Destinations - Southern Indiana 2019 - Page 25

Family fun around beautiful Southern Indiana has no limits. You can go, do, see and taste. Or, you create, learn, swim and explore. With countless adventures for all ages and every budget, excitement is just minutes away in all directions. From the spray features and wild slides at community water parks to the paint-your-own-pottery studio in Jeffersonville and the mind-blowing excitement of the Kentucky Science Center in Louisville, there’s a little bit of everything for each child and family who chooses to visit. NEW ALBANY / FLOYD COUNTY SAM PEDEN COMMUNITY PARK 620 Park East Blvd., New Albany 812-948-5360 Hours: Dawn to dusk every day About: With 104.5 acres, Sam Peden Community Park is the biggest park in Floyd County. Day trippers can spend their time any number of ways in the massive public space, from fishing or boating on Kiwanis Lake to shooting hoops, playing sand volleyball and tossing horseshoes. Of course, like any good park, there are plenty of playgrounds for the kids. Don’t forget to feed the ducks. SILVER STREET PARK 2043 Silver St., New Albany 812-949-5448 Hours: Dawn to dusk, year-round About: This expansive aquatic getaway in the middle of New Albany has a lazy river, four water slides, a toddler wading pool and a steamboat water feature, a nod to the Ohio River’s steamboat industry of days passed. JEFFERSONVILLE / CLARK COUNTY SCHIMPFF’S CONFECTIONERY 347 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-283-8367 Hours: 10 am. to 5 p.m Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays. For holiday hours, call ahead of time. About: This confectionary shop and candy museum offers a glimpse, and a whiff, into the 1950s without leaving downtown Jeffersonville. A tin ceiling, soda fountain, late 19th century equipment and cases of handmade candies and chocolate give the whole family plenty to take in during their visit. Schimpff’s is famous for its cinnamon Red Hots, hard candy fish and Modjeskas, caramel-covered marshmallows. The Schimpff family has been making candy in Jeffersonville since 1871 and the business is still family owned and operated by a Schimpff; Warren Schimpff and his wife, Jill, can be found working at the shop most days. CLARKSVILLE COVE 800 S. Clark Boulevard, Clarksville 812-280-2095 Hours: The park will open Memorial Day weekend 2019. Call for hours. About: Clarksville Cove features three splash pads with interactive spray and play equipment, a body slide, tube slide, swimming pool, full-service Toucan Cafe, and a private party zone for birthday parties. All the water in their pool, slides, and splash pads is heated, so the water is never “too cold” at Clarksville Cove. THE WIDOW’S WALK ICE CREAMERY 415 E. Riverside Drive, Clarksville 812-285-8850 Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, April through October; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, November through March. About: This ornate and brightly painted Victorian home by the Ohio River is almost as pretty as the sundaes you’ll find inside. Come out and enjoy one of their 23-plus flavors of hand-dipped ice creams, specialty shakes or sundaes – and even smoothies – in their tranquil gardens. You can ride one of their bikes to the Falls of the Ohio State Park, to the George Rogers Clark Homesite, to the Howard Steamboat Museum, or to all of the great shops on Spring Street in Jeffersonville, Indiana. You can even bike across the Ohio River on the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge and enjoy Louisville’s waterfront parks. Or, if you’d rather relax, just sit back, enjoy your treat and take in the unobscured beauty of the Ohio River and downtown Louisville. JEFFERSONVILLE AQUATIC CENTER 2107 Middle Road, Jeffersonville 812-282-7946 Hours: Monday-Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m., from May 25 through Aug. 4. Beginning Aug. 10, open Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m., ONLY through and including Labor Day, from noon to 6 p.m. About: This fun family park boasts a competition and lap pool, zero-depth entry family play pool, sprayground, water slides, sunbathing deck, paved walking trail and skate park. There’s something for everyone in the family, be it the kids who want to splash in the water, the teenager who wants to hit the halfpipe or the overworked mom who wants to relax and work on her tan. SILICA CERAMIC STUDIO 222 W. Sixth St., Jeffersonville 812-913-4327 Hours: 2 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; noon to 7 p.m Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Note: The shop closes 30 minutes prior to posted hours if there are no painters in the studio. About: This studio in the middle of the blossoming Jeffersonville Arts District lets patrons release their creativity on their own piece of pottery. Shelves are lined with scores of options from which to choose. After a piece is selected, guests get their glaze and start painting. The studio fires the pottery and afterward, visitors have a one-of- a-kind memento from their trip. LOUISVILLE / JEFFERSON COUNTY, KENTUCKY THE KENTUCKY SCIENCE CENTER 727 W. Main St., Louisville 502-561-6100 Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday About: A little park with a lot to offer, families can find a skate park, splash pad, playground, walking path, two basketball courts and an entertainment pavilion packed on less than 15 acres. Nestled in the center of New Albany, this vibrant park is as accessible as it crowd-pleasing. RIVER RUN 224 W. Daisy Lane, New Albany 812-948-5380 Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day starting May 25, 2019