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Fun with Kids

Pack up the kiddos and cruise on over for a nostalgic good time. From Garfield and ice cream to root beer and a waterpark, Grant County has good ol’ fashion fun around every corner. Take it slow and steady, or rev it up – either way, there’s something for every family’s pace.

B-K Root Beer Stand

Pull in and grab a Spanish dog with cheese, hamburgers, tenderloins,  cheese fries, some onion rings, and a frosty cold mug of root beer. Or splurge and have a root beer float!  Your kids will love this treat!  Let us serve you while you relax in your car.  Locally owned and operated.  Lunch and Dinner. …

Cardinal Greenway

Enjoy biking, hiking, or jogging along the beautiful portion of the Cardinal Greenway rail-trail project in Grant County. Major trailheads with parking are located in Marion behind Westwood Square on Miller Avenue between 2nd and 6th Streets, at Hogin Park at Valley Avenue and 14th Street, and in Jonesboro/Gas City at the intersection of SR…

Skate Park

Open to all adventurous spirits!  Extreme sports skaters of all levels are invited to enjoy the smooth surface and various ramps for skate tricks.   Easily accessible from the Cardinal Greenway trail, and close to the Splash House at Junction Park.

Gardens of Matter Park, The

Located in the heart of Matter Park along the Mississinewa River, the Gardens of Matter Park are 6.3 acres of aesthetic beauty. The gardens have become a regional Hoosier garden showcase, which utilize Proven Winners plants, and have earned the prestigious designation as a Proven Winners Signature Garden. Beautiful water features, gardens, and garden structures…

Gas City Park

The Gas City Park features shelter houses, ball diamonds, tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, playgrounds and fishing for kids. Festivals held here annually include Summer Concerts in the Park Series, Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, Labor Day Weekend Celebration, Ducktail Run Rod & Custom Show in September, and a Christmas light display each…

Grant County’s Garfield Trail

Fairmount Indiana is the hometown of Jim Davis, creator of the comic strip Garfield. And Jim Davis’ and Garfield’s presence continue to be felt throughout east central Indiana with Grant County’s Garfield Trail. Visit twelve unique statues of America’s favorite lasagna-loving fat cat, Garfield. Located in Marion, Indiana and surrounding Grant County cities, the statues…

I-69 Speedway

1/4 mile clay track racing sprints, modified and street stock. Fast paced action and fun!  Special races each season. Races May through September annually. In business for more than 20 years, several top drivers have raced here.  Recently retired NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon raced here, as did NASCAR and Indy driver J.J. Yeley and Spring…

Israel Jenkins House

The Elms Station of Farmington. Tour this beautifully renovated 1840s National Register property with ties to the Underground Railroad. The Jenkins House is a ‘Hoosier Homestead’ and is listed on the ‘Indiana Historic Sites and Structures’ . Presently the house serves as the Clubhouse for the Club Run Golf Course, including sandwich and Pub fare…

Ivanhoe’s Drive In

Our casual atmosphere will help you to relax and enjoy a meal with friends or family. Our menu offers sandwiches, meal-size salads, and our famous chicken salad. Treat yourself to dessert – you’ll have a difficult time making a selection from our menu of over 100 milkshakes and 100 sundaes! Fresh Strawberry Shortcake in season…

Jonesboro Park & Shelter House

Your children will love this park!  Historic Obadiah Jones Cabin sits in the scenic park with a playground, ball diamonds and a 3,200 sq. ft. community building.

Marion Public Library & Museum

The museum houses a large display of artifacts and memorabilia from the history of Grant County, Indiana. History Made Here exhibit highlights the natural gas boom in East Central Indiana, and its effects on Grant County communities. Exhibits include a 1952 Crosley Super Sport car, which was produced in Marion, Indiana. A Victorian exhibit showcases…

Matter Park

Open year round. The largest and oldest park in Marion, possessing a strong naturalistic character, is the center for many festivals. Don’t miss the native beauty of the butterfly/wildflower garden! Within the park are softball and baseball fields, grills, restrooms, picnic areas, shelters, playgrounds, tennis courts, a fishing pond, disc golf course, volleyball courts, and a walking…

Nutcracker Sweets

We hope you’ll visit soon and share in the fun at our mom and pop style candy shop. Your kids will love the candy and they will be thrilled to build their very own stuffed animal. Clothes and various accessories are also available for purchase. Try confections from around the world and experience flavors from…

River’s Edge Family Golf Center

Bring the whole family!  Enjoy the day with us, or spend your evening here. Miniature golf is a great way to connect with your family and friends, and you may just end up with the lowest score!  We also offer a driving range and batting cages.  Try our new foot golf course and see if you can conquer this…

Splash House Water Park

Water slides, lazy river, play pad, sand volleyball area, and a large wave pool make this the place to be for summer sun and family fun. Cabana rentals, locker rentals, and concessions. Surf lessons available. Private parties and special group rates. Seasonal, M-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun noon-6pm.  $8 adult, $6 children, students & seniors. Free admission age…

Sweetser Cafe

Hometown favorite!  Try our specialties – twice hand-breaded tenderloin, fried okra, and stuffed green pepper soup.  Fresh Pie daily.  Breakfast served all day.  Carry out available.  Summer kids menu. Locally sourced all natural prime Angus beef. Close to the Sweetser Switch Trail in the heart of downtown Sweetser.  M- Sat 6am-2pm.

Sweetser Switch Trail

The Sweetser Switch Trail is the ideal place for walking, running, bicycling, roller blading and horseback riding. A paved and stoned trail stretches for one mile with beautiful landscaping, benches, shelters, and tables for picnics. The trail includes a 1916 wooden caboose, restored parlor car, and mail car for different recreational events. The Sweetser Switch…