Summer Sun, Family Fun

Summer is a great time to visit Kokomo!  Check out these family fun activities to plan your summer getaway.

Enjoy fun festivals, food, and fantastic live music during the Kokomo Summer Concert Series with great performers and bands all summer long! Upcoming headliners include The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robby Krieger of The Doors, and Hotel California “A Salute to The Eagles.” All concerts are free! See full concert schedule on their website.

Kokomo Municipal Stadium aerial

Hit a “home run” with your family with a visit to Kokomo Municipal Stadium to watch the Kokomo Jackrabbits baseball team. Tickets start at only $8. Themed game nights, giveaways, pre-game festivities, and Kid Zone for youngsters create a fun game-day experience. And best of all, it’s all within walking distance to Kokomo’s revitalized downtown, full of unique dining, shopping, art galleries, and adjacent to beautiful walking and biking trails along the Wildcat Creek!

Want to stay active during your visit? Canoe or kayak in the Kokomo Reservoir or down the Wildcat Creek. Kokomo Canoe & Kayak Rentals offer on-site delivery. Or bike, walk, or run on the Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence or Industrial Heritage Trail. Both trails intersect Downtown Kokomo, and watch for colorful murals painted by local artists!

Kokomo Beach

Check out Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center, the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer afternoon, with its large leisure pool, high energy water slides, splash pad, kiddie slides, and relaxing lazy river. Show off your skills at Kokomo Pipeline Skate Park, a world-class facility in Jackson Morrow Park with 9,800 square feet of concrete – open for boards, bikes, and blades.

Other must-see events this summer include the 2016 Kokomo Air Show on Saturday, July 23, thrilling racing action at Kokomo Speedway, weekly Kokomo Park Band concerts in Highland Park, First Fridays (held year-round) in Downtown, the Cole Porter Classic “Kiss Me, Kate” performed by Kokomo Civic Theatre and Kokomo Symphony Orchestra on August 26-27 at the Kokomo Arts Pavilion, and the new Indiana University Kokomo Union Street Gallery.

For more information on Kokomo, go to www.VisitKokomo.org or download the free Visit Kokomo mobile app.

 

August Trip Ideas in Kokomo

Kids are starting to go back to school, but there are still plenty of warm summer days left this month.  Check out these Kokomo trip ideas!

1.  Attend the Taste of Kokomo and see David Cook in concert!  Enjoy local cuisine, fun food competitions, kid’s activities, and great live music all evening including  American Idol winner, David Cook.  Admission is FREE!

2. Get a double dip ice cream cone or fro-yo and indulge in one of the simple pleasures of summer!  Check out our website or mobile app to find ice cream shops in Kokomo.

3. Check out a live comedy show at the Laugh House.  Visit www.laughkokomo.com for a list of upcoming shows and ticket prices.

4. Enjoy a picnic in Highland Park or take a walk or bike ride on the trails in Kokomo.  Have kids?  Make it fun by creating a scavenger hunt!  See who can find the most items on your list.

5. Shop for fresh produce and baked goods at the Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market.  Weekly activities also include live music, demonstrations, and kid’s activities.

6. Experience local racing action at the Kokomo Speedway or Kokomo Quarter Midget Racing Club.  (Kokomo Speedway will have fireworks after the race on Sunday, August 31, 2014!)

For more ideas of things to do and great upcoming events, check out our website at www.VisitKokomo.org.  Connect with us on Twitter @VisitKokomo and share your Kokomo summer fun ideas and photos!

 

Kokomo Automotive Museum hosts “Dirt Track Memories” Exhibit

Visit the Kokomo Automotive Museum now through November 29, 2013 to see its newest exhibit “Dirt Track Memories.” The exhibit also celebrates 66 years of the Kokomo Speedway.  The Kokomo Automotive Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-4pm and features a fabulous collection of over 100 antique and classic cars.

