Noblesville is the county seat of Hamilton County. There is no bus to Noblesville, however, since it is close to Indianapolis you can see arrival options there too.
Noblesville sits between two major highways: Interstate 69 and Interstate 65. From Indianapolis and Michigan you can reach Noblesville by way of I-69, just north of Fishers. From Chicago take I-65 and then SR-32 East, which will lead you directly into downtown.
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, located just west of Hamilton County. Both offer aircraft charter, sales, rental, catering, flight school and more.
- Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 37 East Main Street, Carmel (Indiana), ☏ , toll-free: . Not-for-profit tourism organization that promotes and encourages the development of Hamilton County tourism, conventions, festivals and other special events. Staff are very helpful and welcome visitors who need information. Visit their website for a full event calendar and interactive map of destinations, golfing, restaurants, shopping and places to stay.
- Noblesville Visitor Center 839 Conner St. Located right in the heart of the Noblesville courthouse square, this visitor center is open Monday-Friday 10AM to 4PM, and Saturday 10AM to 6PM
General speed is 55 mph (89 km/h) to 70 mph (110 km/h) on interstates and highways, and generally 35 mph (56 km/h) on other roads unless otherwise posted. Downtown Noblesville parking is available on the square and behind the Noblesville welcome center.
Noblesville is very flat, making biking very easy for all levels. Sidewalks are extensive, and if you chose to ride on the street be prepared to deal with car drivers who aren't too used to your presence. The downtown area is quite easy to bike around, however the further out you go the further the treks.
Landmarks and ArtsEdit
- 1 The Belfry Theatre (Off of SR 238/Greenfield Avenue), ☏ . A community theatre. From any seat in the cozy facility, you will see and hear every detail of the performance.
- Birdie Art Gallery, 195 S. 5th Street, ☏ . A small art gallery dedicated to displaying art made by members of the Hamilton County Artists Association is housed in the old First Baptist Church Building, built in 1875. They also hold events including monthly shows and art classes.
- 2 Hamilton County Courthouse (Downtown Noblesville). French Renaissance building completed in 1878. Served as the county courthouse until 1992, and once housed Charles Manson and John Dillinger. Now listed in the National Register of Historic Places Free.
- Hamilton County Museum of History. Built in 1857, and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The museum was built as the county sheriff's home and served as the county jail until 1977. The building houses historical antiques and artifacts, history about the county and a genealogical library. Free.
- Historic Noblesville Square Between 8th and Logan Street and 9th and Conner Street. The Noblesville commercial historic district sits at the center of the community, literally and figuratively. It combines historic architecture, period street lamps, quaint flower boxes and wrought iron benches. Total small town character!
- 3 Indiana Transportation Museum, 825 Park Dr (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. Admission $2-3, excursion fees vary.
- [formerly dead link] Nickel Plate Arts Trail. Extending 30 miles from Fishers to Tipton, the Historic Nickel Plate Arts Trail runs through Fishers, Noblesville, Cicero, Arcadia, Atlanta, and Tipton. The first of eight Indiana artisan trails adopted by the state, the Trail is accessible by rail through the Indiana Transportation Museum or automobile on Allisonville Road and State Road 19 as well as by river. The trail focuses on the more traditional forms of the arts and encompasses food, culture, and community heritage.
- 4 Potters Bridge, 19401 N. Allisonville Rd, ☏ . Hamilton County's only covered bridge is located in this county park. The bridge was built in 1870-71 and crosses over the White River. Walk through the bridge and view the river through the many windows looking over it. They also have accessibility for canoes/kayaking. Listed on the National Register of Historical Places.
- Chateau Bjiou, 802 Mulberry St, Suite D1, ☏ . Located in the Model Mill building, which is listed in the National Register, this salon and spa offers hair, skin care, nail and massage services as well as complete spa packages.
