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Time to take a ride, Labor Day, 2014

This Labor Day weekend is the end of season for the canal boat Delphi.
This Labor Day weekend is the end of season for the canal boat Delphi.
Rosemary Halsema

For those who enjoy unique rides, this weekend offers some interesting opportunities.

Unfortunately the train at Columbian Park (link) is down for repairs. The Parks Dept. is in hopes of re-opening before the end of the season. The zoo website has up-to-date info posted on their link. Tickets are purchased through the zoo gift shop. The new depot does not have a ticket office, but it does have a small HO train layout in it you can see through the windows.

This weekend the Linden Depot (link) will be host to the Boilermaker Special (link) on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 2 – 4 p.m. While not a true train, what train buff wouldn’t want to take a ride on it? Rides are available with paid museum admission. Adults: $4, 12 and under: $1. Members free, membership rates: $10 single, $25 family. When you go, remember the second building is now open with a new, still in progress, HO layout. The museum will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons through October.

This is the last weekend of the season for the canal boat Delphi at the Wabash and Erie Canal Center (link). Saturday, Sunday and Monday the boat will run @ 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Adults: $7. 17 and under: $4. ADA accessible with pre-arrangement. Tickets are sold at the Toll Booth. While at the park, check out Noble Bikes (link) for a different ride. Rent a bike, kayak, paddle boat or the surrey to tour the canal or the trails. You can even rent a bicycle built for 2!

The Shafer Queen at Indiana Beach (link) makes regular tours, weather depending, on Lake Shafer. Although the paddle boat is diesel powered, it is a true paddle wheeler. The short trip, 30 minutes, goes downstream near the dam; the long trip (75 minutes) goes upstream just short of where the river becomes lake. Indiana Beach has a gate fee of $3.50; the fee for the Shafer Queen is $2.50 for the short trip, $5.00 for the long trip. The Shafer Queen fee is included if you buy tickets for the amusement park rides or the combo ticket.