Discover Downtown Noblesville Indiana: Must-See Spots

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I’ve lived in Noblesville now for over 20 years – hard to believe! I’ve raised my kids here, made dozens of lifelong friends and it really feels like home. And, lucky for you, downtown Noblesville Indiana is a special place not just for residents, but for visitors too!

If you are planning a trip to Indianapolis, add at least a day to your itinerary for an escape from the bustle of the city to Noblesville and see what small-town Indiana charm is all about. I know that often when we are exploring other small towns in the state, we say to ourselves (very smugly) that our downtown is one of the best in the entire Midwest! So, come see what it’s all about yourself.

woman and dog in front of lighted up sign that says "Noblesville"

Why Visit Downtown Noblesville?

Why hit up Downtown Noblesville? Well, for starters, it’s like stepping into a live Pinterest board. There’s a little bit of everything. Got kids? There’s plenty to keep them entertained, from crafts to museums that are fun (and sneakily educational). Are you a foodie? We’ve got everything from your morning coffee fix to swanky dinner spots that’ll make you want to come back for seconds. And if you’re into shopping or love catching live music, you’ve hit the jackpot.

Noblesville is the kind of place where everyone might end up knowing your name because the vibe here is just…friendly. You can’t walk through the farmers market or down the street without someone waving hello or striking up a chat. It’s got that small-town heart with a side of cool you just can’t beat. I always call it a “small” big city.

So, whether you’re dodging the hustle of Indy for a day or just cruising through Indiana looking for a fun day trip, Downtown Noblesville should be on your radar. It’s one of those spots where you come as a visitor and leave feeling like part of the community. And who knows? You might find yourself getting a little smug too, thinking our downtown is the best in the Midwest.

Hamilton County Museum of History in downtown Noblesville Indiana

What to Do in Downtown Noblesville Indiana: Visit Historical Landmarks and Museums

Situated around a traditional downtown square with the Hamilton County courthouse in the middle, downtown Noblesville Indiana is quite easy to navigate. Just park your car (more tips on that later) and get out and walk.

Hamilton County Museum of History & Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail

Discover a place in Noblesville that’s seriously cool and a tad spooky – the Hamilton County Museum of History and Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail. This isn’t your average, run-of-the-mill museum. It’s kinda like stepping into a time machine that takes you back to the 1800s, except this time machine has jail cells and a history of housing some pretty notorious folks.

You get to explore where sheriffs used to live (right on top of the jail, talk about a short commute) and where outlaws spent their nights. And the best part of course is the stories. The guides here know everything, from the ghost tales to the jailbreak attempts. It’s the perfect mix of history lesson and thrill, minus the boring parts. Even if history class wasn’t your thing, it’s worth checking out – plus it’s FREE.

Hamilton County Museum of History & Old Sheriff’s Residence & Jail, Conner Street

Insider tip: the museum has very limited hours (currently Fridays and Saturdays from 12 – 5), so plan accordingly.

shed with Nickle Plate Express sign in Forest Park in Noblesville Indiana

Nickel Plate Express

Something truly unique in Noblesville is the Nickel Plate Express. It’s an old-school train that feels like it chugged straight out of a storybook, ready to whisk you away on an adventure. Although the rides typically start from nearby Forest Park, you’ll often see one of the trains downtown near the historic square during festivals or events.

Whether you’re cozying up for a magical Santa train during the holidays, clinking glasses on a wine-themed excursion, or just enjoying the scenic ride, there’s something about the rumble of the tracks and the panoramic views that feels downright magical. The Nickel Plate Express is perfect for families looking for an unforgettable day out or couples after a romantic getaway without leaving the state.

It’s definitely an adventure worth checking out if you happen to be in town when one of the train rides is running.

Nickle Plate Express, 825 Forest Park Drive

Noblesville Indiana historical sign

Fun Things to Do in Downtown Noblesville Indiana

If you are spending an afternoon in downtown Noblesville and want a fun activity, there are several terrific options.

Create Something New at Caravan Classes

Does your family love art? Then head over to Caravan Classes down 9th Street on the south side of the Noblesville square. This adorable studio holds regular classes (so check ahead and sign up if you know when you’ll be visiting), but you can also purchase craft kits or if you are lucky drop in on a class that’s happening.

Caravan Classes, 98 S. 9th Street

Sign for Kiln Creations in Noblesville IN

Paint Your Own Creation at Kiln Creations

Kiln Creations is a paint-your-own pottery studio that has been on the square for many years. When my kids were little we’d head over there at least once in the summer or over Christmas break to paint mugs, plates, or even Christmas ornaments.

