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    The atrium
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French Lick Highlights

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     It's the hometown of Larry Bird, the "Hick from French Lick" 

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     Not much to do aside from photographing street signs 

  • In a nutshell
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     Actual Population: 1941 (1,940 people + Larry Bird) 

French Lick Things to Do

  • Love it here!

    My wife and I come to West Baden Springs Hotel 3 to 4 times a year. We absolutely love it here as a quick getaway (we live in Indianapolis). The hotel is breathtaking and the rooms are gorgeous with exceptional dining. We like to spend time at the casino which has a great single level layout. We also like to spend time at Patoka Lake or driving up...

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  • There are many, many things to do in...

    There are many things to do in French Lick: You could go to the new hotel/indoor water park, you could spend a day out on Patoka lake, there are two marinas on the lake, explore the hotels, go bowling in the springs hotel, game room in the water park and springs hotel, Three golf courses: The Valley Course which is a 9 hole, The Hill Course, and...

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  • Indiana Railway Museum

    We didn't have enough time to go inside the museum but outside the museum there are several trains on display including some cars from the South Shore that my husband remembered from when he was a kid.There's no charge to take a look at the trains outside.

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  • French Lick Springs Resort & Spa

    Unlike the resort in neighboring West Baden, the French Lick Springs Resort & Spa survived the Great Depression and is still a functioning hotel.Like the spa in West Baden, it had mineral springs believed to cure all kinds of ailments. All but one of the springs was capped, the surviving spring is at French Lick.Although we did not stay here...

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  • West Baden Springs Hotel

    Built in 1902, the same year as the rival French Lick Springs Hotel a short distance away, West Baden Springs Hotel is a National Historic Landmark. The soaring atrium was for sixty years the largest of its kind in the world, and it still takes your breath away. The hotel was closed for many years and in a serious state of decay. Now, after more...

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  • West Baden Dome

    West baden Dome is a hotel from the early 1900s that has been restored at the expense of millions of dollars but has not yet been reopened. but has daily tours thru the hotel and grounds. a must see when you are inWest Baden- French Lick area

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French Lick Restaurants

  • The Chinese restaurant where Larry once...

    Wherever I travel, whether it's France or French Lick, I always look for Chinese restaurants. I was delighted to see the China Garden sign as I entered French Lick, and returned for dinner time after my tour of Larry Bird's hometown.China Garden is a traditional American Chinese restaurant with chop suey and chow mein on the menu. As the single...

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  • A Buffet with a View

    There are two restaurants, a bar and an ice cream parlor in the French Lick Springs Hotel. We did not try Jacks Steakhouse which is only open on weekend evenings. Our choice for dinner was Le Bristo, just off the Grand Lobby. We liked the fact that there were lots of windows overlooking the grounds and domed pool The prices were reasonable.. The...

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French Lick Nightlife

  • Nighttime HOTSPOT!

    Jody's 19th hole Bar & Grill now has the hottest DJ around on Friday nights. Karaoke and Dance tunes all night. Not just your ordinary DJ, you have to come in and see the monster sound and light set up this guy brings in! Free to get in!! Jody's 19th Hole Bar & Grill now the hottest spot to party in French Lick. Just the ol' NO Shirt no shoes no...

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  • Sparse nitghtlife

    The French Lick Springs Hotel has 2 Bars open on friday and Saturday night and food. Locals consider too expensive. most locals go to Colonial bar which has music on Saturday night and no food or to the American legion which has food and Karoake on saturday nights. One other bar is Jodis which has food and is open on Sunday

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French Lick Transportation

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    by McCallister Written Feb 4, 2003

    French Lick Railroad is a early 1900s train that takes you on a 8 mile trip thru the hills of Indiana. It operate out of the old French Lick Railroad station. amust activity while in French lick and children love it.

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French Lick Local Customs

  • Local boy puts French Lick on the map

    If people have actually heard of French Lick, it's because of the Larry Bird connection. Larry Bird is a former Boston Celtic (that's professional basketball) who grew up in West Baden/French Lick.He pursued the last riverboat gaming license in the state of Indiana with plans for a casino and a Larry Bird Museum but the license eventually went to...

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  • Get your mind out of the gutter!

    Although the name of this town sounds rather risque, the origin of the name is actually rather dull.The Indians originally named the area Lick Springs because of the deer and other animals that would lick the mineral deposits on the rocks left by the mineral springs. Later when the French traders came to the area to trade with the Indians, it was...

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    See the local monument to Larry Bird: a giant sign 2 more images

    by Confucius Updated Apr 13, 2006

    Favorite thing: The only reason people like me visit French Lick is to see the town where Larry Bird came from and search for any existing evidence of the local hero. I stopped in Shelbyville for lunch on my way from Cincinnati to Indianapolis and in the town square there they have a statue of a character from a local author's book about an Indiana kid who kills bears. (Don't you know who Charles Major is?)
    French Lick is much smaller than Shelbyville but despite being the hometown of Larry Bird there are no statues or museums. Folks who go there in search of anything commemorating the international sports legend must satisfy themselves with an enormous street sign erected on Larry Bird Boulevard.

    Fondest memory: Perhaps the people of French Lick do not wish to have their small town life disturbed by gawking tourists, yet a huge casino is currently under construction. I would bet that they are tired of hearing invading day trippers ask where Larry's house is, so I avoided that annoying question. In fact the only people I approached in French Lick about Larry Bird were workers at the local Chinese restaurant.
    In the end I must admit that in this case the journey once again was better than the destination. The scenery in French Lick is not unlike other small towns in rural Indiana, but the drive through the southwest Indiana countryside was refreshing and beautiful. The reward for my travel is a set of pictures showing mostly street signs for "French Lick Police", "French Lick Vineyards" and of course, "Larry Bird Boulevard" but the lasting images in my mind will more likely be of rolling hills and traditional country life; which I didn't think of photographing at the time.

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