Festivals & eventsEdit
- Stony Creek Farm Pumpkin Harvest Festival (Late September-Early October), 11366 State Rd. 38 E (Stonycreek Farm), ☏ . A month-long celebration of all things pumpkin, fall and regionally historical. Hayrides, a silo slide (yes a slide in a silo), candle making, pumpkin toss (poor pumpkins), pottery making, cloggers, and plenty of food to boot. Grab a funnel cake and pick a pumpkin for your fall celebrations. Fun for all! Cheap fun too.
- Potter’s Bridge Festival (October), 19401 N. Allisonville Rd, ☏ . The festival celebrates the only remaining covered bridge in Hamilton County with arts, crafts, food, live music and kids activities.
- Noblesville Street Dance (Downtown Noblesville), ☏ . End of July. Hosted by Noblesville Main Street, this summer night features local restaurants, live music, classic car show and an antique tractor show.
- Shakespeare in the Park (Weekends in the Summer), ☏ . Seminary and Dillon Parks. Sponsored by the Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission, Shakespeare in the Park features free, live drama in an outdoor setting.
- July 4th Parade & Fireworks Festival. (July) Historic Downtown Noblesville
- Jazz Squared (Fridays from June-September). Enjoy the smooth sounds and ambiance of our Jazz Squared Concert Series! Bring your lawn chairs and join Noblesville Main Street as it proudly presents our Jazz on the Square Concert Series! The bands will be performing live from 7PM to 9:30PM
- First Fridays (First Friday of every month). Make time each month to visit Noblesville's unique First Fridays. Events are often themed depending on the season, and often include live entertainment, food, and shopping along the square.
- Noblesville Farmers Market (Saturdays end of May- end of October). Noblesville Main Street sponsors a weekly Farmers' Market in the Riverview Overflow Parking Lot. Every Saturday from late May to October, rain or shine from 8AM until 12:30PM. Vendors sell a wide array of locally grown produce, bedding plants, and fresh-cut flowers, locally-produced honey, handmade soaps, and fresh-baked goods.
- Forest Park Golf Course, 701 Cicero Rd, ☏ . 9-hole municipal course offers “free cart Mondays” and rental clubs.
- Fox Prairie Golf Course, 8465 E 196th St, ☏ . 27-hole public course with four sets of tees for golfers of all experience levels.
- Harbour Trees Golf Club, 333 Regents Park Ln, ☏ . Private club with Pete Dye course offers a “membership sampler” in the fall of each year for $100 per family.
- Pebble Brook Golf Club, 3110 Westfield Rd, ☏ . Offers two 18-hole courses with multiple tee markers for every golfer’s skill level. Offers value passes or daily fee. Lots of tee times available.
- Purgatory Golf Club, 12160 E. 216th St, ☏ . As the name suggests, Purgatory can be a real challenge, even for the serious golfer. Six tees on each hole change the course from a 4,562 yard course to a 7,700 yard challenge. At the back tees, Purgatory is the longest course in Indiana. Either way, the 125 bunkers make the course a real test. Rated as one of America’s greatest public courses by Golf Digest and others. Area hotels offer a “Stay and Play” package for Purgatory.
- Forest Park, 701 Cicero Road. 150-acres includes a 9-hole golf course, miniature golf, playground, skate park, swimming pool, volleyball and tennis courts. Home to the Indiana Transportation Museum as well as the “Little Beauty” carousel, a 1920 Allen Herschell design with 20 “jumpers” and 12 other animals to ride ($1 per ride).
- 1 Dr. James A. Dillon Park, 6001 Edenshall Lane. Nearly 78-acre park opened June 2008. Playground, spray park, trails, and a skate park.
- Seminary Park Between 10th and 11th Streets. A pocket park of 1 ½ acres hosts annual Shakespeare in the Park and community concerts.
