Things to do in Carmel, IN

Things to do in Carmel, IN

The city of Carmel, IN is about expanding the culture and the arts. You do not have to spend but just a few minutes in Carmel, IN to recognize their drive to expand the arts. The city itself is gorgeous and each building has so much thought put into it. This is not a pass through city, but a city you want to hang out with friends in for a drink or dinner. Below you will find many things to do in Carmel, IN.

Monon Trail

The Monon Trail or Monon Greenway as it is known in Carmel, IN was a railway from Chicago all the way to Indianapolis. A section of the railway was abandoned from Delphi, IN to Indianapolis, IN. The state took over the railway and made it into a paved 18 mile path from Carmel, IN to Indianapolis, IN. Recently in 2008 the tail was extended out to Westfield, IN. There are many unique stops along the trail like the depot and other beautiful rest areas. If you are into getting out for a great run or walk, or maybe using that bike this is the best place to exercise in Carmel, IN.

Cool Creek Park and Nature Center

Cook Creek Park is the most popular park in Hamilton County. A 90 acre park with 4 miles of trails that offers activities all year round. Residents of Carmel, IN take advantage of the paved trails through the woods to jog, bike, rollerblade, and hike for exercise. For Carmel, IN citizens looking for more team exercise there are plenty of basketball courts, softball diamonds, soccer fields, and playgrounds.

The other beauty of Cool Creek Park is the wetlands and prairies that can be observed from the benches along the paths. There is a wonderful nature center where you can learn about plants and animals that call Indiana home. Along with the nature center Cool Creek Park also has multiple shelters that can be rented to host events in.

Cool Creek Park is host to many concerts and events from spring through fall. You can check events on their calendar. The park is also trying to be self sufficient by using solar panels for electricity.  If you are looking for an outdoor activity look no further than Cool Creek Park for your family entertainment.

West Park

Personally I think West Park is overlooked or shadowed by the great events at Cool Creek Park. But it is gaining recognition and popularity in recent days. Being featured on “indy with Kids” website as possibly the best park for kids. So many great playgrounds and climbing features for kids to explore. Also the park is home to a marsh land that can be walked above on wooden bridge trails. Las but not least West Park in Carmel, IN is home to a splash park to cool off in during hot summer days.

Flowing well park

A hidden gem in Carmel, IN is Flowing Well Park. This gorgeous park is a picturesque landscape everywhere you turn. Almost every visit to this park you will see a photographer taking pictures of families, including myself taking photos of my family. There are beautiful trails back through the woods, beautiful old bridges over the creek, and a gorgeous creek to walk along. Another unique feature about this park is that it has a natural spring. The city has set it up on water spouts that residents of Carmel, IN stop and fill up jugs of water at. The well for the spring is beautiful in it’s self.

The Waterpark at the Monon Community Center

The most hidden or secretive water park you have ever seen is located in Carmel, IN. The waterpark at the Monon Community Center is a great place to cool off during a hot summer day. This is not just a splash pad, this is a full on miniature water park. Large swimming pools, rock climbing walls over the pool, water slides, and the famous lazy river. One feature that draws the biggest attraction is the surf slopes where you can try your chance at body boarding or surfing agains a blast of water. Can be very busy during hot days so plan accordingly.

Coxhall Gardens

One of those beautiful walking parks that has wide open spaces. The scenery around Coxhall is one to not miss with beautiful pavilions with breathtaking views. If you are looking for just a peaceful place to bike or walk this is the stop you do not want to miss.

The Center for the Performing Arts

The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts is a 1,600 seat concert hall in Carmel, IN. Back in 2011 The Palladium opened it’s door as part of Carmel, IN $300 million dollar downtown redesign to encourage arts. The concert hall is a beautiful horseshoe shaped venue that was designed by a architect from Washington D.C. Taking in a concert there is a real treat just for the view.

Carmel Arts and Design District

A drive through Carmel, IN main street you will understand the city’s passion towards the arts. This area has so much to offer that I can’t do it justice to try and mention everything they do in this cute area. I will direct you to their website to keep up with all the happenings going on in this great area of Carmel, IN. But if you can dream it with art they are going to be doing it here. From mosaic, to painting nights, to art walks, bands, glass art nights, canvas nights, and so much more. Each weekend is something new to experience in the Carmel Arts district.


When you think of restaurants in Carmel, IN a few special places come to mind and most people’s minds drift to the Carmel Arts District area. Is there anything better known in Carmel, IN than Bub’s Burgers? Don’t miss this cute little yellow house that features burgers that they challenge you to finish. If you are looking for that unique cafe then you will be at home at Cafe Patachou. As far as unique in restaurants in Carmel, IN there is nothing more unique that Woody’s Library Restaurant. If you are looking for that Saturday night pizza joint head over to Bazbeaux pizza. There are so many great stops for the best places to eat in Carmel, IN and if you have a place you recommend please let us know because we wouldn’t want to miss it.

Golf Courses

If you are looking for the most featured public golf course in Carmel, IN then it would be the gigantic sand bunkers of Prairie View Golf Club. A couple other of the best public golf courses in Carmel, IN are plumb creek and brookshire golf club. But the most famous golf course of all in Carmel, IN or maybe the Indianapolis area is Crooked Stick Golf Club. A private club that gained national recognition during Peyton Manning’s retirement speech and has hosted the BMW Championship a few times.

For more information about Carmel, IN feel free to contact me and I will do my best to answer your questions. I am by no means an expert on Carmel, IN but I can give you some great recommendations. For really great details or a place to visit to learn more about Carmel, IN is visit hamilton county.

I have been honored to be an award winning photographer in Indiana and Hamilton County. My photography was recognized by Roberts Camera from Carmel, IN and placed on display by them. So Carmel, IN holds a warm place in my heart as well as my family enjoying this city. I began my photography journey from photographing my own family in some of the parks in Carmel, IN. My photography began to be recognized more and more as families began to ask me to document their family just like I did my own family. From there I won the Indiana State Fair Best in Show and began documenting families through the lens of my camera. Family documentary photography is different than the traditional family photography where a family poses on a bridge or on a blanket in matching clothes. By capturing the family in their daily activities showing them their importance through images. Showing true emotion and personalities brings life to the images. For some great examples look through some of my photography galleries. I would love to start a conversation with you about what it would look like to capture a day in the life of your family. Contact me and let’s start the discussion.

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