There’s plenty of things to do just off the trail, from shopping and restaurants to wellness. Whether you’re looking to get fit, be sustainable, save money, or simply experience more Fishers has to offer, there’s plenty to do on the Nickel Plate Trail.
Blazing The Trail Mural
Artist Becky Hochhalter was commissioned for the mural on the side of the Fishers Police Department parking garage, which was unveiled July 14 in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Nickel Plate Trail alongside the mural.
The mural features plenty of local landmarks, including the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, an homage to local breweries, and a tribute to fallen Fishers K9 Officer Harlej.
Hochhalter included 15 butterflies hidden throughout the mural. Stop by and see how many you can find, and share using #AroundFishers.
116th Street Tunnel
Though not completed just yet, the tunnel for the Nickel Plate Trail under 116th Street will be a great place to relax and enjoy downtown Fishers and the trail.
The street above, 116thStreet, is beginning to reopen with one lane of traffic each direction and soon the reopening of all lanes. It will take longer for the trail portion to be completed, but when it does it will be a hub for the community to come together and enjoy Fishers.
Nickel Plate District
The Nickel Plate District is a great area to stop along the trail. You can enjoy events at the Municipal Complex like the Fishers Farmers’ Market, concerts at the NPD Amphitheatre, and shop at local businesses.
Nearby is Four Day Ray Brewing, Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream, Greek’s Pizzeria, and more shops and restaurants to enjoy in the Nickel Plate District. Soon you’ll be able to cut through traffic and take your bike, walk, or run into downtown to enjoy the NPD.
This family guide to the NPD can help you plan your trip on the trail.
Fishers Maker Playground
Just off the Nickel Plate Trail near 106th Street is Fishers Parks’ Maker Playground. The playground includes a woodshop, metal shop, CNC machine, 3D Printer, computers, tools, and supplies to cut, form, and create
Everyone ages 16+ is welcome to come in and experience all the playground has to offer. There are also events for families and kids – be sure to visit fishersmpg.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for the latest events and news.
Near 121st Street, you can hop off the trail to enjoy the Fishers YMCA, where swimming pools, splash pads, gyms, and more await. Weekly classes and more can be found on their website.
The largest Islamic congregation in Indiana meets right here in Fishers, and just off the Nickel Plate Trail. The Al-Huda Foundation recently completed Al Huda Masjid, an $8.8 million mosque complete with breathtaking artwork and state-of-the-art facilities.
The Foundation is active in creating interfaith events with an inviting and welcoming atmosphere for all people. Activation points along the trail near Al-Huda will be a great place to rest and enjoy all the trail has to offer when completed.
Colin Kulpa is a Communications Intern for the City of Fishers Public Relations Department. He is from Knox, Indiana, and graduated from Knox High School in 2018. He is currently attending Indiana University Bloomington, majoring in Media Science and Media Management, Law and Policy. In the fall, he will be the Editor in Chief at the Indiana Daily Student, one of the nation’s premiere student news outlets. He loves IU football and motorsports, specifically IndyCar, and plays the drums whenever he gets a chance. He is new to Fishers, but is quickly learning the area and enjoying all it has to offer. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter, @ColinKulpa.