- Strawtown Koteewi Park, 12308 E. Strawtown Ave, ☏ . This 75-acre park features wetlands, prairie land, boating, fishing, and natural trails for hiking and cycling. It has also become a hotbed for archeological activity in recent years. Students from state universities have discovered arrowheads, pottery and other items dating back to 1400 AD. Some are on display at the Taylor Center of Natural History, located on the park grounds.
- Southside Park Between 2nd and 3rd Streets. A pocket park that includes a softball field, basketball court and playground.
- Morse Reservoir This man-made lake, located between Cicero (Indiana) and Noblesville has 1,500 acres for boating and water activities and 35 miles of shoreline. More than 95% of the shoreline is residential, but recreational boating is allowed. Launch your boat from the Carrigan Road Bridge marina. Morse Lake Park, by the dam on the east side of the lake, allows supervised swimming in the lake and year-round picnicking as well as fishing.
- 2 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, 12880 E. 146th St, ☏ . Formerly known as Deer Creek, Verizon, and Klipsch. This Indy's largest outdoor music venue, featuring major concerts with covered and lawn seating. Performances have featured the likes of Sade, Aerosmith, Lollapalooza tours, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, Depeche Mode, Lyle Lovett, Tom Petty, The Jonas Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews, Rascal Flatts and many, many more. This is where the big Grateful Dead riot happened in the 1990s and Phish carried on the traveling spirit. Lyle Lovett and Julia Roberts first appeared on stage together here, after eloping in Marion, IN, earlier that day.
- Noblesville Main Street also is home to a Bureau Welcome Center in Noblesville, 942 Maple Ave., which is open 10AM to 4PM, Mondays through Fridays, and 10AM to 6PM Saturdays.
- Hamilton Town Center 3901 Town Center Blvd. The newest Simon Mall property opened in spring 2008 features a mix of retail, restaurants and entertainment in the now popular open-air mall concept. A 16-screen movie theater is anchored by an IMAX 3D. Milwaukee restaurateur Johnny Vassallo opened one of two Mo’s Irish Pubs on the property.
- Historic Noblesville Square Between 8th and Logan Street and 9th and Conner Street. The Noblesvlle commercial historic district sits at the center of the community, literally and figuratively. It combines historic architecture and embraces its small town character to its advantage. Stores include furniture, art, wine, antiques, clothing and even children’s books. A few shops are listed in more detail below.
- The Faux Flower & Gift Shop, 84 S. 9th St., ☏ . Specializes in custom, botanically correct “fake” flower design and arrangement. Also sell home décor, gifts and collectables.
- Strawtown Pottery & Antiques, 12738 Strawtown Ave., ☏ . They have been creating stoneware here since 1983. Also sell antiques and pottery accessories.
- Old Picket Fence, 894 Logan Street, ☏ . Old Picket Fence represents antique and vintage items of quality, material and craftsmanship as well as newer items for today's blend of comfort and style.
- Artists on the Square Gallery, 853 Conner Street, ☏ . The Artists on the Square Gallery offers one-of-a-kind artwork created locally and ranging from traditional to modern art. The work is moderately priced and ready to enjoy.
- Bundy Decoy & Company, Inc., 16506 Strawtown Avenue, ☏ . Duck Decoys are one of the few forms of truly American folk art. Native Americans were the first to use a decoy for the purpose of luring a game bird from the sky. The oldest decoys ever found were Canvasbacks made from reeds and feathers and date back over 1400 years ago. Over the centuries decoys evolved into wooden carvings. Each decoy carver developed his own distinct style. While the decoys are not used for hunting, they are American folk art and we carve them with craftsmanship and pride, one of a kind, one at a time. No two Bundy Decoys are alike, which is partly why they are so collectable. The one you purchase will be one of a kind. While there are all kinds of gift items in today's world, there are very few that are still made from real wood and even fewer that are made right from the log. Each decoy is handled 28 times and requires many hours of hand labor per piece.
- A Corner Cottage, 895 Conner Street, ☏ . A small shop at the corner of 9th and Conner in Noblesville. They carry a wide array of gifts, favors, and greeting cards, home decor garden items, Signature Pottery, vintage, and antique items, and many surprises.
