Anderson Madison County Visitor Guide

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Anderson Madison County Visitors Center

6335 S. Scatterfield Rd. • Anderson, IN 46013

765-643-5633 • 800-533-6569

WELCOME From festivals, museums, music and theatre to shopping, racing and gaming, both Anderson and Madison County have something for everyone all year long.



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Visitors Bureau Staff: Mark Thacker - Executive Director Maureen Lambert, CTIS - Marketing/Tourism Director Esther Cleary - Office Manager Ali Adams - Social Media Coordinator Cheryl Shank, CCEP - Tourism Specialist

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Madison County and its largest city, Anderson, are conveniently located in East Central Indiana, less than one hour northeast of Indianapolis.


TABLE OF CONTENTS FESTIVALS & Fairs ���������������� 2 Theatre, ArtS & History ��� 4 Attractions ������������������������������ 6 Shopping ������������������������������������12 Dining �����������������������������������������16 Venues ����������������������������������������18 Lodging ������������������������������������� 19



Thank you to the photographers featured in this publication:

I-69, Exit 226

Ali Adams Anderson University Connor Carr Dale Pickett Jerry Byard John Lund Mike DeLong Rachael B Photography Sandy Hampton Stephanie Nicol Terri Williams The Times-Post And thank you to our local businesses who provided photos.


Dan Patch Festival


MLK Day Celebration


Anderson University Spring into Dance


Anderson Sertoma Club Mayor’s Cup Grand Prix Little 500 Festival & Race Pendleton Highway 38 Sale


Pendleton Lions Club June Jamboree Anderson on Tap Anderson Soap Box Derby

Madison County 4-H Fair


Indiana Black Expo, Anderson Chapter Summer Festival Madison County 4-H Fair Lapel Village Fair City of Anderson 4th of July Parade & Celebration 4th of July at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Anderson Speedway Redbud 400


Harrah’s Hoosier Park Dan Patch Festival Elwood Glass Festival Way Out Beer Fest Alexandria Grand Prix Markleville Jamboree

Elwood Glass Festival


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Andersontown Powwow & Indian Market

Frankton Heritage Days


Fall Creek Heritage Fair Downtown Pendleton Fall Festival Andersontown Powwow & Indian Market Frankton Heritage Days


Red Gold Chili Cook-Off & 5K Run Anderson University Homecoming

Anderson Black Expo Summer Festival


Alexandria Christmas Parade Elwood Christmas Parade/Light Up the Magic City of Anderson Christmas Celebration Anderson Winterfest Anderson University Candles & Carols Nights of Lights – Mounds State Park


Christmas in Pendleton Anderson University Fall into Dance The Paramount Theatre Centre & Ballroom Festival of Trees Shop Small Business Saturday Frankton Christmas Parade

Anderson University Homecoming

Anderson on Tap

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Christmas in Pendleton

Little 500 at Anderson Speedway


Theatre, ArtS & History

Anderson University School of Dance

The ALLEY Theatre Anderson’s Mainstage Theatre


Anderson’s Young Ballet Theatre & Academy

Anderson University School of Music

Tomorrow’s Artists

Yesterday’s Stories

The arts have deep roots in Anderson and Madison County. Outstanding pre-professional dancers of the Anderson University School of Dance and the Anderson Young Ballet Theatre hone their craft to bring stories to life. The ALLEY Theatre, Anderson’s Mainstage, and Anderson University’s School of Music all delight audiences young and old. Consider, too, the Anderson Museum of Art, who under new leadership is bringing art to the masses in new and unique ways.

Legacies are discovered, backstories of historical figures capture us and transport us to another time, and artifacts from the past serve to tell their tales. Treasures lie in our museums—seek and find your place in the history. The Museum of Madison County History, the Pendleton Historical Museum, and the Alexandria-Monroe Historical Society Museum will help you on your way.

