If your family is anything like mine, you live for the weekend- when long work hours, schoolwork, and household duties all take a back seat to family time. There are so many things to do around Fishers, and we love mixing it up and finding new favorites. The best part is, a lot of activities are free or super inexpensive. I’ve compiled a few of my family’s favorite ways to spend the weekend in Fishers for LESS than $100!!
Ice Cream & Sunset at Saxony
What better way to shake off the long work week than with ice cream and nature? There are tons of amazing ice cream shops around Fishers, but we love Sundae’s. Both my husband and I grew up going there, so it’s nostalgic for us. Luckily, Ohana Donuts & Ice Cream carries Sundae’s flavors much closer to our home! Friday night is the perfect occasion to stop in Ohana for some ice cream and head up to Saxony Lake for an evening walk on the trail around the water. If you time it right, you can even sit on the pier and watch the sunset!
The Fishers Farmers’ Market
On Saturday morning, we love going to the Fishers Farmers’ Market for lots of fun (and free!) activities and entertainment for the whole family. If yoga is your thing, head there early to join a free yoga class by Sage Yoga. Enjoy a cup of coffee and grab yourself an ooey gooey cinnamon roll from GG’s Kitchen to sample while you stroll around. You’re sure to love the live music, local vendors, and lots of yummy treats you’ll discover. And don’t forget to pick out some locally grown produce to take home for dinner!
Billericay Park & Splash Pad
What’s a summer day without fun in the sun? If you haven’t been to one of the many splash pads around town, you are missing out! We love Billericay Park, not just for the splash pad, but because they have 2 other play areas, a pavilion, and lots of shaded places to sit. The kids can play in the water or on the playgrounds while the grown ups sit and chat. You can bring a picnic lunch and visit the Little Free Library on site, as well.
Coffee & Hiking
Our Sunday mornings start with caffeine and hiking, no exceptions. Geist Coffee is an absolute treasure trove of fun seasonal specials. Check out the chalkboard specials menu for creative drinks that rotate throughout the year. I have never been disappointed. (Bonus points for bringing your own coffee cup!) Now, the harder decision is which nature trail we want to hike. There are so many options and we love to explore them all. Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, Flat Fork Creek Park, and Heritage Park are a few of our favorites. Check out more hiking trail options using the interactive guide found here.
Ice Skating at the Fuel Tank
I don’t know about your kids, but my girl LOVES ice skating. Christmastime, birthday parties, and yes- even during the summer- she is always down to skate. Located in the center of Fishers, Fuel Tank is a pretty inexpensive way to cool off during the hot summer days. They have public skate almost every afternoon, but check here for their updated hours.
Dinner & a Movie
Ok, so weekends can be exhausting, too. But they are the BEST kind of exhausting. After all that adventure and fun, we relish in our Sunday night tradition: dinner and a movie. We tend to rotate between our top 5 favorite locally owned restaurants, occasionally branching out to try something new. Our favorite has to be pizza (shocking, I know!). Puccini’s Pizza and Pasta has options for everyone, including vegan and gluten free. Plus it’s an easy way to get a cheap dinner for the whole family without the mess or effort. That’s a win-win in my book!
Kelly Yale is a long-time resident of Fishers (she’s lived here since she was 12!) who lives on the east side of the city. She loves hiking in parks, cooking and trying new restaurants, visiting the Fishers Farmers’ Market, and spending time with her family. Wife and daughter of small business owners, she’s passionate about local businesses and loves exploring shops around the City. She is vegetarian and tries to avoid plastic and waste as much as possible, along with buying secondhand instead of new. Her favorite thing about Fishers is experiencing all of new things that it has to offer since she was a child, while still being able to reminisce on her childhood memories here. She has a 9 year old daughter and welcomed a baby boy in October. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram.