Hey, fellow college students! We know coming home from college might not be the most exciting thing, but coming back to Fishers is! We came up with a list of some of our favorite things to do while home over the summer break. Grab your friends and try and complete our summer bucket list!
We all need a good park to go to when we need to escape the family! Flat Fork Creek Park (16141 E 101st Street) is our favorite Fishers Park for many reasons, but we especially love to hang up a hammock along the trails. It’s a great way to relax, get some fresh air, and catch up with old friends. Pro tip: Snag a spot by a treehouse for shade to stay cool.
Staycation Beach Day
Saxony Lake and Beach (13288 Pennington Road) is a perfect spot for a staycation, not to mention it’s free for Fishers residents! It’s great for laying out and relaxing, or for renting a kayak or paddleboard. For those who need to unplug and get away for the day, this is the place.
A picnic is a cheap and easy way to go out with friends! Any park would be great to have a picnic at, but our favorites are Holland Park (1 Park Drive), Flat Fork Creek Park, Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve (10410 Hague Road), and the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater (6 Municipal Drive). All of these spots offer picnic tables and plenty of greenspace to set up a spot in nature. All you need a blanket and a basket of food from home!
Don’t lose that motivation to exercise when you come home. If you need a place to blow off some steam, Cheeney Creek Natural Area (11030 Fishers Pointe Boulevard) is the place! There are two miles of trails to explore and it’s a great spot to run or go on a nature walk with friends.
We can all agree that one of the hardest things about coming home from college is the inability to stay active. At school, we have access to gyms and tracks, but at home, it’s hard to stay active. Fishers has so many basketball courts to play on and our favorite is at Brooks School Park (11780 Brooks School Road).
You can have a daytime getaway by renting a kayak at Geist Reservoir! It’s only $15 for a couple of hours to explore by yourself or go with a friend in a tandem kayak for $30.
The Escape Room
The Escape Room (8890 E 116th Street, #210) is a great way to have fun on a Friday night. You can book in advance on the website or by calling ahead. The more friends you bring, the cheaper the room will be if you split the bill. There are several different escape rooms and they have different difficulty levels. It’s a fun challenge that will get you thinking!
Top Golf (9200 E 116th Street) is an awesome weekend idea. Just like the Escape Room, the more people you bring, the less everyone has to pay! If you have never tried the food there, we recommend the warm pretzel bites. Served with beer cheese sauce and horseradish dijon mustard. It’s delicious and great finger food while golfing.
Instagram Worthy Moments
Going to school out of state, or even in-state keeps your Instagram unique and artsy! Need a way to spice up your Instagram feed? Stroll through the city and take some photos with your friends! One of our favorite spots is the mural at Handel’s Ice Cream (8760 E 116th St.) and all the painted electrical boxes around the Nickel Plate District. There is a great mix of vibrant colors and displays that are perfect for everyone.
A coffee shop is a great place to catch up with old friends without breaking the bank! We love local shops like Schoolhouse 7 Cafe (12125 Cyntheanne Road), The Well Coffeehouse 8890 E 116th Street, #120), Geist Coffee 10110 Brooks School Road), Della Leva Espresso Bar (8220 E 106th Street, Ste 200), and Ohana Donuts (11640 Brooks School Road, #100). We suggest an iced coffee for a refreshing and perfect treat on a hot summer day.
Saturday Morning Farmers’ Market
What better way to spend your Saturday mornings! Going to the Fishers Farmers’ Market at the Nickel Plate District AMP is something we look forward to every week. Christina loves to get breakfast at the Walking Waffle. She tops her waffle with strawberries and Nutella! Bella loves to shop at Lazy Labs Bakery for homemade dog treats. Even if you’re just window shopping, it’s a great way to support your community.
Bella Steimel spent the first 19 years of her life in Fishers, IN. Although she has lived in Indianapolis for the past two years, she spends weekdays back in Fishers interning for the city’s Public Relations department. This is her second summer interning for the city and she absolutely loves it. Bella is currently a junior at Indiana University where she is pursuing a major in Journalism and Public Relations. She has a special interest in the world of social media. You can find her at local coffee shops, Target, bullet journaling, or hanging with close friends and family. Her favorite aspect of Fishers is the weekly Farmers’ Market. #shoplocal Follow her on Instagram.