100+ Things to do this Summer around Indianapolis

    1. 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: 80 Fun Activities for $5 or Less in Indianapolis

      100+ Things to do this Summer around Indianapolis:

      Cool Off in the Water

      1. Float in one of Indiana’s natural lazy rivers.
      2. Visit your favorite splash pad.
        The Splash Pad at Westermeier Commons at Central Park
        The Splash Pad at Westermeier Commons at Central Park
      3. Explore a lake or river by canoe or kayak.
      4. Or try renting a motorboat at a nearby lake.  
      5. Plan a day of swimming or splashing fun at one of these great destinations.
      6. Road trip to one of Indiana’s best waterparks.
      7. Visit a local aquatic park:
      8. Soak up the sun at a local beach.
      9. Go creek stomping at Marott Park or one of these other top 5 spots for creek stomping.
      10. Enjoy a day on the water at Geist, Morse, or Eagle Creek Reservoir.

      Explore the Outdoors

       * indicates a free activity
      1. Soar through the treetops on a zip-lining adventure.
      2. Visit your favorite Indy-area farmer’s market.
      3. Enjoy a picnic and adult beverages at the family-friendly Daniels Winery.

        Daniel's Vineyard
        Family-Friendly atmosphere at Daniel’s Vineyard
      4. Do a self-guided tour of Traders Point Creamery. Then indulge in ice cream afterward.
      5. Take in the fresh air on one of Indianapolis’ hiking trails. *
      6. Try out a new sport at the Riley Sports Legends Experience at the Children’s Museum.
      7. Take a stroll around Downtown Indianapolis, and discover something new about our city. 
      8. Play a family game of ping pong, shuffleboard, corn hole, or bocce ball at Midtown Plaza Carmel. *
      9. Learn something new on a tour of Strawtown Enclosure, a Native American village that was inhabited over 700 years ago. *
      10. Pack a picnic and enjoy a magical day at The Children’s Garden at Coxhall Gardens. *

        The Children's Garden at Coxhall Gardens
        The Children’s Garden at Coxhall Gardens.
      11. Walk around the ArtsPark at the Indianapolis Art Center. *
      12. Learn about agriculture at AgriPark in Fishers. *
      13. Explore the Treetop Outposts at Conner Prairie
      14. Speaking of trees, play in the treehouses at Flat Fork Creek Park in Fishers. *

        Flat Fork Creek Park
        Flat Fork Creek Park
      15. Meet and greet alpacas at Heritage Farm.
      16. Discover nature and art at The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. *
      17. Have an archeologist adventure at River Road Park. *

        River Road Park in Carmel
        River Road Park in Carmel
      18. Explore Butler University’s Holcomb Gardens. *
      19. Go for a horseback ride.
      20. Explore Marian University’s EcoLab. *
      21. Go for a hot air balloon ride at Conner Prairie.
      22. Go fishing with the family. *
      23. Shoot a bow and arrow at Strawtown Koteewi Park.
      24. Buckle up those helmets, and explore one of these Indianapolis bike trails. * 
      25. Tackle Strawtown Koteewi Park on horseback with K-Trails Equestrian Adventures.
      26. Hop on the saddle for a guided trail ride through Fort Harrison State Park.
      27. Hang out around the campfire during Cool Creek Campfires series.

        Cool Creek Campfire
        Cool Creek Campfires series

      Experience a Summer Concert

      1. Cool Creek Concert Series
      2. Concerts on the Canal at the Indiana Historical Society *
      3. Symphony on the Prairie
      4. No Ruff Days Summer Concert Series at Daniel’s Vineyard
      5. Rock the Ruins at Holliday Park

        Rock the Ruins at Holliday Park
        Rock the Ruins at Holliday Park
      6. Fishers Parks Community Concert Series *
      7. Animals and All that Jazz
      8. Fishers Parks Wednesday Lunchtime Shows *
      9. Summer Concert Series at Clay Terrace *

        Summer Concert Series at Clay Terrace
        Summer Concert Series at Clay Terrace
      10. Noblesville Summer Concert *
      11. Free Family Concerts at Lions Park *
      12. Whitestown Summer Concert Series *
      13. Avon Concerts at the Park *
      14. Greenwood Summer Concert Series *

      Visit a Local Playground

      1. Visit one of coolest playgrounds in the Indianapolis area.

        West Commons Playground
        West Commons Playground
      2. Plan a day trip of a road trip worthy playground
      3. Stay clean at one of Indy’s mud free playground
      4. Ride the zipline at the Nature Adventure Playground
      5. Spend a rainy day at an indoor playground.

