If you’re searching for a more laid-back and family-friendly lifestyle in a small-town setting, take a close look at Boone County, just northwest of Indianapolis on I-65.
Zionsville is a great choice for those looking for award-winning schools, low crime, and a charming downtown. You can find out more about Zionsville here.
The friendly town of Lebanon is worth a day trip on its own, with a charming downtown filled with unique shops and eateries. You can choose upscale French dining at the Bijou restaurant, or go casual at Titus Bakery (family-owned for three generations). Donaldson’s Chocolates in Lebanon has pleased customer for over 50 years with their quality candies made the old-fashioned way. And no holiday season is complete without a visit to Dull’s Tree Farm’s pumpkin patch and corn maze in the fall, and for Christmas trees or handmade wreaths in December.
When you’re ready to get moving out in the Great Outdoors, try Rail Trail Park or Starkey Nature Park in Zionsville, or a walk along Thorntown’s Keewasakee Trail. Or go even more remote at Lebanon’s 1.4 acre Brookshire Arboretum nature preserve.
Each September, Thorntown holds its Turning of the Leaves festival, with music, food, and family fun. Activities take place at the Sugar Creek Art Center, Thorntown Heritage Museum, and downtown.
Boone County as a whole is an area that is proud of its heritage – the Boone County Historical Society is located in the stately Queen Anne style Cragan House in Lebanon, with other history museums in Zionsville, Thorntown, and Jamestown.
You can find out more about Boone County at its tourism page or official government site.