Social & Cultural Amenities
Terre Haute is a city on the banks of the Wabash River. Our location makes a variety of activities possible. The city abounds with small designer boutiques, larger retailers and shopping centers.
Like many prospering American cities, Terre Haute has its own civic orchestra. The Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1926, is known to be the longest-running civic orchestra in the State of Indiana. It embracess a tradition of musical excellence by presenting a wide variety of symphonic performances. The Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra is composed of professional musicians employed to play symphonic music. From classical repertoire to innovative new forms, the Symphony performs in Tilson Music Hall at Indiana State University presenting outstanding education and outreach programs and concerts in addition to season-long Masterworks, Pops, Holiday, and Family series.
From the collaborative efforts of members of the arts community and city leaders, designation of The Arts Corridor took place in the spring of 2007. The Arts Corridor is the center of a flourishing artistic community including visual and performance arts. The corridor was chosen for its proximity to Indiana State University and the downtown area with the accredited Swope Art Museum and Arts Illiana, to name a couple. The Arts Corridor is also the site of the famous Blues at the Crossroads which attracts 10,000 plus people during its two-day musical event.
Art Spaces was invited by the City to place outdoor public sculpture along the Terre Haute Arts Corridor and beyond. From the Spirit of Space by Bob Emser to Tree by artist Mark Wallis; from Max Ehrmann at the Crossroads, by Bill Wolfe and the Flame of the Millennium by Leonardo Nierman, to Gatekeeper by Sally Rogers and Emanating Connections by artist Chalaia Booker, one will enjoy discovering the city's unique art sculptures. Plans are in progress to place additional sculptures within the city.
Terre Haute's connection to auto racing is long and impart was born from hometown businessman Anton Hulman, who in 1945 purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Anyone who spends time in Terre Haute will feel and see our racing roots when visiting the 500 Museum of Wheels which showcases ten Indianapolis 500 Corvette Pacer Cars; the #1 USAC National Silver Crown Champion, driven by Tony Stewart and Jay Drake; a 1939 Ford Roadster; the 1980 and 1983 USAC National Dirt Car Champion, driven by Gary Battenhausen; memorabilia of Sumar Racing Team plus much, much more. The Clabber Girl Museum features as part of its permanent exhibits, the race car Johnny Rutherford won pole position at the Indy 500 in 1973. Terre Haute's deep history with auto racing at one time included the USAC Hut Hundred Midget Car Race and the USCA Tony Hulman Classic Sprint Car Racing.
The Children's Science and Technology Museum of Terre Haute exhibits stretch throughout the 35,000 square-foot space ranging from familiar settings like the grocery store, the interactive multi-level tree house, and the 'river circut' which includes cause and effect water physics.
Batter Up! The Terre Haute Rex are part of the summer collegiate baseball circuit called The Prospect League. The community's amazing connection to the sport of baseball carries with it famous names such as Hall-of-Famer Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown, Negro League Baseball All-Star Junius Bibbs, and Art Nehf the National League record holder for most World Series games pitched (12). In 1903, Branch Rickey started his baseball career as a player in Terre Haute, and the great baseball legend Babe Ruth played an exhibition game here. Players Tommy John and Brian Dorsett (Rex's Team Manager), both former teammembers of the New York Yankees, along with current Major League professionals Clint Barnes of the Colorado Rockies, Mitch Stetter of the Milwaukee Brewers, and Joe Thatcher of the San Diego Padres, have connections to Terre Haute.
The Lavern Gibson Cross Country Championship Course has served as host for the large NCAA Cross Country events as well as the IHSAA state championship events. Opened in 1997, the course is positioned on a 240 acre area of reclaimed coal mining land in the east portion of Terre Haute/Vigo County, Indiana. The course features permanent restroom/concession facility, permanent fencing, expanded parking lots, and a Jumbotron scoreboard. Take a run on the course by clicking here.
Through the Wabash River Development and Beautification Corporation and after a decade of work, a milestone was reached in regards to the development of 7,000 acres along the west side of the Wabash River. The acquisition of this marginal farmland that frequently flooded developed in to the Wabashiki Fish and Wildlife Area in 2010. Future projects with the wetlands include fish and wildlife area trails, and other nature activities. This undertaking adds to Governor Pence's Healthy Rivers Initiative protecting 69,000 acres of flood plain along the Wabash and Muscatatuck Rivers.
There is an assortment of activities to do in Terre Haute. You can let your imagination soar or swim, journey through the past, blast into the future or rock out to the beat of different drummer.