If you prefer to live in an area with a more relaxed atmosphere than in the big city, consider the benefits nearby Hendricks County, located just to the west of Indianapolis. Despite its slower pace, there are plenty of cultural and recreational options to explore all across the entire county.
With a population of only about 12,000, the town of Avon has an authentic small-town feel, but it’s located only 10 minutes from Indianapolis International Airport. In 2017, Money Magazine named Avon the 17th Best Place to Live in the U.S., thanks to its Four Star schools, low crime rates, and family-friendly environment.
Nearby Plainfield boasts an impressive number of outdoor trails for a town its size (population: 30,000+) and has recently opened the Plainfield Recreation and Aquatic Center to further promote the health and well-being of its citizens. Another main attraction in Plainfield is the Chateau Thomas Winery, including a tasting room, gourmet food shop, and factory tours where their award-winning wines are hand crafted.
Brownsburg (population 21,000) is the home of Lucas Oil Raceway, a spot for both amateur and professional races for cars, motorcycles, or go-carts. The town also has two golf courses, and beautiful Williams Park on 77 acres of woods.
You can find out about the rich history of the county with a visit to the 1883 One Room Schoolhouse museum in Pittsboro, or the Hendricks County Historical Museum in Danville. The historical museum is housed in the old sheriff’s home built in 1866, and still has the original jail cells in the basement.
For kids, Sky Zone indoor trampoline park in Plainfield and Brownsburg’s Kid’s Planet indoor play center will help young ones burn off energy no matter what the weather. Or visit Nature Valley ranch to get an up-close look at farm animals, or go horseback riding on trails along White Lick Creek.
To discover other charms of the region, Hendricks County has joined with Morgan and Putnam counties to create a cultural trail map to lead visitors to interesting food, attractions, and scenic views. Find out more at the Visit Hendricks County site, or about municipal life at the www.co.hendricks.in.us.