Kokomo—A city full of history, arts, culture, and family fun

LOCATED ONE HOUR NORTH OF INDIANAPOLIS

Kokomo Jackrabbits Photo Credit Michael LaFleur 

4-DAY TRIP ITINERARY 

DAY 1—Start your day with a tour of America’s oldest art glass factory, Kokomo Opalescent Glass. Public factory tours offered Monday- Friday at 10 a.m. Experience art glass that is hand-ladled and rolled from a 2,500-degree furnace and watch artists make hand-blown glass creations in the Hot Glass Studio. Then, spend the afternoon in downtown Kokomo with unique restaurants, boutique shops and walking/biking trails. Make sure to visit Kokomo Artworks Gallery, located next to Artist Alley, and Kokomo Toys & Collectibles on the infamous “Geek Street.” In the evening, enjoy a fine dining experience at A. Michael’s in Kokomo’s historic train depot or catch a Kokomo Jackrabbits baseball game at Kokomo Municipal Stadium.

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DAY 2—Celebrate America’s love affair with the automobile at the Kokomo Automotive Museum. The stunning collection includes more than 100 vintage automobiles, including Haynes, Apperson, Maxwell and Chevy. Then visit Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery for fine art exhibitions by local, regional and national artists, as well as IU students. Indulge your sweet tooth with handmade chocolates and gourmet cakes at J. Edwards Gourmet Chocolates & Cakes, where you can purchase by the piece or slice, and Blondie’s Cookies, a Kokomo original! Enjoy an authentic Italian meal at Martino’s Italian Villa or PASTArrific Italian Restaurant, featuring live music in the Piano Bar on weekends.

DAY 3—Learn about local history and the “City of Firsts” at the Elwood Haynes Museum, the former home of inventor Elwood Haynes. We have him to thank for the early automobile, stainless steel and the regulated thermostat, among others. Then bask in the beauty of the stunning Seiberling Mansion, built in 1891 by industrialist Monroe Seiberling and now home of the Howard County Historical Society. Visit Popcorn Café, with a great selection of more than 50 flavors of popcorn, retro candy and vintage sodas. Finish your day with handcrafted brews and BBQ at Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery before exploring your creative side by taking an art class at Solstice Art Gallery or Stain on Main.

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DAY 4—Start your day with local made donuts from Dan’s Variety Bakery or Gingerbread House Bakery before discovering nearby attractions. View more than 2,000 pieces of glass on display at Greentown Glass Museum before visiting rotating exhibits at the Greentown History Center. Then, aim high at Grissom Air Museum’s 15-acre air park featuring two dozen military aircraft and indoor aviation exhibits. Before leaving Kokomo, visit Indiana’s first Blue and Gold Star Family Memorial at Howard County Veterans Memorial and see Old Ben (the world’s largest steer) and the Giant Sycamore Stump in Highland Park.

Concerts, festivals, and special events are held throughout year. Go to VisitKokomo.org to see a complete calendar of events!