Dirt Track Memories 1

 

Dirt Track Memories 2

 

 

Kokomo’s July 4th Weekend Events

Visit Kokomo to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday weekend.  From car shows and carnival rides to an air show and fireworks, there is something for the entire family to enjoy!

Haynes-Apperson Parade - July 3 at 2 p.m.

Haynes-Apperson Festival – July 1-3, 2010
Come to downtown Kokomo for a fun-filled weekend! 
Hours: Thursday & Friday 5-11 p.m. and Saturday Noon-11 p.m.
Food vendors, carnival rides, sports festival, cruise-in & much more!
Parade – Saturday 2 p.m.
Haynes-Apperson Festival Car Show – Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Quarter Midget Racing – Saturday 4:30 p.m.
Fireworks – Saturday 10 p.m.

Haynes-Apperson Festival Car Show

Festival Entertainment Lineup:
Thursday – Paul Stout Country, Cook & Belle & LoCash Cowboys
Friday – Inside Out, Wang Chung & LoverBoy
Saturday – Token Blue, Joe Cameron Band & Amanda Overmyer
All concerts are FREE!  VIP tickets on sale for only $20 each. 
Visit the website for the full schedule of events!

See Ed Escallon & his PT-19 at the 2010 Air Show

Kokomo Wings & Wheels Air Show – July 3, 2010
All activities held at the Kokomo Airport
Pancake Breakfast – 7-11 a.m.  (tickets available at the door)
FREE Air Show – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Antique & hotrod cars and motorcycles, static plane display, air show acrobatics, concession stand, face painting, kid’s bounce houses & more!
Visit the website for the full list of events.

4th of July Fireworks
Howard County Fairgrounds in Greentown – July 4 at dusk
Kokomo Speedway – Enjoy a night of street stocks, thunder cars, sprint cars & fireworks – July 4 (qualifying races start around 5:30 p.m.)

Need to cool off while enjoying all the great holiday events?  Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center will be open all weekend!  Hours are Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. & Sunday 12 – 7 p.m. 

For more information on Kokomo lodging, events, and attractions, visit our website www.visitkokomo.org or call 800-837-0971.

Explore Kokomo’s Automotive Heritage on the Indiana 500 Tour

The new Indiana 500 Tour launches today and focuses on Indiana’s great transportation and motorsports heritage.  Several sites in Kokomo are included on the tour.  Join us on Tuesday, May 11 as we celebrate the Indiana 500 Tour Kokomo kick-off at the Kokomo Automotive Museum at 1:30 p.m.  We also invite you to visit Kokomo as you travel the Indiana 500 Tour this year!  Learn about America’s First Car while visiting the Elwood Haynes Museum and Kokomo Automotive Museum and enjoy exciting racing at the Kokomo Speedway. 

America’s first car was developed in Kokomo by Elwood Haynes in 1894.  Visit the Elwood Haynes Museum, the famous inventor’s former residence, which now houses a collection of his possessions and inventions.  Then, take a drive down Boulevard Street (formerly named Pumpkinvine Pike) where Haynes took the first automobile test run and see the historical marker that marks the spot today.

Elwood Haynes

Stroll through the past at the Kokomo Automotive Museum.  Over 100 antique automobiles and memorabilia are on display, including the second car invented by Elwood Haynes in 1895 and many other early autos built in Kokomo.  If you enjoy automobiles, this is the place to be! 

Don’t forget lunch!  Enjoy a hand-breaded tenderloin, burger, or chocolate malt at one of the popular diners or drive-ins in Kokomo.  Jamie’s Soda Fountain, Ray’s Drive-In, Artie’s Tenderloin, Ned’s Corner Pub, and B&K Root Beer are all great choices. 

Experience a night of fast racing at the Kokomo Speedway.  From non-wing sprints to midgets and stock cars to mini-sprints, there is something for every racing fan.  Races are held on Sunday nights from May into September.  

For more information on Kokomo, visit www.VisitKokomo.org or call 800-837-0971.  To learn more about the Indiana 500 Tour, go to www.Indiana500Tour.com.