Whether you’re a first-time guest or a life-long resident, Terre Haute offers a unique visit for everyone. Here are the Top 10 Places to Visit in Terre Haute, Indiana.
CANDLES HOLOCAUST MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER
Founded by Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor in 1995, the CANDLES Holocaust Museum educates guests on the atrocities of the Holocaust through exhibits and by sharing Eva’s powerful personal experience. Firebombed and burned to the ground by an arsonist in 2003, the museum was rebuilt with the help of an outpouring of community support, including thousands of dollars donated by schoolchildren, organizations and individuals nationwide. Through the lens of the Holocaust, the museum stands as a testament to the power of the human spirit, the importance of perseverance, the dangers of prejudice, and reflects Eva’s own remarkable journey of forgiveness.
CLABBER GIRL MUSEUM & BAKE SHOP
Headquarters of Hulman & Co., maker of Clabber Girl Baking Soda, and a Terre Haute institution. The museum offers a glimpse into Terre Haute history and the evolution of baking over the past couple centuries, with a nod to the company’s auto racing heritage with the Hulman family’s involvement with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After a tour of the museum, grab a bite at the Clabber Girl Bake Shop and have a cup of Rex Coffee, locally roasted in-house.
DEMING PARK/DOBBS PARK
Tree-lined Ohio Boulevard serves as the formal entry to the jewel of the Terre Haute parks system, Deming Park. Covering more than 177 acres on Terre Haute’s east side, Deming Park features rolling hills, two fishing ponds, two playgrounds, a public swimming pool, an 18-hole disc-golf course, a variety of sports facilities (including basketball and tennis courts, and soccer and softball fields) and the popular Spirit of Terre Haute miniature train. Deming Park is connected via a paved trail with nearby Dobbs Park, which features a three-acre pond, a Native American Museum and 25-acre State Nature Preserve with three miles of hiking trails through restored wetlands and old growth woods.
On the famed “Banks of the Wabash” River, Fairbanks Park serves as host to a number of events and festivals throughout the year. The 43-acre city park features an outdoor amphitheater perfect for concerts & plays, a boat ramp for river access, playground and bark park for pets. The iconic Fairbanks Park Arch, a one-time fountain, serves as a flower garden near the brick two-story birthplace home of Paul Dresser, composer of the state song, “On the Banks of the Wabash Far Away.”
GRIFFIN BIKE PARK
Home to more than 18 miles of single-track mountain biking trails and a number of skill features, this 300-acre wooded park is quickly establishing itself as a national-caliber recreational mountain biking destination. The expansive woodland trail system covers hilly terrain carved from a former strip mine that was later reclaimed by the Vigo County Parks Department. Progression-based features include terrain, skills and water skills areas, including two pump tracks, four jump lines, a dual slalom course for side-by-side downhill racing, a cross country eliminator obstacle course and a drop zone. A floating bridge trail crosses the lake. Griffin Bike Park has gained state and national awards recognitions for outstanding design. It is free