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Anyone who’s ever heard or said the phrase “There’s no crying in baseball!” from the 1992 classic A League of Their Own might not know that line was said for the first time right here in Huntingburg, Indiana.
You might not even see Huntingburg on a map unless you’re looking for it.
It sits 2.5 hours south of Indianapolis and an hour west of Louisville, Kentucky.
It’s also just 17 miles away from one of Santa Claus’s many homes in Santa Claus, Indiana.
Huntingburg is known as a “City Like No Other”, and it’s a diverse population that helps make this place so unique.
The city has grown by several hundred residents in the past decade, which is saying a lot in a state where small towns are losing their population as the years go on.
Downtown on 4th Street is one of the most tourist-drawing parts of town, with its renovated architecture that gives an old-town feel to a modern town.
Huntingburg is so charming it even made the Top 15 Best Small Towns in America by TripSavvy.com and the top one in Indiana.
Patoka Lake is a nearby lake that is a wonderful getaway in any season, and the small towns of Jasper and Ferdinand round out a great trifecta of small towns with a lot of character in Dubois County.
Warnings & Dangers in Huntingburg
OVERALL RISK : LOW
There's a low risk in Huntingburg and the crime rates confirm that. With no sexual assaults, robberies, or homicides in 2020, it's almost hard to believe how low the crime rates are.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
There is an on-demand public transit service, but it's more for going to a doctor's appointment or the grocery store than being used for travelers wanting to get around the region. Uber and Lyft are listed as offering services in this area, but there aren't any taxi companies in town. There is a transportation service called "French Lick", which is named after the city of French Lick and is generally used to take people to and from the French Lick Casino.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
I couldn't find a single report of a pickpocket or a purse snatching dating back to 2017, so you've got a low risk here. I think the people here are too nice to even consider pickpocketing, to be honest.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Severe thunderstorms can bring torrential rain, dangerous lightning, large hail, and strong winds throughout the year. Tornadoes become more likely in spring. Summers can be extremely hot and humid. Winters are going to bring winter storms, ice storms, and sometimes a mix of snow, ice, and sleet. There's a medium risk because of all of the things that can happen, but unless there's a weather watch or advisory, there's no real danger of something sneaking up on you.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
This is a city where more often than not there are years without robberies. The most robberies of the past decade happened in 2016 when there were six robberies. You can feel comfortable that there's a low risk of it happening to you.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
There's a low risk here in such a small town surrounded by wide-open spaces. The closest target might be Louisville, which is far enough away that a cyber, chemical or physical attack wouldn't impact Huntingburg.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
The most recent scam involved people getting text messages about prescriptions that were just a lure to get personal information. There's a low risk you'll get scammed and you know better than to click on any suspicious links, right?
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Women are going to have a field day here, from other unique food to the yoga studios down to the ballpark that celebrates athletic women. There were no sexual assaults reported in 2020 and you should feel safe visiting Huntingburg as long as you use common sense during your time here.
TAP WATER RISK : LOW
Here's a little tip for when you're looking for this information on your own. The water quality reports are called "Consumer Confidence" reports in most places. So it might be a Consumer Confidence Water Quality Report or Water Consumer Confidence Report. The 2022 Consumer Confidence Report from Huntingburg Municipal Water shows it had no violations in 2020 and all water met all standards. They go on to say that the water company has never had a water quality violation, which is great news for you - that's as low of a risk as you can get!
Safest Places to Visit in Huntingburg
When I was a teenager, my dream was to be the first woman to play first base for the St. Louis Cardinals. Movies like “A League of Their Own” gave me hope for my dream to someday come true.
That’s why I start this section with a visit to League Stadium.
Not only home to the Tom Hanks classic movie, but it was also the site of HBO’s “Soul of the Game.”
Ok, I know you’re thinking “What’s the big deal about going to a place where a popular movie was shot decades ago?”
Well, the team still plays in the Bombers baseball team still plays there in period uniforms that make you feel like Tom Hanks is going to walk out any minute and squabble with the umpire.
You can visit the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in Jasper, Indiana, which is just seven miles north.
However, there are still artifacts from the movie in the Huntingburg stadium.
There’s a great story about how the mayor of Huntingburg won the producers over for “A League of Their Own,” who were planning to make the movie in Evansville.
I’ll let you talk to the locals about that one.
From there, head to 4th Street and take your time visiting the two dozen businesses that line the picturesque street.
It’s impressive in itself.
When you find out the historic district once burned down and had to be rebuilt, it makes the adventure that much more special.
The Huntingburg Museum is a great stop for a look at the history of the region, from its founding days to being the headquarters of Ule Pottery.
Take a drive to Patoka Lake and immerse yourself in the great outdoors covering nearly 26,000 acres with the lake being about 9,000 acres of that space.
There is a great safety guide the kids will love to read from “Bobber the Water Dog,” and he helps you through the best lake safety advice.
Places to Avoid in Huntingburg
There aren’t any bad parts of the town or places to avoid in Huntingburg.
