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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 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:

1. All aboard!  Ride the WFMS State FairTrain down to the 2009 Indiana State Fair. Train departs from the Fishers Train Station- Friday, August 21 – Sunday, August 23.

2. Find a good spot in downtown Noblesville to sit back and enjoy the smooth sounds and ambiance of Jazz Squared. – Friday, August 21.

Bear Slide Golf Club in Cicero, Indiana

Bear Slide Golf Club in Cicero, Indiana

3. Take a bottle of wine, something delicious to eat and a blanket to rock out at Rockapella night at Symphony on the Prairie – Friday, August 21 – Saturday, August 22.

4.  Golf season will be over before you know it, so play 18 of our 297 holes at one of our many Hamilton County, Indiana golf courses!

5.  Travel back to a time of poodle skirts and saddle shoes during “Jukebox Saturday” at Cool Creek Park in Carmel – Saturday, August 22.

6.  Watch local artisans create beautiful works of art at “Arts in the Park” in Sheridan Veterans Park- Saturday, August 22.

7.  Looking for outdoor recreation?  Visit Strawtown Koteewi Park for an evening hike.  Choose between a woodland wildflower hike or a star gazing tour – Saturday, August 22.

8.  Have an exciting family outing during Conner Prairie’s “Family Canoe Adventure.” – Saturday, August 22 – Sunday, August 23.

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

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I was reading the Visit Indiana blog when I stumbled across a post about a recent experience a blogger had at Symphony on the Prairie (including taking a ride in the 1859 Balloon Voyage).  You all should take a moment to read this post, because I found several of the statements completely relatable and totally hilarious (Fear causing you to sit on the floor of the balloon basket while it ascends 350 into the air?  Describing the Symphony on the Prairie as “sophisticated tailgating?”  Grocery shopping being considered a date night?).  All in all, I must say that the Symphony on the Prairie is a wonderful way to spend an Indiana summer evening, especially when it’s coupled with a balloon ride during sunset.

Enjoy and let me know what you think!  http://www.in.gov/visitindiana/blog/

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I can still remember going to Symphony on the Prairie as a child – I remember the warm nights, lying on a blanket in the cool grass, the sounds that floated over thousands of people gathered to hear great music.  More than 20 years later, not much has changed – with the exception that you can now fly 350 feet in the air on the 1859 Balloon Voyage to get a birds-eye view.

The 1859 Balloon Voyage

The 1859 Balloon Voyage

Before I start talking more about cherished childhood memories and new stories as an adult, I will explain the set up for those that haven’t yet experienced this.  The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has been playing at Conner Prairie since Symphony on the Prairie began in 1983 – under a small tent with just a few picnic tables scattered around.  The ISO now plays the music under an amphitheater on the bottom of a small grassy hill, and people can rent tables or bring blankets or chairs to sit on – or they can sit on the grass.  The shell is facing the west, so the sun sets behind it as the musicians play.  There are speakers set up all around, so no matter where you are, you can clearly hear every note they play.

view from the top of the hill

The view from the top of the hill

I have gone twice this season, the first time a few weeks ago, on the Harry Potter night (I left the baby at home and went with 2 great friends).  We got there right at 8, so we were closer to the top of the hill.  We set up camping chairs and a cooler filled with drinks and snacks – and since it has been a while since we could just talk- we ended up quietly chatting the whole time.  It was a blast.  I also watched the balloon go up and down, up and down, all night long but couldn’t convince the girls to go with me.

The balloon at night (photo from Conner Prairie's Flickr stream)

The balloon at night (photo from Conner Prairie's Flickr stream)

The next time I attended was this past weekend – several co-workers and our families gathered together at a table close to the front and it was a blast!  Our little guy boogied to the music of Billy Joel while my husband and I relaxed in our chairs.  One of my favorite parts of the evening was when the saxophone player came out into the crowd!

The sax player out in the crowd!

The sax player out in the crowd!

Symphony on the Prairie still has several weeks left in this season – if you are a local, you have go, and if you are a visitor, this is a must on your to-do list.

Karen captured a great close up shot of the shell!

Karen captured a great close up shot of the shell

To wrap up – I can say was as fun to experience this central Indiana tradition now as it was in 1987.  Only this time, I get to help my own child have those wonderful memories!

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If you have $250-$550 – then you have a Hamilton County 8 Great Towns Vacation!  We recently put together fun vacation packages at an affordable price – bring your spouse, best friend or the whole family for a weekend getaway filled with discoveries…  

For $250, you can start your day in Fishers at Conner Prairie, an interactive history park, for a day of pioneer fun.  Dine with the family at Big Hoffa’s Smokehouse in Westfield – where you will enjoy a delicious Big Hoffa combo meal starting at $30 (feeds a family of four).  After dinner is finished, visit Unseenpress for Historic Ghost Tour.  Retire for the evening at one of our great local hotels (we have 30 to chose from) and head home the next day!

For $350, you can experience the fun of Conner Prairie – and fly 350 feet up in the air on their new 1859 Balloon Voyage (If you see an AM/PM BP Gas Station, stop in for $5 off coupons).  Once you have seen the view from the top, make the short trip to Historic Noblesville Square for a tasty lunch at Alexander’s on the Square – don’t forget your sweet treat!  While you are in Noblesville, take an unforgettable train excursion with the Indiana Transportation Museum.  After a good night of rest, wake up in the morning and splash around Carmel’s Monon Center Aqua Park.  

For $550, after you explore the grounds of Conner Prairie and go 350 feet in the air on their 1859 Balloon Voyage – stay for dinner under the stars while listening to the tunes of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.   The next day rent bikes at Carmel Cyclery to ride the Monon Trail or rent kayaks for a scenic float at Geist Lake Marina.  

For more details on these packages, including pricing and free activities, visit us at 8GreatTowns.Com.

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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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