Author: Shelly Bergman
Shelly Bergman is a freelance writer who began writing in 2013. After being away from Indiana for 6 years, she has brought her family back to the place her heart belongs. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Indy with her sidekick Sophie (3), working on projects for her new home or planning yet another Disney vacation. Above all, her deepest passion is her family. With a Purdue degree in Hospitality she is always looking to make friends with the locals during her travels. When she’s not crafting or writing for her blog DIY Mama she is working as Marketing Director at Community Montessori School in Fishers. Follow along in her adventures on Twitter (@shelly_bergman) or Instagram (@shellybergman).

The calendars have turned and so have the leaves - that means it's fall break time! Indiana is breathtaking this time of year and fall is the perfect time to visit Hamilton County, Indiana for a quick, fun family getaway and get your fall fix. To give you a break with planning, we've compiled the top 8 things to do with family or friends.

If you call yourself a Hoosier, you've likely had your fair share of tenderloins. Here in Hamilton County, Indiana we have a wide selection of restaurants that serve the uniquely Hoosier sandwich. There are 25 restaurants participating in this year's annual #TenderloinTuesday celebration with old classics and new favorites in the lineup. We’re taking a detailed look at Dooley O'Tooles and Caplinger's Fresh Catch.

Hamilton County, Indiana plays host to several awesome music venues but nothing beats the beautiful outdoor amphitheater at Conner Prairie, host of the Kroger Symphony on the Prairie series. The summer weekends are packed with an awesome lineup of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and guest performances. This year marks the 35th anniversary of this delightful gathering of music, friends and food.

Please note that as of Oct. 2017, Klipsch Music Center is now called Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center - same great venue, new name.

Spending summer under the sun could not be easier with all that Hamilton County has to offer. We're so lucky to have so many great options for music throughout the year but summer really cranks up the tunes.

Conner Prairie is one of the top attractions in Hamilton County for good reason. I have been a Hamilton County resident for almost two years and have visited Conner Prairie approximately 70 times. My biggest reason to advocate for Conner Prairie is that there's something special for every type of person.

Winters in the Midwest (usually) require lots of indoor activities for our children. Although this year has been exceptionally mild, it has been so muddy there isn't much opportunity to play outside. That's where I come in. We have lived in Hamilton County for a year and a half and have yet to visit all the cool indoor places HC has to offer because there are so many. Combating cabin fever in Hamilton County is super easy.

Calling all art enthusiasts! Indianapolis is rich in art and culture between Mass Ave, Fountain Square and White River, but don't forget about Hamilton County. People travel from afar to immerse themselves in Hoosier arts around Carmel, Noblesville and beyond, and the art scene is only growing larger.