One of the best things about love is that it is as unique as we are. ❤️ There is no one right way to be romantic or show the person you love that they are special… Actually, by taking the time to plan a romantic date night or weekend getaway that is customized to the specific interests of you and your partner, you can really level up your game. So, whether you're a country-loving couple, history buffs, art enthusiasts, sports fanatics, or just looking for a traditional night out, Terre Haute has something to make your hearts flutter. Let's dive into the love adventure!
A Redneck Rendezvous: Love in the Great Outdoors
Calling all nature-loving, outdoorsy couples! For a ruggedly romantic weekend, Terre Haute offers just the right mix of adventure and charm.
If you believe there is just something a little more romantic about the past, Terre Haute has plenty of chapters waiting for you to explore.
Are you looking for a carefree, fun-filled evening without any strings attached? Terre Haute's got you covered!
For couples who find beauty in art, Terre Haute offers a canvas of romantic possibilities.
For couples who bond over their love for sports and physical activities, Terre Haute offers a wide range of options.
For those who appreciate the classics, Terre Haute offers a night of timeless elegance.
Discover the hidden gem of Terre Haute and Vigo County in West Central Indiana, where diverse and picturesque parks await. This winter, the region beckons visitors with seven compelling reasons to explore its outdoor wonders, offering an escape into nature's embrace – and why this destination should be on your must-visit list:
In Terre Haute and Vigo County, each park tells a unique story, inviting you to become a part of its narrative. So, pack your winter gear and set out for an unforgettable adventure in West Central Indiana's captivating outdoor haven.
Terre Haute stands as a paragon for athletes seeking a destination that blends sports fervor with unparalleled experiences. Here are six compelling facts that should put Terre Haute on every athlete's map:
Terre Haute stands as an all-encompassing destination for athletes and their families, offering a winning combination of world-class facilities, diverse sporting events, a supportive community, and a rich historical tapestry.
Gather around for the most enchanting, eerie and utterly spooktacular time of the year! Terre Haute has activities for families of all ages including haunted houses, tours and much more to get your fix in during “spooky season.”
The most startling place to start your Halloween festivities is at the Shattered Nightmares Haunted House on Lafayette Avenue. This award-winning site has haunted tours every weekend in October and the first weekend of November. For over ten years, a local family has taken their love for haunted houses and created a fun activity for all ages that is sure to send chills up your spine.
Wanting to learn about some local lore? Vigo County Historical Museum is a low-cost Terre Haute site that is known for having paranormal activity. The stairwell is a hotspot for orbs, and it has been reported that the upstairs is closed off because spectators have seen a person rocking the crib while visiting. Rumor has it, that if the figure looks directly at you, you are being hunted down by the murderer, Edward Flanders, of the family who lived in the house. The visitors were given metallic crosses to prevent the haunts. The museum also has an exhibit dedicated to local haunted legends like the faceless nun from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and many more spooky tales.
Highland Lawn Cemetery is the home of a bulldog named Stiffy Green and his owner, John Heinl, who passed away in 1921. Stiffy was devastated when his owner died, refusing to leave his side. Stiffy continuously ran to Highland Lawn Cemetery to sit inside Heinl’s mausoleum and growl at anyone who may be a threat until he died on the steps outside the mausoleum, where he was also buried. Many come to the cemetery each Halloween to see the Heinl and Stiffy ghosts. You can even visit a replica of Heinl’s mausoleum and Stiffy Green at the Vigo County Historical Museum.
But that’s not the only tale from Highland Lawn Cemetary. A long-distance call made from inside a mausoleum is a tall tale in Terre Haute. The story dates to the 1800s. A man placed a telephone, rocking chair and whiskey in his future mausoleum at the cemetery. Many years later after his death, his wife was found dead in their home beside a telephone that was off the hook. Reports state that a startling call had caused her to have a heart attack. When the wife was placed next to her husband, the phone inside beside him was off the hook. Was the heart attack produced by a call from her deceased husband? As you walk around the Highland Lawn Cemetery, listen carefully for a telephone off the hook.
