As a senior in college, I have experienced my fair share of being burnt out from schoolwork. From the stressful exams to the lengthy papers, the cycle can begin to feel never-ending! I always look forward to the opportunity to get away from campus and recoup, which usually only happens over a scheduled break. 

Whether it’s fall, winter, spring, or summer break, being able to go home and rejuvenate from the difficulties of school is always drastically needed. It’s a great time to spend with family, catch up with hometown friends, and chill out. I crave the nostalgic feeling of being back at home and having the chance to reset.  

So, college students, when you’re back in Fishers during a break, here are a few ideas that you can do to forget about the stressfulness of school. Whether you’re looking to go out and have fun, or just hang out and relax, there are plenty of options for you to enjoy your hometown on break! 

Relax & Rewind

Here are some ideas for those days and nights when you just feel like hanging out and enjoying being back in Fishers.  


Coming from a small town in northern Indiana, this is my go-to activity for an evening alone or with company. My friends and I love to get drinks, hang out around the fire, and catch up. So, on a peaceful night, gather up some necessities and spend the evening outside. It’s a great way to relax and enjoy quietness (if you opt for some needed alone time) or good conversation with old friends. If you’re 21, I recommend grabbing a case of to-go beer from Sun King Brewing in The Yard at Fishers District. There’s nothing better than enjoying a cold beer with a warm fire on a serene, Indiana night!  

Enjoy the Holiday Lights 

One of my favorite parts of the holidays is seeing all of the beautiful light displays. Hop in the car and pick up your friends and follow the route on the Fishers Holiday Lights Map to see the best holiday lights in the City! See the map here. Make sure to add Municipal Drive to your drive and enjoy the lights all around the Ellipse. Check out the beautiful tree at the NPD AMP too! 

a house decorated with christmas lights
a paved trail

Nickel Plate Trail  

Just because it’s getting colder, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the outdoors! Take advantage of the new pedestrian trail in the Nickel Plate District that goes right through the heart of Fishers. Bundle up and grab your parents, siblings, or a friend, and go on a relaxing walk to catch up with the people you don’t get to see often while you’re at school. With the trail running right through the city, you can easily make a slight detour and get a treat from Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream. There’s nothing like enjoying your time at home with loved ones and ice cream!  

Night Life 

If you’re looking to go out, enjoy time with your friends, and destress from college, here’s a list of fun places to go in Fishers. While this is mainly for people 21 and over, there is still an option for those who are underage.

Sun King Brewing 

Sun King in Fishers is a great place to go out and enjoy a drink or two with some friends. It has a relaxed, but fun environment. Sun King also offers more than just beer, so there is a wide variety of alcoholic beverages to choose from, such as my favorite signature cocktail, the Mint Condition. With its location in The Yard, there are always people out and about. You can also take advantage of their Shop Fishers deal until December 31! 

Their Shop Deal: Purchase a $25 gift card, receive an additional $5 gift card. 

a picture of a drink from a top angle view
a golfing entertainment center covered in snow


With food, drinks, and entertainment, Topgolf is a great place to enjoy being home on break. Gather up to 6 friends and enjoy the great game of golf while catching up with one another. Since it isn’t a bar, this is a great option for those who aren’t 21. I can vouch for the food menu, as well. The wings and nachos are delicious and they’re great to snack on in between swings! Don’t worry about the weather, they have heaters that will make you forget about the cold! 

Park Place Pub 

The new restaurant in the Nickel Plate District, Parks Place Pub, is perfect if you’re wanting a night-time scene while in Fishers. From Thursday through Saturday, it’s open until 2 a.m., so it’s definitely similar to the bar scene at college. With its slogan of “your friends are already here,” Parks Place Pub is a great place to hang out, enjoy your hometown friends, and maybe even meet new ones. The kitchen stays open pretty late (11 p.m. on most nights), so you have plenty of time to grab a bite to eat before ending your night!  

a plate with various types of food
Although I’m not originally from Fishers, I learned a lot and figured out some fun stuff to do while interning in the city. Hopefully, this list helps you to relax and appreciate your hometown when you’re back for college breaks! If I missed any of your favorite spots, make sure you share them using #AroundFishers