Welcome to Peru/Miami County, Indiana, rich with history, breathtaking scenery
and endless opportunities that will create memories to last a lifetime. Where else could you sit in the cockpit of a historical aircraft, see a breathtaking circus performance, play a round of golf, enjoy wine tasting, take in history of the Miami Indians, Cole Porter and other historic sites all in one day. Miami County is “Where the fun begins”!
The Mississinewa, Eel and Wabash rivers wind their way through Miami County
and offer great fishing and canoeing opportunities. These rivers are some of the few places in Indiana where bald eagles and river otters are still a common site.
Start your day with a stroll along our beautiful Riverwalk located on the banks of the Wabash River in downtown Peru. Along the Riverwalk, kids can enjoy the Miamisfort and our Skate Park. If biking is more your style, take a ride on the Nickel Plate Trail, a paved scenic trail that highlights some of Miami County’s picture perfect country side or check out the historic bike trails.
If that’s not enough, the Mississinewa Reservoir offers great hiking and horseback riding trails as well as fishing, boating, swimming and camping. See the beautiful natural Seven Pillars and walk through history on the Frances Slocum Trail.
If camping is your style, check out the 4H Fairgrounds, Woody’s Spillway Camp &
Bait, Honey Bear Hollow and Hidden Creek Campground.
What better way to spend a day than on one of our four golf courses. Rock Hollow, Leaning Tree, Peru Municipal and Indiana Oaks are each a challenge in their own right and you won’t want to leave without a chance to play them all. Now if it is disc golf you enjoy, we have Honey Bear Hollow, Maconaquah Park and Mississinewa Park.
People from all over the country venture to Miami County to experience our unique festivals. Events like the Cole Porter Festival, July 4th Celebration, Bunker Hill Festival, Hoosier Festival, Converse Harness Racing, Converse Christmas Event, Macy Day, Miami County 4H Fair, Mexico Community Garage Sale, Denver Days, Living History Day, Easter Egg Hunt. Oktoberfest/Chili Cook-off and our Downtown Christmas Open House provide enjoyment for all seasons. During our Downtown Christmas Open House, check out our stores that are open late, listen to great music, enjoy refreshments, parade, see Santa and a chance to win gift certificates.
The Circus City Festival is a tribute to our circus heritage. For nine days beginning the third week of July, the children of Miami County perform feats in a three ring circus that will leave you on the edge of your seat. There are food vendors, crafts, games and rides throughout downtown to enjoy during Circus City week. The last day of the festival features the largest circus parade in the country.
If you are a real circus fan, you will want to visit the International Circus Hall of
Fame, located at the old Hagenbeck-Wallace Winter Quarters. The Hall of Fame features a circus museum full of memorabilia from many of the old American circuses.
From May to September, we have our Farmer’s Market which offers local produce, eggs, herbs, honey, local crafts and homemade baked goods.
Stand nose to nose with 24 legendary American aircrafts at the Grissom Air
Museum. Sit in the cockpits and learn the basics of flight and navigation. Climb the five story alert tower for a bird’s eye view of the historic planes.
If you like to get your heart racing, from April to October, come see racing at Circus City Speedway and Bunker Hill Dragstrip. In August, the SCCA race will be at Grissom.
The Miami County Museum is one of the largest in the state featuring artifacts and memories from Miami County’s beginning to our recent past. See a stage coach from movie star Tom Mix, Cole Porter’s 1955 Cadillac, a unique Miami Indian collection and much, much more. Visit Cole Porter’s birthplace and burial site not far from the museum.
The dining and shopping opportunities in Miami County are unique. Enjoy dining in one of our many family-owned restaurants. Visit our apple orchards where you will find along with row after row of apple trees, a petting zoo, gift shop and Christmas shop. In the fall, our orchards hold weekend events where you can enjoy a hayride and a bonfire with local entertainment and food. See how wine is made and enjoy sampling the local wines of our region at Oak Hill Winery and also try the hard cider and wine at McClure’s Orchard.
Enjoy a play with local talent at our Ole Olsen Theatre at the Depot. They will make you laugh or make you cry, but most definitely will allow you to spend the next couple of hours being entertained. Play Bingo at the Miami Indian Headquarters or go see a movie at the new five screen state-of-the-art Roxy Movie Theater.
Visit our two alpaca farms; Circus City Alpacas and Gentleman Jack’s Alpaca Ranch. Pet an alpaca and purchase alpaca products.
You can also see our PCS Fine Art gallery filled with paintings, pottery and sculptures from local artists. The Miami County Artisan Gallery is another location where local artists display their artwork and also have them for purchase. We have many talented artists that will amaze you with their paintings, drawings, jewelry, pottery and so much more.
Listen to our local talent from jazz to pizzazz with our String Orchestra, the Swampwater Stompers and Tuxedo Junction or if you like something with a little bit of pop or rock listen to Time Travelers, Sparrow 5, No Identity, Hollister Skipdog and Triphammer. Now if blues is your style, then Jerome Mills Blues Band is the group for you! Enjoy our new outdoor amphitheater with great entertainment. Plan your next get away to Peru/Miami County, Indiana where you will find plenty of events, activities and smiling faces and you will see why we believe “Miami County is Where the fun begins”.
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