Kokomo Spring Break Fun Guide

Spring has arrived. And that means only one thing to students — spring break is finally here! Fortunately for parents, you don’t need to hit the road for a fun week with the kids. There’s plenty to do right here at home.

Visitors travel to our community to see and experience the many unique attractions we have here, and spring break is an opportunity to visit these places in your own community and enjoy time with your family. To help you make the most of your break, the Visitors Bureau suggests the following activities.

Note: Check with each location for information on specific COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. 

Local Art Experiences

There are plenty of options to experience art in Kokomo! Take a behind-the-scenes tour of America’s oldest art glass company (right here in Kokomo) and watch how art glass is made, take a class to make your own piece of art or explore downtown by finding art hidden around every corner with a fun scavenger hunt.  

Kokomo Opalescent Glass

On the behind-the-scenes factory tour of Kokomo Opalescent Glass, you can experience up close the fascinating technique of making art sheet glass. So close, in fact, that you can feel the heat of the 2,500-degree furnace. They still manufacture art sheet glass the same way it was made more than a century ago. The tour also includes a demonstration of glass blowing and a gift. Classes are available for individuals or small groups to make your own glass creation!
Cost: $6 general admission, $3 for students; cost for classes vary 
Where: 1310 S. Market St., Kokomo 
When: All tours must be scheduled in advance.  Call 765-457-1829 to schedule your tour or class.
More info: www.kog.com

Fired Arts Studio (DIY)

Paint your own pottery in this family arts center. Check out hundreds of options of pre-fired bisque, waiting for you to add your creative finish! Walk-ins welcome. Classes and workshops also available. 
Cost: Pieces are individually marked from $2-$100 and there is a $5.00 studio fee per painter
Where: 106 N. Main St. (downstairs), Kokomo
When: Open Wed-Thurs. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri-Sat. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. & Sun. 12-5 p.m. 
More info: www.firedartsstudio.com 


Stain on Main (DIY)

Sign up for a class and choose from a variety of designs and quotes to create your own wooden sign decor and more.
Cost: Prices vary, depending on size and design
Where: 106 N. Main St. (upstairs), Kokomo
When: Call ahead at 765-459-7194 to reserve a spot in a class 
More info: www.stainonmain.com


Downtown Kokomo Art Walk Scavenger Hunt

There is art around every corner in downtown Kokomo, including colorful murals, art alleys, art banners, a sculpture walk and a variety of unique public art installations. Challenge yourself or others to find all 10 art pieces throughout downtown on the Art Walk Scavenger Hunt. 
Cost: Free
Where: Downtown Kokomo
When: Always open
More info: Download an Art Walk Scavenger Hunt Map at www.visitkokomo.org/downtown-art


Artist Alley

Take in an art show — outside! Kokomo’s first outdoor public art gallery. While you’re there, get your photo taken in an art replica of a 1894 Haynes Pioneer. Yes, you can actually sit in it!
Cost: Free
Where: In the alley next to Kokomo Artworks Gallery, 210 N. Main St., Kokomo
When: Always open
More info: Find Artist Alley on Facebook


Explore Local Museums

Did you know that famous inventor Elwood Haynes who invented “America’s First Car” and stainless steel was from Kokomo? Did you know that the beautiful and historic Seiberling Mansion was built in 1891 and now houses various exhibits on local history? Explore these local museums to learn more about our community! 

Elwood Haynes Museum

“America’s First Car” was developed in 1894 by Elwood Haynes and you can take a stroll through his former residence and see a number of his possessions. Haynes was a prolific inventor, creating such things as stainless steel and several alloys. You can also see many of his inventions at the museum.
Cost: Freewill donation
Where: 1915 S. Webster St., Kokomo
When: Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Sunday 1-4 p.m. 
More info: 765-456-7500, www.cityofkokomo.org 

 

Seiberling Mansion

Explore our community’s past while enjoying the beauty of the stunning Seiberling Mansion built in 1891 by industrialist Monroe Seiberling. Featuring late-Victorian architecture and hand-carved woodwork, the historic home offers multiple exhibits highlighting the history of Howard County through fascinating historical photos and artifacts. 
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children
Where: 1200 W. Sycamore St., Kokomo
When: Tuesday to Sunday 1-4 p.m. 
More info: 765-452-4314, www.hchistory.org

 

Kirkendall Nature Center

An animal and nature lover’s dream, the center has a large diorama of preserved animals, including a beaver, an albino muskrat, a barn owl, deer, a great blue herron, a bull elk and much more. There’s also mounts of fish, insects and butterflies, as well as fossils on display. In the center’s five large aquariums, you’ll find native species of fish, frogs, lizards and snakes. And that’s just the inside! Head outside and enjoy a nature walk on the trail as well. 
Cost: Free 
Where: Inside Jackson Morrow Park, 4200 S. Park Road, Kokomo 
When: Tuesday and Thursday 2-5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Sunday 1-4 p.m.
More info: 765-864-1655, www.cityofkokomo.org

Outdoor Fun

As the weather warms up, head outdoors to stay active and get some fresh air! There is plenty to see and do.