Museum of Madison County History

Anderson Museum of Art

Pendleton Historical Museum

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Paintball & scream park Serving Anderson, Madison County, and the entire Indianapolis Metro area, White River Paintball is one of the largest facilities of its kind boasting 12 exciting battle fields. Experiences range from those for the beginner to the most seasoned paintball veterans. Plan your party now, join scenario events, or come for open play! Double your experience in the fall and take part in Zombie Paintball as you visit Indy Scream Park, Indiana’s Premier Halloween Event. Rated one of the best haunted experiences in the country, thrill seekers will enjoy sightings of ghouls, goblins and clowns.

White River Paintball

White River Paintball Indy Scream Park

RANGELINE NATURE PRESERVE MOUNTAIN BIKING More than 180 acres of woods, water and challenging terrain envelops the mountain biking courses at the Rangeline Nature Preserve. Trails range in difficulty from novice to intermediate to expert with each course adding difficulty. The three loops total over 11 miles of trails which have been so wellmaintained that this site is among the most technical in the state. Rangeline Nature Preserve


MOUNDS MYSTERY A visit to Mounds State Park and a conversation with one of the naturalists will allow you to enter another time when the Adena Hopewell people built the Great Mound, or the early 1800’s when the Bronnenbergs arrived and began to settle the county. There is always so much to learn...

The Bronnenberg Home

The Great Mound

Aerial view of the Great Mound

Kayaking at the White River

The Lighthouse at Falls Park


WHITE RIVER If a person walking along the west fork of the White River, a waterway that traverses Indiana, allows their mind to wander, they might envision one of our Native American ancestors paddling their canoe on the quiet current. The ancient waters of the White River have stories to tell.

Biking along the White River Trail

Falls Park, a lovely bit of nature in the town of Pendleton, is home to the “falls” of Fall Creek. By the creek are trails to explore, shallows to wade in, playgrounds, and even wide open spaces for your favorite canine to play in Falls Bark Dog Park.

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Attractions Anderson Speedway

Start Your Engines! Anderson Speedway is home to one of the most legendary short tracks in America. The world’s fastest, high-banked quarter mile oval track hosts weekly races including regional touring series, local late models, street stocks, figure-eight, thunder car racing…even school busses get in on the action. The Little 500, run the day before the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend annually in May attracts fans from all over the country and the world.

School Bus Figure 8s


Soar Indy is the largest soaring operation in Indiana, located in Alexandria. Go on a scenic flight or take an introductory flying lesson then check it off your bucket list! Sat.-Sun., Apr.-Oct. 8

Soar Indy

LIVE harness racing

Try Your Luck

Nationally-known entertainment

Slot machine fun

Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino offers an exhilarating experience 24-hours a day. The spacious casino floor features LIVE table games, the newest slots and hottest table games in the Midwest. Watch LIVE harness racing MarchNovember. Ticketed and free entertainment available, including nationally-known acts. Must be 21+ to enter the casino area. Children welcome in designated areas.

Electronic blackjack

Homestretch Steakhouse


Go Ravens! Anderson University, home of the Ravens, is ready to host all sports fans. From the basketball court to the football field, there is no shortage of great contests to witness throughout the year. Soar, Ravens, Soar!

HELIOS Spiraling skyward in the center of Anderson University’s campus is Helios, a glass sculpture designed to commemorate the school’s 75th anniversary. Created by Professor Arlon Bayliss, a renowned glass artist, Helios stands as a symbol of Anderson University always reaching for excellence.

QUIRKY THINGS The World’s Largest Ball of Paint began as a baseball. Today, that “ball” in Alexandria has grown to weigh over four tons and has been listed twice in the Guinness Book of World Records! Enjoy the uniqueness of Tether Car Racing, with small cars powered with tiny gas engines and tethered to a central post. Jackson Park is the home to one of only three operating tracks in the country! 10

World’s Largest Ball of Paint

Tether car racing

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Performances Under the Stars The Paramount Theatre Centre and Ballroom in Anderson, built as an Eberson atmospheric theatre in 1929, is a centerpiece for the county. Styled as a Spanish courtyard, stars twinkle above the patrons. The venue hosts everything from concerts to ballets, and is home to the Anderson Symphony Orchestra.

jeeps on meridian


Jeeps on Meridian, a car show held annually every summer, provides a fun atmosphere to enjoy live music, food trucks, and more with fellow Jeep-lovers!

