- Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau is in Carmel.
Fishers is north of Indianapolis just off Interstate 69, a major north-south highway in Indiana.
In addition to the Col. Weir Cook Indianapolis International Airport, off of I-70 in Indianapolis, smaller planes can schedule a landing at one of two airports in Hamilton County and nearby Boone County just west of Hamilton County. Both offer aircraft charter, sales, rental, catering, and flight school.
General speed is between 55-70 on interstates and highways, and generally 35 on other roads unless otherwise posted.
- The Historic Ambassador House & Heritage Gardens, 106th & Eller Road, ☏ . As an educational venue, the Ambassador House will help to tell the story of Fishers, from its pioneers and Ambassador through today's history makers. Programs are being planned in conjunction with Hamilton Southeastern Schools to bring the stories of the home's former inhabitants to life. Museum exhibits focused on local heritage are also planned. Nature lovers and gardeners alike will enjoy a sanctuary within suburbia in the Victorian era heritage (heirloom) gardens surrounding the house. Arts, cultural and civic organizations and the community will be able to use the house and gardens as a performance, exhibition and meeting place.
- Conner Prairie Living History Museum 13400 Allisonvile Rd, +1 317 776-6006. Set in the 1880s, Conner Prairie is an outdoor history museum and an Indiana tradition. With volunteers dressed in period-costume year round you are able to experience every aspect of the way of life - from blacksmithing to cooking, games and schooling, farming and church. Start at the modern museum learning about the science and anthropological history, then head to the living history museum featuring authentic buildings from the 1880s. In the summer the grounds feature 'Symphony on the Prairie' where one can picnic in the evening and enjoy live classical and pops performances. Halloween features haunted hay rides and the Holiday season includes dinners, candlelight tours and other celebrations. Restaurants on hand and a gift shop too. Parking is free. Kids can go to a prairie school, train for the militia or talk to the town doctor about “modern” cures. The 1859 balloon flight experience, based on the Lafayette (Indiana) launch of John Wise’s “flying machine," is open, check the website to see if the balloon is flying on the day that you visit. The 1863 Civil War Journey tells the story of Morgan's Raid in Dupont with interpreters, videos, and more. Admission is $14 adults, $13 seniors 65+, $9 youth 2-12, Free for members & youth under 2. Group admission: (10 guests or more): $10.50 adults, $7 youth (2-12). Balloon Voyage tickets: $15 ($12 members).
- Indiana Transportation Museum, 825 Park Dr, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. In Forest Park. A volunteer-run museum specializing in the railroad history of Indiana. Ride along in an old steam or diesel train along 35 miles of rails the museum maintains along the old Nickel Plate Road. Regular excursions include Dinner in the Diner, the A Train, and the family-oriented Pizza Plus Express or Dinner or a Movie trains. Seasonal excursions include the FairTrain, the Polar Bear Express, Pumpkin Train, New Earth Festival Train and the Pork Festival Special. Check out more than 50 rail cars of all shapes and sizes on the museum grounds, open April through January. Excursion fees vary; check the website or email for more information.
Fishers is known as a fast-growing, family-friendly city. There are things to do for families, especially those with young children interested in sports.
Festivals & eventsEdit
- Hearthside Suppers at Conner Prairie (January-March), 13400 Allisonville Road, ☏ . Ever wondered what people ate for dinner in the early 1800s? And how it was prepared? Discover those answers firsthand when you and your family join in the preparation of a candlelight feast served inside the historic Conner House. Recipes are straight from the pages of a 19th-century cookbook.
- Civil War Days at Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, ☏ . (May) Each May, Civil War re-enactors converge on Conner Prairie’s grounds to portray a battle reenactment demonstrating military tactics of the Civil War period. Even though the war rarely reached over the Indiana border, historians rank Indiana second among Northern states in the percentage of men who served in the armed forces. Interest in the military tactics and equipment from the time period remains strong; expect crowds.
- Fishers Freedom Festival at Roy G. Holland Memorial Park. (June) Held the weekend before the 4th of July holiday, this community festival attracts tourists too because of the sheer amount of things to do. Arts, crafts, food, business vendors, live music, 5K walk/run, K-9 demonstrations, teen tent, street dance, parade, fireworks. free.
- Glorious Fourth at Conner Prairie (Early July), 13400 Allisonville Road, ☏ . Glorious Fourth is a sampling of how Independence Day was celebrated in the 1800s. It's a red, white and blue weekend of patriotic feasts, games and fun sure to create memories and smiles all year long!