You can book a time, or just walk in – there is usually availability. It’s a fun activity and a great way to create your own one-of-a-kind souvenier of your time in Noblesville!

Kiln Creations, 60 N 9th Street

Play games at Moonshot

Although we like art, my family is much more into games. Family game night is a regular event in the Howard household. Some of our most fun games have come from Moonshot. This delightful game store has plenty of terrific games and puzzles and the employees are very knowledgeable and can steer you towards the perfect option for you.

They also hold frequent game nights for Magic the Gathering, Pokeman, etc. so if that’s your speed, call to see when they are and join the fun. Everyone is super welcoming and it’s a fun way to meet some locals.

Moonshot, 50 N 9th Street

outside of Noble Coffee in downtown Noblesville Indiana

Culinary Delights in Downtown Noblesville

Downtown Noblesville is FULL of fantastic, locally owned restaurants. There are so many that I probably need to do a separate post just on downtown Noblesville restaurants. However, for this overview, I’ll share some of my favorites.

Noble Coffee & Tea

The best Chai Latte in the world (seriously, I’ve never had anyone who’s tried it tell me differently) can be had at Noble Coffee & Tea on the square. This coffee shop is a Noblesville tradition and there will be a line every morning with locals feeding their caffeine addiction.

There are plenty of places to sit, so it’s also a fantastic place to work, meet friends or just take a break during your downtown Noblesville adventures. So grab a coffee (or Chai) and a muffin and experience our favorite local coffee shop.

Noble Coffee & Tea, 933 Logan Street

Rosie’s Cafe

Next door to Noble Coffee is another local favorite, Rosie’s. This spot is well-known in the area for its delicious breakfast and lunch items as well as their baked goods. Anytime you visit you’ll see Noblesville residents catching up over breakfast or conducting business meetings at lunch. If you go, be sure to grab some of the Gooey Butter Cookies to take home and enjoy later!

Rosie’s Cafe, 68 N 9th Street

Breakfast burrito, hashbrowns and coffee from Uptown cafe

Uptown Cafe

Uptown Cafe is the breakfast spot my son and I used to go to several mornings a month before school. We had a wonderful routine that included sharing a kid’s meal, hot chocolate, mouthwatering hashbrowns, and Uptown’s sourdough toast with homemade strawberry jam. My son would lick the jam container clean.

Now when I take him, we order a lot more food, but we still fondly remember our regular dates – it got to the point where we didn’t even have to order – they knew what we wanted. How’s that for a local joint?

Uptown Cafe, 809 Conner Street

dining outside at Matteos in downtown Noblesville

Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano

If you are a fan of Italian, then Matteo’s is the spot for you. Matteo’s is a Noblesville tradition for date nights, proms, and celebrations. They serve all your traditional Italian dishes in a lovely atmosphere.

If it’s summer, nab a table outside and do a little people-watching. When the weather is nice, downtown is hopping. On more than one occasion we’ve been able to snag a table out front on a Friday or Sunday when there was live music on the courthouse lawn. There’s nothing like sipping a glass of crisp white wine, enjoying fresh bruschetta, and listening to a little jazz. So much fun!

Matteo’s, 40 N. 9th Street

Grindstone Public House

Another one of the yummy restaurants in downtown Noblesville is Grindstone Public House. The Grindstone name has been synonymous with upscale bar food in Noblesville for years. I remember when we first moved to town we’d visit the Grindstone Charley’s across the street from our house.

This newest iteration is a delicious take on traditional pub food and drinks with tasty menu items like crab dip, loaded salads and sandwiches, and even full dinner items. The bar part of the restaurant is also lovely and their cocktails are top-notch.

Grindstone Public House, 101 N 10th Street

Black n Blue burger and tater tots from Syd's in Noblesville Indiana

Syd’s

Talk about a Noblesville classic. Syd’s has been on the square in Noblesville since 1945, although the building has been in use as a tavern since 1889 (aside from prohibition). It’s a casual bar with family dining in the back. The food is Indiana comfort food – tenderloins, burgers, fried pickles, etc. Simple and affordable.

Some nights the front of the bar can get a little rowdy (especially over the holidays when the college kids come home!), but with live music and frequent karaoke, it is a lot of fun. It’s become something of a Noblesville rite of passage to head to Syd’s on your 21st birthday for a drink.

Syd’s, 808 Logan Street

Primeval Brewing sign in Noblesville IN

Primeval Brewing

One of my favorite newer spots in downtown Noblesville is Primeval Brewing. This large brewery has a great variety of beers (my favorite is Peony Days), a German-inspired menu, and plenty of events to keep you entertained.