Every summer in Madison County, car shows of every type can be visited. Model T’s to muscle cars, hot rods to custom classics, they are all here! 11


ANTIQUE Shopping In an antique shop, items from years past stir up fond memories and give children and grandchildren a glimpse of another era. Burmeister’s Old Towne Antiques of Pendleton and Bittersweet Antiques in Elwood can offer the experience to slow down, indulge a bit of nostalgia, and go back in time.

Uranus Fudge Factory For fudge that is out of this world, make a trip to Uranus Fudge Factory. From the famous destination on Missouri’s Route 66, this landmark has traveled east as Anderson is the next stop for this iconic, quirky establishment with puns around every corner. The order of the day is fun, offered liberally with fabulous fudge, ice cream to scream for, and a huge selection of gifts from the great to the goofy.

Burmeister’s Old Towne Antiques


Out in the Country

The Crabby Apple Family Orchard & Market

Smith Family Farms Pumpkin Patch

The term “farm to table” has been a catch phrase for all things fresh in recent years. In Madison County, from Alexandria to Pendleton to Markleville, the term takes on additional meaning. Smith Family Farms Market, The Hodge Family Farm, and The Crabby Apple Orchard and Market not only provide the best in produce, fresh meats and delectable baked goods, they offer families a way to experience farm life. Being in the fresh air with sweet farm animals to pet, sunflowers to sniff, hay wagons to ride in, pumpkins to pick, and apple cider to drink gives life for those living in the city a different perspective. Another country road will take you to the Madison County Winery. Born from a hobby with wines served to friends, now a great variety of wines are offered for all. These are good reasons to take a ride in the country, find the fresh, and make some memories!

Hodge Family Farms

Madison County Winery



TREASUREs in TROVES Open Gate Design and Décor offers furnishings and décor for any home. Their consulting services allow you to envision what your home can be. The seasonal selections are truly special. Find antiques and decorating ideas at Primitive Blessings in Elwood. This shop in a charming barn overflows with delightful items.

For DIY enthusiasts, Pulp & Pine offers workshops in Anderson. Create charming home décor projects with personalized guidance. All tools and materials are provided.

Simple Goodness Soaps

Collective Roots Café and Market is a welcome place to dine and shop local in Anderson. From farm to table, only local produce, eggs, and meats are good enough for their guests. Soap & Sunshine Apothecary in Alexandria offers natural and creative items for your bath and Simple Goodness Soaps of Elwood has a full line of goat milk soaps and lotions. Elwood’s Gypsy Soul, a unique boutique, is filled with plenty of eclectic offerings, providing a full head-to-toe style experience. Soap & Sunshine Apothecary

Pulp & Pine - DIY Craft Studio & Handmade Market

Open Gate Design & Decor


Collective Roots Local Market & Cafe

Gypsy Soul

Primitive Blessings

B’Dazzled Boutique

AROUND TOWN No matter which town in Madison County you choose, you will always find something to attract your interest. At the south of the county you will enjoy walking Downtown Pendleton as it is lined with shops in historic storefronts. B’Dazzled Boutique, the Rusty Hinge, and others welcome you with small town friendliness. Just a bit to the west, in Lapel you will find one-of-a-kind hand-crafted gifts at Willow by Greg Adams.

Willow by Greg Adams

Historic Downtown Pendleton Shops

Glass Creations For a remembrance that will last lifetimes, choose a beautiful piece of art glass from Carol’s Legacy Crystal. This unique art form, which began in Elwood during the Gas Boom of the late 1800’s, is still alive and well. Carol’s Legacy Crystal

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Dining Frazier’s Dairy Maid

Classic Drive-Ins Take a ride back to the 1950s when drive-ins were all the rage! Today, you can either sit at the counter or car hops will bring your order to your window so that you can enjoy burgers, malts, a frosty root beer and more.

