100 Things to do this Summer around Indy

Warm weather, the promise of longer days, and plenty of opportunities to explore Indianapolis.

Never hear your kids say, “I’m bored,” ever again. To get your family’s summer started on the right foot, check out our official list of 100 things to do in and around Indy this summer!

Related Article: 50 Fun Activities for $5 or Less in Indianapolis

100 Things to do this Summer around Indy:

  1. Visit your favorite splash pad.

    The Splash Pad at Westermeier Commons at Central Park
    The Splash Pad at Westermeier Commons at Central Park
  2. Enjoy an outdoor movie at Newfields’ Summer Nights Film Series.
  3. Touch a truck… at a local Touch-A-Truck festival.
  4. Explore a road-trip-worthy playground.
    Playground Splash Pad at Daleville Town Hall Park
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  5. Visit your favorite Indy-area farmers market.
  6. Enjoy an Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Symphony on the Prairie concert at Conner Prairie.
  7. Do a self-guided tour of Traders Point Creamery. Then indulge in ice cream afterward.
  8. Soar through the treetops on a zip-lining adventure.Ziplining
  9. Take in the fresh air on one of Indianapolis’ hiking trails.
  10. Plan a trip to one of the coolest playgrounds around Indianapolis.

    Coolest Playgrounds Indiananpolis
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  11. Discover nature inside at a central Indiana Nature Center.
  12. Road trip to an Indiana water park.
  13. Float in one of Indiana’s natural lazy rivers.
  14. Try out a new sport at the Riley Sports Legends Experience at the Children’s Museum.
  15. Plant a garden.
  16. Spend the day at the (nearby) beach.
  17. Take your trip to the movie theater to the next level by renting it out for a private screening (It’s easier than you think!)
  18. Visit Indiana state parks, check in and earn rewards with Indiana State Nature Passport.

  19. Check out a $1 children’s movie at a participating Regal Cinema.
  20. Road trip to Fort Wayne and explore everything the city offers for families.
  21. Pack a picnic for the Concerts on the Canal. Free seating on the lawn.
  22. Explore a lake or river by canoe or kayak.
  23. Plan a day of swimming or splashing fun at one of these great destinations.The Waterpark in Carmel
  24. Catch a concert at Holliday Park during Rock the Ruins, Presented by The Vogue. Several dates throughout the summer. 
  25. Head to the Indianapolis Art Center for free, rotating exhibitions.
  26. Take a break from the sun at one of these awesome indoor playgrounds
  27. Explore the caves and caverns of Indiana.
  28. Head to the Indianapolis Zoo every Thursday, June 17 – July 29 for the smooth sounds of Animals and All That Jazz.
  29. Learn something new on a tour of Strawtown Enclosure, a Native American village that was inhabited over 700 years ago.

    Strawtown Enclosure at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville
  30. Take a short drive to one of these perfect day trip destinations
  31. Pack a picnic and enjoy a magical day at The Children’s Garden at Coxhall Gardens.
  32. Watch traffic zoom by (safely) at The Idle.
  33. Dust off your bowling shoes! Kids Bowl Free in Indianapolis all summer long.
  34. Enjoy deep discounts at some of Indy’s favorite attractions with Indy Attraction Pass.
  35. Visit one of these beautiful Indiana gardens
  36. Learn about agricultural at AgriPark in Fishers.

    Fisher’s AgriPark
    Photo Credit: facebook.com/FishersAgriPark
  37. Splash around at the Monon Center’s Waterpark, opening Memorial Day weekend!
  38. Plan a camping trip to one of these great campsites just a 90-minute drive from Indy.
  39. Hit the road and visit one of these 17 Indiana Landmarks.
  40. Enjoy the thrill of a roller coaster or the fun of a classic midway ride at one of these awesome amusement parks.
  41. Explore the Treetop Outposts at Conner Prairie.
  42. Speaking of trees, play in the treehouses at Flat Fork Creek Park in Fishers.
  43. Meet and greet alpacas at Heritage Farm.

