Some of my most fun weekends are the ones when I plan a staycation. A “staycation” is when you stay in your town/city and play tourist. Here are my four ideas for a Plainfield staycation. I’ve got a bit of something for everyone to have a memorable and fun staycation in Plainfield.
Shop at a Specialty Bicycle Trail and Explore
1) Gear Up Cyclery, 124 W. Main St., (317) 203-5045. This specialty and full-service bicycle store sells premium bicycles, clothing and supplies. Need your bike repaired? No worries, they do that too. Located in the heart of historic downtown Plainfield. Website: gearupcyclery.com. Sometimes the best way to explore a town is by bicycle. Plainfield offers around twenty miles of paths and sidewalks. Website: townofplainfield.com/Trails-Parks-Guide for information on trails, including Plainfield’s popular Vandalia Trail. Get on your bike and go.
For the Kids
2) Splash Island, 651 Vestal Rd. I believe warm temps call for a day at the pool. Why not go all out and spend the afternoon at Splash Island? This awesome water park has plenty of amenities, including, three water slides, play areas, and Leisure River, a 400 ft. long lazy river. A trip or two down a water slide, just seems right, doesn’t it? Website: townofplainfield.com/SplashIsland for admission fees, discounts and info on summer passes.
Grab a Pint of Local Beer & a Bite
3) Black Swan Brewpub, 2067 E. Hadley Rd., (317) 838-7444. This local brewpub and restaurant (one of my favorites) is conveniently located near Indianapolis International Airport. Inside you’ll find a warm and friendly atmosphere with a good selection of house beers on tap and equally tasty food like their Brewpub Burger and Black Swan Fries. Website: blackswanbrewpub.com for menu and daily specials. Kid and family-friendly.
4) Plainfield Farmers Market, 105 S. East St. Over thirty vendors are signed up for this year’s market (opening on Wednesday, June 4), sponsored by the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce. Expect to find a bit of everything from breads, pasta and produce, to homemade dog treats. You’ll find plenty of parking and vendors along the tree-lined lawn of Plainfield Friends Quaker church. Website: plainfieldchamberfarmersmarket.org for vendor info and other market events. Wednesdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.