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24 M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 7 lis in Hendricks County. e tourism office, Visit Hendricks County, has put together a menu of four themed itiner- aries to give groups a taste of what the area offers. One of the most popular choices is the Indiana Food- ways Progressive Dinner, which highlights locally owned establishments that specialize in Indiana cuisine. "We do that tour here in Dan- ville," said Josh Duke, communi- cations manager for Visit Hen- dricks County. "You can have appetizers at Diesel's Sports Grill, a pub here on the square, and then you walk a few doors down to the Mayberry Café and have your entrees there. en you go a couple blocks east to the Bread Basket Café and Bakery to have dessert and maybe take in a movie at the historic Royal e- atre on the square." e other tour itineraries offer similar variety. e Arts and Culture tour follows a cul- tural trail through the area, with stops at a glassblowing workshop, a hands-on pottery demonstration and a Mardi Gras-themed dinner with live mu- sic at Zydeco's. e Green Spree highlights gar- dening opportunities with workshops at a local garden center, a visit to scenic Avon Gardens and a behind-the-scenes tour of Beasley's Or- chard. During December, groups can take the Ho Holiday Tour, which includes a visit to the Gin- gerbread Christmas Show, a juried craft show with more than 120 booths and vendors. LAFAYETTE'S AGRICULTURE HERITAGE Driving about an hour north of Danville will bring travelers to the twin cities of Lafay- ette and West Lafayette, most famous as the home of Purdue University. e school is a hub of agricultural studies in the state, and the area's tourism office, Visit Lafayette-West La- fayette, offers several agricultural experiences for groups, such as tours of wind farms, and shrimp and tilapia aquaculture facilities. One of the most popular farm-related attrac- tions in the area is at Prophetstown State Park. "e farm used to be a draft-horse facility," said Jo Wade, president and CEO of Visit Lafay- ette-West Lafayette. "It's still a 1920s working "e new library is about four times what it was before," Wallace said. "ere's some private space to do things like docent talks, or groups can even have the museum owner come and talk to them. Vonnegut is popular all over the world, and the museum has amassed a great collection." If you travel with intergenera- tional groups or even if you just have sports lovers in your tribe, you might want to plan a visit to the Indianapo- lis Children's Museum, which will open the immersive Sports Legends experience next year. is outdoor installation is being created in part- nership with the area's professional sports teams and famed golf-course designer Pete Dye. It will feature high-end mini golf, a racetrack, bas- ketball, tennis and lots of inventive programming. HENDRICKS COUNTY'S TOUR MENU e bedroom communities of Brownsburg, Avon, Plainfield and Danville sit just west of Indianapo- Gardens at the Indianapolis Museum of Art Courtesy Indianapolis Museum of Art 800-322-8198 RiveR Town "Windows of Aurora" Hillforest Victorian House Museum KENTUCKY OHIO INDIANA Cincinnati Indianapolis Louisville Lexington 1 South of I-74 & west of I-275, 20 minutes west of Cincinnati Spend a day along the Ohio River Scenic Byway and explore historic Aurora. Follow an urban arts trail with your artist guide, tour landmark mansions, enjoy a "Linens & Luxury" luncheon and visit a small brewery with a big history. Tour SOUTHEAST INDIANA " Wonderful experience, Top-notch service!" - CB&S Bank Shining Stars, Russellville, AL

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