        The Commons indoor playground in Columbus
        The Commons indoor playground in Columbus

      Catch an Outdoor Movie

      * Indicates free movie series
      1. Newfields Summer Nights Film Series

        Newfields 2022 Summer Nights Film Series Lineup
        Newfields Summer Nights Film Series
      2. Movies at Midtown * 
      3. Movies in the Park at Grand Junction Plaza *
      4. Head to the drive-in theater for a classic summer night. 

      Have Summer Fun Without the Sun

      1. Sign up for a summer reading program at your local Indianapolis Public Library branch.
      2. Discover nature inside at a central Indiana Nature Center.

        Holliday Park - Free things to do in indinapolis
        Holliday Park Nature Center
      3. 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!)
      4. Dust off your bowling shoes! Kids Bowl Free in Indianapolis all summer long.
      5. Enjoy deep discounts at some of Indy’s favorite attractions with Indy Attraction Pass.
      6. Catch a $2 summer movie at Regal Cinemas.
      7. Plan a trip to one of these 8 unique Indianapolis Museums.
      8. Discover the Rhythm Discovery Center.

        Rhythm! Discovery Center
        Rhythm Discovery Center
      9. Check out the Indiana State Police Museum, a secret east side favorite.
      10. Spend the day taking selfies at the Selfie WRLD Selfie Museum.
      11. Take the family for a round of Duckpin bowling in Fountain Square.

        Duck Pin Bowling
        Duck Pin Bowling at Action & Atomic Duckpin Bowling
      12. Discover a new artist at Harrison Center’s Reimagined Community Art Space.
      13. Join the Franklin Skate Club’s Kids Skate Free program.

      Travel Around Indiana and the Midwest

      1. The Best Waterparks in the Midwest 
      2. The Best Places to go Camping near Indianapolis for Families
      3. 7 Unique Animal Encounters in Central Indiana

        Nine Lives Cat Café
        Nine Lives Cat Café
      4. 19 Indiana Day Trips Perfect for Spring
      5. 6 Best National Parks in the Midwest for Families
      6. Cool Caves in the Midwest

        Squire Boone Indiana
        Caverns Cave Exploration Squire Boone Indiana
      7. The Best Roller Coasters in the Midwest
      8. Find more fun Midwest travel destinations 
      9. Find More Indiana destinations
      10. Explore all Indiana day trips
      11. Watch the sky glow at an Indiana Hot Air Balloon Festival
      12. Plan a train trip and ride the rails

      Eat, Drink and Be Merry This Summer

      1. 9 Spots for Outdoor Summer Dining with Kids near Indianapolis

        Family-Friendly Restaurants in Indianapolis
        Outdoor Playground at Baby’s Restaurant
      2. Best Ice Cream in Indianapolis
      3. 10 Fun Indianapolis Restaurants for Kids

      Attend a Fun Summer Event

      1.  Indiana Peony Festival, May 21

        Indiana Peony Festival
        Indiana Peony Festival
      2. Central Indiana Enchanted Fairy Festival, May 21-23
      3. Zoopolis 500, May 25
      4. Strawberries on the Square, May 27
      5. Scooby Doo Mansion Mayhem Opening Day Celebration, June 3
      6. Mud Day – Greenwood, June 4

        Greenwood Mud Day 2022
        Mud Day – Greenwood
      7. Earth Day Indiana Festival, June 4
      8. Broad Ripple Duck Race, June 5
      9. Indy Strawberry Festival, June 9

        Indy Strawberry Festival
        Indy Strawberry Festival, June 9
      10. Simon Summer Sledding, June 11-12
      11. Touch-a-Truck at Grand Park, June 17
      12. Major Taylor Festival, June 18
      13. Talbot Street Art Fair, June 18-19
      14. FREE DAY! Juneteenth at the Indiana State Museum, June 18

        FREE DAY! Juneteenth at the Indiana State Museum, June 18
        FREE DAY! Juneteenth at the Indiana State Museum, June 18
      15. Spark!Fishers Car & Art Show, June 23
      16. Decades After Dark feat. SCOOBY-DOO™, June 24
      17. Eiteljorg Indian Market & Festival, June 25-26
      18. Spark!Fishers Street Fair, June 25
      19. Greenwood Freedom Festival, June 25

        Greenwood Freedom Festival
        Greenwood Freedom Festival, June 25
      20. Fishers Farmers Market: Biz Kidz Day, July 9
      21. Family Mini Boat Regatta, July 16
      22. Indianapolis Shakespeare Company | Ricky 3 – A Hip Hop Shakespeare Richard 3, July 21-23 & July 28-30
      23. Monsoon Madness at Holland Park, July 30
      24. Indiana State Fair, July 29-Aug 21

        Indiana State Fair _ Indy's Child
        Indiana State Fair, July 29-Aug 21

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