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Your Complete Guide to Summer Entertainment (100 Ideas!)


Your Complete Guide to Summer Entertainment (100 Ideas!)

Aaron Lucas

What do you do when you’re not working?When I'm not working I enjoy spending time with my wife and 4 kids, training muay thai, working out, playing ...

What do you do when you’re not working?When I'm not working I enjoy spending time with my wife and 4 kids, training muay thai, working out, playing ...

Aug 10 9 minutes read

1. Visit your favorite splash pad.

2. Enjoy watching a film at Newfields Summer Nights Series.

3. Touch a truck… at a local Touch-A-Truck festival.

4. Explore a new playground

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

9. Take in the fresh air on one of Indianapolis’ hiking trails

10. Discover nature inside at a central Indiana Nature Center

11. Road trip to an Indiana water park

12. Celebrate summer at a local festival

13. Try out a new sport at The Children’s Museum Sports Legends Experience.

14. Set up a tour with friends at a local fire station.

15. Take the family for a round of Duckpin bowling in Fountain Square.

16. Catch a $1 movie at local Regal Cinemas.

17. Pack a picnic for the Concerts on the Canal. Free seating on the lawn.

18. Don’t let the rainy days deter you! Head inside to an indoor playground.

19. Scope out the  The Carmel Fire Buffs and Fire Department Museum.

20. Explore a lake or river by canoe or kayak. 

21. Head to the Indianapolis Art Center to explore 12 acres of interactive sculpture in ARTSPARK.

22. Cheer for the Indianapolis Indians. Bonus: Kids eat free on Sundays

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23. Explore the caves and caverns of Indiana.

24. Go for a balloon ride at Conner Prairie.

25. Head to the Indianapolis Zoo for the smooth sounds of Animals and All That Jazz

26. Dust off your bowling shoes! Kids Bowl Free in Indianapolis all summer long!

27. Splash around at the Monon Center’s Waterpark. General admission is reduced to $5 for adults and $4 for youth ages after 4pm each day.

The Waterpark at the Monon Community Center

28. Catch Annie at Beef and Boards. The show runs May 31 – July 15. Discount of $10 off per ticket available to children ages 3-15

29. Plan a camping trip to one of these great campsites just a 90-minute drive from Indy.

30. Enjoy the thrill of a roller coaster or the fun of a classic midway ride at one of these awesome amusement parks.

31. Explore the Treetop Outposts at Conner Prairie.

32. Speaking of trees, play in the treehouses at Flat Fork Creek Park of Fishers.

33. Ride the monorail downtown – catch it at Methodist Hospital and ride the loop.

34. Take a road trip to one of these one-tank getaway spots.

35. Spend a rainy day inside at the Museum of Miniature Houses.

36. Scan the 2018 Guide to Outdoor Movies in Indy. Find the perfect one. Go.

37. Discover a new park with our Unlimited Park Guide.

38. Explore a new lake or river by the way of canoe or kayak.

39. Visit the interactive and fun Holliday Park Nature Center.

40. Eat lunch at City Market in downtown Indy. If you go on Wednesday you can also check out Indianapolis’ largest farmers market.

41. Take the plunge and try zip lining with Go Ape! at Eagle Creek Park {ages 10+}.

42. Pop a tent for a backyard campout.

43. Round up your sports enthusiasts for a spin through the NCAA Hall Of Champions.

44. Climb to the top of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on the downtown Circle.

45. Road trip to Bloomington and try one of these Yelp Indy-recommended spots for kid-friendly fun.

46. Discover the Rhythm Discovery Center

47. Check out the Indiana State Police Museum, a secret east side favorite.

48. Visit one of the beautiful parks in downtown Indy.

49. Explore a new-to-you town: Franklin.

50. Explore a new-to-you town: Noblesville.

51. Explore a new-to-you town: Zionsville.

52. Float in one of Indiana’s natural lazy rivers.

53. Drive-in for some sweet potato fries and other greasy faves at Mug N Bun. Here Yelp Indy dishes on other area drive-ins.

54. Catch a movie for FREE or just $1 at Goodrich Quality Theatres.

55. Channel your inner race car driver at the Dallara IndyCar Factory.

56. Enjoy the outdoor patio at Urban Chalkboard while the kids play inside. Supervised.

57. Plan a day of swimming at your favorite local pool.

58. Take the family for an Indy Eleven game.

59. Take a road trip to Hunter’s Honey Farm, just outside of Martinsville.

60. 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.

61. Go fishing with the family.

62. Grab a chair or blanket, pack a picnic and take advantage a free Summer Concert Series.

63. Get the kids into the kitchen with one of these great cooking classes just for kids!

64. Channel your inner Tigger and bounce the day away.

65. Spend some time giving back and volunteer as a family.

66. Sign up for a summer reading program at a local library.

67. 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.

68. Try this list of Top 10 Rainy Day ideas.

69. Rent a bike or surrey and pedal around White River State Park with Wheel Fun Rentals.

70. Hop on the saddle for a guided trail ride through Fort Harrison State Park.

71. Enjoy a day on the water at Geist, Morse or Eagle Creek Reservoir.

72. Shoot a bow and arrow at Strawtown Koteewi Park.

73. Join the Franklin Skate Club’s Kids Skate Free program.

74. Try something new at one of these 15 Must Visit Family Friendly Restaurants in Carmel.

75. Visit a Carmel hidden gem…Cool Creek Park 

76. Plan a train trip and ride the rails!

77. Pack a picnic and head to the park to fly a kite.

78. Hit the many bike paths and trails in Carmel during one of the Bike Carmel events this summer.

79. Enjoy $5 per person admission to The Children’s Museum on the first Thursday of the month.

80. Tackle Strawtown Koteewi Park on horseback with K-Trails Equestrian Adventures

81. Roar and Explore at the COSI Museum in Columbus.

82. Go creek stomping at Marott Park, or one of these other top 5 spots for creek stomping.

Only in June…

83. Head downtown for Strawberry Festival on the Circle …June 14

84. Grab your capes and head to the opening of DC Super Heroes: Discover your Superpowers… June 16

85. Enjoy the views and the food at the Hendricks County Rib Fest + Avon Balloon Glow …June 30

86. Compete in the Bubble Run and have fun while staying fit …June 16

87. Browse the wares at the Eiteljorg’s Indian Market & Festival…June 23-24

88. Experience the flavor at the Taste of Broad Ripple…June 16

89. Celebrate Father’s Day at Conner Prairie…June 16-17

90. Watch 2000 rubber ducks race to the finish line at the Canal Duck Race in  Broad Ripple…June 24

Only in July…

91. Celebrate our nation’s birthday at one of these fireworks displays

92. Get down and dirty during Mud Day at Chytheanne Park in Fishers…July 14

93. Or enjoy FREE family fun at the Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival…July 14

94. Guests of all ages can enjoy unique stores, galleries and music at the 9th Annual IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine…July 21

95. Explore a wide variety of 4-H events and shows at the annual Hamilton County 4-H Fair…July 19-24

96. See the Secret Garden in person during Summer Stock Stage… July 25-29

Only in August…

97. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, circus lovers from around the world head to the Indiana State Fair…August 3-19

98. Get a taste of Latin America at Amigos de Westfield…August 25

99. Enjoy authentic Greek food, live music and dancing at GreekFest in Carmel…August 24-26

100. Head to the National S’mores Day celebration at Ritchey Woods in Fishers…August 5

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