Things to do IN Central Indiana

Central Indiana

Covering Indianapolis, Greenwood, Noblesville, Franklin, Fishers, and more in the Greater Indianapolis area, Central Indiana is the true heart of the Hoosier State. Here, you’ll find everything from major cities to rural towns and there’s one thing for sure: there’s no lack of fun! From the urban wonderland of downtown to the suburban bliss of the Greater Indianapolis Area to the peaceful rural countryside on the very edges of these counties, the things to do IN Central Indiana are endless! There is something for everyone, are you IN?

Downtown Franklin

Must See Attractions IN Central Indiana

Lucas Oil Raceway

A multipurpose auto racing facility, Lucas Oil Raceway provides racing fans with adrenaline-pumping action and races!

Conner Prairie

One of the most visited outdoor museums in the country, Conner Prairie gives guests the opportunity to pursue fun.

Horseshoe casino

Bet on the horses at Horseshoe Casino with live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. Enjoy loads of games and entertainment!

The Children's Museum

See the largest children’s museum in the world with a huge campus, thousands of objects, and more than 1.2 million visitors a year.

Counties IN Central Indiana

Explore the heart of the Hoosier State and the greater Indianapolis area IN Central Indiana. Each county brings something unique to this region with Festival Country sitting in Johnson County, Marion County having Urban adventures, and rural fun found in Hamilton, Shelby, and Harrison Counties. With 8 counties to choose from, there is something for everyone IN Central Indiana. Find what makes you happy in Central Indiana!

Central Indiana Region

Boone County

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Boone County has something for everyone! Just Northwest of Indianapolis, Boone is the home of a diverse array of locations from art museums and special events, to small shops and farm stops. If you are interested in art, antiques, or history the Fanimation Musuem is the place for you, want to walk around a quiet and quaint village with a suburban feel and boutiques to explore, Downtown Zionsville is a great place to explore, and if you want to get away and pick apples then Dull's Tree Farm is a great seasonal stop. Find something for you in Boone County!

Things to Do IN Boone County, Indiana

Downtown Zionsville

With great walkability, you can park for free along Main Street and walk around the city for a day of local shopping…

Dull's Tree Farm

It all happens at Dull’s Tree Farm, an 1860’s era farm that boasts a plethora of activities for the whole family!

Hamilton County

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Just north of Indianapolis, Hamilton County is the place to visit for outdoor lovers and travelers looking for plenty of cultural activities. Strawtown Koteewi Park offers its guests horseback riding, an archery range, and if you’re feeling adventurous, ziplining. Want to explore the outdoors on a safe pathway that leads to Indianapolis? The Monon Trail is the place to start. For music lovers, Ruoff Music Center offers live concerts with a country kick while The Palladium is perfect for classical music fans. 

Things to Do IN Hamilton County, Indiana

Ruoff Music Center

Experts and fans agree, Ruoff Music Center rocks! This is the largest amphitheater in the Midwest with dozens of…

The Palladium

The Palladium concert hall is home to the Carmel Symphony Orchestra and tons of other performances!

Hancock County

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With each visit to Hancock County, you’ll always find something new in store. Its vibrant communities have plenty of small-town charm and warm welcomes for both residents and visitors. Family-run shops and restaurants are the specialty, so you are sure to find new treasures here!

And don’t forget about the wine! There are plenty of wineries to visit and beverages to sample. If you love museums, The Jane Ross Reeves Octagon in Shirley is a true Indiana hidden gem. Built in 1879, it was moved to its present location in the 1990s and is an architectural lover’s dream. 

Things to Do IN Hancock County, Indiana

Tuttle Orchards

Tuttle Orchards has been providing our guests with quality, local produce and real agricultural experiences since…

Piney Acres

Piney Acres has tons of family-friendly fun on the farm including a corn maze, tractor-driven wagon rides, farm…

Daniel's Vineyard

Daniel’s Vineyard is a full-production winery that offers a private wine club and event venue for any occasion!

Pink Elephant

The bespectacled, cocktail-sipping elephant stands on a flatbed trailer in from of Elite Beverages in Fortville.

