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Located just north of Indianapolis, Hamilton County, Indiana, offers a unique set of attractionsspecial events and affordable accommodations in the cities of CarmelFishersNoblesville and Westfield. With authentic downtowns, Hoosier hospitality and easy access to and from I-69 and I-465, you've got a fun, affordable destination that's closer than you think! Critics rave about Hamilton County, Indiana's communities! Regularly recognized as a "Best Place,” we routinely score high marks in quality of life ratings. Hamilton County, Indiana, is also one of the nation’s fastest growing areas, but the towns never forget the history and heritage that make them unique.

 

After Hours

Hamilton County is versatile with its options of things to do for nightlife. Want to experience a brew tour and try the 10-plus breweries in the area? Done. Deviate, Four Day Ray and Sun King are just a few you must try. Want to enjoy a cocktail, listen to live music and browse local artwork? Sure. First Fridays in the summer offers just that at Nickel Plate Arts in Noblesville. Don’t want to spend money but need entertainment for the kids after dinner? We have that as well. Grab some blankets and get cozy under the stars at Movies in the Park.

 

Music and Entertainment

Whether it’s a concert at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, an outdoor show at Symphony on the Prairie in Fishers or a free community concert, all these events will be music to your ears. From well-known bands lighting up the big stage like Tom Petty and Florida Georgia Line to local artists gathering a crowd at an outdoor amphitheater, you won’t be disappointed with the selection of musical performances in Hamilton County.

 

Attractions

The attractions in Hamilton County are a few of the reasons why visitors keep coming back for more. See world-class entertainment at The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel including performances by symphony orchestras, country stars and standup comedians. Travel back in time and visit Conner Prairie, an interactive history museum located in Fishers. Bring the kids and ride the 1859 Balloon Voyage, explore 1836 Prairietown, pet rare animals or climb the Treetop Outpost. Find your adventurous side and shoot a bow and arrow, take a guided horseback ride or zip line through the treetops at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville. The more than 750-acre park offers a full day of fun for visitors.

 

Outdoors

Hamilton County has no shortage of fresh air. With more than 400 miles of trail, 62 parks, two lakes and multiple access points to the White River, you could spend a week exploring without ever going inside.

  • Just around the river bend- The canoe-able White River snakes through Noblesville and Fishers, offering a tranquil and easy paddle downriver. Additionally, the 1,500-acre Morse Reservoir in Cicero and 1,900-acre Geist Reservoir in Fishers offer opportunities for fishing and boating.
  • Bike, Walk and Roll- More than 400 miles of trails wind their way through Hamilton County. The Monon Trail is perhaps the best known. Once a highly trafficked railroad, the Monon is now a running, walking, biking, any-mode-of-transportation-other-than-a-car paved trail that runs from Westfield, Carmel’s neighbor to the north, through the Arts and Design District and south to downtown Indianapolis.
  • Strawtown Koteewi Park– fondly referred to as a “mini state park” among locals, Strawtown Koteewi Park is Hamilton County’s largest at 750 acres. In the last two years, the park has added a state-of-the-art archery range, aerial trails experience and archaeology exhibit to compliment the existing recreational lake and forest trails.

 

Cities (or cultural districts)

If towns could talk, each within Hamilton County would have something different to say. Comprised of four designated cities and four smaller towns, the personalities represented within Hamilton County are as varied as the people who live here.

Carmel

Home to an official Indiana cultural district, Carmel gathers art seekers, art makers and art “peekers” to its borders. The Arts and Design District, home to the Indiana Design Center, 12 art galleries, mom & pop shops and local restaurants, is a walkable option for urban wanderings – sans expensive parking. Less than one mile south, the stately Palladium, Carmel’s best live performance venue, watches over neighboring Carmel City Center with a nostalgic aura of 16th century Italian architecture. Just a short walk across the Monon provides some of Carmel’s finest dining experiences – perfect for a dinner before or nightcap after a live show.

 

Fishers

The vibrant city of Fishers is a playground for creative types – whether your style is pretending to pilot a hot air balloon or pioneering a startup company. Conner Prairie, Indiana’s only Smithsonian affiliate museum doesn’t believe in glass cases and automated recordings. The living history park offers families the closest experience to time travel possible, as costumed interpreters, live animals and a tethered helium balloon send guests soaring back to 1800’s. The Nickel Plate District, a collection of both shiny new buildings and local haunts that have been around before Internet, is a portrait of vitality as suits mingle with rain boots.

