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Carmel Symphony Orchestra

Carmel Symphony Orchestra

If you are already planning a weekend getaway to Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns or want to take a last minute Indiana vacation, here are 8 Great Things to do in Hamilton County, Indiana this weekend:

1.  Discover your inner rock star during the Kings of Leon concert at Verizon Wireless in Noblesville  – Friday, September 25.

2.  Listen to beautiful music as Micheal Feinstein joins the Carmel Symphony Orchestra for a one-night only performance – Friday, September 25.

3. Play putt putt at Ben & Ari’s or ride the 1859 Balloon Voyage at Conner Prairie (both in Fishers) and see the 8 Great Towns staffers there! – Friday, September 25.

4.  Visit the Museum Of Miniature Houses in Carmel to celebrate the 5th Annual Smithsonian Museum Day. Before you go, be sure to download a Museum Day Pass at smithsonian.com – if you do, you will be given free admission – Saturday, September 26.

5. Unwind while watching a Movie in the Park at West Park in Carmel – Saturday, September 26.

6. Experience “National Take a Child Outside Weekend” at Conner Prairie – Saturday, September 26 – Sunday, September 27. UPDATE: Conner Prairie is also honoring the Smithsonian Pass mentioned above – Take advantage of this great deal!

7.  Visit the small town of Atlanta for the 36th Annual Atlanta Earth Festival (and ride the EarthFest Train there!) – Saturday, September 26 – Sunday, September 27.

8.  The Carmel International Arts Festival is back! Attend this free event that showcases talented artists of all kinds – Saturday, September 26 – Sunday, September 27.

*Visit us online at 8GreatTowns.com for more details on the activities above and other weekend fun ideas!

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Riding the Rails with the Indiana Transportation Museum

Riding the Rails with the Indiana Transportation Museum

If you are already planning a weekend getaway to Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns or want to take a last minute Indiana vacation, here are 8 Great Things to do in Hamilton County, Indiana this weekend:

1.  Buy fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies at the Westfield Farmers Market – Friday, September 18.

2.  Take a group of family and friends to Numa Festival in Westfield for music and dance performances, a chili cook-off, a kids art area and more! – Saturday, September 19.

3. Spend Saturday at the 4th Annual Art in the Park in Fishers, a fun-filled day featuring artists that have been judged and selected specifically for this event. – Saturday, September 19.

4.  All teenagers should head to “Teen Spree” at Clay Terrace for garage bands, cheer squads and giveaways – Saturday, September 19.

5. Have dinner out with the family in a whole new way and ride the Pizza Plus Express Train! – Saturday, September 19.

6.  Stare at the pretty fall sky during the “Star And Satellite Gazing Tours” at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Cicero – Saturday, September 19.

7.  Celebrate Indiana’s farm heritage, play an historic game of base ball and visit the Tent of Wonders- all during Country Fair at Conner Prairie in Fishers – Saturday, September 19 – Sunday, September 20.

8.  Hop aboard a caboose at the Indiana Transportation Museum in Forest Park for a quick train ride – Sunday, September 20.

*Visit us online at 8GreatTowns.com for more details on the activities above and other weekend fun ideas!


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If you are already planning a weekend getaway to Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns or are looking to take a last minute Indiana vacation, here are 8 Great Things to do in Hamilton County, Indiana this weekend:

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Artomobilia, photo courtesy of CarmelArtsAndDesign.com

1.  Celebrate “Going Local Week” by visiting a weekend Farmers Market, a local winery or a U-Pick.

2.  View the “Berlin Airlift – A Legacy of Friendship” traveling exhibit, now displayed at the Indianapolis Executive Airport – Friday, September 11 – Saturday, September 12.

3. It’s not too late to participate in the “Tour De Carmel” cycling event! Saturday registrants are welcome to join in on this exciting 10 or 20-mile ride – Saturday, September 12.

4.  Stroll through beautiful Noblesville residences during the “23rd Annual Tour of Historic Homes” – Saturday, September 12.

5.  Study Indiana rocks and fossils during “Science Saturday” at Conner Prairie in Fishers – Saturday, September 12.

6.  Ride the Tipton Pork Festival Train to Tipton, where you can depart and continue on with your adventure at the Pork Festival – Saturday, September 12.

7.  Gather in the Carmel Arts & Design District for Artomobilia and check out an outdoor gallery of seminal designs from automotive history – Saturday, September 12.

8.  Enjoy the music from great live bands during “Sunday Music On The Patio” at Fionn MacCool’s in Fishers- Sunday, September 13.

*Visit us online at 8GreatTowns.com for more details on the activities above and other weekend fun ideas!

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If you are already planning a weekend getaway to Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns or are looking to take a last minute Indiana vacation, here are 8 Great Things to do in Hamilton County, Indiana this Labor Day weekend:

1.  Wrap up the 2009 season of Symphony on the Prairie at one of the 4 final shows – Thursday, September 3 – Sunday, September 6.

2.  Spend the first Friday evening of September at “First Friday’s – Upstairs Downtown” on the Historic Noblesville Square – Friday, September 4.

Cool Creek Park - Photo from myhamiltoncountyparks.com

Cool Creek Park - Photo from myhamiltoncountyparks.com

3. While on the Square celebrating First Friday’s, visit Jazz Squared for an evening of great music – Friday, September 4.

4.  Take a hike at Cool Creek Park during one of their guided walks – either the “Saturday Morning Fall Migration Bird Hikes” or the “Woodland Fall Wildflower Hike.” – Saturday, September 5.

5.  Relax with a picnic and family at Veteran’s Park in Sheridan during the “Sunset Mandolin Serenade.” – Saturday, September 5.