- Eleanor Rozella's, 982 Loagan Street, ☏ . Upscale girly-girl boutique with 3.5 wonderful levels of great merchandise - Vera Bradley, Colts items, home decor, jewelry, Tom's Shoes, clothing and gourmet foods.
- Garden Thyme at the Old Schoolhouse, 14520 SR 38 E., ☏ . Garden Thyme at the Old Schoolhouse is all about the garden and what goes into it. Beautiful plants, garden treasures, to architectural salvage surround the lovely 1898 schoolhouse. Your purchases help restore it!
- Linden Tree Unique Gifts, 856 Logan Street, ☏ . Linden Tree has a longstanding tradition of providing unique, specialty products and gifts at reasonable prices. Linden Tree offers home accent pieces including rugs, lamps and wall art. Interior designers are on site or available by appointment to help with selections.Free gift wrapping is available.
- Logan Village Mall 977 Logan Street +1 317-776-9999 Over 40 charming shops under one roof. This former newspaper building is a unique village offering antiques, vintage and new gifts, home decor and more.
- Martha Janes, 50 N. 9th Street, ☏ . Ladies boutique featuring jewelry, purses and fashion - accessories for everyone; including everyday, trendy and special occasion pieces. Come pamper yourself!
- Noblesville Clock Company, 996 Conner St, ☏ . There is a very large selection of wall clocks, mantle clocks Cuckoo clocks, Grandfather clocks, Neon signs and candles.
- The Wild, 884 Logan Street, ☏ . The Wild Bookstore is the first independent bookstore located on the Historic Noblesville Square. Specializing in the next generation of bookworms, offering children's books, games, toys and puzzles.
- Barley Island Brewing Company, 639 Conner St, ☏ . Offers a family dining restaurant, games, banquet services & microbrewery. Daily specials.
- The Hamilton Restaurant, 933 Conner Street, ☏ . On the site of the historical downtown Noblesville square, the Hamilton Restaurant is chef-owned and -operated. Offering fine dining in a casual and comfortable atmosphere for both lunch and dinner.
- Matteo's Ristorante Italiano, 40 N. 9th St, ☏ . Here, you can experience the finest Italian cuisine as well as fine art and great music in a relaxed atmosphere. Come and taste the vibrant flavors of Matteo's home in Salerno, Italy. And make sure to take advantage of all the benefits of a true Italian meal.
- [dead link] Mudsocks Grill (146th and Hazell Dell Pkwy), ☏ . This restaurant sits right on the border between the town of Noblesville and the city of Carmel. Offers great atmosphere, drinks and food for lunch and dinner. The portions are huge, especially the salads – try the Citrus Island Salad. Indoor and outdoor dining.
- R. L. Wilson House, 273 S. 8th Street, ☏ . Friday lunch only from 11AM to 2PM Reservations are requested but not required.
- Alexander's on The Square, 864 Logan St, ☏ . Step back in the 1950s with this retro ice cream shop in the heart of Noblesville. High stools and plenty of ice cream and treats to go around. Homemade chocolates, homemade ice cream and hometown friendliness. They have the best waffle cones in town, freshly made all the time. Open 36 flavors with plenty of toppings. And they have a deli.
- Cool River Pizza, 14741 Hazel Crossing, ☏ . Family-friendly pizza restaurant. Dine-in, delivery or carry out. Pizza, pasta, wings, salads, breadsticks.
- Ginger's Cafe, 1804 E. Conner Street, ☏ . Ginger's Cafe brings back the style and personality of the past with the fantastic food and amazing service. The eclectic deco furnishings allude to a time past. From the time you enter the front door to when you finish your pie and coffee, the staff is dedicated to bringing you the best quality food and service.
- Uptown Cafe, 809 Conner Street, ☏ . Diner atmosphere with down-home feeling, serving diner classics.
