Consider Kokomo for a Spring Break Staycation!

Looking for things to do during spring break?  Enjoy a staycation and explore all things Kokomo!

Want to experience some of Kokomo’s homegrown gems?  This is your list!  These “made in Kokomo” stops will leave you in awe of our local flavor, culture, and heritage.

Tour Kokomo Opalescent Glass

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory - Ladlers at the table 2

Experience art 127 years in the making at America’s oldest glass art company.  Take a tour of this historic 1888 factory to witness the fine precision of art glass making firsthand, including sheet glass production, hot glass blowing demonstrations, and glass bead making.  Public tours are offered Monday through Friday at 10:00 am and cost $5 per person.  Students $2.  No open-toe shoes, sandals, flip flops, or clogs are permitted on the tour.

Don’t forget to take home a souvenir – KOG’s OP Shop has beautiful handcrafted glass items made in the factory available for purchase. The OP Shop is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

See Kokomo-built cars at the Kokomo Automotive Museum

1923 Haynes automobileThe Kokomo Automotive Museum is currently hosting part of “Hoosier Made: World Driven,” a three museum event to celebrate Indiana’s automotive heritage. The event runs until Oct. 3, 2016.  “Hoosier Made: World Driven” examines the heyday of Indiana’s automobile industry when some of the world’s finest motorcars were built in the Hoosier state.

The display features five different Haynes and Apperson touring vehicles from the 1920’s.  In addition the museum is home to more than 100 antique and classic automobiles, offering visitors a glimpse of the nation’s automotive history, with an emphasis on local automotive history.  Hours are Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Try local hand-crafted beers at Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery.

Enjoy a meal with the Wildcat Wheat, Stoplight City Red, Cole Porter, Kokomonster, or try the Half Moon Sampler with all their standard and seasonal fresh brew beer selections in 4 oz. samples.  Menu items include steaks, burgers, slow smoked barbeque, and much more.

Grab a Kokomo-made snack or dessert. 

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J. Edwards Gourmet

J. Edwards Gourmet features house-made chocolates, gourmet cakes, unique gifts, dips, and salsas.  Their delicious cakes and chocolates can be purchased by the slice or piece.

From savory to sweet, Kokomo’s Popcorn Cafe offers over 50 flavors of freshly made popcorn.  Kokomo Krunch is their most popular flavor – a mix of popcorn, nuts, candies, and chocolate-drizzled pretzels.  The store also hosts a wide variety of retro and bulk candy.

Blondie’s Cookies is a locally-owned business specializing in freshly baked and handcrafted cookies and brownies. Try the KoKo Swirl Sprinkle and KoKo Kream Sprinkle!

Love donuts?  Try Dan’s Variety Bakery or the Gingerbread House Bakery in downtown for a local and fresh donut fix.  Get them while they last!

Watch a game at Kokomo Municipal Stadium. 

Kokomo Municipal Stadium
Several college baseball games will be held during the month of March at Kokomo Municipal Stadium in downtown Kokomo, all featuring at least one Indiana college team. Check out the Kokomo Jackrabbits’ website to purchase tickets.

 

Savor the local fare.

Enjoy an Italian lunch or dinner at PASTArrific, recently named one of the “13 Restaurants You Have To Visit In Indiana Before You Die” by Only In Your State.  Their menu includes traditional oven baked entrees, such as lasagna and eggplant parmigiana, as well as artisanal pizzas, seafood pastas, and decadent desserts.

 

For more information on things to do in Kokomo or local events, go to www.VisitKokomo.org or call the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 800-837-0971.

 

 

 

 

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Kokomo Automotive Museum hosting part of “Hoosier Made: World Driven” event

Hoosier Made World Driven brochure cover

The Kokomo Automotive Heritage Museum is hosting part of “Hoosier Made: World Driven,” a three museum event to celebrate Indiana’s automotive heritage. The event, which is a Legacy Project by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, is underway and runs until Oct. 3, 2016.

“Hoosier Made: World Driven” examines the heyday of Indiana’s automobile industry when some of the world’s finest motorcars were built in the Hoosier state. The exhibit will be presented at Indiana’s three leading transportation museums: The Kokomo Automotive Heritage Museum, the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn.

The Kokomo Automotive Heritage Museum display will feature five different Haynes and Apperson touring vehicles. The museum is home to more than 100 antique automobiles and offers visitors a glimpse of the nation’s automotive history, with an emphasis on local automotive history.

“This event shines a light on our museum and how it represents our local automotive heritage,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight. “It showcases the role Kokomo played in the development of the American automobile, and our city’s central role in the Indiana economy.”

Kokomo Automotive Heritage Museum director of development Jeff Shively said the event presents a great opportunity.

“This is the perfect chance to see three great museums, travel, and learn about Indiana’s automotive heritage,” Shively said. “And you can save money while doing it.”

Visitors can visit all three museums for the price of two. A passport (available at all three museums) can be stamped at two museums and admission to the third museum for free. Admission to the Kokomo Automotive Heritage Museum is $5.

