Top 10 Things to do in Bedford, United States

October 16, 2017 Alice Mieles

Bedford is a city in Shawswick Township, Lawrence County, Indiana, United States. The population was 13,413 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Lawrence County.
Restaurants in Bedford

1. Joe Palooka Statue

Main Street, Oolitic, IN 47451
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Joe Palooka Statue

Reviewed By Hoosier2 - Bedford, Indiana

If you are ever in the Oolitic Indiana area, you should drive to the U.S. Postal Office and stop and see the larger than life limestone statue of Joe Palooka that is displayed there.
For those who don't know who Joe Palooka was, and he was really before my time, I believe he was a comic book or funny pages character, a boxer.
This limestone statue is a fine example of limestone sculptures that have been carved by local stone masons and shipped around the world. Cut from some of the world's best limestone. Limestone that has been used for buildings for decades around the world.

2. Bluespring Caverns

1459 Blue Spring Caverns Rd, Bedford, IN 47421-8207 +1 812-279-9471
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4.5 based on 174 reviews

Bluespring Caverns

Reviewed By jillianrene - Albany, Indiana

Loved the story behind this place. Very unique to ride in a boat through a cave. Guide was great. There's a very steep grade to walk down to get to the cavern which could be hard on people who have issues walking. We had a...MoreWe are so glad that you enjoyed the boat tour. The hill is very steep, but the trip is unforgettable! Hope to see you again soon.

3. Hoosier National Forest

811 Constitution Ave, Bedford, IN 47421-9538 +1 812-275-5987
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Hoosier National Forest

Reviewed By caleb h - Tucson, Arizona

There are a few reasons why i liked my 20 mile solo backpacking here. 1. Trees spaced perfectly for tent and hammock camping just about anywhere. 2. Tons of designated first come first serve campsites EVERYWHERE, even more than shown on their map. 3. It attracts decent crowds that are less likely to be parting groups and seems more family oriented (so less crowded in general). 4. Lots of low level streams for water (if you purify it first) 5. Every few regulations, fires allowed, lots of parking, no park fees during off season, ect...

The down side is there's not too much to Deam's trails. There are sloping hills, a little wildlife, streams, and the peninsula is alright, though littered with campers. I drove 1.5 hours to overnight backpack, and though I was not completely blown away, it was a very calm and nice time. Would definitely recommend if you are 45 minutes way or closer.

Then only down side

4. Milwaukee Trail

Bedford, IN
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Milwaukee Trail

Reviewed By Danielle C

It was a cold end of march day and with younger kids wanted an easy trail. Lots of places to go off trail and see and poke at and take pictures at. The gravel is well packed and easy to walk on with new bridges over the creek. Little falls here and there with surprise hills and fallen trees. What I'm sad and depressed to see was all the graffiti and trash that was on the rocks and in the streams and spread across the greens. There has to be someone that maintains the trail because of the new bridges and the cut trees that had fallen across the path so why not clean up the rest? Better yet why do people have to litter or tag things anyway? My younger daughter asked what it was painted on the limestone because she'd never seen graffiti before and she thought the old tires that were scattered across the creek were there from the war days! I love how she's yet to see the ill ways of human nature.

5. Applacres

3 miles south of Bedford, Bedford, IN 47421 +1 812-279-9721
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Applacres

Reviewed By Michael D - Bloomington

Wife and I stopped on a Saturday afternoon. There are free samples of apple cider and popcorn as soon as you walk in the door; good selection of produce, depending on the season; bulk garden seeds and plants during the season and of course a large selection of apples. Also, coffee from JavAroma, local Mitchell roaster. Almost forgot, stick candy for the kids too.

6. Lawrence County Historical and Genealogical Society

929 15th St, Bedford, IN 47421-3813 +1 812-278-8575
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Lawrence County Historical and Genealogical Society

Reviewed By Charles M - Evansville, Indiana

very well displayed, easy to view what they had. Very friendly staff. Educational. I loved the old paintings of the town main street from circa 1969.

7. Salt Creek Brewery

466 Old State Road 37 N, Bedford, IN 47421-8068 +1 812-277-8277
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5 based on 5 reviews

Salt Creek Brewery

Reviewed By Rick47172

Don't the building keep you away. Very rural look, which adds to the atmosphere. Wait till you sample the beer. Good selection of craft beer. Great service. Had pork tenderloin, hamburger, and beef stew. Excellent meals with the beer. Clean. Love the setting in the bar. Comfortable. Good service. Fair pricing. Ample close in parking. Worth a stop.

8. The Primitive Porch

191 Old US Highway 50, Bedford, IN 47421-8294 +1 812-279-0300
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4 based on 5 reviews

The Primitive Porch

Reviewed By Danielle C

This little shop is quite cute and country themed They offer a wide variety of country decorating items, jewelry and all things that smell good. If you're home resembles this country feel then you've hit the nail on the head with a visit here. They do have some garden accessories but
Not as much as I was hoping for. The owner is adorable and sweet and it's located right off the highway but could be hard to miss if you weren't specially looking for it. Items tend to run a bit touristy and most items will need to be carefully wrapped if traveling long distance.

9. Highway 37 Flea Market

9746 State Road 37, Bedford, IN 47421-8308 +1 812-277-8780
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Highway 37 Flea Market

Reviewed By Mbhnm - Maryville, Tennessee

Highway 37 Flea Market is behind the French Lick Auto shop, look carefully or you might miss it. The Market seems a step above you average flea market, more of a small antique mall. There were a number of good buys we found, several of which I will post pictures of once the review is up. Not all the prices were a bargain, but many vendors had items priced aggressively. Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area, just down the street from Applacres, a local landmark for more than sixty years.

10. Wildflower Antiques and Primitives

1524 I St, Bedford, IN 47421-3836 +1 812-329-6909
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5 based on 1 reviews

Wildflower Antiques and Primitives

We're a great antiques store on the east side of Bedford, IN square. Please come and visit us.

Reviewed By Karen J

A wide array of vintage and antiques with some one of kind items created by local artists. Friendly, helpful staff. Located in building that has significant historical value, many of the original details are featured and add to the overall charm of the store. I could browse for hours! You can find something for every budget as unique gifts or a special treat to you!

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