So, you’re ready to test your skills as a full-fledged grill master, but you don’t have a grill of your own. These public grilling spots will ensure you don’t miss out on summer fun. Just be sure to grill safely (have water handy to douse flames) and responsibly (pick up your litter).
5301 Nurrenbern Road, 812-435-5602
Burdette boasts year-round indoor day shelters with charcoal grills. Available from 10 a.m. to midnight, they can accommodate 25 to 250 people and range from $90 to $530.
2700 Park Blvd., Newburgh, IN, 812-490-4386
Walk-ups & Reservations
Friedman Park has two pavilions with wood-burning fire pits available to rent (bring your own wood). The six charcoal grills strategically placed by picnic tables throughout the park are free of charge and are first-come, first-served.
Lou Dennis Community Park
420 Park Drive, Newburgh, IN, 812-853-1720
For $50 per day (plus a seven percent sales tax), the Fortress Shelter House offers a covered patio with tables, a ping pong table, and a charcoal grill.
Harmonie State Park
13451 Harmonie State Park Road, New Harmony, IN, 812-682-4821
No reservations required
Choose from five covered shelters with charcoal grills and tables. Walk-up use is free except for the park’s gate fee ($7 for in-state residents and $9 if you live out of state), and reservations are $40.
John James Audubon State Park
3100 US Highway 41, Henderson, KY, 270-826-2247
Four picnic shelters (one with a restroom) offer tables, a charcoal grill, and a nearby playground. Rates vary per season from $100-120; shelters can be reserved up to a year in advance.