If you’re looking for somewhere to spend your Golden Years, Hamilton County checks off all the boxes. Hamilton County is regularly cited as one of the greatest places to live, work and play. Even though it’s one of the fastest growing areas in Indiana, its communities retain a small-town feel with friendly neighbors and smiling faces.

We personally feel Hamilton County is a preferred destination at any stage of life. If you’re looking for specific reasons, here are three of the best kept secrets about Hamilton County, including Carmel, Noblesville, Fishers, Zionsville and other nearby towns.

Come for the arts

The Center for the Performing Arts is one of Carmel’s crown jewels. It includes The Palladium concert hall, the Tarkington theater, and the smaller Studio Theater. You can enjoy nationally known performers in pop, jazz, classical music and other genres, or you can enjoy live theater practically in your backyard. Other theater venues include the Belfry Theatre in Noblesville and the Westfield Playhouse.

Hamilton County is also renowned for its public artwork. From roundabout sculptures to murals on the buildings, you can enjoy a walking or driving tour of various artistic styles all in one area. If you want a closer look, check out the Nickel Plate Arts District in Fishers, the Carmel Arts & Design District, or the Noblesville Cultural Arts District. Browse various artists’ work or pick up something for your new home that speaks to your heart.

Do you want to enjoy the fine arts on a budget? Check out Hamilton County’s local high school performing arts departments. For a few dollars, you can enjoy an evening of classical or jazz music, or you can catch our talented young performers recreating a favorite Broadway production at one of the public or private high schools.

Go take a walk

Do you like to get your steps in? In Carmel and surrounding Hamilton County, there is no need to dodge traffic. The area boasts the Monon Trail, which connects to downtown Indianapolis in the south and stretches north to Westfield and Sheridan. In Carmel, the Monon Trail will take you past the Center for the Performing Arts and Midtown Plaza. On the northeast end of Carmel, the White River Greenway is a paved trail winding parallel to the White River. This lovely trail is not to be confused with Noblesville’s White River Greenway, which meanders through downtown Noblesville and continues up to Morse Park.

Maybe you just want to take a short jaunt. Most of the area’s main streets have been updated with paved all-purpose trails, which means a comfortable stroll is just outside your door.

Stay for the special events

Weekends in Hamilton County often start with a trip to the nearby Farmers Market, where you can stock up on the seasonal harvest or find a new favorite drink mix or spice blend. The Carmel Farmers Market is open on Saturday mornings from May through September outdoors and from November through March at its indoor location. The Fishers Farmers Market has summer hours through September and moves to a virtual fall market in October. Noblesville Farmers Market is also a popular summer destination on Saturday mornings.

When the days grow cooler, area residents and visitors look forward to the Carmel Christkindlmarkt. With its lineup of vendors, live entertainment, and ice skating, this November and December attraction has quickly become a favorite tradition for shopping, sipping, or people watching.

Hamilton County’s year-round calendar is full of other special events, including the Carmel International Arts Festival in September, the Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival in Noblesville in October, and neighboring Zionsville’s Christmas in the Village.

The next chapter of your life is waiting to be written, and the pages are ready to be filled. Hamilton County is a treasure trove of activities for any age, and we know you will love it. Want to find out more about senior living communities here? Contact Senior Living Advisor now so we can help you find your new home.