Hendricks County

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Race lovers rejoice! Hendricks County, home of Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, has you covered in the motorsports department. But drive away from the track, and you’ll find plenty of other activities, including the Doctor Who Museum, the only North American museum dedicated to the long-running British television series, antique and vintage stores, and even a restaurant that will send you back to the era of The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry Café.

Things to Do IN Hendricks County, Indiana

Oasis Diner

Savor great eats at Oasis Diner featuring Indiana's famous Breaded Pork Tenderloin! The only diner on the National…

Johnson County

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Johnson County, known as Festival Country,  is home to countless festivals and events all year long. With a Beer, Wine, and Spirits Trail, a Coffee Trail, and locations on the Indiana Tenderloin Trail, you’ll find well-known wineries and craft breweries, shopping, and plenty of places to eat.

As for activities, put on your tennis shoes and get ready for fun! The Johnson County Museum of History takes you along the county’s path through the rockin’ and rollin’ 1950s. Downtown Franklin is a perfect pit stop for antiquers and pickers. Lastly, don’t forget to pop into The historic Artcraft Theater and catch a movie.

Things to Do IN Johnson County, Indiana

Downtown Franklin

Franklin's downtown has been considered a special destination in Central Indiana for many years, winning awards for…

Mallow Run Winery

This delightful winery offers free wine tastings and hosts events throughout the year, including a concert series at…

Artcraft Alley

Snap a selfie in the Artcraft Alley, an art installation with 200 colorful stars overhead. At night, these stars…

Marion County

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Home of Indiana’s state capital, Indianapolis, Marion County offers the best of both worlds: big-city fun and green spaces for outdoor lovers. A world-renowned staple of Indiana, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the racing capital of the world and you can get a chance to “Kiss the Bricks” on a guided tour.

Downtown Indy has a little something for everyone: the gorgeous White River State Park is home to the Indianapolis Zoo, Eiteljorg Museum, and water features; major league professional sports teams’ venues including Lucas Oil Stadium and Gainbridge Fieldhouse, and the top-rated Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. 

Things to Do IN Marion County, Indiana


Newfields is a staple of the Indianapolis area, housing acres of renowned art and design. Spend the day walking the…

Indiana State Museum

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is a statewide museum system with 12 locations. There’s something for…

Morgan County

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An area filled with hidden gems, Morgan County is a place to visit no matter what age you are. “Unexpected” is the word of the day here, and you’ll find plenty of things to see and do that will put a smile on your face. Paragon Speedway is a local summer tradition steeped in rich dirt track history. Morgan County History Center & Museum in Martinsville is a great stop for visitors to learn about the county’s background and influential eras. For the kids, there’s no lack of fun: Fables & Fairy Tales book shop provides more reading materials than you could ever ask for, Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides lets them run through beautiful woods in a safe environment, and Pioneer Park in Mooresville lets families get out into nature with paved trails for hiking, walking, and biking.

Things to Do IN Morgan County, Indiana

Hunter's Honey Farm

Hunter's Honey Farm is all about education! Call ahead and schedule a tour of the barn, candle rolling, beehives and…

Shelby County

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Named for the first Governor of Kentucky, Isaac Shelby, Shelby County offers some of the best hiking and walking trails in the state. Both the Blue Rivers Trail in downtown Shelbyville and Meltzer Woods, the oldest standing forest in the state, are ideal for travelers who love to get outdoors.

While we’re talking about old-school, Shelbyville is the place to go for a retro atmosphere. The Strand Theater offers live shows and performances year-round. If you love outdoor movies, take your convertible to the Skyline drive-in during the warmer months for recent movie releases. If you want to see a true “jewel” of the county, Grover Museum will transport you back to the late Nineteenth Century for a glimpse of what the area looked like over 130 years ago. 

Things to Do IN Shelby County, Indiana

Blue River Trail

The Blue River is a roughly 3.5-mile long trail running from Lee Boulevard Trail to the West Side Connector with…

White Rock Park

From cliff jumping and swimming to camping and fishing, White Rock Park has an entire itinerary of outdoor fun for…

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