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5 Fun Outdoor Family Outings

Cabin fever is real, and if you’re like us, you’re more than ready to fling open the doors and venture outside.

Now that it’s April and the weather is turning warmer, here are some places where you can enjoy the sunshine and fresh air with your family.

Riley Children’s Health Sports Legend Experience at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

3000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis

One of the signs of spring in Indy is when the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legend Experience at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis opens for the season. March 16 marked the reopening of the outdoor sports utopia, so now is the perfect time to dust off your athletic shoes and get your game on. From football to hockey and tennis to golf, there is something for every sports fan and budding athlete to experience.

Riley Children’s Health Sports Legend Experience at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Riley Children’s Health Sports Legend Experience at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Colts Canal Playspace

335 West 11th Street, Indianapolis

The Colts Canal Playspace opened to the public last November, but now that the weather is getting warmer, it’s time to really take advantage of this outdoor playground. The playspace features climbing towers and ladders, slides, spinner bowls, twister nets and more. Located right on the downtown Canal Walk, the playground is a short walk to the Glick Peace Walk along the Cultural Trail.

Traders Point Creamery

9101 Moore Road, Zionsville

Where does milk come from? Which animals give us eggs? If you have a curious kid who wonders where our food comes from, plan a visit to Traders Point Creamery and take a tour of their working farm. Tours run from April 16 through October, and you can choose to explore the farm yourself for a $2 fee (kids 2 and under are free), or opt for a private tour for $9 per person, with milk samples at the end of the tour. Spring is a good time to visit the farm, as you might spy some baby animals!

Strawtown Koteewi Park

12302 East Strawtown Ave., Noblesville

Archery, fishing, hiking, biking, canoeing — this scenic park in Hamilton County has something for everyone. The park offers visitors an adventurous way to explore the woods with Treetop Trails: five courses — from 16 to 60 feet high — allow you to zipline and navigate through the trees. Little archeologists can explore the replicated Native American village and sift through fossils at a mock dig site. Horse lovers can strap on a helmet and learn the basics of trail riding. There’s an outdoor fun option for everyone!

Spring Blooms at Newfields

4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis

After a long, drab winter, our soul longs for the beauty of flowers, flowers and more flowers. Thankfully, Newfields gives us our flower fix with their springtime exhibit, Spring Blooms, now through May 26. Feast your eyes on more than half a million flowers — peonies, tulips and everything in between. The museum’s Beer Garden returns this spring, too, so adults can grab a beverage, wander the garden and enjoy the colorful blooms.

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