Day Trip Idea: Richmond, Indiana

Last summer we had the opportunity to go on a two-day, one-night adventure to Richmond, Indiana. Although there was plenty to keep us busy for days, Richmond makes a great day trip because it’s less than a 90-minute drive from Cincinnati. Here are some ideas for things to do:

Joseph Moore Museum is a natural history museum on the campus of Earlham College with free admission. It has an Egyptian mummy, giant prehistoric mammals, and lots of hands-on exhibits. The museum director is also a mom and she knows what kids like.

Joseph Moore Museum

Hands on exhibits at Joseph Moore Museum

Wayne County Historical Museum fills eight buildings with all kinds of interesting artifacts including an early airplane that was manufactured in Richmond.  This one is better for older kids because there isn’t anything hands-on.

Wayne County Historical Museum

 

Wayne County Historical Museum Outbuildings

Another interesting stop is the Levi Coffin House which was considered the Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad. Over 2000 fugitive slaves came through the house. You can crawl into one of the hiding spots.

Levi Coffin House

 

Inside Levi Coffin House

The Visitor’s Bureau does a great job of pointing out fun little stops. Stop at the Welcome Center to pick up information on three different trails they offer. The Chocolate Trail passport allows you to pick up free samples of things like brownies and chocolate ice cream as you’re going around town.

Chocolate ice cream on the Chocolate Trail

The Enchanted Fairy Trail tells you where to look for tiny fairy dwellings in shops all over the city.

Enchanted Fairy Trail - Richmond Indiana

A fossil passport program tells you where to seek out fossils. Our favorite spot was Thistlethwaite Falls where the kids had a blast wading in the water after they finished looking for fossils. If you find five fossils, you can return the passport for a prize.

Thistlethwaite Falls Fossil Hunting

Thistlethwaite Falls Richmond Indiana

For even more ideas, check out VisitRichmond.org.