Indy bound for Spring Break 2k17?

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Rae Updike, Reporter

Spring break can be a drag when stuck in Indy with no plans. However, with access to a car and $15, there are some places to go that aren’t normally daily options.

 

Spring Mill State Park

Located at 3333 State Road 60 E and an hour and a half away is the Spring Mill State Park. What makes Spring Mill State Park different than any other, and worth the small road trip, is that it offers a powerful illustration of the link between the natural and cultural worlds. For all the teens who are bored over spring break, this location has activities such as trail hiking, exploring the nature center, fishing at the lake and visiting the pioneer village, as well as taking advantage of the tours the park has to offer. Starting March 15, the park will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, $7 per car.

Things to know about the park before visiting would include the available camping facilities and Inns. There are also twin cave boat tours, biking, shelters and picnic areas.

 

Central State Hospital

First off, this isn’t an article supporting trespassing. There are guided, legal tours available Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. through four p.m., each starting at the top of the hour. The allure is that upon arrival it is a setback in time to the 1890s. Everything within the building is the original furnishings and specimens from the 1895 pathology building.

The upkeep of the building is so that visitors can see the ever changing evolution of the science and practice of modern medicine.

For high school students under 18, the entry fee is $3, and $10 for adults. Beneficial knowledge before taking the trip to visit would be that there’s no wandering around without a tour guide, the tour is approximately one hour long and the last tour begins at three.

 

Exotic Feline Rescue

The Exotic Feline Rescue Center (EFRC), is home to around 200 felines and represents nine different species. The EFRC is one of the largest rescue centers in the United States for abused, neglected and unwanted exotic felines. What makes the EFRC different from just heading to the zoo is that it is home to more species of exotic cats. Some of the rescues at the center consist of many tigers and lions, leopards, pumas, bobcats, ocelots, lynxs and a small variety of other cats.

The center is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to five p.m. for public tours, and closed Mondays. Things to know before visiting is that visitors aren’t allowed to pet, touch or interact with the EFRC cats. The center has one mission, to provide permanent homes for exotic felines that are abused, abandoned or for some other reason have nowhere to live out their lives as well as being able to educate the public about the cats.

Coming in costs $10 per person, and an hour long tour outside. There is also a gift shop where guests can purchase hoodies, T-shirts, hats and other merchandise that are for sale.