- Fishers Art in the Park (August), 116th Street & I-69, ☏ . Local artists will display and sell their art on the lawn in front of Fishers Town Hall. Held in conjunction with Fishers Chamber of Commerce’s Farmers Market, the event offers a fun-filled day for families and art enthusiasts alike. A Children’s Art Area will feature hands-on art projects for budding young artists while local performers will provide live entertainment throughout the event.
- WFMS FairTrain ("August"), Fishers Train Station, 11601 Municipal Dr, ☏ . Take the train to the 2011 Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. Enjoy the ride in air-conditioned comfort and forget the traffic & parking hassles! 10 round trips daily. Free parking. No reservations needed.
- Country Fair at Conner Prairie (September), 13400 Allisonville Road, ☏ . This historic agricultural fair recreates 1886 Indiana, complete with historic baseball, a “tent of wonders” (Bearded man anyone?), farm animals and antique tractor parade. The Indy Mini Maker Faire will also be held during this time. The fair is a family fun festival to make, create, learn, invent, craft, recycle, build, think, play & be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology.
- Fishers Renaissance Faire (Early October), Saxony, at 136th & Olio Rd. Stroll back through time in a recreated 16th-century British village, watch knights jousting on horseback, attend the court of Queen Elizabeth, be entertained on three strages by magicians and interactive performances, play games at Kid's Karnival and shop at over 60 unique artisan booths. Eat "dragon legs" as you experience life in the renaissance, created by re-enactors in authentic costumes. Admission is charged.
- Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie (October), 13400 Allisonville Road, ☏ . For more than a quarter of a century, Conner Prairie has been transformed into a live-action version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow each October, with nightly appearances by the Headless Horseman (in addition to other Halloween-themed activities). The moonlight “haunted” hayrides are always a sell out on the weekends. Go during the week if you can.
- Follow the North Star (November), 13400 Allisonville Road, ☏ . Learn first-hand about how the Underground Railroad functioned in 19th-century America by becoming a fugitive slave in an interactive encounter where Conner Prairie staff become the slave hunters, friendly Quakers, freed slaves and railroad conductors that decide your fate.
- [dead link] Holidays on the Prairie (Conner Prairie), 13400 Allisonville Road, ☏ . December. Through the month of December, celebrate the holiday season at Conner Prairie indoors and out! Make lasting memories with your family and friends - take a horse-drawn wagon ride outdoors, have dinner with Santa or enjoy a candlelight tour through Prairietown. Events include 1863 Outdoor Adventure, Gingerbread Village, Conner Prairie by Candlelight, breakfast with Santa, dinner with Santa, and Bill Hixson's Holiday Ornaments.
Landmarks and ArtsEdit
- Fishers Arts Council. Fishers Arts Council was created to enrich the quality and economic vitality of the community by expanding and supporting local arts and culture.
- [formerly dead link] Nickel Plate Arts Trail. Experience the history, art and adventure of 30 miles of trail including six historic rural communities. The Nickel Plate Arts Trail is in central Indiana 20 miles north of Indianapolis, beginning in Fishers and traveling north to Noblesville, Cicero, Arcadia, Atlanta and Tipton. Experience the arts trail by rail, road or river.
Fishers has an array of parks for residents and visitors.
- Billericay Park 126th Street and Promise Road. Seven lighted baseball diamonds are the centerpiece of this park, which also has a play area, woodlands, walking trail and concessions building.
- Brooks School Park, 11780 Brooks School Rd. 16.5 acres with playground, basketball court, horseshoe pits and a loop walking trail.
- Cheeney Creek Natural Area, 11030 Fishers Pointe Blvd. A 25-acre natural wildlife habitat provides hiking, birding and fishing. Primitive and rugged.
- Cumberland Park, 10580 Cumberland Rd. 40-acre park is accessed through a housing subdivision. Includes seven soccer fields, wooded area, community building and shelter.
- Cyntheanne Park, 12383 Cyntheanne Rd. Cyntheanne Park serves as a destination park for all ages and interests, adding much needed facilities to the town's athletic field inventory while also providing opportunities for non-structured play, trail use and nature appreciation. Playgrounds complete this multi-functioning facility.
- Fishers Heritage Park at White River, 10595 Eller Road. Wooded, 33-acre greenspace with hiking/biking loop trail, bird watching and nature study. Also home to the Ambassador House, a National Historic Register home which is under renovation.
- Hamilton Proper Park, 11525 Hoosier Rd. A 19-acre facility, Hamilton Proper Park is on the southeast intersection of Hoosier Road and 116th Street and is accessed from Hoosier Road, approximately 12 miles south of 116th Street. This is a popular spot for youth soccer games all season long!
- Harrison Thompson Park, 13573 Conner Knoll Pkwy. Accessed through a housing subdivision, this 11-acre park includes a playground, grills, soccer fields, baseball diamond and restroom building.
