Perhaps your family is finally starting to get over the last of the winter sniffles or your running shoes are calling to you from their place in the closet. Maybe it’s the extra hour of daylight in the evening or your local pub sweeping off their outdoor patio. Whatever it is, it’s the sound of spring calling to you and you’re ready to pack up your parka and explore. I love the awakening of a new season, especially one that beckons me outside to discover unknown places and spring in Hamilton County is the perfect time to add a few new adventures to my bucket list.

Eat Outside
Nothing says winter is over like being able to eat alfresco at some of my favorite restaurants or trying an open-air patio at a new watering hole. These are two places I plan to check out as soon as the weather warms.
•    The Pint Cycle – gather some friends are head out for a two hour tour of the Nickel Plate District of Fishers as you pedal your way between wine bars, breweries and restaurants. Individuals or groups can participate and itineraries are often customizable. There’s no better way to take advantage of great weather than on a bike ride, especially one that comes with a bar!
•    Rail Epicurean Market – This farm-to-table market and eatery in Westfield is housed in a charming red barn and nothing could be better than grabbing a table on their patio beneath the trees to sample a charcuterie tray and artisan sandwich, sourced from local farmers. Their children’s menu makes sure that that the whole family has something to savor under the stars.

Play Outside
After the months of being holed up inside, being able to stretch your legs and spend the day outside feels all the sweeter. Whether you’re playing with friends or exploring as a family, these ideas should help you see plenty of blue skies.
•    Play some golf – Hamilton County has fantastic courses for every budget and the spring weather is a favorite way to experience a new one. Our golf guide gives you all you need to know to select a perfect fairway when the weather looks clear (we won’t tell if it happens to be on a Tuesday).
•    Check out a new park – For family friendly exploration, you can’t go wrong with a day at the park. My children love Coxhall Gardens’ children’s area and I love wandering the beautifully manicured flower gardens. Forest Park in Noblesville is another favorite, especially once the Tom Thumb Mini Golf and Carousel open in May.
•    Visit Conner Prairie – Your children will go crazy when they see the newly opened Treetop Outpost and you’ll be happy to sneak in a bit of history at 1836 Prairietown as part of this living history museum. Conner Prairie is a fantastic attraction all year-round but spring is one of the best times to visit for pleasant weather and of course, new baby animals!
•    See a movie in the park – Grab your blanket and bring your own popcorn as the Fisher’s Nickel Plate District Amphitheater presents movies on the big screen. The green grass, the later sunset and the warm breeze will all be the perfect reminder that winter is finally gone

Just in case the you’re waiting on the last of the frost to clear up or it’s just a little too chilly to pull on your sandals, we’ve put together a video to inspire even more ideas for your bucket list and give you hope that yes, spring really is on its way!