Do you know what’s new at your favorite Hamilton County park? Several locations have added even more ways for your family to have fun together. Grab a pen – you’ll want to add these “newbies” (as well as some “oldies but goodies”) to your summer lineup.
1. Trek through the treetops
Strawtown Koteewi Park
12308 Strawtown Ave., Noblesville
22738 Essig Ave., Noblesville
Hamilton County’s “mini state park” is growing! This summer, families can take to the trees to try out Strawtown Koteewi’s new aerial trails. The ropes course and zipline will offer three levels, ranging from 15 feet to 50 feet above the ground. After finding footing in the forest, families can test their archery aim in Koteewi Range’s new family fun zone. Once outfitted with bows, have the kids practice shooting at foam targets shaped like dinosaurs, “jackolopes” and more.
2. Go “gaga” for Gaga Ball
701 Cicero Rd., Noblesville
6001 Edenshall Ln., Noblesville
A new sport is coming to Noblesville this summer! Gaga Ball, a variation of dodgeball that uses an octagonal “arena” will be available for play at Forest Park and Dillon Park. Instead of using multiple balls like American dodgeball, Gaga Ball only uses one, and you’re only out if you’re struck below the waist!
3. Take the toddlers to a playground all their own
Roy G. Holland Park
One Park Dr., Fishers
Fisher’s finest playground is getting a little brother this year. Holland Park will introduce a new toddler playground so even the littlest park goers have a place to play.
4. Climb into a treehouse
Flat Fork Creek Park
16141 E 101st St., Fishers
Hamilton County’s most anticipated new park is open for its first summer season! Head for the woods to explore 1.25 miles of mountain biking trails and three “treehouses,” one of which is ADA accessible via boardwalk. For a hike with a view, climb the 60-foot sledding hill to get an aerial look at Flat Fork Creek’s 60 acres.
5. Learn to surf
Monon Community Center Waterpark
1235 Central Park Drive E., Carmel
While Hamilton County may not have salty surf spots like the coasts, the Monon Community Center Waterpark boasts a FlowRider that simulates surfable swells. Kids of the right height can bodyboard or flowboard waves that would otherwise require a plane ticket to enjoy!
6. Hit the beach
13288 Pennington Rd., Fishers
Morse Park and Beach
19777 Morse Park Ln., Noblesville
Bring your beach towel, slather on some sunscreen and head to Hamilton County’s beaches for sun and sand. Families can explore Saxony Lake via kayak or play on Morse Reservoir’s inflatable playground – right on the lake!
7. Take to the trails
June is National Trails Month, so there’s no better time to explore Hamilton County’s 300-plus miles of trails. Try the Monon Trail, White River Greenway, Cool Creek Park Loop or Heritage Park Loop on foot, by bicycle or on rollerblades.
5 Places for Picnic Fair
On the run? Order sandwiches and sides to go at these local eateries.
- Pure Eatery – Fishers: Located less than 1 mile from Roy G. Holland Memorial Park.
- Rosie’s Place – Noblesville: Just a four-minute drive away from Forest Park.
- Blu Moon Café – Carmel: Right off of Rangeline and Main Street.
- Soho Café and Gallery – Carmel: Accessible from the Monon Trail.
- Rail Epicurean Market – Westfield: Easy to get to from Asa Bales Park or the Midland Trace Trail.