Saturday, October 2, 2010

French Lick Resort’s Autumn Magic Festival Returns

Fall is officially underway and what better way to experience the season than at French Lick Resort! From hiking and biking to horseback riding and boating, this Midwest premiere resort destination will have ample choices for viewing the beautiful hues of red, orange and yellow. The dense tree lines surrounding the French Lick Resort make it an ideal place to experience the fall foliage.

Scenic Patoka Lake, located just 12 miles from French Lick Resort, is offering two-hour sightseeing excursions on the 8,800 acre lake. The guided tours offer a glimpse into the area’s wildlife and amazing fall colors. The tours are available October 3, 10 and 17 at noon. Tickets for the relaxing boat ride are $45 per person and include hors d’ oeuvres and refreshing beverages.

Train enthusiasts will enjoy taking in the vibrant autumn scenery by way of a vintage train. The Indiana Railway Museum is offering guests a 20-mile round trip view of the area at its best. The train departs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets for adults are $14, children 3-11 are $7 and children two and under are free. For more information, call the Indiana Railway Museum at 1-800-74-TRAIN.

Those who prefer to travel on their own can take a scenic drive through the Hoosier National Forest for 13, 25 or 35-mile routes of red, gold and orange foliage. Each route offers stunning views of the resort’s golf courses as well as historic sites. Guests can also enjoy 13 miles of hiking and biking trails on resort grounds. Touring bikes are available at the Valley Links Learning Center daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with rentals starting at $5 for the first hour. Maps for all routes are available at the hotel concierge desks, Spring House Gifts and online.

Riding of a different kind is also available at The Stables at French Lick. Guests can saddle up on one of the resort’s 36 horses for a trail ride offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with rates starting at $38. Those looking for more a leisurely view of the leaves can take advantage of the resort’s horse-drawn carriage. Alternating between the West Baden Springs Hotel and the French Lick Springs Hotel, the carriage is available daily from 5-9 p.m. The price is $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-12 years old and $45 for families.

A variety of Fall activities will also be available through October such as The Legend of the Lost Train, which is offered every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Guests can board the train if they dare, for a ghostly ride along the forest filled with goblins and through the haunted Burton Tunnel. Special kid friendly rides will also be available on October 22 and 29 at 5:30 p.m.

The resort’s KidsFest program will be offering several fall activities as well. Every weekend, children can take part in a fall hike, pumpkin painting fall crafts and more.

The casino is also getting in on the fun by offering $20,000 October Casinofest Cash on Oct. 9, 16 and 23 from 3 – 11 p.m. Randomly selected guests will have the chance to choose a stein and keep what’s inside. Patrons are even guaranteed to receive a $75 French Lick Resort gift card for just being selected!

For more information on the Autumn Magic Festival or other Fall activtities, please visit or call (888) 936-9360.

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