What To Do in Montgomery County
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Things to Do in Montgomery County

No matter the season, there are countless exciting and rewarding activities in Crawfordsville and surrounding Montgomery County. Create some great family memories today!

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Wondering what to do today? Montgomery County has a broad array of retail shops, interesting museums, art galleries, and entertainment options to keep you busy. If you’re looking for that special gift or unbeatable bargain, visit one of the several unique shops, antique stores or art galleries. If you’re a history buff, visit the home of Henry S. Lane, General Lew Wallace’s study, or one of our other historical museums in the county. Click the banners below to explore!

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Tanks, planes and more.

Tour the study where General Lew Wallace wrote one of the most famous novels in history, Ben-Hur. See and touch actual WWII armored vehicles, tanks and weaponry at the Ropkey Armor Museum. For railroad buffs, visit the oldest intact junction depot in Indiana, the Linden Railroad Museum.

From historic Victorian-style houses to an old rotary style jail (one of only seven in the U.S. and the only one in operating condition), you’ll need extra film while you learn much about history of our county, state and nation.

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Check out the Historic Vanity Theater for entertaining plays, musical performances and special film nights. Feel like taking in the latest blockbuster? Our local cinema has 9 showings on the big screen every day.

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Visit the Athens of Indiana Arts Gallery where you will find an array of paintings, woodworking, jewelry and other media, located in downtown Crawfordsville.

The Tannenbaum Cultural Center is a new addition for the Rotary Jail Museum offering an art center and multipurpose facility. The center features meeting spaces, a catering kitchen and two kilns.

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Where to Shop

Montgomery County offers a broad array of shopping options. Visit Crawfordsville, a true walking downtown, and browse specialty shops and retail establishments. You’ll find quaint gift shops, jewelry and clothing, antique stores, furniture and more. Enjoy the day with a stop at one of the cafes or local restaurants. Hit the outskirts for various plazas and outdoor malls with multiple stores and restaurants nearby.

Then, be sure to visit one of the many historical towns in our county where you’re sure to make that special, one-of-a-kind find.

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Get Outdoors

Do you enjoy a round of golf or hiking a trail in peaceful woods? Montgomery County is the place to be! Shades State Park and Pine Hills Nature Preserve feature sandstone cliffs overlooking Sugar Creek and challenging hiking. Devil’s Backbone in Pine Hills is a 7 foot wide ridge 100 feet above two creeks.

Lake Waveland Park offers a 360-acre lake for boating, swimming, and fishing. The park includes modern and primitive campsites, miniature golf, horse shoe pits, and more. Bachner Nature Preserve on Offield Monument Road serves as a wildlife habitat and canoe launch. Crawfordsville Park and Recreation offers a variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation, from the Sugar Creek Rail Trail to Milligan Park with playgrounds and a skate park. Elston Park has 3 softball diamonds.


Check out Plaza Lanes Family Entertainment Center for bowling and laser tag! While you’re there, you can dine at Crash McClains! They’re located at 1643 Eastway Drive on the east side of Crawfordsville Square. Call 765.362.5633 for more details.


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