Exploring Noblesville: A Local’s Guide to Things to Do in Noblesville Indiana

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It’s hard to believe I’ve been a Noblesville resident for over twenty years, but here we are! So if you are on the lookout for fun things to do in Noblesville Indiana, I’ve got you covered.

From tranquil river kayaking (one of my favorite summer activities) to bustling downtown shopping, Noblesville is a vibrant city located in Hamilton County that combines the serenity of nature with the benefits of a suburb close to Indianapolis.

Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a culture enthusiast, or someone who appreciates the simple joy of a family outing, there’s something here for you.

kayaking on the White River in Noblesville Indiana

Embrace the Great Outdoors in Noblesville

Noblesville shines with its array of outdoor activities that cater to nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Here’s a glimpse of what you can look forward to:

1. Kayaking on the White River

As soon as the weather feels warm enough, we pull out the kayaks (an impulse COVID purchase that we’ve gotten a TON of use out of) and head over to the White River. Just a short drive from home are several places to put the kayaks in the river – we can take a short one-hour trip or a longer 2-3-hour version.

If you don’t have kayaks or are visiting from out of town, you can rent kayaks (or tubes if you prefer floating) from White River Canoe Company. I know quite a few people who have enjoyed their drop-off and pick-up service. If you haven’t tried kayaking, this is a great way to try it out with no long-term commitment.

White River Canoe Company, 17180 River Rd. Noblesville, IN

🛶 My insider tip: check the river levels before you decide to kayak. If there has been a lot of rain, the water might be too high, and if it’s been dry you’ll find yourself dragging your kayak!

Mural in Forest Park in Noblesville, IN

2. Fun in Forest Park

We are lucky enough to live within walking distance of Forest Park, so I have spent many sunny afternoons there with the kids (especially on the playgrounds when they were little), or strolling with the dog along the walking path. These days my son is often over there in the summer playing a round of golf with his buddies.

In addition to two great playgrounds, Forest Park boasts a carousel, miniature golf course, skateboarding park, volleyball pits, a golf course, a local pool, and plenty of great places for picnics or just enjoying the day. In addition, there are frequent movies and concerts in the warmer months, so the fun can extend into the evening.

Forest Park, 701 Cicero Rd. Noblesville, IN

Strawtown Koteewi Park

3. Strawtown Koteewi Park

On the far north side of Noblesville is a hidden gem many locals don’t even know about, Strawtown Koteewi Park. However, for those in the know, it’s a great place to get out of town, enjoy nature, and have a little adventure!

In addition to some lovely hiking trails and a super interesting nature center (where I’ve been on multiple field trips with the kids), Strawtown Koteewi Park is home to an archery range, horseback riding, a small lake for kayaking, a ropes adventure course, and in the winter, one of the state’s few tubing hills. Whew! See why I say it’s a hidden gem? You can visit multiple times and never get bored.

Strawtown Koteewi Park, 12302 Strawtown Ave. Noblesville, IN

Dog in front of Potters Bridge in Noblesville Indiana

4. Walking the trails at Potter’s Bridge

Another one of our favorite places to walk, and a terrific spot for family pictures, is Potter’s Bridge. The bridge goes right over the White River (and it’s one of the suggested spots to begin your kayaking trip), and as no cars are allowed on it, it’s fun for kids to run across.

There is also a small playground, but my favorite part of Potter’s Bridge is the wonderful trail along the river. It’s paved and a great place to walk your dog or even ride a bike. You can easily ride a bike from Forest Park to Potter’s Bridge along this trail (something I often do as a summer lunchtime exercise break). In the fall there is a popular festival, so if you time your visit to Noblesville during early October, be sure to check and see if you can check it out.

Potter’s Bridge, 19401 Allisonville Rd. Noblesville, IN

Next to my bike on the Midland Trace Trail

5. Biking the Midland Trace Trail

As you can tell, Noblesville residents like to get outside, and our city has plenty of opportunities to enjoy the seasons. One of the newest outdoor experiences is the Midland Trace Trail. Although I walk our dog there several times a week, my favorite way to explore it is on my bicycle. It runs to Westfield, Indiana, and even meets up with the Monon Trail which runs through Carmel to downtown Indy.

I tend to stay within Noblesville, but if I had an electric bike, I’d take advantage of all the places the Midland Trace Trail goes! There are several places to hop on the trail, but one of my favorites is off Hazel Dell Road just before 169th Street. There is a small parking lot with a restaurant AND in season, bike rentals. So even if you don’t have your bike with you, it’s easy to enjoy the trail!

Midland Trace Trail, south of SR32 on Hazel Dell Rd. Noblesville, IN

bowl 32 in Noblesville Indiana before the remodel

Family Fun and Entertainment

Had your fill of nature? No worries, there are plenty of other fun things to do in Noblesville Indiana for families!

