2020 doesn’t have to be a bummer summer. The pandemic may have put a damper on many summer plans, but there is still plenty of fun to be had. Check out our list of 100 things to do in Hancock County Indiana this summer. Okay, there might be a few items from just outside of Hancock County, but hey, we love our neighbors!

Make a game out of it and fill the weeks ahead by checking off adventures from our list below and making lists of your own. Let the ideas flow. Grab a pencil and paper and have each family member make their own summer bucket list of simple fun ideas that free all from the four walls of home.

100 Things to Do in Hancock County Indiana This Summer

  1. Put down your phone. Get out in nature. Be in the moment.
  2. Family game nights on the back patio
  3. Catch and release fireflies
  4. Sign up for the Creative Writing Camp at James Whitcomb Riley’s Boyhood Home 
  5. Have a bonfire and roast hot dogs and s’mores
  6. Go on a birdwatching adventure
  7. Start an herb garden
  8. Have a water balloon fight
  9. Camp out locally at Heartland Resort or S&H Campground
  10. Have a neighborhood scavenger hunt
  11. Enjoy a movie night in the backyard
  12. Stargaze
  13. Text or Zoom your grandparents and get to know them better with a question of the day
  14. Start a fairy garden
  15. Stroll downtown Greenfield and shop local
  16. Bike Pennsy Trail
  17. Go on a donut tour (Donut Day is June 5th)
  18. Enjoy the Strawberry Festival at Tuttle Orchards on June 6th
  19. Play croquet and other”old fashioned” yard games
  20. Run through the sprinkler
  21. Build a bird house
  22. Make a homemade slip ‘n slide
  23. Join the library’s summer reading program
  24. Plant a pollinator garden
  25. Go on a progressive ice cream tour – start with Frosty Boy in New Palestine and a pineapple whip, then head to Libby’s in Fortville for an ice cream flight
  26. Have cooking challenges and try new recipes as a family
  27. Make fair food at home
  28. Enjoy Blueberry Day at Tuttle Orchards on July 11th
  29. Explore Riley Park
  30. Blow bubbles
  31. Make chalk art
  32. Play corn hole
  33. Start a neighborhood book club
  34. Play kickball
  35. Go fishing
  36. Hike at Flat Fork Creek Park in Fortville
  37. Hunt for fossils
  38. Have a coffee and play a game at Hitherto Coffee and Gaming Parlour
  39. Play disc golf
  40. Do a kindness challenge
  41. Make a sundae bar at home
  42. Explore Falls Park in Pendleton
  43. Do fun Tik Tok dances as a family
  44. Explore the local Farmers Market
  45. Take a virtual tour
  46. Explore Thornwood Nature Preserve
  47. Shop Tyner Pond Farm
  48. Get peaches in Greenfield from the famous Peach Truck
  49. Explore Hometown Comics & Games
  50. Have a family Lego building challenge
  51. Eat local, how about farm to curb and The Mug?
  52. Explore Beckenholdt Park and other Hancock County parks
  53. Enjoy a splash pad
  54. Explore James Whitcomb Riley Old Home and Museum
  55. Stop in at Greenfield Chocolates, plus save the date for Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s 11th Annual Chocolate Walk on August 14th
  56. Explore Jacob Schramm Nature Preserve near New Palestine
  57. Feed the animals at Piney Acres Farm in Fortville (call first)
  58. Try sushi
  59. Celebrate our nation’s birthday at a local fireworks display
  60. Try to spot the Greenfield eagles near the corner of Apple and New Road
  61. Enjoy u-pick season at Spencer Farm
  62. Creek stomp – Fortville’s Memorial Park is perfect
  63. Virtually travel around the world, learn about cultures and make unique cuisines
  64. Visit Pendleton’s Snow Castle for yummy snow cones
  65. Watch the live stream of the crowning of the 2020 Hancock County 4H Fair Queen and Court on July 7th
  66. Enjoy dinner at the Kopper Kettle Inn in Morristown
  67. Make a water balloon pinata
  68. Picnic
  69. Visit a State Park – Summit Lake State Park is a fun choice
  70. Volunteer
  71. Walk a dog (yours or a neighbor’s)
  72. Play capture the flag
  73. Make a 2020 time capsule
  74. Have a backyard concert with neighbors
  75. Neighborhood bike parade on July 4th
  76. Make window art
  77. Fly a kite
  78. Visit Saxony Beach in Fishers
  79. Play bingo
  80. Build a cardboard creation
  81. Have a neighborhood talent show
  82. Bake cookies
  83. Have an impromptu neighborhood comedy night
  84. Make slime
  85. Tie dye shirts
  86. Do a backyard science experiment
  87. Make a family scrapbook
  88. Put on a neighborhood play
  89. Visit a local botanical garden
  90. Have a tea party – save the date for James Whitcomb Riley Pixy/Goblin Tea Party on June 28th
  91. Canoe or kayak
  92. Visit an art gallery or museum
  93. Go bowling
  94. Explore a new to you Hancock County town
  95. Shoot a bow and arrow at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville
  96. Make strawberry shortcake
  97. Puddle jump or play in the mud
  98. Thank a healthcare hero or first responder in a special way
  99. Enjoy Earth Day Indiana festival that was moved to July 18th
  100. Play flashlight tag

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