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Cool Creek Park & Nature Center

Cool Creek Park offers a wide variety of features and activities that have made it one of Hamilton County’s most popular parks. This beautiful 90-acre park is a great place for the entire family to enjoy all year. The park offers four miles of wooded trails perfect for hiking and walking. Plus an amazing nature center with fun programs for kids, families and adults scheduled all year long.

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Cool Creek Nature Center

Cool Creek Park is home to the Cool Creek Nature Center, where families, school groups, and nature lovers can explore the science of Indiana woodlands, learn about the importance of preserving plants and animals in their natural habitats and enjoy a variety of recreational activities. The nature center is open Monday thru Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Every nook and cranny is filled with fun tidbits about Indiana’s woodlands. Kids will especially enjoy the live turtles and snakes at the aquarium. We ventured outside to the greenhouse. Chumley, the resident turtle, was just waiting for visitors. He seemed to enjoy the company.

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Cool Creek Nature Play Area

The new Nature Play Area includes natural elements in a wooded and shady area and is designed to encourage unstructured play in a natural setting. The goal of this design is to get children to use their imaginations, as well as gain a greater appreciation for the outdoors.

The nature play area is open during regular park hours and can be found by following the signs along the road in front of the Cool Creek Nature Center. 

Hiking and Creek Stomping at Cool Creek Park

Cool Creek Park offers 90 acres of space and approximately four miles of woodland trails that are great for jogging, hiking, or bird watching. The park also features a paved path within the park for bike riders. Many of the trails have bridges to cross as you hike toward the creek. The creek is shallow and gentle enough for young children to navigate.

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Programs and Events at Cool Creek Park & Nature Center

Cool Creek Park & Nature Center offers a variety of fun programs throughout the year, especially for kids. A few favorites incldue the Cool Creek Campfires and the Cool Creek Concert Series. Check out the upcoming events:

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 hamiltoncounty.in.gov  or call 317-774-2500.



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