SPORTS & TOURISM
We’re not all business all the time. Hamilton County offers plenty of places to have fun for locals and tourists alike.
You can learn about our many recreational and tourism opportunities from the Hamilton County Tourism Inc., which operates several visitor centers and a robust website replete with information about events, shopping, theater, art, golf, places to stay and more. The organization offers a user-friendly Trip Planner; a handy Travel Guide; an e-newsletter; a blog; and the new Hamilton County Recreation app to help visitors design an outdoor experience.
Its sister organization, Hamilton County Sports Authority, promotes the development of regional and amateur sports and provides consultation and support services to amateur, nonprofit sporting events, including recruiting volunteers and assisting with hospitality.
The jewel in Hamilton County’s sports crown is Westfield’s Grand Park, a spanking new, $45 million, 400-acre sports complex that expects 1.5 million visitors a year. The park offers 31 multi-purpose fields; 26 baseball and softball diamonds; 10 miles of trails; nine parking lots; and seven concession stands.
The Forum at Fishers offers public ice skating sessions, lessons and hockey leagues. The Hamilton County Sports Complex in Noblesville features instruction in karate, golf, dance, basketball, baseball and rhythmic gymnastics. In Carmel, families can pursue fitness and nature activities at the Monon Community Center, which also features a waterpark and a skateboard track.
We have sports- and recreation-related businesses too. RCI LLC is the world’s largest vacation-exchange network, enabling its members to take vacations at nearly 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. U/S Sports Advisors provides marketing, public relations, licensing/merchandizing, event planning and strategic planning services to sports-related companies, organizations and individuals.
For those whose interests lie elsewhere, Hamilton County offers so much more. Maybe you’re looking for some excitement. Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, an outdoor amphitheater and concert venue, has 6,000 seats under its pavilion and 18,000 general admission seats. Or maybe you’d prefer to be immersed in history. Visitors to Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers plunge headlong into 19th-century Indiana.
We also have yummy restaurants; lush parks and fabulous arts; lively music and lovely museums; theater and shopping; interesting attractions and exciting events.
Come take a look. Or take a swim. Take in a play or take out a dinner. We have something for everyone.