You hear about Bigfoot sightings often, but did you know Bigfoot walks throughout Terre Haute? There have been 35 reported sightings of a giant ape-like creature with gigantic footprints as early as the 1970s. In 1980, there were 34 claimed sightings. Watch out, you never know what you could run into during October as we creep closer to winter in the Wabash Valley!
Be careful as you attend these spooktacular spots and be sure to stick with a family member or friend. For more information on the best spooky spots in Terre Haute, visit terrehaute.com
It’s the most wonderful time of year! But, before we get ahead of ourselves, we want to clarify that Fall is the most wonderful season of the year right here in Terre Haute.
Happy Fall to all who celebrate - pumpkin spice connoisseurs, moviegoers and everyone in between. In Terre Haute, there is a spooky season something for everyone – residents and visitors of all ages. So, follow along and fall into the autumn season with us!
‘Tis the season for one of the best fall musts, visiting the pumpkin patch at Jolly Pines Tree Farm. Despite popular belief, this local, small business isn’t just a Christmas tree farm. Jolly Pines encourages families to come to pick out their pumpkins and attend special, seasonal events together. Jolly Pines is a small local business that is dedicated to giving back to the community, and we highly encourage you to get out there this season.
Similarly, you can also visit the Terre Haute Farmers Market every Saturday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. through September 30 and from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. beginning again on October 7 – October 21. Vendors are selling the perfect autumn ingredients including, but not limited to, squash and pumpkins.
Terre Haute is perfect this time of year because of the beautiful landscape. It practically feels like a Hallmark movie wherever you go. Throughout October, Fowler Park, located at 3000 E Oregon Church Rd, and Hawthorn Park, located at 6067 E Old Maple Ave, are hosting hayrides through the magical Terre Haute fall-scape. To learn more about parks and recreation in Terre Haute, click here.
Okay, okay, enough with the outdoors, it’s time to get to the good stuff – sitting by the fire with your comfiest sweater and warm chai tea latte, or your preferred fall beverage. Come inside and take a break from the crisp, fall air at: Little Bear Coffee Co., Maggie & Moe’s, Loose Goose Coffee Company, Java Haute and Federal. Many of these stops have special autumn-themed drinks that are perfect to warm you up on a cold day.
To see all the coffee shops nearby, visit the See You In Terre Haute restaurants map. You can filter the results down to only seeing coffee and sweets.
Now, we know what you may be thinking – “I want to come do all of the fall musts in Terre Haute, but where should my family and I stay?”
Look no further, we recently wrote a blog about the perfect fall getaway that feels like an earthy oasis Read our blog, “Local Lodging in Terre Haute,” for more information.
We cannot wait to see you dream up your fall-scape adventure with us this year!
On your marks. Get set. GO! ... to Lavern Gibson Champion Cross Country Course ...
As summertime comes to a close, Terre Haute has entered one of the most exciting times of year in the Wabash Valley: cross-country season!
Terre Haute, accurately nicknamed Cross Country Town USA, expects to welcome over 60,000 visitors this fall alone for the cross-country season.
The renowned LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course will be the site of many exciting events throughout the 2023-24 season.
September is a jam-packed month on the course, starting the first weekend with the DIII Invitational and the Hometown Savings Bank State Preview. If you’re more of a night owl, plan to be at the starting line at 8 p.m. on September 29 for the Twilight College Division night race along with the Nike XC Town Twilight race on September 30 at 6 p.m.
Enjoy the autumn season in Terre Haute while watching the IHSAA Sectional and State Finals Championships in October, and don’t miss the Nike Cross Regional Midwest Championships on November 12.
Known as one of the best courses in the nation, LaVern Gibson has been the home of a number of significant cross-country events since its creation in the summer of 1995. The NCAA Championship took place at the course eight consecutive years from 2004 to 2011, and again in 2013, 2014 and 2016. In fact, Indiana State University has hosted the NCAA Women’s Cross-Country Championships more times than any other school.
Cross country is more than just a sport here in the Wabash Valley - it’s a way of life. This exciting sport showcases the athletes’ hard work and dedication while also bringing the community together.
“You know, when you see someone pour their heart and soul into anything, you respect it. Through the years, I've really come to love that about cross country,” said Patterson. “And it doesn't matter if they're the first-place finisher or the last place, they're still giving it everything they have."
