The Nature Buff Experience
Two exceptional back-to-nature experiences await you on the north-western side of the city, less than a half hour’s drive from downtown Indy.
Eagle Creek Park (eaglecreekpark.org) boasts nearly 4,000 acres of land and 1,400 acres of water. Park activities include sailing and boat rentals, hiking trails, swimming and tons of beautiful areas for picnicking. For the adventurous, be sure to visit Go Ape, a treetop adventure course with zip lines, Tarzan swings and log balancing. At the unique Earth Discovery Center, you’ll find exhibits and natural history information about native wildlife, insects and plants, as well as a beautiful deck with a view of Eagle Creek Reservoir. You might want to stop first at Georgetown Market (georgetownmarket.com), where you’ll find plenty of gluten-free and allergy-friendly foods and snacks for a picnic.
Traders Point Creamery (tpforganics.com) in Zionsville is a picturesque family-owned organic dairy farm and artisan creamery. Check out the Friday night farmers’ market or take a self-guided tour through the beautiful pastures where you’ll likely spot deer, hawks, blue herons and even an occasional bald eagle. Cow milking takes place daily around 4 pm and is open to the public. Traders Point offers a great learning experience for the kids and a beautiful pastoral respite for folks of all ages. Be sure to plan a meal at the creamery’s Loft Restaurant.
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