10 Things to Do in Mount Vernon That You Shouldn't Miss

October 5, 2017 Rosalyn Ihle

Mount Vernon is a city in and the county seat of Posey County, Indiana, United States. Located in the state's far southwestern corner, within 15 miles of either the southernmost or westernmost points it is the westernmost city in the state, but not the southernmost, that being Rockport, about 40 miles to the southeast. The population was 6,687 at the 2010 census. It is located in Black Township and is part of the Evansville, Indiana, metropolitan area, which had a 2010 population of 358,676.
Restaurants in Mount Vernon

1. Hovey Lake Fish and Wildlife Area

14998 Indiana 69, Mount Vernon, IN 47620 +1 812-838-2927
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3.5 based on 4 reviews

Hovey Lake Fish and Wildlife Area

Reviewed By BradandStacy41 - Evansville, Indiana

Just a short and relaxing drive west of Evansville, IN is a hidden gem that we almost don’t want to share with anyone… however, we know that most folks that enjoy and appreciate nature the way that WE do will care for it, and will treat it with a quiet respect. Only the locals are regulars there, no tourist traps, nothing that leaves a footprint can be found at Hovey Lake. A Cypress Swamp, the lake is huge, with groves of Cypress trees growing out of the water in bunches. The beautiful part of kayaking there is the mystery that comes with it… gently paddling through the trees, one part of the lake might be a bit choppy and windy, while the groves offer respite from the winds. A reverent silence within the trees is enough to soften any voice, with the only sound in your ears being the water dripping from your paddle, and the birdsong that calls out to the others. Occasional dense vegetation offers a safe cover for the wildlife, and we were very careful not to disturb this beautiful, natural ecosystem. Folks fishing are only able to use there soft trolling motors, and are respectful enough of others to keep noise very low. Of course, the parking lot at the boat ramp is easy to maneuver, and only one or two picnic tables in the area ensures that this area, although public, is still a quiet place to be without bothersome crowds. If you go, be kind to others and allow them the joy of connecting with nature in its purest form. We’ll go back again when we need a place for our souls to breathe. This is that place.

2. Roofless Church

New Harmony, IN
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4.5 based on 113 reviews

Roofless Church

Unique open-to-the-air church, designed by Philip Cortelyou Johnson, features a walled garden measuring 130 X 230 feet and a magnificent 50-foot dome resembling Ibscacan architecture.

Reviewed By Mack3065 - West Lafayette

We visited twice during our stay in New Harmony. It’s surprising that quiet, historic little New Harmony was able to attract two works by world-renowned architects: Richard Meier’s Atheneum and this peaceful retreat by Philip Johnson, open to the sky. Elaborate gilded gates welcome you to the serene, brick walled space. And within the block-sized area a small shingled structure shelters a sculpture by Jacques Lipchitz. Near the gates a quiet fountain is dedicated “In celebration of all grandparents...” A pleasant, serene experience every time you visit. It would be nice if there were an explanatory plaque about the Roofless Church and the works inside it.

3. Dream Car Museum

2400 N Heidelbach Ave, Evansville, IN 47711-3208 +1 888-482-9864
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5 based on 415 reviews

Dream Car Museum

The Dream Car Museum is presented by Bennett Motors where the Corvette sits High in the Sky! See the cars of your dreams. We have something for EVERYONE! Over 50 cars & trucks! Includes exotics, classics, muscle cars, race cars, movie and TV cars, memorabilia and so much more! FREE and open to the public. We offer guides and tours for groups of all ages and sizes. Donations accepted for local charities.

Reviewed By Dori S - Robinson, Illinois

This museum is great! Lots of beautiful cars, and we only had time to visit one of their two buildings! The staff was very friendly. There were lots of things to see, many amazing cars and signs and other motor memorabilia! And it was FREE!!!...MoreThank you very much for visiting the Dream Car Museum! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit! Be sure to come back to visit us again soon!

4. Twin Swamps Nature Preserve

County Rd 300, Mount Vernon, IN
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Twin Swamps Nature Preserve

Reviewed By ruth w - Shelbyville, Kentucky

Twin Swamps Nature Preserve is a hidden gem. It is really HIDDEN. There are no signs indicating how to get there. But once you arrive, if you love mature woods, you will love this hike. As we entered the forest, I was struck with a feeling of solitude, in the immense quiet of a mature forest with an open under story. We visited during the beginning of autumn, beautiful colors, acorns, hickory nuts littering the ground. The cypress swamp was impressive with tall knees protruding from the swamp. Coming from Florida, the swamp wasn't as extensive as we are used to -- and there wasn't any spanish moss. If you go, make sure you sign in -- so that they know more people love this place and that they might use more money for improvements. Come on all of you in Posey County, make an outing and visit this delicately balanced ecosystem. There seems to be only a few visits each week.

5. The Atheneum

New Harmony, IN
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The Atheneum

Famed architect Richard Meier designed this museum that is dedicated to the history of New Harmony.

