12 Things to Do in Carmel Parks this Summer


It’s June and school is finally out, which means you probably have a little more free time on your hands. Or maybe you’re starting your first job and need to find a new way to relax in your time off. Regardless of what your summer is shaping up to be, you don’t have to go far or break the bank to shake up your summer routine. Here are 12 ways you can explore your own backyard here in Carmel…


  1. Go for a run. Not only can you stay in shape on one of our 12 paved trails, you can River Heritage Park Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation Carmel Indiana walking trailsexplore a different side of Carmel you may not see every day.


  1. Grab a couple friends and start a pick up game of flag football or soccer at the fields at Carey Grove Park or Founders Park. Start a tournament or play just for fun.


  1. Challenge your friends to a different sport – disc golf! At one of Hazel Landing or Inlow parks’ disc golf courses, try your hand at letting Frisbee-like disks fly toward metal baskets, or holes, to complete the course in the fewest possible throws.


  1. Relax and try out a new recipe to take on a picnic. With open greenspaces in nine parks across the city, the classic plaid blanket and wicker basket are calling your name.

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  1. Grab your board or skates and spend an afternoon out at the Skatepark at the Monon Community Center. With four different rails, a 3-foot quarter pipe and a 6-foot bowl, the MCC Skatepark is free and welcomes skateboards, scooters, and rollerblades.


  1. Visit one of our Little Free Libraries at West Park or Founders Park. Borrow a book from the library or share one of your own favorites. The collection is sure to change throughout the summer, so stop by and see what new story awaits.


  1. Go on a hike through Carmel’s very own Central Park. Unlike Manhattan’s skyscraper-filled oasis, Carmel’s Central Park East Woods offers a natural escape that will have you questioning if you’re even close to a city.


  1. Relive your childhood on the slides at West Park. Not only are the slides unique – West Park Slides Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation Indiana playgroundsdesigned to spill out of a fort-like silo – but they are both tall and fast.


  1. Are slides not enough of a trip down memory lane? Head over to Flowing Well Park to go creek stomping in the forest. Perfect after a good rain; soak your toes in the trickling current of Cool Creek.


  1. Take a ride down the Monon Greenway. Ride Carmel’s 5.2 miles between 96th and 146th or for daylong trip, take the trail further into Indy. The Monon now connects with Indianapolis’s Cultural Trail downtown and passes through Broad Ripple, where stops for ice cream or Snow Cones add to the adventure.


  1. With the year’s hottest months upon us, cooling off at The Waterpark is a must! Glide down one of the parks Adventure Slides or kick back on the Lazy River. With five pools, twelve rentable cabanas and an AquaClimb® wall, this isn’t your average neighborhood pool!


  1. Catch a wave on the FlowRider®, the state’s only wave-simulating surf machine. Flowrider Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation waterpark With sections divided for beginners and experts, the FlowRider® is an exciting attraction that everyone can enjoy and pick up on after a couple tries.




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