While the Events Calendar for Hendricks County, Indiana, is always impressively filled with a variety of activities and seasonal fun, our county is also home to many staple destinations and attractions that rank high on the list of things to do.
Our friends at Yelp! helped us again, as we offer this list of top-ranked places to visit and things to do in Hendricks County. Yelp! identified places and businesses in their things to do category, then ranked those attractions using a number of factors including volume and ratings of reviews.
Whether you're a visitor or a local, this should provide some great insight on where to find the fun in Hendricks County.
Where: 1500 S Center St., Plainfield
What: It's no surprise that this expansive park is one of the top-ranked destinations in Hendricks County. Your little ones will love the playground areas, basketball and volleyball courts, splash pad and more. Every age will enjoy the walking/bike trails that stretch for miles. Take a more rugged walk down to the creek and skip rocks or make your way over the walking bridge to an additional playground area, lakes and the pavilion. The perfect place to bike, walk, run and play to your heart's content. This park never feels crowded and never disappoints.
Yelp Insight: Hummel Park is one of our all-time favorite parks. Enjoy picnics, volleyball, basketball, beautiful walking paths with trails connecting into White Lick Trail and Vandalia Rail Trail. Terrific walking and biking paths around Hummel or cross the bridge and follow to Blue Heron Lake or the Performing Arts Pavilion. The trails are shaded, in great shape and all the trails intersect with each other around town. The landscaping is beautiful regardless of what time of year your at Hummel. You become a fan the minute you visit. - Wanda M., Indianapolis
Where: 435 Whipple Lane, Avon
What: A beautiful park that has grown over the years to offer even more opportunities for guests to enjoy the great outdoors. Take a walk around the pond, fish or venture through the wooded trails. Start a pick-up game on one of several basketball courts, chase the kids on the popular playground or visit the splash pad. This park offers plenty of picnic areas and a variety of trails.
Yelp Insight: Such a fun park. The trails are beautiful. There's a small playground and splash park for kids. There's also a large pavilion overlooking a pond that's perfect for weddings! Bark park, too. Dogs rejoice! - John M., Indianapolis
Where: 651 Vestal Road, Plainfield
What: An awesome outdoor water park with several pools, diving boards, water slides and a leisure river offers something for all ages where you can easily spend a hot, summer day. Pack a lunch or grab some yummy treats from the concession area and you won't have any trouble making a whole day of it. A smaller indoor waterpark and other amenities can be found inside the adjacent Richard A. Carlucci Recreation & Aquatic Center on those bad weather days or when the outdoor facility is closed for the season.
Yelp Insight: Looking for some family fun? Why not try this phenomenal hidden gem. We just randomly found this while searching what to do in "our area" on a hot summer day. And I am so glad we did. They have 2 diving boards, 3 slides, a splash pad for little ones, a play area for kids, a lazy river, and even a 4 lane competition pool. That's just outside. Inside they have basketball, volleyball, and more. I highly recommend this place for a day trip. Prices vary depending on if you're a resident of Plainfield or not. They have a snack shack where you can buy food and the prices are reasonable, but you can also bring in your own coolers from home for a picnic! - Josh E., Lawrence
Where: 6570 E. U.S. Hwy 36, Avon
What: Beautiful park known for their disc-golf course and RC track. There are multiple ponds, plenty of trails, playgrounds and picnic areas. This park is a gem - tucked away behind town hall. Once you enter the park, you'll be surprised to see how far it spreads.
Yelp Insight: Such a great park in Hendricks County! The park is open and has an actual swing set/kids area. The park has trails throughout. Some of the trails go through the woods and the other trails go through the open area of the park. There is a lot of area for those who like disc golf. The park has the goals or post for disc golf. You can fish in the multiple ponds if you have your fishing license. Great family area! - Mariah T., Avon
Where: Plainfield, Amo and Coatesville
What: Part of the extensive, beautiful trail system in Hendricks County. This smooth asphalt trail is a bicyclist's dream. Large stretches of the trail are shaded by a canopy of treetops. The trail provides its guests with scenic views through the wilderness, while also offering a quiet means to travel to the many businesses through Plainfield and even further west through Amo and Coatesville where an adjacent horse trail meanders through the countryside.