Reviewed By Mack3065 - West Lafayette

This 1979 Richard Meier modernist structure certainly stands out among New Harmony’s historic structures. Fortunately, it’s at the edge of town, with not quite a view of the Wabash River. We’d visited decades ago and saw an introductory film upstairs on a large screen. This time, for $3 each we saw a new 10-minute video downstairs on a small screen; in keeping with our short attention spans, I guess. There may have been problems that kept it from showing on a bigger screen that day. Then our host took us up a ramp to see a large, well-done model of historic New Harmony, explained, and answered questions. Aside from the gift shop, there’s not much to see but the large, Modernist interior space, and you have to wonder about its function. The exterior is striking, probably most interesting as “an early Meier” for architecture buffs. We’ve heard that the guided tours originating there at 11 daily are very good.

6. USS LST Ship Memorial

840 Lst Dr, Evansville, IN 47713-3108 +1 812-435-8678
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4.5 based on 274 reviews

USS LST Ship Memorial

The USS LST Ship Memorial is the last fully operational WWII Landing Ship, Tank in the United States, and is dedicated to these very important ships and the men who served on them. The USS LST 325 was one of the over 200 that participated in the Normandy Landings. Tours of the ship are guided as the ship is fully operational, and run on the hour with the last tour going on ship at 3:00 PM.

Reviewed By lid535535 - Olathe, Kansas

We were I town for a concert which just happened to be on Veterans Day. We wanted to see the ship so we went and they were having a free breakfast with Veterans that we didn't know about but graciously accepted. How amazing to eat with all of these amazing men and women on a WWII war ship ON Veterans day! The ship was fascinating. The tour guide was actually on a LST in Vietnam and knew that type of ship inside and out! Tours were $10. It's all volunteers well worth the money. On the river so bring a jacket in fall!

7. New Harmony Soap Company

512 Main St, New Harmony, IN 47631-9614 +1 812-682-0515
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5 based on 19 reviews

New Harmony Soap Company

Reviewed By Holly B

My referral came from the owners sister in law and she was so right about this place. LOVED IT! (She was the whole reason I visited New Harmony in the first place) will give a big shout out on social media about this place! I can't stop washing my hands with the lavender/vanilla soap and we are still here in new harmony and only staying 1 day. I will be ordering for sure online for gifts for my family this coming holiday season!

8. Bosse Field

23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, IN 47711-3000 +1 812-435-8686
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4.5 based on 113 reviews

Bosse Field

Reviewed By Joseph F - Evansville, Indiana

If you are traveling to Evansville, Indiana, you need to take a short drive over to Bosse Field. If you've see the movie A League of Their Own, you have already caught a glimpse of the park as the movie was filmed here. And if you love baseball then you need to time your visit to catch a minor league game when the Evansville Otters are playing at home. Bosse has been an Evansville treasure for 102 years.

9. Harmonie State Park

3451 Harmonie State Park Rd, New Harmony, IN 47631-9519 +1 812-682-4821
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4 based on 30 reviews

Harmonie State Park

A good camping, fishing and recreation area.

Reviewed By Katsuper8 - Dallas, Texas

We stayed for one day on our way to visit family. We sleep in our van kinda like a tent. The park was well maintained and the paths were well marked. Everything was mowed and there were no over grown trees or bushes around the camp site. All of the sites were lined up which gave it an RV park or KOA feel. If you are the type of person that is not really a regular camper this is the perfect place to go. If you go to state parks for a natural feel this seems a little unnatural. They had a lot of great things for kids to do including regular programs and a nature center with a bee hive. We camped at the end of a small loop so it was quiet. My complaint is about the regular employees. (not the camp hosts) We stopped at the park office to get a site. There was three uniformed employees there. One turned to us long enough to say this was not the place to do that and we needed to go to the booth. They all then turned away from us and went back to there conversation. We did not feel very welcome. I have been camping all my life all over the United States and have never gotten such a cold welcome. We drove to the booth and asked about our reservation we were given the information and then felt dismissed by the employee leaving the window and sitting back at there desk. We felt like we were a nuisance and did not feel welcome to ask about the park amenities. We took a hike which was very pleasant. We wanted to ask about things we saw along the path but we did not feel comfortable to approach any employees. We are accustomed to happy smiling employees that love to help and talk about there park. There are plenty of other parks to go to so we will not go back.

10. Willard Library

21 N 1st Ave, Evansville, IN 47710-1294 +1 812-425-4309
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4.5 based on 67 reviews

Willard Library

Reviewed By treasureseekermth633 - Louisville, Kentucky

The interior of this library is breathtaking. I would love to have a public library like this in my city. There are many warm, inviting places to read and study. The friendly library staff know they have a unique gem and are more than willing to show it off to you. Make sure you also visit the gallery at the back. A well executed photo wall shows Evansville with many antique photos as well as the development of the library by Mr Willard.
Well done, Evansville, on keeping this library for the public!

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