The Kokomo Automotive Museum is located at 1500 North Reed Road (S.R. 931) and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, call 765.454.9999.

 

Staycation Sunday: Enjoy a Day of Mansions & Museums for FREE on August 9th

Sunday, August 9, 2015 has been chosen for Staycation Sunday at the Seiberling Mansion and Kokomo Automotive Museum, as well as the Elwood Haynes Museum. For one day only, museum admission will be waived for all visitors and everyone can tour and learn about our history for free!

Seiberling Mansion - Howard County Historical Society

The Seiberling Mansion, once home to wealthy industrialist Monroe Seiberling and later to George Kingston, is now home to the Howard County Museum. Visitors will see a restored Victorian home as well as exhibits of Howard County history. The museum will be open from 1:00pm-4:00pm and is located at 1200 West Sycamore. Free parking is available, with access from Walnut Street (north of the mansion). For more information about the mansion and museum, visit their website at howardcountymuseum.org.

Thunderbird Exhibit 3

The Kokomo Automotive Museum is located in the Ivy Tech Kokomo Event and Conference Center at 1500 N. Reed Road (SR 931). It features a selection of early made-in-Kokomo Haynes and Apperson autos. In addition to the more than 100 antique cars, those who appreciate vintage advertising and antiques will enjoy a great collection of signage and a variety of memorabilia relevant to the history of the cars on display. Its permanent exhibits trace the history of the automobile and the rich automotive history of the City of Firsts. The present feature exhibit highlights the life and times of the Ford Thunderbird. The museum is open from 10:00am-4:00pm. Learn more at kokomoautomotivemuseum.org.

The Elwood Haynes Museum is found in Haynes’ former residence at 1915 S. Webster in Kokomo, on the south end of Highland Park. The museum will be open for Staycation Sunday from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Visitors will not only tour the home of a remarkable innovator, but will see exhibits about his role in the great Indiana Gas Boom, his automotive inventions, metallurgical discoveries, and the companies he founded.

For more information on things to do in Kokomo, check out visitkokomo.org.

Cadillac Exhibit on Display Now at the Kokomo Auto Museum

Cadillac exhibit 3

The Kokomo Automotive Museum’s new exhibit “Cadillac – Setting the Standard for Personal Luxury, 1938-1997” is on display now through March 2015.

Cars on display include a 1941 Cadillac 6267 Convertible Coupe, 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, and a 1968 and 1997 Cadillac Eldorado Coupe.  The exhibit also includes vintage Cadillac ads and videos.

The Kokomo Automotive Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The museum’s permanent collection includes dozens of beautifully restored automobiles and memorabilia.  For more information, call 765-454-9999 or visit www.KokomoAutomotiveMuseum.org.

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Cadillac exhibit 4

“Corvette Summer” Exhibit Opens in Kokomo

Corvette Summer Exhibit 1

The Kokomo Automotive Museum launched its latest exhibit “Corvette Summer – Celebrating 60 Years of America’s Sports Car.”  The exhibit will be on display through August 16, 2013 and includes a 1958 roadster with matching trailer, 1963 String Ray Coupe (split window), and 1978 Pace Car replica.  In addition, several vintage films depicting Corvettes of this golden era can be seen in the display, along with period advertising posters.

Here are some photos I took during my recent visit.  Besides this special exhibit, the museum has over 100 vintage cars on display in its impressive collection.  The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  For more information, call (765) 454-9999 or visit www.KokomoAutomotiveMuseum.org.

Corvette Summer Exhibit 2

 

 

Corvette Summer Exhibit 3

New Packard Exhibit Opens at the Kokomo Automotive Museum

Auto Museum Packard exhibit

Auto Museum Packard exhibit 2

The Kokomo Automotive Museum recently unveiled a new Packard exhibit on display “Ask the Man Who Owns One” featuring several exquisite automobiles and Packard memorabilia.  Special car exhibits will rotate every 3-6 months inside the museum.  Located inside the Kokomo Event & Conference Center at 1500 North Reed Rd. (U.S. 31), the museum is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  For more details, call 765.454.9999 or visit www.KokomoAutomotiveMuseum.org.

Kokomo Automotive Museum Offers Free Admission December 27 & 28, 2012

Shake the winter blues at the Kokomo Automotive Museum!  On Thursday, December 27 and Friday, December 28, 2012, the Museum will be open to the public from 10 am – 4 pm, FREE of CHARGE.  Bring the whole family, see all the changes and new exhibits, and buy a late Christmas gift for yourself or a loved one.  The Kokomo Automotive Museum is located at 1500 North Reed Road (US 31) on the north side of Kokomo.  See a replica of America’s First Car, developed in Kokomo by Elwood Haynes, and view over 100 vintage automobiles and memorabilia.  Visit their website at www.KokomoAutomotiveMuseum.org.

 

Auto Museum Haynes Car Exhibit

 

 

AHM Yellow Car

 

 

Kokomo Automotive Museum

See over 100 vintage cars at the Kokomo Automotive Museum!