Attractions & Recreation

Check out some of Grant County’s popular events and attractions!

To see more, visit the Marion/Grant County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau


Mississenwa 1812 – America’s most exciting living history weekend

Matthews Cumberland Covered Bridge Festival – It is held every year and is known as the “Most entertainment in Indiana for $2!”

Hog Daze Night – Honoring the anniversary of the 1920 Marion Race where the first Harley victory lap with a live pig took place – leading to the International motorcycle term “Hog”

james-deanDucktail Run – Ducktail features cars from 1972 or older in this week-long event with 2,700+ participants.

James Dean Festival – This Festival is the quintessential festival for fans that wish to honor and celebrate the young actor who personified what it meant to be “cool” – James Byron Dean.



Gas City Petting Zoo The mini zoo in the Gas City Park and houses over 100 animals ranging from Australian black swans to whitetail deer.

Cardinal Greenway – The Cardinal Greenway is the longest rail-trail in Indiana and spans almost 60 miles from Marion through Muncie to Richmond in East Central Indiana.

Fairmount Historical Museum – In addition to artifacts related to the town, the museum also holds many pieces related to James Dean and his family. In addition, the museum houses a tribute to another Fairmount native, Jim Davis and his creation, “Garfield.”

Splash House – Boasts the largest waves (5-Foot) in Indiana

Marion Public Library Museum – The Museum exists to preserve and make available the history of Marion and Grant County, Indiana.

Quilter’s Hall of Fame – The Marie Webster house in Marion is now the home of The Quilters Hall of Fame documenting America’s quilt making heritage.




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