Gene’s Root Beer

The Lemon Drop


Jimmie’s Dairy Bar

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Indiana Foodways Culinary Adventures Madison County has 30 local establishments that are recognized by Indiana Foodways, a statewide non-profit dedicated to the celebration, promotion and preservation of the authentic food culture of Indiana. To learn more or to find the list of our local restaurants, go to

Oakley Brothers’ Distillery

Homestretch Steakhouse at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

Catello’s Italian Art Cuisine

Fun for Foodies

Falls Perk Coffee House

For those who enjoy unexpected offerings at their restaurant of choice, Madison County does not disappoint. A visit to the 1925 PubHouse will offer the best lobster rolls this side of Bar Harbor. Authentic Italian at Catello’s tempts the senses with imaginative entrees; the quintessential Hoosier favorite, the “big as a plate” breaded tenderloin, from The Tin Plate more than satisfies; and a unique flatbread creation from Oakley Brothers’ Distillery will keep the pickiest palate pleased. From north to south and east to west, our cities and towns have fine restaurants, eclectic taverns, and shops specializing in everything from doughnuts to delectable deli sandwiches. Bring your appetite when you visit!

Quack Daddy Donuts

1925 PubHouse

The Tin Plate Fine Food & Spirits



The Crystal Coop

Anderson Country Club

The Edge

LovEvents Banquet Hall

Anderson Museum of Art

Gray’s Park

Millcreek Civic Center

Anderson University

Hawks Point Acres

Paramount Theatre Centre and Ballroom

602 Northshore Blvd., Anderson 765-642-0100 32 W. 10th St., Anderson 765-649-1248

1100 E. 5th St., Anderson 765-641-4145

The Barn on 400

2544 E. 400 S., Anderson 765-643-6213

The Crystal Coop

3400 W. 53rd St., Anderson 765-356-4363

519 Golf Club Rd., Anderson 765-642-4979 2901 N. Madison Ave., Anderson 765-623-1145 4545 S. Madison Ave., Anderson 317-671-6961

Historic Elwood Opera House 202 S. Anderson St., Anderson 765-552-7777 • 317-671-6961

1803 Broadway St., Anderson 317-946-4500 403 W. Main St., Chesterfield 765-378-1023

1124 Meridian Plaza, Anderson 765-642-1234

The Red Barn

8919 W. State Rd 132, Lapel

The Lodge on Main

818 Main St., Lapel 317-506-4663

Hawks Point Acres

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HOTELS & MOTELS Anderson Inn

5810 S. Scatterfield Rd., Anderson 765-642-4384 • Pet Friendly

Anderson Country Inn

Mar-Jon Motel

1327 E. 53rd St., Anderson 765-644-7766 • Small Pets Only

Motel 6

5836 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Anderson 765-643-7777 • Pet Friendly

2205 E. 59th St., Anderson 765-644-4422 • Pet Friendly

Baymont Inn by Wyndham Anderson

Quality Inn & Suites

2215 E. 59th St., Anderson 765-393-8681• No Pets baymont/anderson

Best Western Plus

2114 E. 59th St., Anderson 765-649-2500 • Pet Friendly bestwesternplus/anderson

1836 E. 64th St., Anderson 765-641-9980 • No Pets

Red Roof

6325 S. Scatterfield Rd., Anderson 765-640-1356 • Pet Friendly

Comfort Inn Anderson South 2229 E. 59th St., Anderson 765-649-3000 • No Pets

Days Inn by Wyndham Anderson 5706 S. Scatterfield Rd., Anderson 765-393-8964 • Pet Friendly anderson

Fairfield Inn & Suites

Fairfield Inn & Suites

2400 E. 64th Street 765-374-6300 • No Pets

RV & Tent Campsites

H & K Motel

583 Broadway, Anderson 765-643-6685 • Pet Friendly

3230 E. CR 75N., Anderson 800-562-0795

Hampton Inn

Mounds State Park

Holiday Inn Express

Glo-Wood Campground

2312 Hampton Dr., Anderson 765-622-0700 • No Pets 6720 S. Scatterfield Rd., Anderson 765-779-0111 • No Pets

Anderson/Muncie KOA Holiday

4306 Mounds Rd., Anderson 765-642-6627 9384 W. 700S, Pendleton 317-485-5239


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