6. Bowling at Bowl 32

Bowling is always a fun family activity. If it’s a rainy or cold day and we don’t have anything going on, we’ll often head over to nearby Bowl 32 and bowl for an hour or two. The bowling alley has 32 lanes, but even if you have to wait for a lane, there are plenty of other things to do.

With a small arcade, axe throwing, glow-in-the-dark miniature golf, and even laser tag, you can keep the family busy for the entire afternoon. Sometimes, if we just have an hour to spare, we’ll just head over for a quick game of mini-golf or to play a few arcade games. There is also a bar and a snack bar with surprisingly good pizza.

Bowl 32, 845 Westfield Rd. Noblesville, IN

Outside of Kiln Creations

7. Paint pottery at Kiln Creations

Looking for a more creative experience? Check out Kiln Creations located on the square in downtown Noblesville. It’s another one of those places that we go to when we are looking for something fun to do in Noblesville with kids. Through the years, we’ve made many mugs, bowls, Christmas ornaments, and more.

It’s always fun to create something special, for yourself or a gift. In addition to walk-in painting, Kiln Creations often offers special classes or seasonal activities, so look out for those if you want a bit more of a unique painting experience.

Kiln Creations, 60 N. 9th St. Noblesville, IN

Nickle Plate Express in Noblesville, IN

8. Take a ride on the Nickle Plate Express

Do you have a train aficionado in your family? Then book a ride on the Nickle Plate Express. Every season there are a variety of different train experiences you can book – so this is something you can do multiple times and it’s unique each time!

Some of the more popular excursions include a Polar Express ride in December, Mother’s or Father’s Day excursions, brunches, murder mystery rides, and even beer or whiskey rides. Truly something for everyone, so be sure to check the schedule to see what’s available on your visit!

Nickle Plate Express, 825 Forest Park Dr. Noblesville, IN

Concert at Ruoff in Noblesville Indiana

9. Enjoy a concert at Ruoff Music Center

If you visit Noblesville in the summer, there’s a pretty good chance that there will be a concert happening at Ruoff Music Center. And by concert, I don’t mean a local band – although I love those too! Ruoff (affectionately known as Deer Creek, its original name, by locals), has some of the biggest talents out there appearing regularly.

If there is a big-name artist on tour, odds are good they will show up at Ruoff. This concert venue is an outdoor experience, and although there is a pavilion with assigned seating, sometimes the most fun is to be had on the lawn. We get tickets to at least a few shows every summer and rocking out on the lawn to our favorite bands is always a good time!

Ruoff Music Center, 12880 E. 146th Street, Noblesville, IN

🎸 My insider tip: I’ll randomly check Groupon as they will often have concert tickets to Ruoff for $20 or $30 which makes for a fun and inexpensive night out in Noblesville! And if you go to Rakuten first before Groupon you’ll get 2% to 10% back – talk about a great deal!

Concert at Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville Indiana

10. Relax with a show at Federal Hill Commons

If there isn’t a big name you want to see at Ruoff, another terrific option for an outdoor summer/fall concert is to see if there is an event at Federal Hill Commons. This lovely park has a nice amphitheater and holds free concerts most weekends in the summer and early fall.

There will usually be a food truck or two, and plenty of space to lay out a blanket or lawn chairs. Towards the end of summer, Federal Hill Commons is also home to Shakespeare at the Park which is one of my daughter and I’s favorite local events. Regardless of what you see, it’s an enjoyable place to relax in Noblesville.

Federal Hill Commons, 175 Logan St. Noblesville, IN

Swim meet at Forest Park Aquatic Center in Noblesville, IN

11. Swim at Forest Park Aquatic Center

My daughter was a swimmer in High School, so I’ve spent HOURS at the Forest Park Aquatic Center. Luckily, it’s a terrific pool, and even when she was a younger swimmer I could have fun with my son at the splash pad or in the kiddie pool while we were waiting for her to compete.

Admission is very affordable, there is a concession stand and a diving well, waterslide (Fast Freddy), kiddie pool, and splash pad it’s a lot of fun for the whole family. If it’s a hot summer day, the pool is a great place to be!

Forest Park Aquatic Center, 710 Cicero Rd. Noblesville, IN

Hamilton County Historical Museum in Noblesville Indiana

Cultural and Historical Exploration in Noblesville

Explore Noblesville’s history and culture with these must-see spots:

12. Hamilton County Museum of History & Old Jail Museum

Even though I’ve visited the Hamilton County Museum of History & Old Jail Museum multiple times on field trips, I still like to stop by every once in a while to check it out. It’s a short but very interesting stop in downtown Noblesville.

The museum consists of the old sheriff’s residence and jail and it’s interesting to see artifacts from Noblesville’s past and get a glimpse into the old jail. The volunteers are a wealth of information and more than happy to share some of the more interesting tidbits when you visit, so be sure to ask. Admission is free, but the hours are limited, so keep that in mind when you plan your visit.

