Noblesville, Indiana, is a destination mixed with a hip vibes and historic roots, also known as “hipstoric.” The thriving county seat is located north of Indianapolis and offers things to do like shopping around the square, concerts and festivals at Federal Hill Commons and artistic experiences at Nickel Plate Arts.
You’ll know you’re in the heart of downtown Noblesville when you see the striking courthouse, a popular spot for Instagram photos. The newly designated Noblesville Cultural Arts District boasts antique and boutique shops lining the outskirts of the square, so plan to spend a few hours browsing the unique finds. If all that shopping makes you thirsty and hungry, you’re in luck with Noble Coffee & Tea, Rosie’s Place, Alexander’s on the Square and Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano within walking distance.
Walk a block south of the Noblesville square to the Nickel Plate Arts campus, where you can browse the latest gallery exhibition, meander through the artist-in-residence studios and purchase artwork. First Fridays feature live music, refreshments and special programming for a fun night out.
The most popular artists make a tour stop at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, an outdoor amphitheater that can hold 24,000+ music fans. The summer concert lineup is typically announced in early spring and shows run through early fall. Grab a bite to eat before at Hamilton Town Center, an outdoor shopping mall with hotel properties nearby.
You don’t need to travel south to find sunshine and sand. Build sandcastles and swim at Morse Park & Beach, home to the Aqua Adventure Park with inflatables on the water. Or rent a canoe and paddle your way down the White River.