The city is laid out well on a grid system, making it very hard to get lost.
You don’t have to worry about not being accepted or welcomed in this small town, as the city prides itself on being diverse and inclusive.
The population is a mix of Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and mixed races.
Since you’re going to spend a lot of time outdoors here, you should avoid going out without wearing sunscreen and bringing bug spray, especially when it warms up.
Mosquitoes can be very annoying and also carry diseases, so you want to add the bug spray, even when just enjoying a baseball game.
Safety Tips for Traveling to Huntingburg
- A safe town stays safe because people report any suspicious behavior they see. You can make an anonymous tip by calling the Crime Tip Hotline at (812) 684-2992.
- All of the city parks and public spaces are smoke-free, and that includes vaping. Please respect the rules of the city and don’t light up, even when outside.
- There are a lot of great towns to visit around Huntingburg, like Jasper, French Lick, and Santa Claus. Most of the roads to get to these other cities are two-lane highways. You mustn’t drive while distracted. Even if you are a very safe driver, you can’t be responsible for other people on the road and need to keep focused when driving. There’s also a distracted driving law in Indiana and you can get a ticket if you are caught driving while using a mobile device.
- The city has a notice on its website from 2020 that the tornado siren isn’t working. Of course, that’s dated information, but there’s no confirmation it was ever fixed. That’s why it’s important to have a weather app on your mobile device with notifications enabled. You can’t rely on the tornado sirens to be the only warning a tornado is on its way. I live in tornado alley and last night, actually, we had a tornado warning I got on my iPhone, but the sirens in my community didn’t go off.
- For winter visitors, you should read the Snow & Ice Removal Plan issued by the city. This explains what roads are going to get plowed first. It also lists the streets that are snow emergency routes, meaning you can’t park on those streets during or immediately after a snow storm. If you do, your car might be towed and you’ll have to pay to get it back.
- Sidewalks will only be cleared of snow in the downtown area. Otherwise, property owners are expected to clean the sidewalks, but that’s not guaranteed. You should be careful when walking on a snow-covered sidewalk because there could be a layer of ice underneath. There’s also the risk of black ice, which is when the snow melts in the daytime heat, but then freezes again at night, causing an invisible layer of ice.
- If you see any safety concern during your visit, from a pothole to a malfunctioning traffic light, you can report it on the city’s website under the “Report a Safety Concern” section.
- Anglers will need a fishing license from the state of Indiana to fish here, even if they are just doing catch and release. You can learn more about that and the special permits and stamps offered by the Indiana Department of Fish & Game. There’s also an option to buy the license online while you’re there. Be sure to get the non-resident license.
- Before heading to Patoka Lake, check the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website or Facebook page to see if there are any water warnings. There can be harmful levels of algae in the water during certain times of the year, and the department is great at issuing warnings and safety steps. You should always bathe immediately after being in any natural body of water.
- Here’s one for the animal lovers visiting Indiana. The Huntingburg Police Department has a Facebook page where they can communicate information to the public. There are several reports of missing dogs, and you might be able to help someone find their missing animal just by following along.
So... How Safe Is Huntingburg Really?
Huntingburg is very safe historically and as of 2022.
The latest crime data from 2020 shows there were 23 violent crimes in the city, and none were homicide, sexual assault, or robbery.
Only one stranger was involved in a violent crime.
Most of the incidents were fights that happened in private homes.
As I’m looking at the most recent news reports of crime in and around Huntingburg, there is a lot that tracks back to drug use.
One was a house busted for having marijuana and magic mushrooms.
Another was a driver who was high on meth that crashed into another car.
There was a man arrested three times in one month facing more than 60 charges.
Even in a safe space like Huntingburg, there’s still a drug problem.
This is a nationwide problem, not just an Indiana or rural Indiana problem.
There really isn’t a reason to worry about visiting Huntingburg or Dubois County, but you should practice all the same safety steps as you would in a dangerous community.
You should still lock the car up at night and avoid walking around alone in strange parts of town at night.
A little common sense will go a long way in one of the best small towns in Indiana.
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- Visas - You should start the Visa process about four months ahead of your trip to give plenty of time for all the documentation and interview. Once you get your visa, you'll only need it at the airports and not while driving around Indiana.
- Currency - Only the U.S. Dollar (USD) is accepted here. There might be some locations that are cash-only, so it's a good idea to have some cash on you. Just don't carry a large wad of it that can be seen every time you pull out your wallet.
- Weather - You'll need layers most of the year here, as the temperatures can vary widely throughout the seasons. Winters are going to be cold, so bring thick outdoor attire and snow boots. You should plan for casual summer clothing that can handle a lot of sweat because the humidity here is something else.
- Airports - Louisville's International Airport is less than 90 minutes away, and it's the largest and closest option.
- Travel Insurance - Travel insurance gives you great peace of mind for a trip to Huntingburg since weather can cause delays in the sky and on the roads.
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