8670 W. State Road 56
French Lick Indiana 47432United States
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Following a $500 million renovation, southern Indiana's historic resort is equipped to entertain guests with everything from PGA-caliber golf to a family-friendly bowling alley.
From Indianapolis, a 2-1/2-hour drive over rolling, curving two-lane roads through farms and small towns brings you to the French Lick Resort. But the drive in no way prepares you for the awe-inspiring sight that greets you. The century-old French Lick Resort is renowned for its enormous, ornate dome covering the West Baden Springs Hotel. The history-filled resort recently underwent a $500 million renovation, resulting in a beautiful, well-run, something-for-everyone -- although slightly pricey -- weekend destination. A free, 24-hour shuttle transports resort guests between its two hotels, three golf courses, two high-end spas, casino, horse stable, and indoor sports complex. All these activities means there really is something for everyone. We don't want to indulge in stereotypes, but the spas draw women for outings with friends. The casino, steakhouse, and top-rated golf courses appeal to men. And the bowling alley, swimming pools, indoor mini golf, and nearby water park attract families with children. For the livelier scene, stay at the French Lick Hotel, where the casino and family-friendly activities are located. The West Baden Springs Hotel is for the more low-key, upscale guest. From $219.