Summer is traditionally a time to shed a couple layers of clothing and play in the sun. For the more adventurous, the warm temperatures offer an opportunity to shed every layer of clothing while romping au naturel in various types of nature settings, from topless beaches in Europe to clothing-optional resorts in the Caribbean to nude resorts worldwide. But you don't have to travel far to find a safe place for a back-to-nature vacation where you can work on an all-over tan. Buckwood Lodge & Campground
Indiana's only all-male clothing-optional lodge and campground, located on 50 acres in beautiful Brown County, is two years old. Lodgings range from tent and RV sites to bunk rooms and suites in the lodge. RV sites cost $35/day; tent sites run $20/day. Room rates vary. Day passes are offered at this private, members-only hideaway for $10. Annual membership dues are $10. Amenities include heated in-ground pool, sundeck, eight-person spa, shower house, 2.5-acre stocked lake, hiking trails, sand volleyball courts, horse shoe pits, croquet, badminton and bocce ball. Breakfast and dinner are available. Open year-round, Buckwood offers special winter weekend packages.
Drakes Ridge Rustic Nudist Retreat, Inc.
79 Drakes Ridge, Bennington
Nestled in the hills of Switzerland County near Louisville, this rustic, members-only retreat is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, although special winter activities are scheduled. Lodging choices include tent and RV camping, trailer rentals and cabins. Amenities include an above-ground swimming pool, clubhouse with a kitchen and screened-in porch, chlorinated pond with a sandy bottom, deck for sun-bathing, bath house, children's play area, whirlpool room and restaurant (open weekends only). Activities include hiking, fishing, shuffleboard, volleyball, basketball, sing-alongs and pitch-in dinners on Saturday nights. Visitors are welcome.
Fern Hills Club
This family nudist resort is set on 76 acres in Southern Indiana. Lodgings consist of tent and RV sites with full access to water and electrical hook-ups, and a six-room hotel. Restrooms and heated showers are centrally located. Amenities include a small swimming pool, shelter area, golf cart and walking trails. The restaurant is open May 1 through Oct. 1. Activities include volleyball, badminton, shuffleboard, petanque, horse shoes and organized gatherings, such as dances and cook outs. Single males are welcome when accompanied by a female companion.
Lake O' The Woods Club
P.O. Box 53-W, Valparaiso,
Situated on rustic grounds in Northern Indiana, this member-owned, family-oriented, cooperative nudist club emphasizes the outdoors. Founded in 1933, Lake O' The Woods Club consists of 130 acres of woods and features a 20-acre lake. Lodgings include a clubhouse with kitchen, modern washrooms, co-ed showers, sauna, two fireplaces and meeting room; cabin rental; tent camping; and RV sites with electric, water and dump station. Tent camping costs $10/night and RV camping runs $12/night, both with the seventh night free. Grounds fees are $30/member or $35/non-member. Amenities include heated swimming pool and year-round hot tub, paved tennis court, sand volleyball court, play area for children, hiking trails, two sand beaches for swimmers, rowboats, canoes, paddleboats and fishing. Pitch-in meals, discussions and musical performances are featured events. The season runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Singles are welcome.
6100 Blue Rock Road
Cincinnati, OH 45247
Open year-round, this family nudist resort is located on 35 acres of forest in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lodgings range from tent and RV camping (including RV rentals) with full hookups to loft and apartment rental. Rates vary, but include a daily grounds fee as well as an overnight fee. Discounts apply. Clubhouse amenities include: exercise room, whirlpool spa, sauna, showers, washer and dryer, dance floor, karaoke, big screen TV with satellite reception, snack bar, high-speed Internet and special activities ranging from dinners and brunches to parties and tournaments. Outdoor amenities include Olympic-size swimming pool, basketball court, fishing pond, canoe and paddle boats, volleyball, horse shoes, shuffleboard, bonfire pits, picnic tables, sun deck, gazebo, relaxation lawn, hiking and biking trails.
Ponderosa Sun Club
This family-oriented nudist resort located on 88 wooded acres near Chicago in rural Roselawn opened in 1965. Primitive camping, camping with electric hookups and RV camping are available at a cost of $5/night, $10/night and $15/night respectively. A non-member grounds fee applies. Cabins and trailers are also available. Amenities include a 65-by-120 swimming pool with diving board, slide and concrete sunning apron, formal garden and two full-service bath houses. Activities include volleyball, tennis, shuffleboard, basketball and horse shoes, plus slides, swings, monkey bars and sand boxes for younger visitors. A dance is held every Saturday evening and other games, contests and activities are regularly scheduled, such as bingo and dance lessons. Members are welcome anytime, visitors between May 15 and Sept. 15. A limited number of singles are admitted.
Recreation Park, Inc.
11425 Anderson Road, Granger
Founded in 1947, Nature Haven is a non-profit, member-cooperative, family-oriented nudist facility located on 20 acres in rural Southern Indiana. Lodgings range from tent and RV camping to chalets. Campsites cost $10-$20 per night; chalets run $45/night. Amenities include a 24-by-50 heated swimming pool, hot tub, sun deck, playground, bath house, sauna, clubhouse, kitchen, exercise room, activities room, TV lounge area, indoor and outdoor showers and nature trails. Activities include mini-ten, volleyball, shuffleboard, petanque, horse shoes and table tennis. Membership is required, although visitors are welcome May through September. Sunny Haven welcomes singles and visitors.
Sunshower Country Club
Open year-round, this family-oriented nudist camp, established in 1959, offers a variety of weekend activities from mid-May through mid-September. Located in east Central Indiana, Sunshower is secluded on 125 acres of forest land. Lodging choices include improved and primitive camp sites, rental trailers and two cabins with refrigerator, heat and grill for $40/night plus grounds fees. The clubhouse features a large stone fireplace, kitchen, dining area, TV, hot tub and shower. Other amenities include a large swimming pool, hot tub and picnic area. Activities include mini-ten, dirty bird badminton, petanque, shuffleboard, horse shoes, two playground areas, golf course and hiking trails. Dances, dinners and other special events are scheduled throughout the year.
In general, nude resorts are not clothing-optional; nudity is required. Resorts vary from family-oriented to swinger-friendly. Know what to expect before you go.
Resources for more information about Indiana nude resorts as well as clothing-optional resorts worldwide:
* American Association for Nude Recreation, www.AANR.com; 800-879-6833
* Nude Travel Guide, www.nudetravelguide.com
* Encantado Beach, www.EncantadoBeach.com NudistParksUSA.net