Explore Autos and Art Glass in Kokomo

Travel to Kokomo, Indiana to discover art glass, automobiles, and delicious culinary experiences.  Whether you are traveling with family, friends, or a group, you won’t want to miss these must-see attractions!

Watch how glass is made at the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company (KOG) has been producing art glass in its original Kokomo location since 1888.  They are America’s oldest art glass company and were voted Best Factory Tour – Indiana 2011.  Located at 1310 South Market Street, public factory tours are offered Tuesday through Friday at 10:00am.  Even if you are not a glass enthusiast, I guarantee you will enjoy this fascinating tour!  Watch as skilled ladlers quickly scoop molten glass from the furnace and carefully mix the glass to the exact color and texture desired.  Over 22,000 variations of sheet glass are produced in their facility.  The sheet glass produced in Kokomo is shipped all over the world and used by glass artisans for stained glass windows and custom projects.

Beautiful feather vases made at the KOG Hot Glass Studio

The tour also includes a trip through the KOG Hot Glass Studio.  Watch as expert artists use Kokomo glass to create unique blown, pressed, and hand-cast glass items.  Most blown glass art items are available to purchase in the OP Shop, including suncatchers, stunning bowls and vases, perfume bottles, jewelry, beads, and other beautiful items.  Call 765-457-1829 for information or shop online at www.kog.com.

Kokomo has a rich history of automotive heritage and industry, starting with America’s First Car, developed in 1894 by Kokomo resident Elwood Haynes.  Visitors can see a 1905 Haynes automobile at the Elwood Haynes Museum and explore his former residence, now filled with exhibits chronicling his life as an inventor and the auto industry in Kokomo.  The Elwood Haynes Museum is located at 1915 South Webster Street and can be contacted at 765-456-7500.

Then, visit the Kokomo Automotive Museum.  Over 100 antique and classic automobiles, including several made in Kokomo, will take you on a wonderful trip through the past.  Exhibits include a replica of America’s First Car built by Elwood Haynes and a 1950’s diner, along with many other auto-related memorabilia.  All ages will enjoy this wonderful collection located at 1500 North Reed Road (U.S. 31.)  For more information, call 765-454-9999.

View over 100 cool cars at the Kokomo Automotive Museum

Enjoy a King Tenderloin at Ray’s Drive In — both Ray’s and Artie’s Tenderloin in Kokomo are located on the Indiana Tenderloin Trail

While in Kokomo, enjoy a delicious meal or tasty treat at one of our local eateries.  From hand-breaded tenderloins to old-fashioned ice cream sodas, Kokomo cuisine can be found on 9 different Indiana Culinary Trails.  Visit a local brewery, drive-in, bakery, or locally-owned family dining restaurant for great food only found in Kokomo.  Visit www.IndianaFoodways.com for more on Indiana’s Culinary Trails.

For more information on Kokomo or to plan your next visit, call 800-837-0971, go to www.VisitKokomo.org or download the new Visit Kokomo Mobile App on your Apple or Android smartphone.  Plan your next getaway in Kokomo for an adventure filled with autos and art glass!

Kokomo Eateries Added to Indiana Culinary Trails


Several local restaurants and bakeries in Kokomo were recently added to the Indiana Foodways Alliance Culinary Trails.  Kokomo is now a stop along several trails established throughout the state, including Burgers & Brew Trail (Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery), Hoosier Pie Trail (Moore’s Pie Shop), Pizza Trail (Martino’s Italian Villa), Tenderloin Trail (Artie’s Tenderloin & Ray’s Drive In), Sweet Temptations Trail (J. Edwards Fine Chocolates), Just Crusin’ Trail (Ray’s Drive In), I Scream for Ice Cream Trail (Jamie’s Soda Fountain), and Prime Rib & Steak Trail (The Quarry.)

To read more or to find out about Indiana’s Culinary Trails, visit www.indianafoodways.com.

Local Restaurants Deliver Big (and Unique) Flavor

I recently had the opportunity to visit several local restaurants and bakeries this week with a representative from the Indiana Foodways Alliance.  We are all guilty of dining at our “usual” spots, which are different for everyone.  The next time you eat out in Kokomo, think local.  Many of the places we stopped this week have been in business in Kokomo for decades; some for over 50 years!  It was a great reminder that we need to not only step out of our normal routine and try different places once in awhile, but that supporting our local family-owned (I like to call them mom and pop) restaurants is putting money back into our local community.

I took a few photos while I was out and about this week and received a delicious meal at every single stop!  For a listing of all local restaurants in Kokomo, visit our website www.VisitKokomo.org or pick up a Dining Guide at the Kokomo Visitors Bureau office, located at 325 North Main Street.

Martino’s Italian Villa – 1929 North Washington St.

Martino’s pepperoni & sausage pizza

 

Martino’s Italian Beef sandwich – a delicious surprise!

Artie’s Tenderloin – 922 South Main St.

Artie’s Tenderloin celebrating 75 years in Kokomo!


Artie’s signature sandwich – the Tenderloin

The Quarry – 2130 West Sycamore St.

The Quarry has both family dining and a bar

 

The Quarry’s fish tacos are a great summer choice with fresh salsa


The Quarry’s patio is perfect for outdoor dining

Moore’s Pie Shop – 115 West Elm St.


Fresh baked pie anyone?


Moore’s Pie Shop’s Sugar Cream Pie – an Indiana tradition (and my personal favorite.) Yum!


Ray’s Drive In – 1900 North Courtland Ave.

The King Tenderloin at Ray’s Drive In!


The sign says it all – make sure you come hungry!


If you want to take a step in the past, you have to experience Ray’s Drive In in Kokomo