We can’t wait to see you in Terre Haute cheering on your favorite teams this season, not only at LaVern but at all the sports and recreation spots that Terre Haute has to offer.
To see a compiled list of all sports and recreation offerings in Terre Haute, visit www.terrehaute.com/sports.html and for more information on cross county events, visit www.laverngibson.com.
From the Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau: Welcome to the brand new students and their loved ones. Thanks for choosing to explore the City of Terre Haute for the next four years. And to our returning students, welcome back! This fall 2023 semester will be the best one yet.
Terre Haute proudly houses four higher education institutions: Indiana State University (ISU), Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC), Ivy Tech Community College, and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. These educational institutions make up the highly astounding College Town USA.
Not so much of a foodie? That is a-okay because we have countless activities throughout the city. Each university offers a calendar online, highlighting big city-wide events each year. When heading off-campus, visit one of Terre Haute’s local nature spots, like Deming Park, to catch some fresh air or even a peaceful study spot. Deming Park also offers a frisbee golf course, where you could start an intramural team!
Got a green thumb? Visit The Pickery. If you’re seeking an adventurous change of pace, visit Griffin Bike Park. More of a cinematic mastermind? The best spot in town to watch a good movie is The Moon Lite Drive-In. It shows new movies all the time.
Don’t take our word for it, hear from a current ISU student, Julia Pomfret:
With move in coming up and family weekend occurring this fall, just know, this is just hitting the surface on your epic guide to College Town USA. Check out See You In Terre Haute for lodging, playing and planning.
That being said, welcome back to College Town USA students, family and friends!
If you’ve visited Terre Haute, you may have heard of the city referred to as the Crossroads of America- but do you know how Terre Haute earned this famous nickname?
In 1926, the original National Highway System was implemented connecting states and improving transportation throughout the country. U.S. Highway 40 opened travel westward, and U.S. 41, a main north-south highway, are both major roads that cross through Terre Haute and provide a straightforward route for road trippers. The intersection at Seventh Street and Wabash Street in downtown Terre Haute, named the official “crossroads” in the city, gave Terre Haute its beloved nickname. Today, the intersection remains a central location in Terre Haute surrounded by many local shops, businesses and restaurants.
Terre Haute serves as a major hub for tourism, healthcare, education, eating, shopping and manufacturing. In addition to the Crossroads of America, Terre Haute is often called the Heart of the Midwest, as seven major cities in Indiana and surrounding states are only a road trip away.
This has been an exciting year so far in the Crossroads of America! The first half of 2023 saw the opening of many new businesses and restaurants in Terre Haute, including the grand opening of The Terminal Public House restaurant and a new indoor skateboard and scooter park.
Terre Haute was the host for many exciting sporting events in the spring and early summer. In May, the city welcomed athletes from the Missouri Valley Conference for the MVC Baseball Championships. The Middle School Track and Field State Championships were also hosted in Terre Haute earlier this summer. For the first time since 1986, the Indiana State Sycamores stepped up to the plate and became the NCAA Baseball Regional champions in June!
Terre Haute found a place in the spotlight when the city was featured on the cover of the 2023 Indiana Travel Guide. Produced by the Indiana Destination Development Corporation, this publication provides information about events and travel resources around the state. Terre Haute’s own Griffin Bike Park is highlighted on the cover. We extend a special thanks to Visit Indiana for the feature!
The coming months bring even more to look forward to in the Wabash Valley.
Keep an eye out for a new cinema experience coming soon to Terre Haute. In February, the Indiana Theater, a local landmark donated to the Capital Improvement Board by a local businessman. As this project continues to take shape, we look forward to this exciting entertainment addition in our city.
The 130-year-old Hulman Building is also getting a facelift this year. The former home of Clabber Girl will now operate as a co-working and multi-use office space for business professionals. Named The Station, the Hulman building will serve as a hub in Terre Haute’s ever-evolving vibrant downtown.
Stay up to date with all the activity happening in Terre Haute by visiting See You In Terre Haute’s events page. There’s always so much to see and do here in the Crossroads of America, and the summertime is a perfect opportunity to get outside and explore this city we call home!
