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Carmel (Indiana)

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Carmel [1] is a city in the Central Indiana. It is located in Hamilton County and is just north of Indianapolis.

Get in

Get around

See

Museums

  • Museum of Miniature Houses 111 E. Main St. +1 317 575-9466. [2] This is a rare find, a museum that caters specifically to miniature homes, room boxes and vingnettes. They also have a gift shop and a childrens play area. Very unique. $4 for adults, $2 for children.

Do

Outdoors

  • Carey Grove Park 14001 N. Carey Rd. 5 acres with an arboretum, half size basketball court, community organic garden, trail, playground and softball diamond.
  • Flowing Well Park 5100 E. 116th St. 18 acres featuring an artesian well where you can fill up your own jug and containers with naturally clean flowing water. A few small trails and fishing too.
  • Hazel Landing Park 10601 Hazel Dell Pkwy. 44 acres featuring fishing and a canoe launch into the White River.
  • Lawrence W. Inlow Park 6310 E. 131st St. Playgrounds with treehouses and a small water park are the big features here. Nature trail and shelters too.
  • Meadowlark Park 450 Meadow Ln. 17 acres with a pond and dock and fishing. Trail and basketball court too.
  • Monon Trail Greenway Stems from 96th St up to 146th St. Carmel's own extension of Indy's Monon Trail. Open from dawn to dusk (they do fine you if they catch you at night) with easy accessibility to shopping and activities. One can ride, skate, run or walk along this extensive and well kept greenway.
  • West Park 2700 W. 116th St. 120 acres featuring trails, wide green space, big playgroun and small water park. Enjoy wetland ponds and a sledding hill too.

Music

  • Carmel Symphony Orchestra [3] Playing at various venues through the Carmel area, enjoy intimate performances of great works and masterpieces with guests performers. Tickets are affordable and discounts are given for students and seniors.

Sports

  • Crooked Stick Golf Course 1964 Burning Tree Ln. +1 317 844-9938. Has hosted Solheim Cup, US Women's Open and 1991 PGA Championship. Pete Dye designed.
  • Laser Flash 617 3rd Ave. SW. +1 317 571-1677. [4] Indiana's largest laser tag complex. Make a team with friends or strangers and sneak around shooting each other with harmless lasers and with music blaring and lighting effects. It's quite spooky seeing lasers bouncing off the walls through the dark room. They also have a huge arcade and a pizza joint on site.

Buy

  • Clay Terrace 14300 Clay Terrace Blvd. +1 317 566-0011. [5] The first new outdoor mall in ages. A well kept enviroment this mall has a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Shops include DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, Dick's Sporting Goods, Circuit City, Wild Oats, Sur La Table, Z Gallerie, Indigo Nation and White House/Black Market. The nice thing about this mall is it's lovely for a stroll when the weather is nice and a lot of the shops featured are unique to this mall and unable to be found anywhere else in the city.
  • Kahn's Fine Wines Marketplace 313 E. Carmel +1 317 817-9463 [6] Indy's best liqour store's Carmel location. Featuring countless wines, beers, and liqour from all over the world. The Carmel location also features a deli with fine eats from all over the world.

Eat

There are plenty of major chain restaurants swarming Carmel, so below is a list of tasty places to eat that are regional and locally owned!

Splurge

Moderate

  • Bazbeaux Pizza 111 W. Main St. +1 317 848-4488 [7] Indy's finest gourmet pizza! Established in 1986, Bazbeaux is a local favorite. Their chicken BBQ pizza is amazing - BBQ sauce instead of tomato, and their Greek pizza is to die for. Vegan friendly.
  • Le Peep 12213 N. Meridian St. +1 317 580-9193 [8] One of Indy's favorite places to have breakfast. Classics like oatmeal and biscuits & gravy. Breakfast served in skillets with names like "Hobo" "Gypsy" and "Desperado" these meals are hearty for any wandering traveller. Their omelettes are the number one in town, and their pancakes will leave you speechless (cause you'll be eating them so quickly). Have a sweet tooth? Try the King Cakes, a sweet tempting pancake. They also offer lunch fare too. Be prepared to wait, no resersvations accepted. Only open for breakfast and lunch. Vegetarian friendly.
  • MCL Cafeteria 1390 Keystone Way. +1 317 844-9217 [9] The cities best cafeteria is at MCL. Waiting in line is a cultural experience in itself. Pick up your tray and pick up your choice of eats. Great fried chicken, salads, mashed potatoes and classics like liver and onions (oh yeah!). Don't forget the huge variety of homemade pies and cakes. Great friendly service too.

Cheap

Drink

Wineries

  • Ferrin's Fruit Winery 89 1st Ave. S.W. +1 317 566-9463. [10] A Carmel married couple run this local fruit winery. Wine is fermented and bottled on the premise. Wine tastings, wine shop, and a welcoming atmosphere. They feature seasonal wines like mulled wine during the Holidays. Sample some of their many wines : Cherry, pear, blueberry, cranberry, pina colada, chocolate, plum and more! Oh..and don't forget grape wine too.
  • Grape Inspirations 1307 S. Rangeline Rd. +1 317 705-9463. [11] Award winning wines, including Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot and Zinfandels. Don't forget their wide selection of unique fruit wine - made from the fruits of their backyard - with fun names like "You Bet Shiraz." They offer a "make your own wine" experience - where you can pick your flavor and within monthes you'll have your own label and bottle! They have wine making classes, outdoor and indoor seating, wine tastings and a shop.

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