Column: Hamilton County offers adventure, fun for spring break


Commentary by Whitney Riggs

No spring break trip to Florida this year?

Need adventure to keep your distracted kids occupied?

Hamilton County has several adventurous and affordable options.

Here are the Top 5 ideas:


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Strawtown Koteewi Park offers horseback riding and several other options. (Submitted photo)

      Strawtown Koteewi Park

Shoot a bow and arrow, navigate through trees on a zip line or try the newest addition and horseback ride along trails. A whole day can be spent at Koteewi’s 750 acres of history, nature and recreational activities.

Conner Prairie

The interactive history park welcomes the curiosity and exploration of kids as they learn about life in the 19th century. Take a ride in the helium-filled balloon, pet rare farm animals or climb the four-story treehouse at the Treetop Outpost.

Monon Trail

Trek the 18 miles of the walking/biking path through Hamilton County. Take a break along the way and spend the afternoon browsing and shopping along Carmel’s Arts & Design District.

Rainy day? Pinheads or K1 Speed

Bowling, volleyball and arcade games are just a few of the options at Pinheads. Or grab some of your neighborhood friends and race at K1 Speed go-karting. There’s also a gaming area and a Pit Cafe snack bar.

Fun food options

Hungry, cranky kids? Try some of the best barbeque in Indiana at Big Hoffa’s Smokehouse or the always-favorite Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream, known for its shakes and one-pound burgers.

For more spring break ideas, visit

Whitney Riggs is communications coordinator at Hamilton County Tourism, Inc.