If you’ve been longing for a change of scenery, the wide-open spaces of Hamilton County, Indiana are waiting for you. This is a place where you can experience the great outdoors, either through a quiet moment or an exciting adventure.
The cities of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville and Westfield, along with the four Northern Towns of Arcadia, Atlanta, Cicero and Sheridan, are the perfect place for a weekend escape with your family this summer.
Get inspired with our list of ideas below, or request a free copy of our 2020 Travel Guide.
Click here to see what’s open (and opening soon) in Hamilton County and how our destination is preparing to welcome you back safely when you’re ready to visit again.
Soak in the sunshine and fresh air by exploring dozens of local parks and more than 600 miles of trails. The most popular parks include Coxhall Gardens in Carmel, with the twin bell towers chiming on the hour and a children’s play area; Flat Fork Creek Park in Fishers, known for its picturesque boardwalk and three hidden tree houses; and Central Park in Carmel, with a peaceful lagoon area, ideal for fishing and bird watching.
If you’re more of a thrill-seeker, visit Strawtown Koteewi Park in northern Hamilton County, a 750-acre park with miles of trails and prairie land. Book a guided horseback ride through the park at K-Trails Equestrian Adventures, try your hand at a bow and arrow at Koteewi Range or soar through the ziplines and treetop trails at Edge Adventures Koteewi: Aerial Adventure Park.
When you visit Hamilton County, bring your bike and pedal along the Monon Trail, a rails-to-trails paved pathway spanning north to Sheridan and south to Carmel, connecting to Indianapolis. Stop along the way to enjoy the scenery or visit a restaurant or store in the Carmel Arts & Design District, Midtown Plaza or Carmel City Center. Click here to access a special Bike the Monon map and see our other trail guides here.
Conner Prairie, an interactive history museum showcasing life in 1800s Indiana, will also open to visitors mid-June. Wander through the expansive outdoor grounds to see baby sheep and goats at the Animal Encounters barn or see what’s happening in historic 1836 Prairietown.