- Hoosier Woods, 10034 E. 121st St. Natural area with short soft-surface woodland trail. Next to Hoosier Road Elementary School – use of playground facilities allowed during non-school hours.
- Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, 10410 Hague Road. Formerly owned by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, this 42-acre site is an Indiana State Designated Nature Preserve. The remaining 85 acres is under a state conservation easement. The site offers five different trails totaling 2 miles and a shelter area. Guided hikes and programs also are available.
- Roy G. Holland Memorial Park One Park Drive. This 34-acre park is accessible through a housing subdivision. Offers soccer fields, sand volleyball, baseball and softball, basketball courts, two playground areas and picnic shelters.
- Ben & Ari’s, ☏ . State Road 37 and 141st St. This is a pre-teen’s dream destination. Miniature golf, mini-pin bowling, huge arcade, picnic area and loads of opportunities to win tickets that can be exchanged for prizes.
- Fishers YMCA, 9012 E. 126th St, ☏ . Yes, the YMCA is a member-only organization, but this branch has a variety of events all year that are open to non-members. It's worth a phone call if you are in the area.
- Pinheads, 13825 Britton Park Rd, ☏ . Bowling alley, billiards, mega-arcade, duckpin style bowling, Louie's Bar and Restaurant, beach volleyball and a Play-A-Lot indoor playground. Smoke-free facility.
- Gray Eagle Golf Club, 12500 Brooks School Rd, ☏ . Public par-72 course also offers golf simulators in the winter months.
- Ironwood Golf Club, 10955 Fall Rd, ☏ . R.N. Thompson course with 27 new holes, offered in three nines (Lakes, Valley and Ridge). Create your own course!
- River Glen County Club, 12010 Clubhouse Dr, ☏ . Public par-71 course in one of the most scenic settings in Fishers. Area hotels offer a “Stay and Play” package for this course.
- Billericay Park 126th Street and Promise Road. Seven lighted baseball diamonds are the centerpiece of this park, which also has a play area, woodlands, walking trail and concessions building. Host to a variety of youth baseball events.
- Eller Fields, 10198 Eller Road. This 4.5-acre park offers two lighted ball fields (baseball and softball) and playground equipment.
- Mudsock Fields, 12160 Packers Ave. Three football fields with bleachers, scoreboards and concessions building.
- Olio Fields, 14181 E. 126th St. Behind Hamilton Southeaster High School, this 18-acre park offers six softball fields and one baseball field. Playground and concessions facilities also available.
- Indiana Fieldhouse, 11825 Technology Dr, ☏ . A 53,000-square-foot, six court basketball facility that hosts “Little Dribblers, semi-pro and amateur tournaments and a hoops academy. Called one of the finest basketball facilities in the United States by USSSA and AAU officials.
- Symphony on the Prairie. Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra presents Marsh Symphonoy on the Prairie. The stage is set for a summer with renowned artists and an amazing season line-up.
- Fishers Chamber of Commerce, 11601 Municipal Drive, ☏ . The Chamber can provide information about area businesses and upcoming events.
- Fishers Visitor Information Center, 11601 Municipal Drive, ☏ . Sa 10AM to 6PM.
- Conner Prairie Museum Shop, 13400 Allisonville Rd, ☏ . The museum shop is unique shopping experience. The shop is stocked with items that are perfect for gift giving, decorating your home and serving as a keepsake reminder of your visit. Don't miss the heirloom seeds and gourmet foods including jams, soups and old fashion candy.
- Everything Indiana, ☏ . Can’t get to Hamilton County for a visit? You can sample a little bit of Hoosier Hospitality with a gift basket of Indiana products made by Indiana companies.
- Herbal Art, 11650 N. Lantern Road, ☏ . Th-Sa 11AM to 6PM; Su-W by appointment. This intimate studio featuring handmade soaps, candles, body mist, and other specialty products is perfect for gifts or a personal treat. A member of the Nickel Plate Arts Trail and part of the Indiana Artisan program, Herbal Arts products are tested on humans (not animals) and are made from certified organic materials, many of which are locally grown. Wonderful smelling, healthy, chemical free products. Herbal Art specializes in green, eco-friendly wedding and specialty gifts, and customized gift collections.
- Gallery 116, 8597 East 116th Street, ☏ . Gallery 116 offers an eclectic mix of hand-crafted jewelry, gifts and home decor from a wind range of local and national artists in a charming bungalow in the heart of Fishers.
Fishers is a growing location for chain restaurants, but there are a few locally-owned places to try as well.
- Peterson's Restaurant, 7690 E. 96th Street, ☏ . Locally owned and operated.
