Visit Hendricks County Helps to Navigate Wintertime Shopping and Entertainment
Writer / Josh Duke
We’ve done it! We’ve reached that time of year that might as well be called shopping season.
But don’t fret. We are here to help at Visit Hendricks County where we encourage limiting your Amazon and big box retail purchases to support some of our locally owned, small businesses here in Hendricks County. You might just be surprised by the unique gifts you’ll find.
As you hopefully know, our organization also helps support our local attractions and has become known for our popular Events Calendar and providing options for things to do here locally.
So, let’s get to all the great places to shop and fun things to do this winter:
Holiday Gift Guide
Yes, our Holiday Gift Guide is back highlighting the best 20 gifts we found this year after scouring our locally owned and operated businesses. Please help support these businesses if you can. They really need our help now more than ever.
We put together our list of the Top 20 gifts unique to Hendricks County. I really don’t want to give too much away here because you can learn much more about each specific gift and where to find them at VisitHendricksCounty.com/Gift.
I will just say this, you will find food, fashion, experiences, home décor and much more. But what this Gift Guide truly intends to do is give you a sneak peek of what you can find in our locally owned stores. Once you walk into the doors of these businesses, I promise you will find much more for those special people on your holiday shopping list.
Indoor Winter Attractions
I’m limited on space so I will keep this section to just three recommendations, one for each of our larger towns. But believe me, there is so much more to do than what I will cover below. You can check out all the options at VisitHendricksCounty.com/Winter.
Press Play Gaming Lounge – Brownsburg
Press Play quite literally has something for every member of the family. This large indoor facility in a former grocery store has tons of room to spread out including family pods with a television equipped with a gaming system and streamable channels. This indoor experience also has eight virtual reality stations with numerous games, a foam war area, three-point shootout, BEAM system for young visitors as well as food, a bar and much more.
The Tie Dye Lab – Avon
Offering a fun, all-inclusive, do-it-yourself experience for individuals or groups, The Tie Dye Lab in Avon helps participants color T-shirts, hats, socks, bandanas, and other attire. You choose your design and colors, and the experts there guide you through the process. The tie-dye process is both easy and mess free and within an hour you get to leave with your creation.
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park – Plainfield
Dubbed the ‘Ultimate 3-D Play Experience for almost any age, shape or ability,’ Sky Zone boasts wall-to-wall trampoline fun. You can play Sky Zone dodgeball, dunk a basketball at Sky Slam, show off your moves in their open trampoline area, leap over winding poles, test your ninja skills or even perfect your craft as you practice your flips in their foam pit area.
Outdoor Winter Activities
Again, we have so many options that I could highlight here, but I will limit it to just a couple of our top recommendations though you can also find more at VisitHendricksCounty.com/Winter.
Penguin Park – Avon
Head out to Washington Township Park in Avon and check out Penguin Park where you can go ice skating on a synthetic rink, rent an igloo with a small bonfire for a gathering or birthday party or even try curling at the skating rink. Park officials also are planning special public events there throughout the season.
Horseback Rides – Natural Valley Ranch, Brownsburg
Natural Valley Ranch offers guided horseback rides year-round, weather permitting, but there is just something fun about bundling up and going out in the fresh, crisp air for a horseback ride. You do need to contact the ranch in advance to make a reservation before arriving.