianapolis: 1.5 hours\nWhere: Battle Ground\n@alyssabrobergembedded via\nEver wanted to hang out with wolves? Now's your chance. The Wolf Park is an education and research facility that wants to teach visitors the importance of wolves in the ecosystem. You can take a guided tour and see wolves, coyotes, foxes, and even bison!\nWebsite\nIndiana Beach\nTime from Indianapolis: 1.5 hours\nWhere: Monticello\n@christina_bettenhausenembedded via\nMourn the end of summer by having one last hurrah on the boardwalk. If you're over the crowds, go there at night! It calms down then when all the kids have gone home, you can ride the Ferris wheel or see the water illuminated by the bright and colorful lights of the amusement park. Reminisce with friends over the best memories you made this summer over a slushee and some fries.