things to do while visiting Winchester

Cool Things to do While Visiting Winchester

So you’re looking to kill sometime while you’re in Winchester?  There’s lots to do for you and the whole family, Winchester has a bunch of historical places to see, local parks and activities for the whole family.  Maybe you want some grown up places for the adults to relax and have some fun, you can do that too.  So here’s a breakdown of the cool things to do while visiting Winchester.

Kickstart the Morning

Can’t start your day without your morning cup of joe?  You’re not alone, and nobody wants coffee from a gas station.  Finding the right place with a decent cup of coffee and maybe a bagel or muffin to start the day is pretty easy in Winchester.  You can stop by Mrs, Wick’s it’s open at 6am to serve breakfast or if you want something with a little more urban chic you can head to nearby Portland to Kate’s coffee shop for some Macadamia Nut Cream Flavored coffee.

Family Activities

There are plenty of fun and family friendly activities to do within a short distance of Winchester.  Head over to Putt Putt Golf & Games for an afternoon of mini golf or some old fashioned arcade games.  They also have a batting cage if you want to practice your batting skills.  You can head over to Callahan Raceway for some go-karting in Muncie just a short distance away.  There’s also bowling, if you know your way around a 7-10 split head over to the Winchester Bowl.

If heading to the great outdoors is more your style, try out the Coppess Nature Sanctuary just across the Ohio border.  You can also grab your Frisbee and a picnic lunch and make your way over to Windsor Mound or Goodrich Park.  If you want something a little quieter there are a bunch of places to kick back and read, check out the Arcanum Public Library, they have a great selection of comics and manga.


Winchester is a small town so if you come here expecting Mall of America this is not where you’re going to find it.  Even better though are the locally owned shops and family businesses located in the newly revitalized downtown core.  Have a virtual tour of the downtown and check out all the interesting little shops and theaters that are a throw back to a gentler era.

The Nightlife

So the children are all tucked in and it’s time for the grownups to unwind.  Winchester has several restaurants where you can enjoy a good meal.  If you want to have a glass of wine or a cold beer after a long hot day the try out Red & Ruth’s Tavern of Val’s Place.  Both are a quiet places to have a drink with some friends.

Best Places to Eat in Winchester

Best Places to Eat in Winchester

Winchester is a quiet little town nestled on the Indiana-Ohio border and Winchester personifies everything that is good about small town living.  You can have small town charm but the big cities like Indianapolis, Columbus and Dayton are just a little over an hour away.  Now just because it is a small town that doesn’t mean there aren’t some really great places to enjoy a great meal.  Whether you are Winchester born and bred or just in town for a business meeting, here are some of the best places to eat in Winchester.

  1. Best places to eat in WinchesterWick’s Pie Shoppe

    Mrs. Wick’s is the quintessential small town pie shop, walking through the doors is like stepping into your grandmother’s kitchen with its warm delicious smells. Famous for sugar cream pie and the state made sugar cream pie the state pie and Winchester the capital.  Open from 6am to 7pm the atmosphere is warm and the staff are friendly and they have a full menu not just pies.  Although the pie alone is reason enough to check in.

  2. El Carreton Mexican Restaurant

    Nestled just outside of Winchester on Greenville Pike it is worth the drive. One of the best Mexican restaurants in Eastern Indiana according to one reviewer, it serves standard Mexican fare but it does it really really well.  Prices are modest and the atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable, add it to your must try list when you’re in town.

  3. Everett’s Place

    Everett’s Place features down home cuisine, comfort food like meatloaf and ham with delicious sides, food that your mom would make. All the food is homemade and the staff is warm and friendly, the restaurant is in a beautifully restored department store conveniently attached to a theater.  You have the option of eating on the balcony and doing some people watching while you wait for your food.  The prices are more than reasonable with meatloaf, two sides and a drink all coming in at under $10 you really can’t go wrong.

  4. Bogie’s Ice Cream

    So this is not technically a restaurant but it is still a place you need to try. If you never been to the Mid-West in the summer time, it is HOT!  Sitting down in the early evening after dinner and cooling off with a delicious cone of hand scooped ice cream while sitting at a picnic table…well there’s nothing better.  It’s one of the best things about summer.

These are just a couple of places you should check out while in Winchester, try out some of the other activities around town too.  Winchester is a warm and friendly town to visit, do business in or to raise a family.