10 Things to Do in Terre Haute That You Shouldn't Miss

November 9, 2017 Deane Carmody

Just off the I-70 at the gateway to Illinois, Terre Haute is a refreshing hub of arts and activity in the midst of the heartland. The historic U.S. Highway 40 forms the National Road, taking travelers on a scenic route past historic bakeries, sculptures and the oldest billboard in the state. Take a tour of the downtown area and discover museums, galleries and quaint cafes. Visit Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College across the Wabash River to honor its founder, recently sainted Mother Theodore Guerin.
Restaurants in Terre Haute

1. Candles Holocaust Museum

1532 S 3rd St, Terre Haute, IN 47802-1012 +1 812-234-7881
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5 based on 111 reviews

Candles Holocaust Museum

Reviewed By TravelChic4469 - Terre Haute, Indiana

I came here in October for an event in their speaker series and to browse the museum. The speaker was excellent and informative thus allowing me to appreciate the programming of the museum. Not many museums this small would have this level of educational offering. What an asset this community has in this museum!

2. Deming Park

500 S Fruitridge Ave, Terre Haute, IN 47803-1931 +1 812-232-0147
Excellent
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4.5 based on 83 reviews

Deming Park

Located on the East side of Terre Haute, Deming Park is the largest park in Terre Haute's municipal parks system. The park's 177 acres is home to the Oakley Playground, the Clark-Landsbaum Arboretum, an 18 hole disc-golf course, a public pool, the Spirit of Terre Haute miniature train, several athletic courts, and two lakes. This is a must see for families and nature lovers.

Reviewed By John W - Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Beautifully laid out. Great paths to stroll through. Great pool for all the family. Great little pond to go fishing. Lots of various activities to do. Bar-B-Q areas, Tennis Courts, Fantastic Play Grounds etc etc etc....The finest example of how a park should be for all ages young and old!!!!

3. Clabber Girl Museum

900 Wabash Ave, Terre Haute, IN 47807-3208 +1 812-232-9446
Excellent
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4.5 based on 172 reviews

Clabber Girl Museum

Reviewed By Bob M - Terre Haute, Indiana

very clean great food friendly and fast.Great place to shop or just look around.If you are a race fan there is a wide assortment of collectables. If you want to have memories when you were a child is place will do that.Overall a place you should visit.

4. Terre Haute Childrens Museum

727 Wabash Ave, Terre Haute, IN 47807-3203 +1 812-235-5548
Excellent
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4.5 based on 131 reviews

Terre Haute Childrens Museum

Reviewed By TINA C

We always go here for birthday parties and company parties. The children love it and there is so much to do. The new exhibit near the entrance with all of the air pressure and electric circuit building was brilliant and extremely refreshing! It is so important to rotate out, keep current, and update-stayed tuned as I see great things happening with this museum!

5. Veterans Memorial Museum of Terre Haute

1129 Wabash Ave, Terre Haute, IN 47807-3211 +1 812-208-1396
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5 based on 38 reviews

Veterans Memorial Museum of Terre Haute

Reviewed By TonyTimeShare - Dallas, TX

Just visited today. The place is small, but packed with great artifacts and very nicely displayed. The museum spans WWI through Desert Storm. Displays are mostly chronological and feature uniforms, actual photos and memorabilia including US and enemy pieces. The thing that makes it more interesting is that most of the items are matched to the service man or woman to whom they belonged. There are often photos of the person along with letters, personal photos, uniforms, flags, equipment, guns, ordinance, maps and all kinds of memorabilia either donated or acquired.

In addition to the displays, the curator is happy to provide further details and background to the items and people. He even took out some of the original rifles and let my son handle and compare the German and Japanese rifles. He features a lot of heroes local to Terre Haute or Indiana and occasionally some of the vets will show up in the museum. There is no charge to visit, but we left generous donations. This is a great place for TH and should be preserved.

We will definitely visit again to spend more time exploring the displays.

6. Swope Art Museum

25 S 7th St, Terre Haute, IN 47807-3692 +1 812-238-1676
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Swope Art Museum

Reviewed By DotHam - Terre Haute, IN

Local museum has outstanding collections with a gallery of regional art featuring the works of Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton and John Stuart Curry. Other painting and media galleries, sculpture, photographs, art shows, special exhibits, tours, lectures and many community supporters make this small museum equal to those in bigger venues.

7. Vigo County Public Library

1 Library Sq, Terre Haute, IN 47807-3609 +1 812-232-1113
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5 based on 24 reviews

Vigo County Public Library

Reviewed By Sandy M

When we moved to Terre Haute and our children were young we stumbled across the main branch of the library. We were pleasantly surprised at how nice it was - lovely building is very inviting to sit and read. They have a good range of books, audio books, movies and music. Their children's room is friendly, interactive and has a lot of computers for children only. The staff is friendly and helpful. It is a gathering place for communities in their generous meeting space.

8. Fowler Park

10654 Bono Rd, Terre Haute, IN 47802-8580 +1 812-462-3413
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Fowler Park

Reviewed By Murphy512 - Oxford, Mississippi

What a neat place, reminded me of seeing old homesteads in the Smoky Mountains .. (Although, ya don't see Covered Bridge's in the South) .. Our dog loved walking the area with us. They also have a picnic area and play yard for kids .. Surprised there wasn't more people there, although so nice to walk thru just us

9. Boot City Opry

11800 Highway 41 South, Terre Haute, IN 47802 +1 812-299-8379
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Boot City Opry

Reviewed By Jan J - Terre Haute, Indiana

We have seen several shows at Boot City. They are usually $15.00 each, sometimes $20. Boot City offers good, clean entertainment. I would say some shows are GREAT, but for a review I will tell you some are better than others-the owners try to keep the cost low and I think that might limit them sometimes. I've never really been disappointed in any of the performers we've seen there.The most recent show we saw was Emily Portman and she was FANTASTIC. It's always a "calm" crowd--and nice night of music. Candy, popcorn and soft drinks are for sale. As to boots or jeans...they have a lot of choices but I haven't really shopped there. You can have dinner at Pat's which is attached to Boot City and make a night of it! Even if you don't want dinner, be sure to have a piece of Pat's pie!

10. Yogurt in Love

675 Wabash Ave, Terre Haute, IN 47807-3201 +1 812-233-8700
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Yogurt in Love

Self serve frozen yogurt, gelato, sorbet and Italian ice offerings with many rotating flavors and over 50 topping choices. Fun, inviting and family-friendly atmosphere. Private parties available. Ask us how you can win a free cup!

Reviewed By Dawn M - Vienna, Virginia

I loved this little shop. The staff were very helpful, offering to serve me samples of the different flavors. I liked their flavor selection.

They have a little contest. If you can correctly guess the weight of your cup of yogurt when they weigh it, you win a coupon for 10 ounces of free yogurt on your next visit. I was way off on my guess but it was still fun.

The place is sparkling clean and nicely laid out. Plenty of room. There is a table in the front window and when I went in, two people where playing checkers there while they ate their yogurt.

I highly recommend this shop.

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