Source: Indiana Historical Bureau
We’re gearing up for the Fourth of July here in Terre Haute, Indiana, and we couldn’t be more excited! Independence Day is a great opportunity to spend time with loved ones and enjoy the many festivities our city has to offer.
Americans across the nation look forward to this highly anticipated holiday each year to watch fireworks, eat good food and show off their patriotic spirit. The Fourth of July offers a chance to bask in the relaxation that comes with a day off work while also taking advantage of exciting summer activities.
Kick off Independence Day celebrations early with a Retro Movie Night at the Moon Lite Drive-In Theater! Top Gun, which explores the U.S. Navy’s elite fighter weapons school, will be playing on June 27, and like all Tuesday Retro Movie Nights this summer, admission is completely free.
Don’t miss the Wabash Activity Center’s Firecracker Bingo Night and dinner on Friday, June 30th. Play twenty games of patriotic bingo for a chance to win prizes donated by local Terre Haute businesses, and in true Fourth of July fashion, enjoy a hamburger or hotdog fresh off the grill along with chips, dessert, tea and lemonade. Tickets for the event are $30, and games begin at 5:00 p.m.
Firework festivities will take place on July 4th at Fairbanks Park. Starting at 6 p.m., experience the tastes of Terre Haute’s many food trucks and purchase luminous glow products sold by the Terre Haute Parks Department. The celebration will begin at the amphitheater with the Terre Haute Community Band at 8 p.m. And of course, stick around for the main event! At approximately 10 p.m., fireworks will fly across the Wabash Valley sky.
As always, prioritize safety if putting on your own fireworks show. Fireworks are not allowed within the Terre Haute city limits. Be sure to use high-quality fireworks, create a safe distance between onlookers and launch pads and count down before and after every lighting. If you’re looking for a more subtle celebration that’s just as fun, hand-held sparklers are a great alternative to large fireworks.
No matter how you choose to celebrate Independence Day, be safe, eat good food and cherish time spent with family and friends. Have a Fourth of July event to share? Use #SeeYouInTerreHaute on social media!
Sources: Haute Happenings, terrehaute.in.gov
Visiting the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course to cheer on your team? Hopping into town for the Blackberry Smoke concert at The Mill? Or traveling to the Terre Haute Convention Center for work?
Terre Haute draws in visitors for various purposes, personal and professional, but no matter the reason for your travels, we want to ensure you have a relaxing stay. Often referred to as Terradise, your summer vacation here in Terre Haute should feel as if you are at your home away from home. There is a wide array of offerings from hotels downtown that allow you to collect up hotel points, to campgrounds during a family road trip hunting for the best hiking trails, and even brand-new Airbnb stays that make you feel a true, local ambiance.
There are 20 hotels offered in the City of Terre Haute: Candlewood Suites, Comfort Suites University Area, Days Inn & Suites by Wyndam, Drury Inn & Suites, Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites Terre Haute, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn Terre Haute, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Terre Haute, Holiday Inn Terre Haute, Home 2 Suites by Hilton, La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndam Terre Haute, Pear Tree Inn Terre Haute, Quality Inn Terre Haute University Area, Red Carpet Inn, Rodeway Inn, Sleep Inn University Area, SpringHill Suites Terre Haute, Super 8 by Wyndam Terre Haute and Travelodge by Wyndam Terre Haute. Each hotel offers its own unique location with an array of things to do.
But if you crave living like a local and are interested in staying at one Terre Haute's Airbnb properties, check out a few featured destinations when planning your visit.
Discover more Airbnb Listings in Terre Haute at the tip of your fingers.
Seeking out the ideal summer road trip with the family: camping, hiking, swimming and gathering around the campfire at dusk? You can have it all at various campgrounds around the area at Fowler Park, Hawthorn Park, Prairie Creek Park and the official Terre Haute Campground.
If you’re staying on the east side, you’ll be right near some of Terre Haute’s best parks and trails! Or maybe you’re staying in a more centralized location. If you’re on the south side, you’ll be next to some of Terre Haute’s best shopping and dining experiences. You really can’t go wrong staying at any hotel in Terradise.
To see a compiled list of lodging options and availability when planning your visit check out, See You In Terre Haute Lodging.