Best Indiana attraction? Readers' say Brown County State Park!

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari takes runner-up spot

Indiana is more diverse than postcards of its corn-stubbled landscape would have you believe. Whether in Indianapolis, the state's largest city, or small towns like Columbus, Hoosier hospitality permeates the state.

  • Columbus

    One of the best towns in the United States for architecture, Columbus has more than 80 noteworthy buildings and art installations, including the mid-century Miller House.
    Photo courtesy of Guy Rhodes, USA TODAY Sports Images

  • Indiana Dunes State Park & National Lakeshore
    Chesterton

    Some of the prettiest spots on the shores of Lake Michigan can be found within Indiana Dunes State Park and National Lakeshore. Between the two parks, visitors enjoy mile after mile of sand dunes, wetlands, beaches and forests.
    Photo courtesy of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

  • Eiteljorg Museum
    Indianapolis

    The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art houses a stellar collection of pieces by greats like Andy Warhol, T.C. Cannon and Georgia O'Keeffe. 
    Photo courtesy of VisitIndy.com

  • Victory Field
    Indianapolis

    Located within Indianapolis' White River State Park, Victory Field is the home of the Indianapolis Indians, an affiliate team of the Pittsburgh Pirates. It's considered one of the best minor league stadiums in the country.
    Photo courtesy of Carl Van Rooy Photography

  • Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
    Fishers

    History comes alive at Conner Prairie, one of the country's most popular outdoor museums. This Smithsonian affiliate – the first in the state – features interactive exhibits on everything from science and history to art and nature.
    Photo courtesy of Paul J Everett / Flickr

  • Indianapolis Museum of Art
    Indianapolis

    After over a century in operation, the Indianapolis Museum of Art now maintains a collection of well over 50,000 works representing just about every medium, era and geographical region. A highlight is the collection of watercolors by J.M.W. Turner.
    Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Museum of Art

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    Indianapolis

    The home of IndyCar hosts two of the most talked about races of the year. The Brickyard 400 is now a crown jewel race of the NASCAR calendar and has one of the largest winnings purses of the entire season, while the Indy 500 is billed as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”.
    Photo courtesy of Forrest Mellott / Indianapolis Motor Speedway

  • Children's Museum of Indianapolis
    Indianapolis

    A favorite Indy attraction, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis is the largest museum of its kind in the world, encompassing 29 acres of fun-filled exhibits. Kids can star in their own circus, slide down a river of chocolate, fly over the Great Wall of China, snap a selfie with a T-rex or explore outer space through the lens of NASA’s Project Mercury.
    Photo courtesy of Children's Museum of Indianapolis

  • Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
    Santa Claus

    It's Christmas year-round at Holiday World in the town of Santa Claus, Ind. The park celebrated its 70th birthday in 2016, making it one of the oldest theme parks in the country.
    Photo courtesy of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

  • Brown County State Park
    Nashville

    Known as the Little Smokies due to its resemblance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Brown County State Park comprises 16,000 acres of narrow ridges, rugged hills and quiet ravines. It's one of Indiana's great fall color hot spots.
    Photo courtesy of Rain0975 / Flickr

The top 10 winners in the category Best Indiana Attraction are as follows:

  1. Brown County State Park - Nashville
  2. Holiday World & Splashin' Safari - Santa Claus
  3. Children's Museum of Indianapolis - Indianapolis
  4. Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Indianapolis
  5. Indianapolis Museum of Art - Indianapolis
  6. Conner Prairie Interactive History Park - Fishers
  7. Victory Field - Indianapolis
  8. Eiteljorg Museum - Indianapolis
  9. Indiana Dunes State Park & National Lakeshore - Chesterton
  10. Columbus

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Jessica Nunemaker (Little Indiana), Travis Seward (10Best) and Skyler Wagoner were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of travel in Indiana.

Congratulations to all these winning attractions!

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