45+ Indiana Religious Sites
Did you know that Indiana is full of religious sites? I wish I had a better term to describe this great list, but for the sake of simplicity, “Indiana religious sites” was the best I could come up with.
I had originally set out to find activities to do in Indiana during Holy Week, what I ended up discovering is that there are almost too many to list! In this huge (and I mean HUGE) list you’ll find museums, prayer walks, labyrinths, shrines, productions, gardens, etc. Labyrinths are paths often used for prayer and meditation, to help people find peace and healing. And you’ll likely find one nearby – there are quite a few of them in Indiana!
Regardless of your denomination or faith, I encourage you to explore some of these Indiana religious sites. Oftentimes, I think people are leery of visiting places they are unfamiliar with simply because it does not line up with their denomination. All of these sites are designed to either help you pray, learn, or free us of the distractions that keep us from hearing God’s voice.
Sites sectioned by region
I’ve listed all of these Indiana religious sites alphabetically, but I’ve also categorized them by three regions below (northern, central, and south). All are open to the public, most of them open daily (I’ve noted if they have restrictions). Please use precautions and follow state/site guidelines when visiting.
- Billy Sunday Home Museum, Winona Lake
- Carmelite Fathers Shrine, Munster
- Creekside Labyrinth & Prayer Garden, Elkhart
- First Christian Church Labyrinth, Highland
- Goshen College Labyrinth & Meditation Garden, Goshen
- Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes & Basilica on the Sacred Heart, South Bend
- Hervey Preserve & Labyrinth, Logansport
- Jesus of Nazareth – The Passion Play, Munster
- Jubilee Labyrinth, Bloomington
- Man in the Maze Labyrinth, Wabash
- Manchester University Labyrinth, North Manchester
- Menno-Hof, Shipshewana
- Pathways Retreat, Goshen
- Porter-Starke Services Labyrinth, Valparasio
- Resurrection Park & Labyrinth, Fort Wayne
- Shrine of Christ’s Passion, Saint John
- St. Mary’s College Labyrinth & Prayer Garden, Notre Dame
- The Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso
- The Healing Garden Labyrinth at Benesse Oncology Center, Shelbyville
- The Trinity Labyrinth, Fort Wayne
- Warsaw Biblical Gardens, Warsaw
- Baltic Wheel Labyrinth, Franklin
- Blessed Mother Mary Shrine and Rosary Walk, Indianapolis
- Carol Jenkins-Davis Park Labyrinth, Rushville
- Centennial Prayer Labyrinth, Anderson
- Cope Environmental Center Labyrinth, Richmond
- Countryside Christian Church Labyrinth, Winchester
- Cumberland First Baptist Church Labyrinth, Cumberland
- Davis Park Labyrinth, Anderson
- Greencastle Labyrinth Meditation Path, Greencastle
- Kenneth E. Smith Memorial Labyrinth and Meditation Garden, Terre Haute
- Little Flower Grotto & Labyrinth, Tipton
- Lutheran Church of the Cross Labyrinth, Muncie
- Messiah Lutheran Church Prayer Labyrinth, Brownsburg
- Second Presbyterian Church Labyrinth, Indianapolis
- Servants of Christ Prayer Garden, Indianapolis
- St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Memorial Garden, Lafayette
- St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Labyrinth, Lebanon
- The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, Indianapolis
- “The Woods” Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
- Geode Grotto, Jasper
- God’s Garden, Newburgh
- Harmonist Labyrinth, New Harmony
- Jane Blaffer Owen Sanctuary & Roofless Church, New Harmony
- Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad
- The Monastery of the Immaculate Conception, Ferdinand
- The Old Cathedral Complex, Vincennes
- Trail of Faith, Dubois County
Baltic Wheel Labyrinth, Franklin
229 S Main St., Franklin, IN
Located within the Franklin Arts Park, the Baltic Wheel Labyrinth was inspired by the hedge maze in New Harmony. The labyrinth is open to the public, daily from dawn to dusk.
