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A day trip to Edinburgh from Indianapolis can include discount shopping, antiquing, and canoeing

Most Indianapolis residents know Edinburgh as the place to go for its large discount shopping mall. The trip is a quick 45 minutes South via I-69 at exit 76B, through some beautiful Indiana farmland. On a nice day, summer or winter, the drive alone is pleasant. But Edinburgh offers far more than just shopping.

The mall: The Edinburgh Premium Outlet Mall has 85 designer shops with items at discounts from the regular retail price. Some of the stores include: Coach, Anne Klein, Banana Republic Factory Store, Eddie Bauer Outlet, and Gap Outlet to name just a few. Coupons for additional discounts can be attained online or by stopping at the customer service desk and paying a small fee.

Antiques: At the same exit, is the Exit 76 Antique Mall. The mall is a large booth-type mall with 72,000 square feet of space. Browsing through this mall will take some time. Booths contain everything from general antiques to more specialized items like Hummel figurines or signed sports memorabilia and coins.

Activities: One can wander through downtown Historic Edinburgh, or enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants near the Outlet mall. During nicer weather, and for the more adventurous, check out Blue’s Canoe Livery, which offers canoe, kayak and raft trips on the Driftwood River. The canoe trip is a great idea for a family outing or a group trip. Depending on water height, the trip is a leisurely paddle downstream. If water is low, there are a few places on the trip that may require a drag of the canoe, but that is rare. There is even a little rapid. A Blue’s Livery van will pick you up at the end of the trip and return you to your original location and car. It is wise to consider that you may get wet. The river trip moves through a state wildlife preserve and part of Camp Atterbury wilderness area. It is not uncommon to see a variety of wildlife, and even some wolf spiders near river edges.

Golfers may enjoy trying the Timbergate Golf Course, a Fuzzy Zoeller influenced course fun for the beginner and challenging for the expert. Greens fees are currently under $50 and include a cart. Rates vary for holidays and weekdays. Nine-hole rates are approximately half.

Nearby towns: A trip to Edinburgh may be coupled with a trip to Indiana Live! Casino or Indiana downs by taking I-65 North to Franklin and State Route 44 East to Shelbyville. Once in Shelbyville, pick up I-74 North for a quick hop to the racetrack and Casino.


  • Debbie Bonhomme 5 years ago

    I enjoyed reading Sara's articles about day trip locations. My husband and I try to take small trips within Indiana year-round.
    Thsnk you.

  • Jay 5 years ago

    Sara's day trip suggestions for Indy are wonderful! Keep up the great work! There's so much about Indy we didn't know!

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