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Sep 01, 2009 by Hamilton County Tourism
Whenever I visit a new place, I first ask "What do the locals do?" Â Well, this weekend THIS local felt like a tourist in my own county. Â On Saturday, a small group of my girlfriends gathered together at Hamilton Town Center in Noblesville, Indiana for a quick girlfriend getaway. Hamilton Town Center is an outdoor mall - so we were able to feel the sun shining and the breeze blowing as we strolled from shop to shop. We had lunch at a gourmet burger place, where between bites, laughter and chatting was heard from our corner booth. Â It was a lot of fun, especially since it has been a long time since we could all just sit back, relax and enjoy a long conversation. Later in the afternoon we decided to walk over to the Hamilton 16 IMAX to catch a showing of "Time Traveler's Wife." Â (Side note: As a self diagnosed movie lover, I have been to a LOT of movies and movie theaters - and this theater is one of my favorites. Â It is big, clean, open and has the most comfortable chairs). Â After the movie we slowly headed back to our cars before sadly parting ways! On Sunday, we had family over for a visit. Â Since it was such a beautiful day we wanted to get out and enjoy the perfect weather, so we drove to Forest Park, also in Noblesville. Â Forest Park is a large park with tons of green grass, mature trees, pretty flowers - not to mention places to play, places to eat and paths to wander along. Â We had our very own Indiana family adventure! Â We started our visit by walking down one of the paths. Â We walked by families celebrating birthday's, friends playing volleyball, teenagers enjoying the skate park and small groups of people tee'ing off at the park golf course. Â We stopped to let Christopher play on the playground equipment and to ride the carousel. Then we paused to watch a baseball game that was being played by a group of very dedicated high schoolers. [caption id="attachment_903" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Alexander's on the Square, photo from DestinationNoblesville.com"][/caption] After an afternoon filled with fun activities, we were famished! Â We went to Noblesville Historic Square to look for a cool, local dining spot and decided on Alexander's on the Square (as a warning, Sunday evenings are a little slow on the Square, not a lot of shops/restaurants are open). Â When we walked in, we were pleasantly surprised to see the placed filled with families, teenagers and grandparents all happily eating their sweet ice cream treats. Â My family sat in the booth by a window offering a great view of the Historic Square. Â The food there is tenderloin & chicken fingers type of food, and while we really wanted to get a cone before we left, we were too full from dinner to manage another bite! What a great way to spend a weekend....
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