Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.,
Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.,
Closed Sunday & Monday
Admission: $7 per person
$5 for Lil Diggers on Wednesdays 10 a.m. – Noon
It’s been a rough winter in our house — we’ve battled illness and virus and it seems we’re losing. During this brief moment where we aren’t stuck in a haze of antibiotics and antihistamines and inhalers, I wanted to stick my toes in the sand, I wanted to hear the waves, I wanted to relax in an adirondack chair and hear squeals of delight from my children.
Darcey Weston is a nurse and spent many years caring for others. The beach (in Florida) was a place she found escape and rejuvenation. Her brother introduced her to the love of her life and he’s a true Indiana farmer. He’s not about to leave behind the farm and move to Florida, so she did what any well adjusted mom would do, she brought the beach to Indiana. Covington, Indiana is just under a 90 minute drive from downtown Indianapolis and right there in the town square you’ll find an indoor beach. The Inspired by Nature Sand Bar Beach is a very fun escape from winter, rainy days or too hot days.
I’ll fight you on the first thing you’re going to say — “There’s no water, so it’s not a beach.”
It’s a beach! A sandy shore nestled between concrete and the hustle and bustle of life. Okay, fine. It’s a GIANT sandbox with tons of toys, a boardwalk-like sitting area with tables and beach-y music.
You can order lunch in from one of two local restaurants that will deliver it to you at the beach or you can pack your own lunch. Then sit back and read a book while the kids play or enjoy the free wifi. Kids will love watching the hermit crabs in their beautiful shells, they have fantastic names and Darcey will share information with you about their individual personalities and what they eat and how they change shells. Darcey is better than a lifeguard, and if you have an ailment, she might have the cure. Darcey makes all natural, chemical free products for your skin and your home and she sells them right there in the gift shop.
My kids and I checked in for the Wednesday Lil Digger Play Group time. We played for an hour and a half, digging, raking, piling sand, filling dump trucks with sand and exploring, looking for treasure. And treasures we found! There are shells and shark teeth and tiny starfish hidden in the sand and children are welcome to keep the ones they find.
Inspired by Nature Sand Bar Indoor Beach | 90 Minutes from Indy 318 4th Street - Covington Details
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