Overview French Lick

Visiting French Lick

Perhaps best known as the hometown of NBA legend Larry Bird, French Lick, Indiana also boats a vibrant history and great recreation that make it a popular destination for history buffs, families and gamblers alike. French Lick began its days as a French trading post, before its natural sulfur springs made it a popular spa and casino town in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today its history remains alive, with tour companies like the History of French Lick Tours taking visitors through the historic sites of the town and surrounding areas. The area’s railroad legacy is prevalent too, memorialized at the Indiana Railway Museum, and on the historic tracks of the West Baden & Southern Railway Co. French Lick also boasts plenty of family-friendly recreation. The traditional Gasthof Amish Village is a popular destination, where visitors can taste the best of... Read More Perhaps best known as the hometown of NBA legend Larry Bird, French Lick, Indiana also boats a vibrant history and great recreation that make it a popular destination for history buffs, families and gamblers alike. French Lick began its days as a French trading post, before its natural sulfur springs made it a popular spa and casino town in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today its history remains alive, with tour companies like the History of French Lick Tours taking visitors through the historic sites of the town and surrounding areas. The area’s railroad legacy is prevalent too, memorialized at the Indiana Railway Museum, and on the historic tracks of the West Baden & Southern Railway Co. French Lick also boasts plenty of family-friendly recreation. The traditional Gasthof Amish Village is a popular destination, where visitors can taste the best of Amish cuisine at the Village’s restaurant, buy some goodies at the bakery and find a traditional Amish handicraft or two in the craft and antique shops. Aquatic fun abounds at the massive Patoka Lake, where sailboats, houseboats and party boats cruise past floating cabins that house weekend visitors. The whole family will enjoy horseback riding at the Wilstem Guest Ranch, or the water slides at Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park. But the slots, craps and blackjack at the historic French Lick Casino are strictly 18-plus. Once you’ve booked a flight and found the right hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers to French Lick.    Close

Stories and Tips French Lick

Serenity in the Secret Forest

Written by Alkibiades on 27 Mar, 2004

Drive north of French Lick about a mile, bear right at Prospect and take the first left turn. Drive 5 miles, climbing the hill past the local radio station's tower, and turn into the Horseman's Camp of the Hossier National Forest.…Read More


Southern Indiana-French Lick Springs Villas

Written by mamawbetty on 21 Dec, 2002

I consider this resort for myself a "retreat" because it is in a quiet town (unless there is a convention going on and then it can be packed with guests). Treat yourself anywhere from a 25 minutes to a full day spa treatment at the…Read More


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French Lick Springs Resort

Written by neshie on 04 Mar, 2003

A journal about Frenck Lick would not be complete without mentioning the famous French Lick Springs Resort. It is located at the bottom of the hill in front of the villas. The resort is an old hotel where in yesteryear the rich and famous would…Read More


French Lick

Written by k.b. on 09 Apr, 2004

This is definitely a family friendly environment where you can get away from the everyday stresses and enjoy quality time with the family. You can roast marshmallows over the fire and make s’mores. You and your spouse can relax in the sunk in Jacuzzi tub…Read More


French Lick, IN, When It Rains

Written by burnum on 23 Mar, 2006

It rained all during our stay in French Lick, IN. Because of the weather, we were unable to go to the French Lick Winery (there parking lot was under water), our train ride was cut short to 1 hour (it was originally supposed to last…Read More


Romantic

Written by beachbummelissa on 18 Apr, 2005

My husband and I went here for my birthday! It was amazing! The town is really little! It is really quiet!! We enjoyed looking at the scenery!!…Read More


Spa

Written by jomassey on 13 Jun, 2003

Enjoy a day at the spa. They have all day packages that include lunch in the hotel restaurant. The prices are very reasonable and the experience is to die for! Or, go "a la carte" and get your favorite spa treatment. A definite must!…Read More


Basement Bar

Written by jomassey on 13 Jun, 2003

For an adult night out, visit the bar in the basement of the hotel! Play a round of pool, a game of bowling, or play games in the game room. But definitely visit the bar area for quiet conversation and adult refreshments! …Read More


French Lick

Written by lightningrod on 25 Apr, 2003

If you are in the area, it is a great day trip. The healing properties of the mineral springs seem to rejuvenate the spirit and body. The grounds of the old hotel are reminiscent of times gone by. If you want to forget about the…Read More


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