Yelp Insight: This is a great way to get east/west around Plainfield! Lots of shade for the majority of the stretch but if you're looking for sun you can catch some rays toward the east end. There are a few road crossings that can be tricky during rush hour (looking at you, Dan Jones) but they're well-marked and motorists are generally pretty courteous. Trail never seems too crowded though you see plenty of people out and about on foot or bike alike. Occasional rollerskaters. The convenience factor is what I love best; it's very easy to take this from southwest Plainfield via the Hummel path up to any businesses along Dan Jones (Kroger, El Meson, etc), or continuing all the way East to Perry. You can hit (The Shops at Perry Crossing) easily off of this path as well. - Katie T., Plainfield
Where: 940 S. Locust Lane, Brownsburg
What: This beautiful, spacious park boasts a massive wooden playground - a crowd favorite - and a splash pad that will keep the littles entertained for hours. Walking and riding trails and open areas that are perfect for picnics make this park a great destination for a day with the family.
Yelp Insight: The park is huge and clean and has lots of parking that allows the visitors to park near whatever area of the park grabs their interest. Near the entrance on the east end, there are trails through wooded areas and gardens with benches. The trails are paved and wind along the perimeter of the park. The roads wind through the park where there a numerous shelters to choose from. And the four half-court basketball courts are in their own area away from the little kids playgrounds. On the west end are more shelters, a small playground for littler kids, and a splash park. All seemed to be in good condition. Since it was a cool, sunny day, only the playground was in use, but the splash park looks like it is the only one in town, so I bet it gets plenty of use. In the middle of the park is the playground I have read about and heard about: The Blastoff! It has all kinds of fun activities for kids to do (See Nicole S's review for details) and the playground is within a fenced in area so that they can run and climb and slide without getting too far away from parents who are resting in the attached shelter area. – Ken N., Mooresville
Where: 8100 E. U.S. Hwy 36, Avon
What: Popularity continues to grow for this local gem. More than an opportunity to be creative, this small business offers products and an experience that are good for folks of all ages and groups of all sizes. You'll be greeted by friendly staff who will guide you through the whole process of selecting items to dye, color choices and the fun of tie dying. You'll leave with your finished products, but the mess is theirs to clean.
Yelp Insight: Definitely a good spot to take the kids and try something new! They seriously make it so easy and clean. A tie dye expert comes over and assists you in making your design. After that, it goes into a microwave for about 15 minutes. You can play games or color while you wait. Then you rinse off your design in their giant sinks, and you're good to go! You just have to wash it when you get home. – Tori C., Indianapolis
Where: 10267 E. U.S. Hwy 136, Brownsburg
What: If you haven't taken in an event at Lucas Oil Raceway in Hendricks County, you'll want to take a look at their event schedule and get to it! The grounds are well maintained and vast, yet still manage to make guests feel like they are right in the action. Catch the best of the best in drag racing at the NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals over Labor Day or see some action-packed street racing on Friday nights over the summer. You'll find plenty of variety and entertainment in the racing hosted on the drag strip or oval at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Yelp Insight: I've now been to two racing events here and can give this place a very solid thumbs up. Both events were very accessible, allowing me to get up close and personal with the drivers and with the event itself. Yesterday I went to the NHRA Chevrolet Performance US National drag racing event. Holy Wow!! I haven't been to drag racing since I was a kid in California. This was amazing. So exciting to see the top fuel dragsters and the funny cars accelerate to over 320 mph in under 4 seconds. It's honestly sensory overload with the sounds, smells, and the way you feel the horsepower as the cars rocket down the track. - Skyler W., Indianapolis
Where: 291 Shiloh Crossing Drive, Avon
What: Can we call virtual reality games classic fun? It seems like an oxymoron, but true, nonetheless. This business isn't just for the kids! You'll find a variety of virtual reality options that are a fun experience for everyone. Food and beverages are also available. No matter your age, bring some friends or book a party and step into a virtual reality experience and some classic entertainment.
Yelp Insight: Growing up in the 80s and 90s, the arcade was the place to go. Sadly, those days are over. Thankfully there's a new kid in town, virtual reality video games!! Whether you want to be a gladiator, fight dinosaurs, survive a zombie apocalypse or be a chef, this a fantastic experience for friends and family. You can book parties or make it a fun date night!! They have food and drinks to keep any adventurers refreshed. Even if you don't get into or like video games, The Virtual Galaxy will surely change your mind! - Sokly B., Indianapolis
Where: 200 N. Green St., Brownsburg
What: Located in the middle of town near all the new downtown renovations, this beautiful park boasts a playground area, basketball courts, and plenty of wooded areas for hiking. This park has also served the town well over the years as a destination for festivals, parties and reunions.
Yelp Insight: I love all the trees and playground equipment. The tandem swing is unique and so much fun! One of my favorite parks ever. – Jastina C., Indianapolis