 

Noblesville

“Noblesville” could be the name of an Instagram filter. With Hamilton County’s largest collection of old buildings, Noblesville’s vintage vibe can only be described as “hipstoric.” The Courthouse Square is a mine of hidden gems. The thrill of the hunt culminates in antique shops with seemingly infinite square footage. Local craft beer, coffee and pie is never more than a two minute walk away, and snapping photos of vintage sidewalk tiles and the Courthouse from multiple angles is not only allowed, but encouraged.

 

Westfield

The bourgeoning burg of Westfield is habitat away from home for cleated feet and capped heads. Home to Grand Park, the Midwest’s largest sports campus, Westfield has scored big since the park opened. In 2016, a multi-court basketball facility and indoor soccer facility with two, professional-size turf fields did the impossible of making Grand Park even grander. Westfield is also a playing field for food fans, as converted barns, houses and blacksmith shops have found new life as restaurants.

 

Northern Communities

Type “off the beaten path” into your GPS and the towns of Cicero, Sheridan, Atlanta and Arcadia in northern Hamilton County will appear as your destination. Places like Lisa’s Pies in Atlanta, Lodge Garage in Arcadia, Blackhawk Winery in Sheridan and 10 West in Cicero alone are worth the trip. Don’t forget to pick up a loaf of pretzel bread at Arcadia’s Wilson’s Farm Market on your way. You won’t be sorry.

 

Airport

You couldn’t get to the runway at Indianapolis International Airport faster if you flew there. At a 30-minute drive plus reasonably priced Lyft and Uber fares, ground transportation to and from the airport is a breeze. Add the fact that travelers passing through IND typically enjoy short lines at check-in and security, and you have yourself enough time to grab coffee before your flight. Oh, and did we mention that the Indianapolis Airport has been named as THE best in North America five times in the last six years?

 

Libations

Hop heads rejoice, Hamilton County’s craft beer scene is far from tapped out. With XX craft breweries, including several Great American Beer Festival serial winners, a local place to grab a pint is never far away. Sun King Brewing’s Fishers Tap Room is classic Indiana favorite and perfect for gathering. For a friendly, neighborhood pub feel with great beer and equally great food, Grand Junction in Westfield is your spot. Deviate Brewing in Carmel is a “must for untamed palates with a taste for flavors like banana and strudel cake. And, for those who like to pair their beer with history, Heady Hollow in Fishers will not disappoint either appetite.

Those who prefer beverages made of grapes and served in long-stemmed glasses will not be hard-pressed for wine options in Hamilton County. Carmel’s Peace Water Winery, Indiana’s only locally owned California winery, pours their Napa and Sonoma vintages while simultaneously pouring 50% of net profits into charity organizations. Harmony Winery in Fishers offers tastings and the opportunity to create custom wines for special occasions. Urban Vines, Westfield’s first winery, is expected to be popping corks by mid-2017. Bottles-to-go from wineries in neighboring Indiana counties can be found at Vine and Table in Carmel and Grapevine Cottage in Fishers.

 

Dining

Big city dining without the big city price tag lives in Hamilton County. Choose from more than 100 shareable small plates at divvy. Order a burger bigger than your face at Bub’s Burgers. Find local ingredients and art at Pure Eatery. Peruse local artisan foods and nosh on craft charcuterie at Rail Epicurean Market. Brunch like a champion at Eggshell Bistro, Rosie’s Place and Café Patachou.

 

Shopping

Neither high-end department stores nor local boutiques have to compete for shelf space in Hamilton County. The Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing offers options typically found in famous shopping districts, but shoppers never have to set foot outside. Hamilton Town Center is a spot for familiar names in an al fresco space. Those who prefer quirky over quotidian need not look further than Mass on Main, Karisma and Dottie Couture for gifts and “can’t leave without it” finds.

 

Roundabouts

There is no roundabout way of saying it. If you’re driving in Hamilton County, you’ll most likely encounter a roundabout. Or five. With 100 roundabouts and counting, Carmel is known as the Roundabout Capital of the Midwest, and the other Hamilton County cities are close on Carmel’s bumper. For a guide to navigating Hamilton County’s many roundabouts, refer our guide written by a local expert.

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