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Cool Creek Park & Nature Center

The Wilds and I took full advantage of the 60+ degree weather and decided to check out Cool Creek Park & Nature Center. We take any chance we can to get outside. What a cool park! This was my first visit to the park. My son got really excited when we pulled in because he recognized the park. His school had visited on a field trip last year.

We started with a visit to the Cool Creek Nature Center.


It was actually really cool. Every nook and cranny was filled with fun tidbits about Indiana’s woodlands. My favorite was the stuffed bird display. The boys loved looking at the snakes and turtles in the aquariums. We ventured outside to the green house. Chumley, the resident turtle, was just waiting for visitors. He seemed to enjoy the company.

Cool Creek Park & Nature Center

Around the corner from the Nature Center is the Nature Play Area. What a cool spot! It’s a place where the kiddos can run and climb on different natural structures. They had a blast climbing on the tree trunks.  I thoroughly enjoyed watching them and taking in the fresh air. I loved seeing so many people on the trails enjoying the beautiful weather.

We also stopped at the playground. It was packed! They have a little bit of everything for all age groups. There is a covered picnic area right in the middle. It would be the perfect lunch spot when the weather really warms up.  All the squeals of delight showed me that all the kiddos loved the park.

Cool Creek Park & Nature Center

I cannot wait to go back when everything is green and in bloom. I am sure it is beautiful during the summer. I am so glad I found this awesome park. I intend to be a regular visitor for sure. If you have not had a chance to check out this park, what are you waiting for?!

More Info about Cool Creek Park & Nature Center: 

Cool Creek Park & Nature Center is located at 2000 E. 151st St, Carmel. Parks hours are dusk to dawn. Nature Center hours are Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun 1PM – 5PM. The park has 4 miles of wooded trails perfect for hiking or jogging. They also offer shelters for rent perfect for hosting your next gathering. For more info visit  or call 317-774-2500

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