Blessed Mother Mary Shrine and Rosary Walk, Indianapolis
Cold Spring Rd, 3200, Indianapolis, IN
Located on the Marian University campus you can find prayer spaces and religious art. There are four religious artworks and the St. Francis Colonnade, with 14 pillars that have the stations of the cross constructed inside. Visitors are invited to browse the shrine and pray.
Billy Sunday Home Museum, Winona Lake
1111 Sunday Ln, Winona Lake IN
Billy Sunday was a well-known preacher who settled at Winona Lake in 1911. The home contains Sunday’s family belongings and is a part of the Winona Lake History Center. Scheduled tours are available Tuesdays to Saturdays from 2-5 pm.
Carmelite Fathers Shrine, Munster
1628 Ridge Road, Munster, IN
The Carmelite Fathers Shrine includes the Marian Grotto, the Stations of the Cross, the monastery church, the chapel of Our Lady of Mercy, and the Highlanders’ Chapel. And it sits among flourishing gardens with collections of unusual minerals, crystals, and rock formations in the grotto and chapels. Open to visitors every Sunday (from Easter to November 1) from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Carol Jenkins-Davis Park Labyrinth, Rushville
409 N Fort Wayne Road, Rushville, IN
The park also includes an orchard, dog park, butterfly garden, and walking trail. Every stone for the pavement of the labyrinth was cut and sent in a packet to be installed, and honor Carol Jenkin, who died tragically from a hate crime. Visitors can walk in peace along the labyrinth; each step healing the pains of the past through prayer and meditation.
Centennial Prayer Labyrinth, Anderson
1100 East 5th Street, Anderson, IN
Located on the Anderson University campus, the Centennial Prayer Labyrinth is located between East 3rd street and East 5th Street. The plot of land where the labyrinth is used to house the iconic Church of God Convention structure. At the entrance is an informational display that has been constructed with the old bricks of Warner Auditorium and the original bell.
Cope Environmental Center Labyrinth, Richmond
1730 Airport Road, Centerville, IN
Take the “G” Trail to access the seven-circuit labyrinth at Cope Environmental Center. It is a grass labyrinth that is mowed regularly with signs leading the way. Open dawn to dusk.
Countryside Christian Church Labyrinth, Winchester
1212 E. 100 S., Winchester, IN
Recently installed in 2020, this 50-foot labyrinth is made up of concrete pavers and bricks. It is open to the public during daylight hours.
Creekside Labyrinth & Prayer Garden, Elkhart
60455 Co Rd 113, Elkhart, IN
Located at Creekside Church of the Brethren, the Creekside labyrinth and prayer garden is open to the public year-round. The prayer garden features a 50-foot rock-lined stream bed, pond, more than one hundred flowers, plants, and trees, and a labyrinth.
Cumberland First Baptist Church Labyrinth, Cumberland
116 S Muessing St, Cumberland, IN
The Cumberland labyrinth was built in 2011, the Cumberland First Baptist Labyrinth is a Chartres-style, 11-circuit grass labyrinth. It is open to the public, 24/7 year-round.
Davis Park Labyrinth, Anderson
4507 Nichol Ave., Anderson, IN
The Davis Park is private property owned by the First United Methodist Church, however, it is open to the public during daylight hours. The labyrinth is 21-feet in diameter.
First Christian Church Labyrinth, Highland
9540 5th St, Highland, IN
Newly built in 2021, this labyrinth is paved and open to the public to walk, meander, pray and/or meditate.
Geode Grotto, Jasper
520 W. 9th St., Jasper, IN
An outdoor garden of flowers and shrines, the Geode Grotta was built as a place to seek peace and pray. The 1/2 acre grotto consists of unusual rock structures, geodes, flowerbeds, and shrines.
Greencastle Labyrinth Meditation Path, Greencastle
Corner of Hanna & Jackson Streets, Greencastle, IN
Located in Hamilton Park, next to Depauw University Campus, the labyrinth was built in 1999.
God’s Garden, Newburgh
503 State Street, Newburgh, IN
The God’s Garden museum was built by the Wilsbachers and is located on private property, but open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am – 3 pm. The garden overlooks the Ohio River and features a brick walkway, gazebo, and small waterfall.