- St Yared Ethiopian Cuisine & Coffehaus, 11210 Fall Creek Road, ☏ . Just south of Fishers in the Geist area. Some of the best Ethiopian food in the greater Indy area. The owner and his family are very welcoming and happy to interact with you. Following the Ethiopian tradition, most dishes are meant to be shared for the whole table. Meat and veggie dishes piled on top of porous injera bread. Definitely try the ambasha, a spiced and freshly-baked bread traditionally used in communion in the Ethiopian Christian circles.
- Sahm’s, 116th & Allisonville, ☏ . Sahm’s is the family-owned flagship restaurant of a group of restaurants that have been open for more than 20 years. Sahm’s makes its own soups, sauces and breads. The sour cream coffee cake is not to be missed. For huge breakfasts at a reasonable price, try 'The Roost' across the street (another Sahm’s restaurant).
- Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream, 8760 E. 116th St, ☏ . With locations across Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, this isn’t a Fishers-only stop. But the ice cream is really good and the location is on the main drag of the old downtown area, only two blocks from the municipal town center, so it is fun for people watching too. Try a Handel’s Pop.
- Sunrise Cafe, 9767 E 116th St, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 6AM-2PM. A local favorite in Fishers since 1985. Serving breakfast favorites with some dependable lunch options. Well-known for their breakfast combos, which always come with "two X-Large eggs".
- Four Day Ray Brewery (FDR), 11671 Lantern Road, ☏ . Named for an employee of the historic Nickel Plate railway who called off work one day each week, FDR offers plenty of in-house brews on top of familiar favorites. Their scratch kitchen offers Indiana favorites like the fried pork tenderloin. Reasonably-priced lunch specials and exclusive menu options for Sunday brunch (10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.).
Fishers' growth means there are a number of reasonably priced chain hotels to accommodate visiting friends, family members and groups.
- AmericInn Hotel & Suites, 9780 North by Northeast Blvd, ☏ . The AmericInn Hotel & Suites Indianapolis NE is Indiana's first AmericInn, off I-69 near Fishers, Carmel and Noblesville.
- Comfort Suites Fishers, 9760 Crosspoint Blvd, ☏ . 65 suites with coffee makers, microwaves, refrigerators, irons, ironing boards and hair dryers in every room. An indoor pool, exercise facility, business center and deluxe continental breakfast are included. Jacuzzi suites are available. Meeting space accommodates up to 40 people. Free parking.
- Hampton Inn & Suites Fishers, 11575 Commercial Dr, ☏ . This beautifully decorated hotel offers complimentary hot and cold breakfast, a hospitality reception, high speed internet access and a 'Suite' Shop stocked with goodies. Also featuring studio-suite rooms, jacuzzi rooms and fireplace room.
- Hilton Garden Inn Northeast, 9785 North by Northeast Blvd, ☏ . 110 rooms/suites. This beautiful hotel offers the Great American Grill, Pavilion Lounge, indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry convenience mart and complimentary business center. All guest rooms include microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, complimentary high speed internet access, remote printing to the business center, two phones/one with two-line speakerphone and large work area. Meeting space accommodates 100 people.
- Holiday Inn Express, 9790 North By Northeast Boulevard, ☏ . 140 rooms. The hotel features an outdoor pool, exercise facility, whirlpools in selected rooms, free continental breakfast bar, complimentary movie channel/cable and local calls. Meeting space accommodates 50 people. Free parking.
- Hotel Indigo, 9791 North by Northeast Boulevard, ☏ . A boutique hotel with the customer service of a large chain. Guestroom murals vary from room to room.
- Residence Inn by Marriott Fishers, 9765 Crosspoint Blvd, ☏ . 78 suites (studios and 1 and 2 bedrooms available). An indoor pool, sport court, exercise room, whirlpool, fully equipped kitchens, complimentary grocery shopping, HBO/cable and on-site guest laundry are included at this hotel. A complimentary hospitality hour M-Th. Special rates for extended stay are available. Meeting space accommodates 10 people. Free parking.
- Staybridge Suites, 9780 Crosspoint Blvd, ☏ . 146 rooms. This all suite hotel offers 3 suite options each with full kitchens, complimentary full hot breakfast, free guest laundry, a fitness center, indoor pool, whirlpool, HBO/cable, a library and free evening socials. High speed internet access, a business center and two phone lines are also provided in each suite. Meeting space accommodates up to 12 people. Free parking.
- Studio 6, 8250 North by Northeast Blvd, ☏ . 124 rooms. This hotel offers fully furnished studio rooms with low weekly and daily rates. Voice mail/data ports and HBO/cable are available in every room as well as a guest laundry facility. Pets welcome. Free parking.