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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A host of FREE experiences await visitors to Corydon, IN, including historical sites, wineries, nature reserves and more

With gas prices skyrocketing this summer, the charming town of Corydon, Indiana offers a host of FREE events and activities throughout the summer. This quaint little southern Indiana town is known for the quirky people, fun shops and loads of local favorites. Whether it's complimentary wine tastings and winery tours, heritage and Underground Railroad trails or a picnic in one of the area's gorgeous nature preserves, visitors are treated to a wide variety of free activities, demonstrating why Corydon is the perfect getaway choice for groups of girlfriends, families or couples seeking a romantic weekend.

Historic Corydon is home to the only Civil War battle fought in Indiana. The Battle of Corydon Memorial Park is the historical site where this famous battle occurred on July 9, 1863. With no admission charge it's the perfect place to relive history. Visitors can stop by the Leora Brown School, one of Indiana’s oldest standing single-room schoolhouses was built during segregation as a school for African American children. Children and adults alike will also benefit from the Southeast Indiana Trails to Freedom Underground Railroad Driving Tour. Powerful, emotional and free, this driving tour outlines the extensive Underground Railroad sites throughout southeast Indiana. Free maps and routes highlighting actual houses and hideout locations, including slave narratives, are available at no charge to guests.

Corydon is also home to numerous farms, parks and nature preserves. Kids will enjoy seeing the amazing alpacas at Flatwoods Farm, and parents will enjoy the lack of admission fee. Hayswood Nature Reserve is the ideal place to enjoy a low-cost picnic lunch while viewing the lush scenery. This county park is fully equipped with a fun playground, picnic shelter and shimmering lake. The 302-mile Ohio River Scenic Byway driving tour is another free option, taking visitors past pastoral farms, barns, scenic natural areas, miles of vineyards, orchards and more.

The region is also known for acres and acres of local wineries. Most offer free tastings and tours, offering great experiences for couples and groups of friends, such as Best Vineyard's four-acre vineyard, two acres of you-pick raspberries and an acre of elderberries. Free wine tastings are offered daily at Indian Creek Winery, where private parties, music and catered dinners are also featured. Scout Mountain Winery and Turtle Run Winery also offer orchards and wineries on site, as well as tours and other seasonal events throughout the year.

Corydon and the surrounding area also feature a number of free festivals and special events throughout the summer, including FREE monthly Bluegrass on the Square concerts in downtown Corydon July 24 and August 28. Free live music concerts also take place every Saturday through October from 2 to 6 p.m. at Best Vineyards Winery and Sundays from 1:30-5:30 p.m. at Turtle Run Winery. The free Cruisin' To Culver's Car Show takes place July 17 and August 21. On July 31, food, games, live entertainment, booths, a cornhole tournament, cruise-in and demonstrators are all free and take place at the Old Town Leavenworth Park. A free family festival featuring live ethnic music, international exhibits, children's games and art projects, international food tasting and "passports" that children take to exhibits to win prizes takes place August 14th during the World on the Square Festival.

For more information on any of these free attractions, or to learn more about historic Corydon, IN, visit

Beyond these memorable free attractions, Corydon, offers travelers an incredible collection of historic sites and events. Visitors marvel at the natural wonders of two unique cave systems: the U.S. National Landmark Marengo Caves and Squire Boone Caverns. The Corydon Capitol State Historic Site marks Corydon’s place as Indiana’s first capital. The Constitution Elm is another favorite visitor site, under which Indiana delegates met to draft the state’s first constitution. Visitors will also find plenty of diverse lodging options in the area, including a historic bed and breakfast, affordable modern hotels and even a riverboat casino. Complete visitor information and a free visitors guide is available at or calling (888) 738-2137.

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