After a long, hard winter, isn't it nice to see the grass growing, the trees and flowers blooming and the warmer air arriving? Yes, spring is finally here, and with that in mind, we wanted to share our Top 10 Can’t-Miss Hendricks County Spring activities for 2013 compiled by the staff at Visit Hendricks County. For a complete list of Hendricks County things to do, visit our website.
  • I caught this fisherman out on the creek fly fishing. Enjoy the Outdoors — If you truly want to take in the fullness of spring, Hendricks County is teeming with parks and nature preserves to satisfy that desire. From the county’s two nature parks – McCloud in North Salem, Indiana, and Sodalis in Plainfield, Indiana – to the numerous town parks throughout the county, there are plenty of locations to escape the asphalt jungle for a natural oasis. Two upcoming spring events at McCloud Nature Park, 8518 N. Hughes Road, include an Earth Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 and a 10th Anniversary Festival with tons of family activities planned May 4-5.
  • Experience the Arts Hendricks County’s largest festival dedicated to the arts comes around each spring. This year’s ArtsGo! presented by the Hendricks County Arts Council will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 at various locations throughout the county. This driving festival truly encompasses the essence of Hendricks County with an eclectic mix of shops, studios and artisans. Some locations not normally open to the public open their doors, various community events are held and six towns participate making this a truly rare opportunity. Website.
  • Start Your Engines — Racing at Lucas Oil Raceway revs up again with the Spring Spectacle of Speed April 26-28. An experience at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg is something you won’t soon forget. The Spring Spectacle of Speed, the track’s first big event of the racing season, showcases Lucas Oil Raceway’s famous drag strip in which Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car and others in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series compete. Other spring events at the track include the USAC Hall of Fame Classic and the Visit Hendricks County Night Before the 500. Website.
  • Avon Gardens Learn and Play at our Gardens If you need some supplies, plants or just some guidance to make that thumb of yours green, Hendricks County has a couple of locally owned garden shops that offer something for everyone. Frazee Gardens in Brownsburg hosts regular classes. Another popular Hendricks County garden center, Avon Gardens, will host their annual open house this weekend along with some other events throughout the spring.
  • Go Cycling — Hendricks County has a lot to offer cyclists of all levels as we are home to 280 miles of paved paths. One place to start if you either need a bicycle or need maintenance on that existing cycle is Gear Up Cyclery in Plainfield. This one-stop shop has bicycles and accessories for sale, a service department with in-house mechanics and even Hendricks County bike route maps that can be purchased.
  • Catch Some Cool Tunes and Hot Rods Beginning May 3, the Historic Courthouse Square in Danville will again host First Friday Cruise-Ins. Reminisce, check out some classic cars or simply sit back and soak it all in. Held the first Friday of every month May-October, this popular event features numerous classic cars and muscle cars lining the streets from 5 to 9 p.m. Website.
  • Chateau Thomas wineWine and Dine Chateau Thomas Winery in Plainfield provides plenty to see and do year round. However, spring is a particularly good time to experience the good life with two upcoming events. A Winemakers Dinner will be held at 7 p.m. April 27. Reservations are required for this four-course meal that is sure to be a wine lover's dream. The winery also will host its second annual Bordeaux Ball at 7 p.m. May 18. Bordeaux (named after a wine region in France) Ball participants will enjoy dinner, wine and dancing. Prices for the event are available for singles and couples, and overnight packages are available. Website.
  • Tee Time Whether your a novice or seasoned veteran, Hendricks County has a course for any golfer. From the picturesque vistas of West Chase Golf Course in Brownsburg to the amazing twists and turns at Deer Creek Golf Course in Clayton, you truly can't go wrong. If you are relatively new to the game or just don't play that often, the more user-friendly, 9-hole courses such as Friendswood in Camby, Pittsboro Golf Course or White Lick in Brownsburg might be more to your liking. No matter which combination you choose, you're sure to have an amazing experience. Click here for more details on all the courses.
  • Purchase local produce and more The Farmers Market season officially kicks off May 11 as Danville hosts its weekly sale in conjunction with the 7th Annual Geranium Festival. In addition to the early season vegetables, art and other locally produced goods, 4-H Clubs from the area will raise money by selling geraniums on the Courthouse Square from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Website.
  • COACHMAN OUTSIDE for blogDine outdoors While Hendricks County has some wonderful and even scenic places to dine outside (more information on all the options can be found here), one that shouldn’t be missed is Music on the Deck at The Coachman Restaurant & Lounge in Plainfield. Beginning at 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night usually from late May through late September weather permitting, the Coachman hosts live music. Already the home of outstanding food, the ambiance comes alive with this weekly experience. Website.
Did we miss anything? Let us know what your favorite Hendricks County spring activity is in the comments section below.