We’ll often head over on Friday night to listen to some music and almost always join Wednesday night trivia when my daughter is home from college. Between the good drinks and the fun atmosphere, it’s always a wonderful time!

Primeval Brewing, 960 Logan Street

Ice cream from Alexanders on the Square in Noblesville IN

Alexanders on the Square

An Indiana downtown wouldn’t be complete without an ice cream shop, and Alexander’s is Noblesville’s version. Noblesville kids (including mine) have grown up going to Alexander’s after school events, on the first warm days of summer, and during any type of downtown festival.

Before my kids could drive we’d ride our bikes to Alexanders several times every summer for an ice cream cone. It’s a terrific memory for our family and one I know many other Noblesville kids have.

Alexanders on the Square, 864 Logan Street

Don’t miss the Shopping & Boutiques in Downtown Noblesville

You can easily spend an entire afternoon (or more) shopping the many downtown Noblesville boutiques – and personally, I love that they are all local! From fabulous clothing stores to home decor, you can find it all downtown. So shop downtown Noblesville and you’ll be supporting locals – here are a few of my favorites (and there are MORE than I’ve listed here).

items for sale at Logan Village Mall in downtown Noblesville Indiana

Logan Village Mall

Spend some time browsing Logan Village Mall. This unique corner shop houses dozens of little local boutiques – it’s a fantastic place to find fun gifts. You can find vintage clothing, home decor (there is a super cool section with retro furniture), jewelry, and much much more. And one of the fun things is that the merchandise is always changing!

Logan Village Mall, 977 Logan Street

The Wild Bohemian Boutique

The Wild Bohemian Boutique is a goldmine for anyone who loves to score unique pieces that scream personality. You’ll find clothing and jewelry with a bit of a bohemian flair. It’s a fun place to find that new piece to update and personalize your look. There are plenty of Instagram-worthy pieces that’ll have your friends asking, “Where did you get that?” Plus, the inventory is always getting refreshed, so each visit feels like a brand new treasure hunt.

The Wild Bohemian Boutique, 84 S 9th Street

Sign for Noblesville Antiques Mall

Noblesville Antique Mall

Like antique shopping? Then you don’t want to miss the Noblesville Antique Mall. This huge store has THREE levels of goods to discover. It’s easy to get lost in the memories and memorabilia you’ll discover. When the kids were little, we’d head in there and I’d give them a specific type of item to look for which kept them busy while I browsed!

Noblesville Antique Mall, 20 N 9th Street

Karisma

Karisma is one of my favorite downtown stores for unique clothing and jewelry items. I’ve purchased a fair amount of my jewelry from there and always get tons of compliments. So if you want something a little fun and a little funky be sure to stop in Karisma.

Karisma, 859 Conner Street

path to Forest Park in Noblesville Indiana

Family Fun & Outdoor Activities Close to Downtown Noblesville

Forest Park

Just a stone’s throw from downtown Noblesville, Forest Park is like the backyard you’ve always wished for. It’s truly a playground for all ages, packing in everything from nostalgic carousel rides to mini-golf that’ll spark a friendly family rivalry.

Perfect for those lazy afternoons when you just want to soak in the outdoors. Maybe grab some carryout and head over to Forest Park for an impromptu picnic. Whether you’re looking to chill or pack your day with activities, Forest Park is your go-to spot for fun just a hop, skip, and a jump from downtown Noblesville.

Forest Park, 701 Cicero Road

White River Canoe Company

If you’ve exhausted shopping (or maybe have kids that can only shop for so long), consider booking a tubing or kayaking excursion down the White River. It’s a fun way to spend a few hours on a hot summer afternoon and something we enjoy on the regular!

White River Canoe Company, Noblesville, IN

Noblesville mural

Noblesville Cultural Arts District

In addition to great shopping, good food, and fun outdoor activities, downtown Noblesville has quite a bit of art to enjoy and admire. There are several houses (Nickle Plate Arts) on the edge of downtown where you can watch resident artists create their crafts, and there are quite a few fun murals around town perfect for Instagram!

Map of Downtown Noblesville Indiana Businesses

Seasonal Downtown Noblesville Events Not to Miss

One of my favorite things about living in Noblesville is that there is always something going on. Almost every weekend we have some sort of event – especially in the summer. From First Fridays to Sunday night Jazz, there is no lack of fun things to do!

Noblesville Street Dance

If you’re eyeing a trip to Noblesville, consider visiting when the Noblesville Street Dance is in full swing. Think of it as the block party of your dreams, where the whole community – and then some – comes out to play under the stars. This isn’t just any street dance; it’s a whirlwind of live music that gets your toes tapping, food stalls that make your mouth water, and activities that keep the kiddos buzzing with excitement.