Hamilton County Museum of History & Old Jail Museum, Conner St. Noblesville, IN

Art candy at Caravan Classes in Noblesville Indiana

13. Take an art class downtown

While you are downtown, a fun and unique thing to do is to take an art class at either Caravan Classes or the Hamilton County Art Center. Caravan Classes has a variety of weekly and monthly classes and also has craft kits you can purchase and make yourself at home (or in your hotel room!). Be sure to stop by when you are downtown and check out the gumball machine with mini-art projects – it’s a clever and unique idea!

The Hamilton County Art Center often hosts open houses where you can tour the building and chat with the artists in residence (as well as buy their work). Plus, there are all kinds of classes you can participate in – from one-day to multi-session options.

Caravan Classes, 98 S. 9th St. Noblesville, IN

Hamilton County Art Center, 195 S. 5th St. Noblesville, IN

boutiques in downtown Noblesville

Noblesville Shopping and Dining

Indulge in retail therapy and culinary delights as you explore Noblesville’s shopping and dining scene. Although there are plenty of typical strip center stores along Highway 37, if you are a shopper, don’t miss out on our two best shopping areas, downtown Noblesville and Hamilton Town Center.

14. Explore downtown Noblesville

For a fun afternoon of shopping, not many places beat downtown Noblesville. As the county seat of Hamilton County, Noblesville has a beautiful old courthouse set in the center of a traditional downtown square. There are quite a few shops and restaurants all along the square as well as radiating out a block or two.

We’ve visited plenty of small towns in Indiana, and although there are a few exceptions, most of the downtowns are quite disappointing compared to Noblesville. Our downtown is vibrant, busy, and always improving. In addition to the regular selection of local retail and dining options (no chains here), the downtown hosts frequent events such as First Fridays, jazz on the courthouse square, regular craft fairs, and more. It feels like there is always something going on.

So, grab a chai latte at Noble Coffee (if you like Chai Lattes, you’ll thank me after your first sip), and stroll the shops. Between local crafts, trendy boutiques, and antique stores, downtown Noblesville offers something for everyone.

Food court at Hamilton Town Center in Noblesville Indiana

15. Spend an afternoon at Hamilton Town Center

If you prefer a more traditional shopping experience, then Hamilton Town Center should be on your radar. Located on the outskirts of Noblesville, just off of I-69 and next to Ruoff Music Center, this mall just keeps on growing!

Anchored by JC Penney’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods, the outdoor mall is a wonderful place to do back-to-school or holiday shopping, or just freshen up your wardrobe. There are also some delicious restaurants located in the mall, including my favorite quick service – Yat’s, and one of my all-time favorite restaurants, Livery (get the Carriage House cocktail and some empanadas – YUM!).

Hamilton Town Center, 13901 Town Center Blvd. Noblesville, IN

Map of Things to Do in Noblesville Indiana

Where to Stay in Noblesville Indiana

As a Noblesville local, I don’t stay in hotels in the area often, but we have over the years enjoyed a few staycations, so I feel confident in suggesting the Embassy Suites near Hamilton Town Center.

👉 Book your stay at the Embassy Suites in Noblesville!

Love Noblesville sign

FAQs: Noblesville Indiana Things to Do

What is Noblesville Indiana known for?

It’s the county seat for Hamilton County, a northern suburb of Indianapolis, IN

Is Noblesville Indiana a small town?

Although it has a small-town feel, there are about 60,000 residents.

Is Noblesville Indiana kid-friendly?

Noblesville Indiana is an excellent place to visit with kids with plenty of activities and friendly residents.

Bernie on railroad tracks in Noblesville Indiana

Conclusion: Things to Do in Noblesville Indiana

Over the past twenty years, I’ve watched Noblesville evolve, yet it has always maintained its charm and warmth, making it a perfect place for families, adventurers, and anyone looking to capture a slice of Midwest magic. From the calming currents of the White River to the vibrant scenes of downtown Noblesville, every corner of this city speaks to the heart.

Whether you’ve paddled along the river, strolled through Forest Park, or uncovered the hidden treasures of Strawtown Koteewi Park, you know there’s a unique spirit to Noblesville that’s hard to find anywhere else. It’s a place where history meets modern-day fun, where every season brings reasons to get outside and explore, and where the community comes together to celebrate the simple joys of life – I always say that although Noblesville is a pretty big city it feels like a small town.

Noblesville is more than just a dot on the map; it’s a vibrant community full of life, culture, and endless opportunities for fun. Whether you’re a long-time resident or planning your first visit, I hope this guide inspires you to dive deeper into all that Noblesville has to offer. There’s always something new to discover, a trail to explore, or a concert to dance at under the stars.


Things to do in Noblesville Indiana