Category - Summer

May is National Bike Month, and there is no better place to explore than the bicycle-friendly communities of Hamilton County. National media outlets are taking note, including Fox News Travel naming Hamilton County as one of the best places to celebrate and save money. Not to mention, Carmel was recently named the #3 best small city for biking in the United States in a new study by nonprofit PeopleForBikes.

Read on to see how you can ride on in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville and Westfield.

Golf and race enthusiasts are well aware that one of our nation’s favorite Pete Dye-designed golf courses races through the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Each year, the Indy 500 welcomes over 300,000 spectators during Memorial Day weekend.

The thrills at the Indy 500 are not the only goosebumps for drivers spending the holiday in Indianapolis. The driver in your golf bag may not reach the mph of a screaming 700 horse-powered racing machine, but your graphite-shafted whooping stick can go thrill seeking on the golf courses of Hamilton County.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines: the greatest month in racing has arrived! Speedway, Indiana may be the epicenter of epic action, but the celebrations extend throughout the central Indiana community. We’re proud to partner with our friends at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a collaborative effort to promote the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 throughout the region.

Here are 10 ways to toast to the race on Indy's northside.

One of the best things about summer is eating outdoors. Picnics at the park, cookouts in the backyard, breakfast on the porch…there’s just something relaxing about meals that include sunshine, breeze and birds.

A few crisp mornings remind us summer won’t last forever, and we’ll have to drag ourselves back inside. But before we do, let’s take advantage of every last meal we can enjoy outside. Below are some of my top picks for outdoor dining at restaurants across Hamilton County.

It’s an outdoor music and entertainment experience you can only find in central Indiana – and you don’t want to miss these performances. Kroger Symphony on the Prairie celebrates 37 years of live performances at the Conner Prairie Amphitheatre in Fishers, Indiana – just north of Indy.

Below is the 2018 performance schedule and things to know before you go.

“Spanning more than 1,000 wooded acres, Conner Prairie presents history, science, art, and nature via interactive displays and exhibits, appropriate for all different age levels. It is presented in a way that makes the experience fun, meaningful, and accessible to all.” -Chicago blogger Francesca of The Working Mom’s Travels

By definition, Conner Prairie is an interactive outdoor history museum, but it is so much more. Families from across the Midwest travel to Fishers, Indiana to experience Conner Prairie for themselves. It’s best explored in person, but to be inspired, read below for our guide to all things to do at Conner Prairie.

The Monon Trail is one of the most popular outdoor amenities in central Indiana. This premier destination is a paved pedestrian pathway, perfect for biking, walking and running through the heart of Hamilton County, Indiana and connecting to Indianapolis. On any given day, you’ll see families with strollers, dogs on leashes, hardcore cyclists and runners or people simply strolling. Before you hit the trail, learn more about this unique outdoor experience in Indiana.

In Hamilton County, Indiana blue skies and fresh greens mean golf season is here again. Whether you’re a drive or a put away from Hamilton County’s nearly 300 holes, you can make a golf outing a getaway with easy online booking powered by GolfNow.

The largest outdoor amphitheater in Indiana, previously known as Klipsch Music Center, celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2018. This is the first year it's known as Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center. Music acts are already announcing tour stops in Hamilton County, Indiana for summer 2018.

Below is a list of the concerts confirmed for the 2018 schedule at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana - just north of Indy.