There is always dancing in the street with a backdrop of historic buildings, surrounded by folks who are all about having a good time. It’s the perfect mix of festival fun and small-town charm. Whether you’re a dance floor hero or just there to soak in the vibes and enjoy a summer evening out, the Noblesville Street Dance turns a visit into an experience. So, if you’re planning a visit in the summer (check for dates as it changes each year), why not when there’s a party going on?

Holiday shopping in Downtown Noblesville Indiana

Small Business Saturday

If you love to shop locally, then downtown Noblesville is your place. Most years we head downtown on Small Business Saturday (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) and finish our holiday shopping. All the boutiques are open and many have special deals for that day only. I promise the streets will be full, so if you like the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping you’ll love this day!

Insider tip: on the years we can’t make Small Business Saturday for whatever reason we’ll often shop downtown Noblesville on Sunday – we call it second-chance Sunday and although there may not be as many deals, it’s also a lot less crowded.

Annual Duck Race

This is a really fun event that typically occurs in early to mid-September. Throughout the summer at the local farmers market, at any festival, and just in some of the shops in downtown Noblesville you can purchase a rubber duck (you don’t actually get the duck, just the number of a duck). On the day of the duck race, the city dumps all of them into the river and they float down to one of the main bridges. The first few ducks win prizes, and they are good prizes!

It’s a lot of fun, and there are also craft and food booths set up downtown, and it’s a real festival atmosphere. I haven’t won yet, but it’s just a matter of time!

Fall Scarecrow Contest

Anytime you come to Noblesville in the late fall, you’ll notice decorated scarecrows set up all over the square. This is the annual scarecrow contest. Local businesses (or even just individuals) decorate scarecrows in the hopes of wining best scarecrow! It’s fun and adds a festive fall air to downtown Noblesville.

Noblesville courthouse at night

Where to Park in Downtown Noblesville Indiana

Parking can be a bit of a challenge whenever you visit a new town, so let me make it easier for you with a little advice for parking in downtown Noblesville. First off, street parking is free which is amazing, but only for two consecutive hours per day. So, if you can nab a spot on or around the square, grab it, but check the time and the signs and make sure you move your car before your time is up.

Note that the 2-hour parking on the square is only enforced from 8 to 5.

If you can’t find street parking or know you’ll be downtown for longer than two hours, you can park in the Levinson Garage (on Maple between 8th and 9th Street) for free for the first four hours and just $2/hr after that – so it is super cheap!

Where to Stay When Visiting Downtown Noblesville

There aren’t any hotels in downtown Noblesville, so your best choices are either a hotel out by the mall or SR37 or a VRBO. I’m a hotel girl so if I was staying in town I’d pick the Embassy Suites out by Hamilton Town Center. It’s a newer property and I love the extra room.

Book your stay at the Embassy Suites in Noblesville

If you’d prefer a place where you can walk downtown (and that would be pretty cool), consider a VRBO. There are a decent number of them near downtown.

Book this lovely house within walking distance of downtown Noblesville!

Hamilton County courthouse in Noblesville Indiana

FAQs: Downtown Noblesville

What towns are near Noblesville Indiana?

Noblesville is in Hamilton County Indiana, surrounded by Fishers, Westfield, Cicero, and Carmel.

What is a fun fact about Noblesville?

I’m not sure this is “fun”, but the Old Jail (now the museum) once housed Charles Manson as a teenager.

Is Noblesville a town or a city?

Noblesville Indiana is a city.

Is Noblesville Indiana a small town?

Noblesville is actually a pretty big city but it has definite small town vibes.

How old is Noblesville?

It was plated in 1823 – we just had our 200-year anniversary!

Hamilton County Courthouse in Noblesville Indiana at sunset

Conclusion: Downtown Noblesville Indiana

So there you have it – a little sneak peek into what makes Downtown Noblesville Indiana a special place to be. From the cool history tucked away in places like the Hamilton County Museum to the arts and crafts at Kiln Creations, Noblesville packs a punch when it comes to things to see and do. And let’s not forget about the shopping and food that’ll have you planning your next trip back before you even leave.

But what really ties it all together? The vibe. This place is more than just a list of attractions; it’s a feeling. It’s the warmth of the community, the laughter shared over a meal, and the stories swapped under the glow of street lamps. It’s where adventure meets relaxation, and where every visit feels a bit like coming home, even if you’re miles from where you started.

So whether you’re escaping the city hustle for a day or making Noblesville a weekend destination on your Indiana road trip, remember there’s always something happening here. And who knows, maybe you’ll find yourself a little smug too, thinking, “Yep, Downtown Noblesville really is one of the best in the Midwest.”

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