French Lick

Published 06/29 2005 12:53PM

Updated 03/20 2007 09:54AM

Our first stop on this trip is to the Indiana Railway Museum in French Lick, where you step back in time to the days where the railroad was king. Buy your tickets, get on board, pick a seat... And you`re off on a 20-mile 2 hour trip aboard a 1920 open window car. Indiana Railway Museum President and General Manager Alan Barnett says the trip "gives adults and children an opportunity to step back in time, see what rail transportation is all about, see some of our beautiful Indiana scenery." Some of that scenery includes passing behind the boyhood home of Larry Bird, French Lick`s most famous son. During the two hour ride, you can catch some concessions which at first are brought to you, or you can head to the front of the train for seconds. What sets this train ride apart from others is the fact you go into a tunnel. The Indiana Railway Museum also offers special rides, including one coming up this 4th of July weekend (also Labor Day weekend). "We do wild west holdups on special weekends a year. We have some nice rangers that set-up stagecoach, attack our train, play shoot `em up, bang-bang. It`s all done to help raise money for our steam locomotive fund," said Barnett. In West Baden, you`ll find one of the most spectacular sights you`ll find in Indiana.. The dome to the West Baden Springs Resort. Once a hotbed destination, millions of dollars have been invested to restore this resort to its glory days. The dome, measuring 200 feet wide by 100 feet high, was once the largest free-standing dome in the United States. Tours are offered by volunteers throughout the day. Work has also been done to the resorts` dining room and foyer. Plus you need to check out the gardens where you can also see the dome from the outside and the resorts 4-towers.. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. You`ll be able to stay here in a few years. Meanwhile, the French Lick Springs Resort currently accepts guests right now! Perhaps end your day with a brief stop to the French Lick Winery`s new location, where besides sampling the product, you can see the wines produced. So for a town known for a basketball legend, French Lick has so much more to offer visitors. Need a question answered? E-mail Jon: jonswaner@aol.com

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