If you find yourself near Indianapolis for the FFA National Convention, Nov. 1-5, be sure to venture into the neighboring Hamilton County. This charming county, just North of Indy, offers a plethora of group-friendly activities, perfect for unwinding after convention sessions or spending quality time with your fellow FFA members. From historical adventures to thrilling sports and delightful shopping districts, there’s something for everyone. Here’s your ultimate guide to group-friendly things to do in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville and Westfield.
1. Conner Prairie: Where History Comes Alive
Located in Fishers, Conner Prairie is a must-visit for history enthusiasts. This living history museum takes you back in time, offering an immersive experience of Indiana’s past. With interactive exhibits, historic buildings, and costumed interpreters. Conner Prairie is top FFA stop for the heritage animal breeding program. Engage in hands-on activities, witness historical demonstrations, and explore the beautiful grounds to make the most of your visit.
2. Topgolf: Swing into Fun
For a more contemporary and entertaining experience, head to Topgolf in Fishers. Whether you're a seasoned golfer or a complete novice, Topgolf promises a fantastic time for everyone in the group. Enjoy friendly competition, delicious food, and refreshing drinks while hitting golf balls into microchipped targets. It's a perfect bonding activity that combines sport, leisure, and a touch of friendly rivalry.
3. Stuckey Farm and Wilson's Farm Market: Orchard Delights
Fall in Indiana means apple picking, and Stuckey Farm Orchard and Cider Mill and Wilson's Farm Market are the go-to spots for this delightful activity. Gather your FFA buddies and head to these locations. It's a perfect way to experience the region's agricultural heritage while having a great time with friends.
4. Outdoor Adventures: Embrace Nature
Hamilton County is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Explore the numerous parks and trails, such as the Monon Trail, stretching 25+ miles from north of Westfield south to Indianapolis, ideal for group hikes or bike rides. If you're up for more adrenaline-pumping activities, try kayaking or canoeing in the White River with White River Canoe Company, providing a refreshing escape into nature. Or treetop aerial trails, archery and horseback trail rides at Strawtown Kotwwei Park in Noblesville.
5. Shopping & Dining Districts: Retail Therapy and Culinary Delights
Downtowns in Hamilton County boast vibrant shopping and dining scenes in state-designated cultural districts - Carmel Arts & Design District, Nickel Plate District in Fishers and Noblesville Cultural Arts District. Additionally, Midtown Plaza is along the Monon Trail in Carmel and Fishers District is located adjacent to Topgolf and IKEA. Explore quaint boutiques, art galleries, and specialty stores, offering unique souvenirs and gifts. After a day of shopping, indulge your taste buds in the diverse culinary offerings. From trendy cafes to upscale restaurants, Hamilton County’s dining scene is as diverse as it is delicious. Don’t miss the chance to savor local flavors at group dining favorites like Big Hoffa's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que in Westfield, Bub's Burger's and Ice Cream in Carmel, Alley's Alehouse at Pinheads in Fishers and Wolfies Grill in Noblesville with your fellow FFA members.
6. Special Events and Festivals: Experience Local Culture
Check out local event calendar for festivals, farmers markets, and community events happening during your visit. Hamilton County hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year, celebrating everything from arts and crafts to music and food. Participating in these events will not only introduce you to the local culture but also provide excellent opportunities for group interactions and creating lasting memories.
Hamilton County, nestled near Indy, is a treasure trove of group-friendly activities. Whether you’re a history buff, a sports enthusiast, a nature lover, a shopaholic, or a foodie, this charming county has something special for each one of you. So, after the enriching sessions at the FFA National Convention, gather your friends, explore the beauty of Hamilton County, and make your visit to Indy truly unforgettable.