6.  On Labor Day, hop aboard a caboose at the Indiana Transportation Museum in Forest Park for a quick train ride! – Monday, September 7.

7.  Enjoying your free Monday off of work?  Gather a group of friends and play a round of golf at one of our Indiana premier golf courses.

8.  Gobble up a caramel apple from the Apple Store at Conner Prairie – Open September 1-November 1, Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm.

*Visit us online at 8GreatTowns.com for more details on the activities above and other weekend fun ideas!

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If your family is in need of an Indiana weekend getaway, look no further than Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns.

Day 1 begins at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, where your family will be transported back in time.  You will be guided through history with the aide of Interpreters as your family visits a pioneer village, a working farm and a Lenape Indian camp.  See a Headless Horseman, exhibits, rare animal breeds and theatre performances.  Ride 350 feet into the air on the 1859 Balloon Voyage.  Don’t leave without eating a hand dipped caramel apple at the Apple Store – and don’t deprive yourself of the sweet, tasty cider slushy…

The 1859 Balloon Voyage ready for take off! Photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/connerprairie/

The 1859 Balloon Voyage ready for take off! Photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/connerprairie/

Once the day is done at Conner Prairie and you are ready for a good, affordable dinner, stop by Alexander’s on the Square in Noblesville.  Alexander’s is a local family friendly restaurant with great food, delicious ice cream and it won’t hurt your wallet.  Drive back to the hotel (need ideas on lodging in Hamilton County?  Click here: Where to stay) and get plenty of rest – because your weekend is not over!

Start the next day with breakfast at Bub’s Café (try the Cinnamon Croissant French Toast, wow).  As a family, take a walk or a bike ride under the trees of the Monon Trail (bikes can be rented down the road from Bub’s Café at Carmel Cyclery).

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Biking the Monon

Once the group is ready for lunch, drive straight to Big Hoffa’s Barbeque in Westfield.  The food is amazing and prices range from $4.50 to about $10.00 (you can also split a larger combo meal between the whole family).  After the feast is complete, drive a few minutes east to Forest Park in Noblesville.  Settled into the park setting is the Indiana Transportation Museum – where you can tour trains or take a train ride.  This fall, you’ll want to hop aboard the Pumpkin Train.  The train takes you through the countryside of Hamilton County and let’s you off at a local farm so that you can search for the perfect pumpkin.

The Pumpkin Train

The Pumpkin Train

In the late afternoon, the train will bring you back to Forest Park to depart.  Grab dinner on the Historic Square before you head back to the hotel to call it a night!

For a detailed, printable map of these activities, visit: http://8greattowns.com/content/view/39/78/

Enjoy your fall Indiana family vacation!

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As the end of my time at the Hamilton County CVB approaches, I can’t help but look back at how much I’ve learned, in terms of both job skills and knowledge about this place I’ve called home for the past 13 years. While the former doesn’t have a place here, I can’t help but share just a few things about the latter.

1. That there are music halls in Northern Hamilton County, the Atlanta Music Hall in Atlanta, and the Hedgehog in Arcadia. Quaint towns and local music make for a different kind of evening out!

2. That Hamilton County – Westfield in particular – was a hot bed of Underground Railroad activity (although I may have learned this in fourth grade social studies and since forgotten). In Westfield there are even haunted Underground Railroad walks, a perfect Halloween activity for a history buff like me.

3. How to navigate all of Carmel’s roundabouts. In fact, I’ve come to like them, they actually do make driving easier, go figure!

4. That Hamilton County was named the #1 place to raise a family in 2008 by Forbes magazine. Good choice, mom and dad.

5. That the Atlanta Mercantile, in Northern Hamilton County, sells local and regional artisan goods, from candies and homemade foods to antiques and a wide variety of arts and crafts.

6. Just how many excursions the Indiana Transportation Museum offers. Growing up I always knew about, and even frequented the FairTrain, Polar Bear Express, and Pumpkin Train, but after a summer here, I’m excited to take a go on the Dinner in the Diner or the Dinner or a Movie too!

7. What a wide variety of quaint and unique local restaurants we have here. From an old Carnegie Library and fine Italian to coffee shops and tea rooms.

8. How wonderful a place Hamilton County is, not only for an Indiana getaway, but also somewhere to live, work and play. There’s so much to do here, leaving me ashamed that I ever spent a weekend lamenting boredom.

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One of our readers recently rode the WFMS FairTrain and sent this recap to me – I had to share their fun experience:

Thank you for the recommendation on taking the Fair Train down to the Indiana State Fair!  Friday evening, my husband, 20 month old son and I decided to take the 5:45 p.m. train to the fairgrounds.  We were running late (as usual) as we pulled into the Fishers Train Station, so at 5:44 we found ourselves running through the parking lot as fast as we could trying not to miss the train.  I’m sure we were a sight to see because I was running with my purse, diaper bag and son on my hip alongside my husband who was carrying the stroller.   Luckily a man working the train saw us and waved to let us know they were holding the train.  We were happy to finally make it on onboard because my son LOVED it.  Every time he would hear the whistle blow he would put his hand up to his ear and make the funniest face.

30 minutes later we arrived at the Fair.  We watched the parade as we feasted on the delicious corn dogs, tenderloins, cheese fries and milkshakes. Then we made our way through the barns to see and pet the horses, pigs, goats and sheep.  My son was in heaven!  Then as the sun was setting we ventured over to the Midway for a ride on the carousel and ferris wheel.  We had planned on leaving around 8 or 9 but we were having so much fun, we waited for the 11 p.m. train back to Fishers.  My son was fast asleep before the train started moving!

We definitely plan to make the Fair Train a yearly tradition for our growing family.

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