Trails

Whether you’re looking to walk, run, bike or rollerblade, there’s no shortage of trails to choose from in Kokomo. So grab your family or friends and hit the Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence Trail, Industrial Heritage Trail, Cloverleaf Trail, Nickel Plate Trail or walking paths throughout the community’s parks.
Cost: Free
When: Always open
Where: Throughout the community
More info: Download a Trail Experience Map at www.visitkokomo.org/maps-guides


Skate parks

For the sk8ters, Kokomo offers not one but three skate parks! With a 90-degree bent full pipe and bowls of varying sizes, Kokomo Pipeline Skate Park is a world-class facility for advanced skaters and BMX biker riders. Studebaker Skate Park and Foster Park Skate Park are also available to those with in-line skates and skateboards.
Cost: Free
When: Open during daylight hours
Where: Kokomo Pipeline Skate Park, 4200 S. Park Road, Kokomo; Studebaker Skate Park, 1030 N. Purdum St., Foster Skate Park, 721 W. Superior St., Kokomo
More info: 765-456-7275, www.cityofkokomo.org


Disc golf course

Try your hand at disc golf at Highland Park. The 18-hole course plays around a deep brook with a man-made waterfall. There’s a variety of difficult shots to keep players engaged. 
Cost: Free
When: During daylight hours
Where: Highland Park, 1402 W. Defenbaugh St., Kokomo
More info: 765-456-7275, www.cityofkokomo.org

 

Crown Haven Center

From a petting zoo to pony rides to archery tag, Crown Haven Center packs in the fun. Many of the activities are available both indoors and outdoors, include horseback riding. For the thrill seeker, check out the off-road military vehicle rides!
Cost: Varies by activity
Where: 5282 W. 250 South, Russiaville
When: Call ahead to book your visit in advance

More info: 765-480-3930, www.crownhavencenter.com


Old Ben

You don’t have to travel Route 66 to find large-scaled oddities to snap a selfie with — the World’s Largest Steer can be found in Highland Park! Weighing in at 4,000 at the time of his death in 1920, Old Ben stands more than 6.5 feet tall, 14 feet around and more than 16 feet long. And Ben is pretty famous, too. He was featured on the “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” in 1968. He shares a pavilion in the park with the Giant Sycamore Stump, which is another sight to behold. 
Cost: Free 
Where: Highland Park, 900 W. Defenbaugh St., Kokomo 
When: Open during daylight hours 
More info: www.cityofkokomo.org/


Savor Local Flavors

You don’t have to travel to Italy to find authentic Italian favorites, France to enjoy French croissants, or Ireland for Irish cuisine. Find plenty of unique flavors and great American fare right here in Kokomo!  To find a complete list of local restaurants, visit our website

Martino’s Italian Villa

You don’t have to travel to New York to have Hall of Fame-worthy pizza. You just have to travel to Martino’s Italian Villa, which was inducted into the National Pizza Hall of Fame in 2017. While you’re there, be sure to get a selfie in the gondola!
Where: 1929 N. Washington St., Kokomo
When: Open daily, except Sundays
More info: 765-457-9181, martinositalianvilla.net

 

Cook McDoogal’s Irish Pub

Check out this traditional Irish pub with both Irish and American fare.  Local favorites include fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, burgers, tenderloins and McDoogal Balls.
Where: 100 N. Main St., Kokomo
When: Open daily, except Sundays
More info: 765-450-6143


Hawg Heaven

There’s food in Kokomo that’s turning heads all across the states, and that includes Hawg Heaven. This local barbecue joint was ranked No. 1 on the Top 8 “Hole in the Wall BBQ Restaurants in Indiana That Will Make Your Tastebuds Go Crazy.” The ranking applauds the Kokomo eatery for its standout dishes including rack of ribs, brisket platter and pulled pork. 
Where: 425 W. Defenbaugh St., Kokomo
When: Open daily, except Sundays
More info: 765-450-6584

 

Pastarrific Italian Restaurant

Family-friendly eatery offers an extensive Italian menu, including Italian favorites and pizza & a piano bar for live local music (schedule may vary.) 
Where: 3001 S. Webster St., Kokomo
When: Open daily, except Mondays
More info: 765-455-1312 or www.pastarrific.net

Petite Patisserie 

This newly opened bakery and cafe in downtown features French favorites like croissants, pastries and crepes (both savory and sweet), along with a variety of soup and sandwich options.
Where: 108 N. Main St., Kokomo
When: Open daily, except Mondays and Sundays
More info: 765-865-8259 or visit their Facebook page

 

This list just scratches the surface! To find more things to do in Kokomo, visit our website at www.VisitKokomo.org

 

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