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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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Summer is coming to an end and before you know it fall will be over here, leaving us little time left to enjoy the great outdoors of Hamilton County – or at least while it is warm!  Before the season passes us by, we want to have a contest to encourage you to see another side of Hamilton County, Indiana.

Strawtown Koteewi Park - Photo from MyHamiltonCountyParks.com

Strawtown Koteewi Park - Photo from MyHamiltonCountyParks.com

The idea is simple – pack up your family and camp out under the stars in beautiful White River Campground.  Start early the next morning with a hike or leisurely stroll at Strawtown Koteewi Park (if it is late fall, sit back and watch the leaves change colors).  Take in one of the many interpretive programs the staff offers before heading back for lunch at your campsite.  Don’t miss Potter’s Bridge or check out one of the many free fall festivals in the area.  After the busy day, slow things down with an ice cream cone at Alexander’s on the Water.  The next day take everyone to Geist Lake Marina and rent kayak’s for a day of fun on the water.  If you are in need of a fun Indiana family getaway – look no further!

Here are the details:

PRIZE: A gift certificate for 2 FREE overnight stays at White River Campground in Cicero, a $20 gift certificate for Alexander’s on the Water in Cicero (can also be used at the Noblesville Square location) and 2 gift certificates for buy one kayak rental, get one free from Geist Lake Marina.  Entrance to and programs at Strawtown Koteewi Park are free!

How to win: Answer the following question in our comment section (I will keep comments turned off until the contest is over).  I will throw all the names of the people that correctly answer into a hat and randomly select the winner!

CONTEST ENDS ON MONDAY MORNING AT 9 AM – I WILL THEN DRAW THE NAME AND ANNOUNCE THE WINNER!

QUESTION:  Koteewi is a Miami Native American word meaning what?

Good luck to all!

hint: http://www.co.hamilton.in.us/parks_details.asp?id=2932

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1. Put on your cowboy hat and party with pals to the sounds of George Straight, Blake Shelton and Julianne Hough at Verizon Wireless in Noblesville – Friday, July 24.

2. Stock up on fresh fruits and veggies at the Westfield Farmers Market – Friday, July 24.

3. Attend a production of “Shakespeare in the Park” at Dillon Park in Noblesville – Friday, July 24 – Saturday, July 25.

"Dinner in the Diner"

"Dinner in the Diner"

4. Listen as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra takes on the music of Billy Joel at Symphony on the Prairie (look out for 8 Great Towns staffers on Saturday!). – Friday, July 24 – Saturday, July 25.

5. Have “Dinner in the Diner” and enjoy a 4 course gourmet meal while dining aboard the 1930’s L&N diner car as it rolls through the countryside of northern Hamilton County. – Saturday, July 25.

6. Dance in the streets with family and friends during the “18th Annual Noblesville Street Dance” (don’t miss our very own “communitygal” as she dances to the tunes of the Wright Brothers)- Saturday, July 25.

7. Watch the stars twinkle in the sky while on the free “Star And Satellite Gazing Tour” at Strawtown Koteewi Park. – Saturday, July 25.

8. Buy your tickets for the upcoming 2009 US Senior Open held at Crooked Stick in Carmel.  This exciting event starts next week – July 27 – August 2!

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

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Relaxing at Morse Park and Beach

Relaxing at Morse Park and Beach

1. See animals and livestock, eat great food, dance and gather with family and friends at the Hamilton County 4-H Fair in Noblesville – Thursday, July 16 – Monday, July 20.

2. Volunteer, cheer or participate at IronKids and watch as kids age 6-14 compete in an exciting triathlon at the Carmel Monon Center. – Friday, July 17 – Sunday, July 19.

3. Tour the Children’s Garden at Coxhall Gardens with a naturalist and discover the inspiration behind this magical little spot. Free to parents and children! – Friday, July 17.

4. Celebrate 10 years of business with Ben & Ari’s in Fishers – Live music, mini golf and BBQ only $5 per person. – Saturday, July 18.

5. Tap your toes at the Hedgehog Music Showcase in Arcadia for a variety show featuring local and regional entertainers in an old-fashioned radio show format. – Saturday, July 18.

6. Escape the summer heat at Conner Prairie by relaxing in the shade with a cool glass of lemonade and listen to interpreters tell fantastic folk tales and stories from days gone by.  – Saturday, July 18 – Sunday, July 19.

7. Learn more about the Paleo-Indian and early Archaic people who called central Indiana home thousands of years ago at Strawtown Koteewi Park. – Sunday, July 19.

8.  Build a sandcastle, fish or simply relax at Morse Park and Beach in Noblesville – Any time, any day! – Any time, any day!

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

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1.    Enjoy a free outdoor concert by the up-and-coming group The Flying Toasters at Cool Creek Park – Friday, June 19.
2.    Head over to The Belfry for a performance of the Pulitzer Prize and Critic Circle Award-winning show “Picnic” – Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21.
3.    Nourish your green thumb with the Noblesville Tour of Gardens in the Wellingtons – Saturday, June 20.
4.    Listen to the music of the Grateful Dead at Conner Prairie’s Symphony on the Prairie – Saturday, June 20.
5.    Gaze into the night sky during the Star and Satellite Gazing Tour at Strawtown Koteewi Park – Saturday, June 20.
6.    Explore Boxley Cabin and meet some furry friends in Sheridan at the Boxley Cabin Open House and Critter Showcase – Friday, June 19 & Saturday, June 20.
7.    Treat dad to a Car Show and Train Ride in Forest Park on Father’s Day – Sunday, June 21.
8.    Watch the Circle City Socialites battle the Stateline Derby DIVAS in a roller derby at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. Be sure to check out the after party at Barley Island – Saturday, June 20.

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