Have you heard? The downtown portion of the Nickel Plate Trail has officially opened, including the brand new pedestrian tunnel beneath 116th Street! No matter what age–on foot, bike, or skates, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on the trail as we head into summer. If you’re a teen or have teens who are looking for a fun day out with friends, I’ve rounded up some ideas of how to spend your day along the Nickel Plate Trail.  

Free and convenient parking is available in one of the downtown parking garages, like the Fishers Police Garage (4 Municipal Drive) or the Switch Garage (east of City Hall), and just a short walk to the trail’s downtown amenities. See a parking map for more info.

Start Your Morning Off Right at Clean Juice

11670 Commercial Drive, Suite 500 

two drinks in plastic cups

Photo credit: @lifewiththeralls on Instagram 

Grab a smoothie or acai bowl that’s actually healthy before you hit the trail. Clean Juice specializes in organic cold pressed juices, smoothies, acai bowls, avocado toasts, sandwiches, wraps, and more. It’s the perfect way to energize yourself while walking along the trail.

Hang Out on the Monumental Stairs  

2 Nickel Plate Trail 

family sitting on stairs

Finish your breakfast relaxing on the stairs, snap a selfie with your friends, and get ready to hit up your next spot as you go head north up the trail. Did you know you can walk the trail all the way up to 146th Street from downtown Fishers?! 

Take a Selfie at the “Blazing the Trail” Mural 

Get creative and create an Instagram reel, TikTok video, or a group photo in front of the “Blazing the Trail” mural behind the Fishers Police Department. Don’t forget to tag us at @FishersIN with the hashtag #AroundFishers.


a mural of a person taking a selfie on their phone, a person with a school logo on their shirt, a concert venue with people and a covered bridge

Cool Off at the Indy Fuel Tank 

 12900 Fuel Way 

kids skating on ice rink

Photo credit: Yelper Erin K. 

Practice your figure eights during Indy Fuel Tank’s public skating session. Always check their live schedule beforehand, but their public skating hours are open daily usually between noon to 2 p.m..

End the Day at Pinheads & Alley’s Alehouse 

 13825 Britton Park Road 

people sitting at tables in bowling alley

Photo credit: Yelper Will S. 

Show off your bowling skills with a friendly competition with your friends at Pinheads! They even have an outdoor sand volleyball pit you can reserve. Work up an appetite and make sure to grab dinner while you’re there. You won’t find better food at a bowling alley than at Alley’s Alehouse.  

Create a bucket list with your friends this summer and try to hit up as many local spots along the trail as you can! You don’t need a car to explore Fishers now that the Nickel Plate Trail is accessible from 106th Street all the way up to 146th Street. Follow the city on Instagram at @FishersIN and use the hashtag #AroundFishers as you capture fun memories all summer long!