At one point, Westfield, Indiana was simply a sleepy suburb of Indianapolis, according to Erin Murphy, communications director for the City of Westfield. But that changed with the 2014 opening of the Grand Park Sports Campus, a 400-acre “sports village” featuring youth and adult recreational facilities for year-round use.
Now thriving, this city, located 20 miles north of Indianapolis, is seeing many other new developments and attractions—and many new restaurants in Westfield are opening as a result. Families are also flocking to the small city.
“While Westfield has become a community of families, it’s a welcoming [city] for everyone,” adds Murphy. “The people here are very friendly and, since it’s a small community, it seems like everyone knows each other. We are always happy to see visitors.”
Grand Park Sports Complex has brought thousands of visitors to Westfield, Indiana. Located north of Indianapolis, Westfield has since developed an itinerary of things to do with a new winery, more breweries and an extended food scene along Park Street.
Along SR-32 find Westfield’s newest foodie destination, Field Brewing, a family-friendly restaurant and brewery led by two-time James Beard Awards rising-star chef semifinalist Alan Sternberg.
Take me out to the ballgame
There’s no shortage of game space at the 400-acre Grand Park Sports Campus. Photo Credit: VisitHamiltonCounty.com
Grand Park is the highlight of Westfield. You can participate in festivals and concerts or cheer on college club and varsity teams outdoors at this sports campus that features 26 baseball and softball diamonds and 31 multipurpose fields for soccer, football, rugby, field hockey and lacrosse. The indoor facility has courts for basketball, volleyball and futsal. It is also the official home of the Indianapolis Colts’ training camp and gives fans the chance to interact with some of their favorite professional athletes. When you want a change of pace from being a spectator, you can also take a walk along the more than 10 miles of trails.
Expect no shortage of great restaurants in Westfield. There’s something for nearly every taste along “Restaurant Row” on Park Street, just south of downtown. You can enjoy sushi at Chiba Indianapolis, pasta at The Italian House on Park and farm-to-table creations at Rail Epicurean Market. Don’t worry about trying to find a place to park on the weekend either. Just take the shuttle at a nearby parking lot, and you can get dropped off at the restaurant of your choice.
Hop on a bike
The Monon Trail is the perfect place to take a bike and ride along the 18-mile path to downtown Indianapolis. Didn’t bring your bike? No worries. You can rent one for around $3 an hour at a nearby bike-sharing station. Or skip the wheels and just walk since the path also leads you to nearby shops and other attractions.
Immerse yourself in nature and outdoor activities all year round at Cool Creek Park. Photo Credit: VisitHamiltonCounty.com
Outdoor lovers will appreciate Cool Creek Park. The beautiful green space has many activities no matter the time of year you come visit. The wooded trails span four miles of wildlife and nature. Bring a cooler full of food and drinks and picnic at the shelters. Play on the playground, softball and soccer fields or basketball courts. In-line skate along the paved road looping through the park. Or just enjoy the serene nature paths and wetlands. At the Cool Creek Nature Center, you can learn about preserving plants and animals in their natural habitats.
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