Lincoln boyhood sites and Santa-theme attractions draw big crowds to this south-central town of 2,400.

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Updated March 12, 2021

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Cave Country Canoes Water lovers can get their fix by taking advantage of a half-day trip along the Blue River.

Holiday World and Splashin' Safari Big thrills await at Holiday World and Splashin' Safari, which combines roller coasters and a water park; the Cheetah Chase, billed as the world's first launched water coaster, debuts in 2020.

Holiday World Mammoth
Holiday World Theme Park and Splashin' Safari​
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Lincoln Amphitheatre Watch concerts and other performances.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial A small but well-executed museum commemorates the place where Abraham Lincoln spent most of his childhood.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.
| Credit: Photo courtesy of National Park Service

Lincoln State Park Vacationers lodge, fish and swim at the 1,700-acre park.

Marengo Cave Tour this cave to see its towering stalagmites.

Santa Claus Museum In town, read kids' letters to Saint Nick.


Frosty's Fun Center Visitors find both fun and food at this arcade/restaurant/miniature golf course. Frosty's Fun Center on Facebook

Overlook This family-friendly spot serves mile-high biscuits, delish coconut cream pie -- and great Ohio River views.

Santa's Candy Castle Try frozen hot chocolate.


Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort RV rentals, cabins with kitchens and a shuttle to Holiday World are provided at this resort.

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