    Heritage Farm
    Heritage Farm
  44. Relax to live music during a… Indy Park summer concert
  45. Greenwood Summer Concert Series. 
  46. Fishers Summer Concert Series.
  47. Spend a rainy day inside at the Museum of Miniature Houses.
  48. Learn about the Hoosier state, or play in the giant doghouse during a visit to the Indiana Young Readers Center at the Indiana State Library.
  49. Head to the drive-in theater for a classic summer night. 
  50. Have an archeologist adventure at River Road Park.River Rock Road
  51. Discover a new park with our Unlimited Park Guide.
  52. Visit the interactive and fun Holliday Park Nature Center.
  53. Splash the day away at Freedom Springs Aquatics Park
  54. Plan a trip to one of these 8 unique Indianapolis Museums.
  55. Eat lunch at City Market in downtown Indy. If you go on Wednesday you can also check out Indianapolis’ largest farmers market.
  56. Take the plunge and try zip lining with Go Ape! at Eagle Creek Park (ages 10+).
  57. Explore Butler University’s Holcomb Gardens.

    Holcomb Gardens.
    Holcomb Gardens.
  58. Climb to the top of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on the downtown Circle.
  59. Explore Marian University’s EcoLab.
  60. Road trip to Bloomington and try one of these Yelp Indy-recommended spots for kid-friendly fun.
  61. Discover the Rhythm Discovery Center.

    Rhythm Discovery Center
    Rhythm Discovery Center
  62. Check out the Indiana State Police Museum, a secret east side favorite.
  63. Visit one of the beautiful parks in downtown Indy.
  64. Explore a new-to-you town: Franklin.
  65. Explore a new-to-you town: Noblesville.
  66. Explore a new-to-you town: Zionsville.
  67. Drive-in for some sweet potato fries and other greasy faves at Mug N Bun. Here Yelp Indy dishes on other area drive-ins.
  68. Go for a balloon ride at Conner Prairie.

    Conner Prairie Hot Air Balloon
    Conner Prairie’s Hot Air Baloon during Symphony on the Prairie.
  69. Head downtown to the Canal Walk and get your play on at Colts Canal PlaySpace.
  70. Ride the zip line at Nature Adventure Playground at Jill Perelman Pavilion.
  71. Enjoy a burger and a shake at Indiana’s first Shake Shack location. 
  72. Don’t let the mud get in your way! Play the day away at one of these mud-free playgrounds. 
  73. Take the family for a round of Duckpin bowling in Fountain Square.

    Duck Pin Bowling
    Duck Pin Bowling
  74. Pop a tent, and have a backyard campout. 
  75. Stroll the 92-county walk along the perimeter of the Indiana State Museum to see 3-D works of art that highlight each county in the state.
  76. Go fishing with the family.
  77. Discover a new artist at Harrison Center’s Reimagined Community Art Space.

    Karaoke Elevator- indoor slide
    Indoor Slide at the Harrison Center’s Community Art Space.
  78. Spend some time giving back and volunteer as a family.
  79. Sign up for a summer reading program at your local Indianapolis Public Library branch.
  80. Treat yo’ self (and the kids) to some amazing chocolate at Carmel Chocolate Cafe.
  81. Plan an evening out for the whole family in the heart of the city! Here are some great family-friendly dining options in downtown Indianapolis.
  82. Try this list of Top 10 Rainy Day ideas.
  83. Rent a bike or surrey and pedal around White River State Park with Wheel Fun Rentals.
  84. Hop on the saddle for a guided trail ride through Fort Harrison State Park.
  85.  Enjoy a day on the water at Geist, Morse, or Eagle Creek Reservoir.
  86. Shoot a bow and arrow at Strawtown Koteewi Park.
  87. Join the Franklin Skate Club’s Kids Skate Free program.
  88. Visit a Carmel hidden gem: Cool Creek Park.

    Hiking Indianapolis
    Cool Creek Park
  89. Plan a train trip and ride the rails!
  90. Pack a picnic and head to the park to fly a kite.
  91. Head to one of these family-friendly breweries.
  92. Explore Hamilton County by bicycle and discover over 30 Pedal Perks discounts. 
  93. Buckle up those helmets, and explore one of these Indianapolis bike trails
  94. Take the whole family out to dinner at one of these unique restaurants.

    Family-Friendly Restaurants in Indianapolis
    Outdoor Play Space at Baby’s Restaurant
  95. Head to one of these summer festivals taking place in August
  96. Tackle Strawtown Koteewi Park on horseback with K-Trails Equestrian Adventures.
  97. Discover nature and art at The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park.
  98. Celebrate the Hoosier Spirit at the Indiana State Fair coming to the State Fair Grounds July 30 – August 22, 2021. Here are 7 ways to help you save big at the 2021 Indiana State Fair. 
  99. Go creek stomping at Marott Park, or one of these other top 5 spots for creek stomping.
  100. Stuck at home? Try out one of these 100 outside activities to do at home. 
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