The 2014 Little League Major Boys State Tournament arrives in town Saturday at the Al & Jan Barker Sports Complex in Plainfield and will provide non-stop Little League baseball action until July 24.

Gill Family Aquatic Center

While the tournament is an attraction providing spectators an opportunity to watch baseball in its purest form with some of the best 11- and 12-year-old players in the state competing, we figured it was probably time to put together an insider’s look of what families can do during their downtime between games in Hendricks County whether it’s for this tournament or any other event.

You can always get more information anytime by checking out our website, but here are my Top 10 suggestions: 


  1. A trip to Metropolis Mall, 2499 Futura Parkway, Plainfield, not only offers a variety of shops and restaurants, but there is also a movie theater. Spend your downtime shopping (There’s a Dick’s Sporting Goods there if you forgot something for the big game), enjoying a nice meal at Stone Creek Dining Company or catching a movie at Carmike Cinemas.
  2. Perhaps one of the most popular activities for families in Hendricks County is Splash Island Family Waterpark, 651 Vestal Road, Plainfield. It is an indoor/outdoor water experience with multiple water slides, a leisure river, pulsating vortexes, a play area for kids and even a six-lane competition pool. This water park is something you shouldn’t miss!
  3. Like to spend your free time outdoors? Hendricks County offers a number of parks you are sure to enjoy. McCloud Nature Park in North Salem is full of beautiful hiking trails. Or there’s Ellis Park which is home to the Gill Family Aquatic Center in Danville. Here, they have playgrounds, pools, a lazy river, water slides and more! Other parks in the county include Sodalis Nature Park in Plainfield, Williams Park in Brownsburg, Avon Town Hall and Washington Township parks in Avon, and Guilford Township’s Hummel Park in Plainfield.
  4. Troll GolfAs for an indoor and perhaps evening activity, I recommend Monster Mini Golf, 7591 U.S. 36 in Avon. This miniature golf experience showcases an animated, glow-in-the-dark 18 holes with monsters, goblins and clowns.
  5. For more fun and games, check out Just 4 Fun Recreation Center, 3650 Clarks Creek Road, Plainfield. This place is sure to keep you and the family busy with mini golf, batting cages, an arcade and my personal favorite the go-cart track.
  6. I recently had the opportunity to go horseback riding at Natural Valley Ranch, 6310 E. County Road 350 North, Brownsburg, and it was an experience I hope I am able to do again. I highly recommend horseback riding on the trail along White Lick Creek, but they also have pony rides and a petting zoo. Rides are by reservation only, so call ahead to check for availability.
  7. Another interesting place to go is the historic Royal Theater located at 59 S Washington St., Danville. Built in 1927, this theater is full of historic charm and offers current movies as well as live performances and music!
  8. Until 1974, going to jail in Hendricks County meant staying here.If you are looking for more history, stop by the Hendricks County Historical Museum, 170 S Washington St., Danville. Built in 1866, it served as the sheriff’s residence and county jail until the 1970s. Walk through the old jail cells and check out their display of artifacts, some dating back to Civil War times. It is open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Saturday. You must have a reservation for any other time.
  9. Beasley’s Orchard, 2304 E Main St., Danville, is another great option for leisurely fun. They offer a rich variety of fresh produce, fresh-picked apples, treats from their bakery and award-winning apple cider in their market inside a Civil War-era barn!
  10. Last, but certainly not least, Lucas Oil Raceway, 10267 E. U.S. 136 in Brownsburg, is another must see when visiting Hendricks County. They host all kinds of events throughout the spring, summer and fall on their oval track and drag strip. Their biggest event, the NHRA U.S. Nationals occurs every Labor Day weekend. Go check it out!