Find the perfect close-knit community just outside of the city.
If you’re craving the small-town lifestyle and looking to escape the hustle-and-bustle of the city, these six spots in the Indianapolis suburbs should be on your list.
#1. New Palestine
About 15 miles east of downtown Indy, “New Pal” is a rural community that offers a slower pace of life. There’s a strong sense of town pride and locals love rallying behind the high school football team. But the athletic department is just one draw for the highly-rated New Palestine High School, which has been named a National Blue Ribbon School and an Indiana Four-Star School.
There’s a local coffee shop and a few pizzerias in town. During the summer, you’ll find both kids and adults enjoying shakes and soft serve at Frosty Boy Drive-In. This beloved spot has been part of the New Pal community for 40 years and continues to draw crowds looking for an old-school treat.
Outdoor enthusiasts will especially want to check out Bargersville. This town sits 18 miles south of Indy and is extremely convenient for weekend camping trips to Brown County State Park. Windisch Park offers a playground, walking trail and plenty of open space for field games or picnics.
When you’re looking for something to eat, there’s Johnson’s BBQ Shack and La Rosa Mexican Restaurant. Plus, Mallow Run Winery and Taxman Brewing Company are two great spots to grab a drink with friends. Like New Pal, the public schools are top-notch here and athletics are also a big part of this tight-knit community.
Pittsboro is 25 miles from downtown Indy and gives residents a sleepy, rural feel. The suburb is close to Eagle Creek State Park, a sprawling outdoor oasis where you can do everything from fishing to hiking to birding.
Scamahorn Park is the town’s main green space and features baseball and soccer fields alongside a playground. If you move to Pittsboro, keep an eye on the park’s events calendar so you’ll know when the next movie night, farmers market or car show is scheduled. The community also hosts an annual 4th of July celebration here.
About 20 miles northeast of Indy sits the small town of McCordsville. Like most of the suburbs on our list, McCordsville is quiet and rural, but it’s been slowly starting to grow. While many residents head to nearby Fishers for shopping errands, a Meijers recently opened in McCordsville. Plus, with The Grill and Daniel’s Vineyard, there are some nice dining options in town.
On sunny days, locals flock to the Geist Reservoir to get out on the water. In a few years, a new waterfront park is even expected to open, bringing trails and a beach to the reservoir.
If watersports are your thing, you’ll also want to consider Cicero. This town is close to Morse Reservoir, which can be quieter than Geist. Cicero Red Bridge Park is situated on the water and is a great spot for scenic picnics. Plus, there’s a boat launch and a public pool at this park. The Morse Reservoir is also the backdrop for the town’s annual 4th of July celebration which includes a carnival, live music, outdoor movies, a 5k race and fireworks.
Cicero offers locals a quiet, small-town lifestyle with some great amenities. In addition to all of the fun at the Morse Reservoir, this town features its own golf course. There are even a few great restaurants, like Big Dog’s Smokehouse BBQ, Boathouse Kitchen & Swan Dive and 10 West Restaurant & Bar.
If you don’t want to give up all the entertainment options that come with a big city, Greenfield is a great suburb to check out. Residents have access to plenty of national retail options, like Kroger, Starbucks and Walmart. Plus, there are some unique local spots like Hitherto Coffee where you can play board games while you sip an espresso. Carnegie’s Restaurant, The Depot and Wooden Bear Brewery are all popular dining options in town.
Greenfield is about 25 miles from Indy, which is easy enough for a commute. But with a movie theater and arts venue in town, you won’t have to venture out every time you’re looking for something to do. The Pennsy Trail also runs through town, which is a favorite with cyclists and joggers. And fun fact, American poet James Whitcomb Riley lived in Greenfield and you can still visit his preserved childhood home. The town also celebrates a 4-day Riley Festival each year, complete with parades, poetry and live music.
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