Goshen College Labyrinth & Meditation Garden, Goshen
1700 S Main St, Goshen, IN
The Meditation Garden is located near the College Cabin along the Elkhart River. The 85-feet college labyrinth was designed as a place for the student and the community to pray and meditate and is located between East Hall and the Music Center.
Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes & Basilica on the Sacred Heart, South Bend
Notre Dame, IN
The Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes is beautiful to see all year (especially in the winter with the snow and candles lit). The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is an easy walking distance from the Grotto and is open to visitors when mass is not in session. Visitors are invited to walk through the gorgeous church, which was voted one of the nation’s most beautiful churches.
Harmonist Labyrinth, New Harmony
1239 Main Street, New Harmony, IN
The Harmonist Labyrinth is a unique, hedge labyrinth replicating an original constructed by the Harmonists in 1815. A grotto can be found in the center of the labyrinth
Hervey Preserve & Labyrinth, Logansport
1500 Michigan Ave, Logansport, IN
In addition to being a 35-acre nature preserve, the Hervey Preserve features a 90-foot labyrinth. Connecting the River Bluff Trail, the preserve is wooded and has paths and a picnic area. The Labyrinth features a mediation bench and was built in 2003.
Jane Blaffer Owen Sanctuary & Roofless Church, New Harmony
641 3rd St, New Harmony, IN
The Jane Blaffer Owen Sanctuary is located in historic southwestern Indiana. The sanctuary contains public gardens with sculptures, fountains, a labyrinth, and unique architecture like the Roofless Church and chapels. It’s a beautiful spiritual retreat and free to visit, open year-round from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Jesus of the Nazareth – The Passion Play, Munster
340 W. 45th Street Munster, IN
The Passion Play is a production put on every March in northwestern Indiana at Family Christian Center. With a cast of over 1000 people, live animals, waterfalls, pyrotechnics, and exciting stunts, it brings the story of the resurrection to life. (Please note that the 2021 season may be postponed due to COVID-19)
Jubilee Labyrinth, Bloomington
219 East 4th Street, Bloomington, IN
Located at the First United Methodist Church in Bloomington, the Jubilee Labyrinth is 2,200 square feet of two-color granite chip rustic terrazzo.
Kenneth E. Smith Memorial Labyrinth and Meditation Garden, Terre Haute
6067 E Old Maple Avenue, Terre Haute, IN
Located in Hawthorn Park, this 80-foot labyrinth was built in 2003 and has 34-turns in it. The mediation garden features a bench, fountain, flowers, and landscape maintained by the Wabash Valley Master Gardeners.
Little Flower Grotto & Labyrinth, Tipton
1440 W Division Rd, Tipton IN
Located at the 40-acre Saint Joseph Retreat & Conference Center campus, the Little Flower Grotto is one of many spiritual spots you’ll find at St. Joseph Retreat. By the grotto, you’ll find a labyrinth, benches, and a covered picnic table. You’ll also find the St. Joseph Academy Alumnae Garden, trails, and outdoor Stations of the Cross located along a path to the Cemetery.
Lutheran Church of the Cross Labyrinth, Muncie
4401 Wheeling Ave, Muncie, IN
The Lutheran Church of the Cross in Muncie’s Labyrinth is a gift to the community, a place where anyone can come to pray and meditate. It was completed in 2013 and is located adjacent to the church.
Man in the Maze Labyrinth, Wabash
518 N. Wabash Street, Wabash, IN
Located in the Charley Creek Gardens are two labyrinths, a hedge labyrinth can be found near the top portion of the gardens and a Man in the Maze Labyrinth in the lower section. You’ll also find a waterfall, wildflower meadow, and walking trails. There is no admission to the gardens are open to the public daily, from dawn to dusk.
Manchester University Labyrinth, North Manchester
604 E. College Ave, North Manchester, IN
The prayer labyrinth is located behind Cordier Auditorium on campus. It is open 24/7 to the public.