Coffee & TeaEdit
- The Ruby Pear Tea Parlor, 1095 Conner St, ☏ . At the Ruby Pear Tea Room, you have the opportunity to entertain, pamper and indulge. From the music played to the colorful surroundings, it's guaranteed that you find The Ruby Pear a place that allows you to slow down and enjoy the company of family and friends. Lunch is served from 11AM to 3PM and afternoon tea from 11AM to 4PM, Wednesday-Saturday.
- Noble Coffee & Tea Company, 933 Logan St, ☏ . A spacious coffee shop on the square. The store roasts fresh coffee beans weekly and features a wide selection of menu items, plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, and a coffee bar. For the non-coffee lover, try an iced chai tea or an Italian soda.
Drinking age is 21. You cannot buy packaged alcohol on Sundays.
- 1 Barley Island Brewery, 639 Conner St, ☏ . Hamilton County's only brewpub, located in downtown Noblesville, Barley Island serves lunch and dinner. Sample GABF winning brews like Dirty Helen Brown Ale and Beastie Barrel Stout. Occasional live music. Open: Monday-Thursday, 11AM to midnight; Friday-Saturday, 11AM to 1AM; and Sunday, noon to 12AM (during football season) Live music, T.V. trivia, game room with pool table, darts and jukebox. Poker tables are also available. Families welcome.
Noblesville has its share of reasonably priced chain hotels, as well as a bed & breakfast and camping options.
- Sycamore Knoll Bed & Breakfast, 10777 Riverwood Ave, ☏ . Restored 1886 country estate on over 4 acres near the White River. Two suites, each with private bath. Designed for quiet relaxation: library, large brick porch with swing, fruit orchard, perennial gardens, bird watching. Hearty home-cooked breakfasts.
- [formerly dead link] Riverbend Campground, 21695 SR 37 N., ☏ . 100 sites on 25 wooded acres along the White River. This campground offers RV and tent sites, canoe and kayak rental, boat ramp, showers, toilets, laundry room, playground and campstore. Open April through Dec 1.
- Sleepybear Campground, 13231 E. 146th Street, ☏ . The closest facility to Verizon Wireless Music Center to camp, park, or tailgate and enjoy your concert event.
- White River Campground, 11299 E. 234th St, ☏ . 107 sites. This 26-acre campground is located along the White River. Showers, a playground, laundry room, campstore and a recreation room are available. Open April 15 through Oct 30.
- Cambria Suites, 13500 Tegler Drive, ☏ . Across from the Hamilton Town Center Mall, Cambria Suites provides luxurious bedding and upscale amenities, including two flat screen LCD televisions, Bath & Body Works toiletries, microwave, refrigerator state-of-the-art workout facility, barista bar and casual dining. The property also offers high tech meeting and conference facilities with onsite catering.
- 1 Fairfield Inn & Suites, 17960 Foundation Drive, ☏ . This 59-room hotel is off of St Rd 37 and St Rd 32 in Noblesville. Minutes from Verizon Music Center, Conner Prairie, Hamilton Counties finest golf courses, shopping and restaurants. Each room features free HSIA, coffeemaker, iron & ironing board, 25" TV and 2 telephones with data ports.
- Quality Inn & Suites, 16025 Prosperity Dr, ☏ . 64 rooms at State Roads 37 and 238. This hotel features a blend of posh guest rooms, extended stay suites and mini-suites. The hotel offers Jacuzzi rooms, indoor pool, exercise room, free internet access, free deluxe continental breakfast, laundry and a guest-friendly staff. Group discounts available. Meeting space accommodates up to 25 people. Free parking.
- Super 8 Motel, 17070 Dragonfly Ln, ☏ . 58 rooms. This hotel offers an indoor pool, HBO/Satellite TV, complimentary high speed internet and "Super Start" continental breakfast. One-whirlpool suites and one kitchenette suite are available. Free parking. Pet friendly.