The City of Peru, Indiana

Circus Capital of the World

Attractions

Grissom Air Museum-Stand nose to nose with more than 20 legendary American aircraft including a B-17 Flying Fortress, the rare, record-shattering B-58 Hustler, and today’s tank-killing A-10 Warthog. Climb the observation tower for a bird’s eye view of the historic aircraft. Inside, encounter aviation pioneers like the Wright brothers and William Kepner. Sit in cockpits, learn the basics of flight and navigation, and examine armaments, flight trainer, models, photos, engines, and much more.

International Circus Hall of Fame-Discover the enchanting world of the circus; colorful wagons, posters, the circus stars. Bring out the kid in you and share the circus magic under the Big Top. Hold your breath as you watch the incredible feats of aerial artists, jugglers, clowns, and wild animal trainers.

Miami County Museum-A historical museum featuring pioneer living (including vintage Peru from 1910), Native Americans, Cole Porter, circus, railroad, and canal history, also a large archival and genealogical department.

Circus City Festival Museum-Experience a walk through Peru’s circus history at the Circus City Museum. This popular museum located in the Circus City Center, is filled with photos, miniatures, displays, and costumes from circus past.

Oak Hill Winery-A small winery located in a small carriage house circa 1894. This winery makes to share the old fashioned way with lots of natural flavor. They tailor their wines to the taste of general public rather then those of “connoisseurs.” Includes free wine tasting!

Cole Porter Birthplace and Museum-Cole Porter was born in and spent the first ten years of his life in this home at 17-19 South Huntington Street, Peru, Indiana. In that short time, Cole wrote several of his early songs (including The Bob-O-Link Waltz) in this home. It was his beginning as an unparalleled composer and lyricist! In 2004, the home was purchased by Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre, Inc. and is being restored to it's original 1891 condition! Part of the restoration includes turning part of the home into a historical Inn. The Cole Porter Inn currently features a gift shop and reception area, Kate's Parlor, and three elegant suites, including The Cole Porter Suite, The Anything Goes Suite, and The Night & Day Suite. 

Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre-Community theater named after Peru native and vaudeville great John S. “Ole” Olsen, established in 1964 to promote an interest in the theater arts. The theater group brings quality entertainment to Miami County and its visitors.

Rock Hollow Golf Club-This golf club has become one of the premier public tracks not only in Indiana, but also throughout the Midwest. It boasts a terrain like none other in the Hoosier State. Taking full advantage of its natural surroundings, it mixes old-growth forests with cat tailed wetland, and a plethora of thoughtfully placed rocks to make each round a tough, yet fair challenge. In 2004, Rock Hollow ranked 8th best course in the United States and Canada for under $50. In 2003, the course ranked in the top 100 public courses in the United States by Golf Digest.

Mississinewa Reservoir-This public access site has 14,386 acres with a 3,210 acre lake. It offers a swimming beach, picnic area, fishing, hunting, boating, camping, Frisbee golf course, and miles of hiking trails. If sight-seeing is more your outdoor pleasure, acres of birds, trees, fish, and nature provide one of the most beautiful places to relax in Indiana.

Bunker Hill Dragstrip- Drag racing entertainment since 1956. The drag strip features stock car and drag racing all summer long at one of Indiana’s oldest speedways! 

Miami County Speedway- Located at the Miami County Fairgrounds, this speedway features Saturday night racing with 600cc Microsprints.

YMCA- The perfect place to play all day! The YMCA strives to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.   

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35 S Broadway
Peru, IN 46970
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