Published June 12, 2018
One-Tank Trips: Limberlost State Historic Site
Summertime means one thing: Road trips.
This summer, why not explore what’s in your own backyard by traveling to all the places you’ve driven past but never been to – or falling in love again with old favorites?
“Mom, I’m bored!”
At this location, nature is at the forefront. This location served as author Gene Stratton-Porter’s home before she moved to Rome City – the site of Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site. At Limberlost, visitors can explore the Loblolly Marsh, as well as step inside the actual cabin where Gene lived. Nature programs throughout the summer also offer visitors a chance to enjoy guided tours of the land surrounding the site with an on-staff naturalist.
Hours: Open* Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. *Closed on some holidays – check website for details.
Admission: Adult – $6; Senior (ages 60 and older) – $5; Youth (ages 3-17) – $3; Children under 3 – free.
“Are we there yet?”
202 E. 6th St., Geneva, IN 46740 OR about 104 miles (2 hours) from downtown Indy
Off of S. Main St., there will be a large yellow Limberlost State Historic Site sign on the east side of the road. Turn onto 6th St. and into the parking lot.
“What are we going to do?”
- Tour Gene Stratton-Porter’s house, including her greenhouse.
- See part of Gene Stratton-Porter’s moth collection, and count how many of the moths you’ve seen at the site.
- Hike through Loblolly Marsh to see many different types of birds and other wildlife that call the site home.
“Dad, I’m hungry!”
Be sure to check out some local eateries when you visit – or local coffee shops if parents need a pick-me-up. In nearby Fort Wayne, find tons of restaurants.
“We want to do more!”
One site not enough? Travel about an hour and a half north to Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site. Visitors can tour her cabin and learn about how she used nature as her laboratory while studying and writing about birds, plants and more. The site offers a stunning natural setting with views of Sylvan Lake, the vibrant Wildflower Woods and special gardens started by Gene Stratton-Porter herself.