Even during winter’s longest, chilliest days, there is still socially distant fun to be had #AroundFishers. Check out these fun events and winter activities to warm your heart during cold weather.
Honor a Local Hero
Grab your coat and take a walk around the Central Green and Nickel Plate District Amphitheater to see the light pole banners honoring local veterans and active duty servicemembers in the Fishers community. The pole banners were installed for the City’s Veterans Day ceremony last November and remain on display to honor our local heroes. Visit fishers.in.us/FishersHonors to meet all of our local heroes and learn more.
The Art Gallery at City Hall
Make a dreary winter day brighter with a pop of color! Stop by City Hall (1 Municipal Drive) during the week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to see pieces from rotating local artists at the Art Gallery at City Hall. January’s main exhibit features landscape artist Jeremy Mallov, with an upstairs mini exhibit featuring the art of painter, illustrator, and graphic designer Hugh Syme.
Beginning February 2, stop by to see the new exhibit, Embracing Black Culture, beginning on February 2, along with Rebecca Robinson’s exhibition in The Alcove upstairs. Masks are required inside City Hall.
Don’t feel like venturing out of the house? You can check out the virtual Art Gallery at City Hall on the Fishers Arts Council’s website.
Enjoy Ecotherapy in Fishers Parks
Sometimes, all you need is a little ecotherapy during those long, dreary days. While most people tend to hibernate indoors during the winter, there’s ample health benefits to enjoying nature during the colder months.
From staying active and getting the blood flowing, to decreasing stress and the beating the winter blues, a hike in the brisk air or a trip to a park can do wonders for your mental, physical, emotional health. Head to playfishers.com to explore parks and trail maps and plan your next winter adventure. Or, check out our Winter Trail Walk at Ritchey Woods blog post for more ideas.
The Heart Hike
Beginning February 1, Fishers Parks will expand its annual Heart Hike to three of its parks, including the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, Heritage Park, and Holland Park for the entire month. Stop by for a self-led scavenger-hunt-style hike to look for heart pictures – these pictures will feature naturally occurring heart shapes in nature, like a heart-shaped tree trunk, birds forming into a heart shape, and more.
On Saturday, February 13, from 1 to 4 p.m., join Fishers Parks for a socially distant community Heart Hike event at Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Learn more at playfishers.com/HeartHike.
Looking for outdoor fun for your little ones? Take a hike on Fishers Parks’ StoryWalk! In partnership with Hamilton East Public Library, each month you can take a self-guided reading hike along a trail in Fishers Park. Books are ideal for ages 6 and under and are available all month long (rain or shine!).
Head over to Heritage Park this weekend for the last days of January’s walk, and then be sure to visit Billericay Park in February for a special Black History Month picture book. Learn more at playfishers.com/StoryWalk.
Public Art Walking Tour
Take a stroll around the Nickel Plate District to check out the public art on display. Don’t miss the I in Fishers at the Nickel Plate District AMP Pavilion (remember to snap a photo of yourself posing as the “I”).
Then, make your way over to Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream to check out the colorful mural on the side of their building while enjoying a dish of tasty ice cream or a frozen hot chocolate. As you make your way around the district, be on the lookout for the painted electrical boxes that brighten up the streets.
You can end your tour at Holland Park, where the Mudsock Spirit mural is now displayed (don’t forget to add in some fun on the playground, too!).
While you’re out and about enjoying winter fun, don’t forget to share your photos of your adventures using #AroundFishers.
Kara Hall is the Marketing and PR Manager for the City of Fishers and has been with the department since 2017. Her favorite thing to do in Fishers is checking out the local restaurants and boutiques around town and walking her dog, Daisy, at Ritchey Woods with her husband. Her other hobbies include listening to podcasts, watching true crime documentaries, going to concerts, reading, and cheering on the Colts on Sundays. She loves that Fishers is always changing and is constantly looking for ways to create vibrancy within the community.