During the summertime we all long to spend time outside, experiencing nature and breathing in the fresh air. Whether it’s lake time, a casual stroll in the park or a serious hiking excursion, there are a lot of outdoor adventures to be had in Grant County.
Here is our list of the top recreational places to visit in and around Grant County:
The Cardinal Greenway is the longest rail-trail in Indiana, spanning 62 miles from Marion through Muncie all the way to Richmond in East Central Indiana. It used to be a railroad line, but today it’s a wonderful paved pathway for everyone to enjoy for fitness and recreation.
People love biking, hiking or jogging along the beautiful trails on the Cardinal Greenway in Grant County. The trail is open to the public and is easily accessible throughout the county.
If you’re looking for a place to relax and explore nature, Mississinewa Reservoir is the place to be! Mississinewa Lake offers excellent fishing, hunting and boating opportunities in the heart of North Central Indiana. With a 400-plus site campground and family cabins available for rent, visitors can set up camp and enjoy all that the reservoir has to offer. Families will enjoy activities including boating, fishing, disc golf, beach volleyball, canoeing, hiking, waterskiing and more!
The expanses of forests, prairies and farmland surrounding the lake provide an abundant habitat to a wide variety of wildlife, exhibiting exceptional viewing opportunities for hikers, bird watchers and touring cyclists alike.
Splash House Water Park is the perfect place to hang out with your family on a hot summer day. You’ll love the lazy river, two racer slides, a big flush slide, wave pool and more!
Surfing in Indiana? Yes, at the Splash House! Adventurous water lovers will enjoy the infinity surfing pool where they can attempt to get up and surf on an actual surf board! Surf lessons are also available for those who wish to learn. Come cool off at the water park and make it an amazing day in the summer sun!
If you’re looking for a beautiful place to spend the day outside, Matter Park is just waiting to be explored. As the largest and oldest park in Marion, Matter Park possesses beautiful gardens and breathtaking views. The Gardens of Matter Park have become a Hoosier garden showcase and symbolize the spirit of the community.
The Gardens are rich with over 7,000 colorful annual plants and playful bronze statues. Don’t miss the beauty of the butterfly garden while you are visiting! Take a stroll down the winding trails throughout the century-old park and admire the various water features, fishing pond and playground.
Miniature golf is a great way to connect with friends and family. River’s Edge Family Golf Center in Grant County offers an exciting, family-friendly miniature golf course, a new foot golf course, a driving range and batting cages! Make some memories, have fun family time and don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch to devour at the outdoor picnic shelter.
The Canoe Launch in Grant County is the perfect place to access the Mississinewa Reservoir. Visitors can relax and enjoy scenic canoeing along the river. In the summertime, be sure to pack a lunch, water bottle and sunscreen so that you are prepared to spend the day on the water! The Canoe Launch is open to the public, year-round.