510 S Van Buren Street, Shipshewana IN
The Menno-Hof teaches visitors about the Amish and Mennonite faith. It’s a presentation and reenactment of the Anabaptists that start from their beginnings, in 1525. The tour is interactive and just over 1-hour in length. It is suitable for all ages. Admission is $7.50/per adult, $4/children, or $16/per family of four.
Messiah Lutheran Church Prayer Labyrinth, Brownsburg
801 S. Green Street, Brownsburg, IN
The church’s prayer labyrinth was built in 2008 out of 45 tons of limestone chip and 5 tons of granite cobble (for the walking path). It is 1/4-mile in length and there are 15 pillars and a meditation bench.
Pathways Retreat, Goshen
309 1/2 Hackett Road, Goshen IN
At Pathways Retreat, visitors will find numerous areas to reflect, explore, and pray. Located in the woods, the Stations of the Cross prayer walk is available in March and April, and the Stations of the Resurrection prayer walk is available in April and May. These areas are open to the public from dawn to dusk and are free of charge. A Wildflower Meadow, four Meditation Coves, and two Labyrinths are open to the public year-round, from dawn to dusk.
Porter-Starke Services Labyrinth, Valparasio
601 Wall St., Valparaiso, IN
The Porter-Stake labyrinth was built in 2018, this 54-foot labyrinth is made of recycled brick pavers lining the path of crushed granite. It is open year-round to the public.
Resurrection Park & Labyrinth, Fort Wayne
14318 Lima Rd, Fort Wayne, IN
Located at Resurrection Lutheran Church, the labyrinth is in the southeast corner of the park. While at Resurrection Park, you’ll also find 10 fitness stations, a fire pit, a swing set, gardens, a butterfly garden, a horseshoe pit, 5 music stations, paths, a hidden geocache, and benches, a free little library, and hopscotch. The park is open to the public, daily from dawn to dusk.
Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad
200 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, IN
The Saint Meinrad Archabbey monastery was founded in 1854 and consists of around 85 monks who live and pray here. The Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln was completed in 1906 and underwent a renovation in the 1990s, the stained glass windows are original. The church and grounds are typically open to the public for tours of the beautiful buildings on their 250-acre campus.
Second Presbyterian Church Labyrinth, Indianapolis
7804-7898 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN
This labyrinth is located in Indianapolis at the Second Presbyterian Church and is a replica of the 800-year old 11-circuit Chartres labyrinth path in France. Open year-round, daily to the public.
Servants of Christ Prayer Garden, Indianapolis
7650 Oaklandon Rd, Indianapolis, IN
Located outside of the Servants of Christ Lutheran Church, a prayer garden is open to the community as a quiet retreat for prayer and reflection. Stations of both the Cross and the Resurrection are set along the prayer garden’s path to help guide you. The garden is open year-round during daylight hours.
Shrine of Christ’s Passion, Saint John
10630 Wicker Ave, St John, IN
This is perhaps my favorite religious sight to visit in all of Indiana! The Shire of Christ’s Passion is a 1/2-mile journey of interactive displays through a Prayer Trail. Along the trail, you’ll see over 40 bronze displays, each with an audio recording telling the story of Jesus’ last days. A newly opened Moses at Mount Sinai has its own music, voice-over, lighting, and sound effects. It is free to visit and open year-round, weather permitting. Wheelchairs are available with reservation. Donations are accepted, and the on-site Gift Shoppe/Visitor Center and Café sell merchandise, gifts, beverages, and coffee (all profit goes towards the Shrine).
St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Memorial Garden, Lafayette
600 Ferry Street, Lafayette, IN
A small paver stone labyrinth is located in the courtyard of St. John’s Episcopal Church. You’ll enter through the gardens and craftsman-style portico. It is open to the public daily, from dawn to dusk.
St. Mary’s College Labyrinth & Prayer Garden, Notre Dame
The Avenue, Notre Dame, IN
This 42-foot labyrinth is made up of stepping stones and river rock.
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Labyrinth, Lebanon
950 East Washington St., Lebanon, IN
The 40-foot labyrinth was constructed by members of the Lebanon High School football team. It is open to the public, year-round from dawn to dusk.
The Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso
Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
Located on the Valparaiso University Campus, the Chapel of the Resurrection (1959) is the largest college chapel in the country. It is a beautiful structure, the chancel is 98 feet high and is circular, with an alter and Christus Rex and the Munderloh Windows, and a five and a half-ton baptism. Next to the chapel is a free-standing Brandt Campanile that contains 12 bronze bells, and outdoors you’ll find the Resurrection Labyrinth and Prayer Garden. (Please check guidelines in advance for openings and church tours)
The Healing Garden Labyrinth at Benesse Oncology Center, Shelbyville
A one-acre garden and park with a small labyrinth that is open to the public 24/7. The Healing Garden has water features, seating, and an accessible trail.
The Monastery of the Immaculate Conception, Ferdinand
802 E 10th St., Ferdinand, IN
Ran by the Sisters of St. Benedict, one of the largest Benedictine communities of women in the United States, The Monastery of the Immaculate Conception is a beautiful campus with the sweetest of sisters. It was founded in 1867 and the complex was completed in 1886. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and welcomes visitors. The outdoor grounds include serene gardens, outdoor Stations of the Cross, a labyrinth, and three shrines. A brewery and gift shop run by the sisters welcome visitors as well.
The Old Cathedral Complex, Vincennes
100 S 3rd St, Vincennes, IN
The Old Cathedral complex is located where the very first Catholic church in Indiana used to be (the structure is no longer standing). The complex is next door to the George Rogers Clark National Historic Parks and includes the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier, French & Indian cemetery, and the oldest library in Indiana (containing documents dating back to 1319). You may enter the church when mass is not in session to see the beautiful cathedral, stained glass, and crypt where Four bishops are buried. Open daily from 9 am – 5 pm for self-guided tours.
The Trinty Labyrinth, Fort Wayne
611 West Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN
Located at Trinity Episcopal Church, the Trinty Labyrinth is open to the public for prayer and mediation (enter from Berry Street). The labyrinth features a literature rack with labyrinth brochures and benches made from Indiana limestone.
The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, Indianapolis
1850 W 38th St, Indianapolis, IN
Located alongside Newfields, the Art and Nature Park features 100 acres of space, including a wild grass labyrinth. You’ll also find woods, wetlands, and a 35-acre lake here. Open daily from sunrise and sunset, the outdoor park is free to the public.
“The Woods” Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
1 Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN
A place to relax, reflect, and pray, Saint Mary-of-the-Wood (nicknamed “The Woods”) welcomes visitors to guided and self-guided tours of the campus. You’ll find the Church of the Immaculate Concept, The Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin museum, Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Log Cabin Chapel, Saint Anne Shell Chapel, a labyrinth, statues, a cemetery, and a grotto. Visitors are also invited to walk, bike, or run on the trails – you might even spot some alpacas on their farm. It is free to visit year-round.
Trail of Faith, Dubois County
The Trail of Faith in southern Indiana includes 19 of the oldest churches in southern Indiana (100+ years) over an 85-mile strength. This is a great, socially-distanced trail for those who love old churches (like me!). Some of the churches listed above are on this trail!
Trinity United Methodist Church Prayer Labyrinth, Lafayette
404 N. 6th Street, Lafayette, IN
At 40-feet in diameter, the outdoor labyrinth is located adjacent to the Trinty Unity Methodist church.
Victory Noll Center Labyrinth, Huntington
1900 West Park Drive, Huntington, IN
The Victory Noll Campus includes a labyrinth, nature trails, a pond, and Stations of the Cross that are open to the public daily, during daylight hours.
Warsaw Biblical Gardens, Warsaw
347 N Buffalo St, Warsaw, IN
The Biblical Gardens in Warsaw are open all year, from dawn to dusk, however, visits in April and May will give you the best view of bulbs on display. Each plant is labeled with a marker and more than one hundred plants are named in the bible. Between May and September, guided tours are offered.
Nice article. If you’d like a map of permanent labyrinths in Indiana that are available to walk, you can check out my Well-fed Spirit labyrinth page at: https://www.wellfedspirit.org/welcome/map-intro/us-nat-map/indiana/index.html
This is great!