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The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Plaza, located inside of Lincoln State Park, showcases a lasting dedication to America’s great 16th president.

As you make your way around the 58-foot diameter circular plaza, limestone pedestals and plaques illustrate pivotal moments from Abe Lincoln’s life in Indiana.


Sculptor Will Clark of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, created the eye-catching Lincoln bust that is prominently displayed in the plaza. It definitely makes for a nice photo op!

Take a tour of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Plaza in this brief video: 

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Guest post by Paula Alexander of Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial.

On March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated President of the United States.

In this first inaugural address Lincoln concludes, “I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends.  We must not be enemies.  Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.  The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot rave to every living heart and heartstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” 

 It was evident that the President still hoped that peace might be preserved. 

 “Mr. Lincoln lays his right hand upon the open Bible, as he repeats after Chief Justice Taney the words – ‘I, Abraham Lincoln, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.’”

The inauguration of Abraham Lincoln makes the eighth ceremony of the kind at which Judge Taney has officiated, having administered the oath of office successively to Presidents Van Buren, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan and Lincoln.

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When it comes to what to wear on vacation, comfort is key.

With so many fun activities to experience in the area, extended periods of walking is expected. Therefore, durable shoes should be at the top of your packing list.

You’ll need tennis shoes for exploring the trails at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial or while golfing at Christmas Lake Golf Course. If flip flops are your thing, you’re allowed to keep them on while you try all of the slides and rides at Splashin’ Safari.  

Be sure to check out Holiday World’s dress code here to aid your wardrobe decisions. 

Comfy clothes are perfectly suited for riding rides, touring sites like Saint Meinrad Archabbey, and riding horses at Santa’s Stables.


Bring your swimsuit so you can enjoy all of the water activities at Splashin’ Safari and Lincoln State Park’s Lake Lincoln. Many of the nearby places to stay offer pools and splash pads, including Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort and Santa’s Cottages. Forget to pack your swimsuit? The Safari Outpost inside Splashin’ Safari is stocked with all of your swimwear needs.

Remember that it’s vacation, not a fashion show, so leave your precious heirloom jewelry and fancy accessories at home.  Swap out your day-to-day handbag for a waterproof tote or crossbody bag to easily carry what you’ll need during your trip. One accessory that is vital is a pair of sunglasses, especially if avoiding squinting in all of those vacay selfies is important to you.

Perhaps the most important thing to wear during your trip is sunscreen; don’t forget to pack the appropriate SPF to avoid sun damage!

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