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Updated by Nicole Mitchell on Mar 13, 2018
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5 free day trips every Evansville college student should take

College students in Evansville, Indiana, are in a great location to take advantage of day trips. Evansville is in the southwestern tip of Indiana and is fewer than three hours from big cities like Louisville, Saint Louis, and Nashville. Here are five locations worth visiting on a college budget in the tristate and beyond.

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21c Museum Hotel

21c Museum Hotel

21c Museum Hotel is a multi-venue contemporary art museum in Louisville, Kentucky. The museum is free to the public and rotates the exhibitions frequently. Museum visitors will find a large replica of the statue David outside the hotel. A two-hour drive from Evansville, this cultural attraction has a lot to offer.

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Centennial Park

Centennial Park

Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee, is home to full-scale replicas of the Parthenon and Athena statue from ancient Greece. The 132-acre park, two and a half hours from Evansville, also offers walking trails, a dog park, sand volleyball courts, a sunken garden and an art museum.

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Saint Louis Zoo

Saint Louis Zoo

Saint Louis Zoo is home to over 16,000 animals. The zoo, founded in 1910, is free to the public and was named the "Nation's Best Free Attraction" by USA Today's 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards Program in 2016. The zoo, which is less than 3 hours from Evansville, offers visitors the opportunity to learn about wildlife conservation and observe over 600 species of animals.

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Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is the largest inland peninsula in the United States. LBL is a two-hour drive from Evansville, located between western Kentucky and Tennessee. Visitors can swim at the beach, go fishing, explore the hiking trails, or visit the Elk and Bison Prairie or the Woodlands Nature Station. LBL offers over 170,000 acres of protected public land and is referred to as the 'heartland’s outdoor playground."

Photo by Jeff Laird http://bit.ly/2IfUS6h

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Historic New Harmony

Historic New Harmony

New Harmony, Indiana, is located on the banks of the Wabash River, 40 minutes northwest of Evansville. New Harmony was founded in 1814 as a communal living society. Today, visitors can explore the village museum, historic buildings and public spaces. The quaint town boasts walking tours, a cathedral labyrinth, gardens, an art gallery, a roofless church and an opera house.

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