We had a great time recently checking out the new Farmers Bank Fieldhouse in Lebanon at their opening party! This 200,000 square foot athletic facility will be a great addition to Lebanon and to Boone County’s sports tourism. It offers up multiple indoor basketball courts, volleyball, pickleball, batting cages, weight room, and turf field.
This is a step in an exciting direction for that area of Lebanon just off the highway as it continues to develop in that area. At the opening, they discussed how this will bring more housing, restaurants, businesses and the aim to bring more hotels in that area for traveling athletes.
We look forward to welcoming athletes from near and far for years to come as they compete at this facility and discover Boone County!
As of today, February 3rd 2024, the Boone County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau turns 20! We’re so proud of how far we’ve come in those 20 years and we’re looking forward to furthering our mission for years to come. Today, we’ve also officially rebranded to Discover Boone County! This exciting step forward allows us to better market our county and our mission; welcoming people near and far to discover what makes our county so special.
As Boone County continues to grow and develop, we want to share just how wonderful our communities are. From small towns to growing events, we have so much to offer for those looking to get away for a weekend, plan a staycation, or get married. We’re going to have so much to share in the weeks ahead as we reintroduce people to our county and prepare for the eclipse on April 8th, but today we celebrate 20 years of growth and change.
2024 is truly going to be an exciting year full of innovation, content, and welcoming people to our county. Be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with events, activities, and more!
With less than 90 days until the total solar eclipse here in Boone County, it’s time to get your plans finalized! Here’s a quick guide to help you successfully Get Mooned In Boone on April 8th.
1. Find a Place to Stay
If you’re visiting from out of town, welcome! We’re excited to have you in our beautiful county for this incredible, celestial event. Given the amount of excitement around this momentous occasion, it’s important to book lodging as soon as possible. As our hotels continue to fill, check for Airbnb and Vrbo options as well!
2. Plan Where You’re Viewing the Eclipse
Whether you’re visiting or a local resident, it’s important to find a good viewing area to experience the eclipse. Luckily, there are several community organized events across our county with loads of family friendly activities. All of these events are in ideal viewing areas to ensure you have a fun, safe viewing experience. The night before the eclipse, there will also be a laser light show with Pink Droyd, a Pink Floyd tribute band!
3. Grab Your Glasses and Learn
Science is fun! This is a great opportunity to read up on what an eclipse is, fun science facts, and grab some eclipse glasses for viewing the partial eclipse before and after the total eclipse. You can read more about the eclipse here and order glasses here.
The Holiday Season is always extra festive in Boone County as our towns host their own special celebrations and events throughout the month of December along with our many one of a kind local shops and restaurants.
“Whether it’s a fun family Christmas outing, a holiday get together with friends or a yearly visit with Santa Claus, December in Boone County will definitely get you in the holiday spirit.” Says Boone CVB Executive Director, Allyson Gutwein, “Boone County communities love visitors this time of year.”
Zionsville’s annual Christmas in the Village begins November 24th with a parade bringing Santa Claus to his special cabin where he’ll welcome good boys and girls with their Christmas lists on weekends. The Zionsville Chamber hosts the popular Ladies Night Out Shopping event where stores stay open late for gift seekers, and groups of friends gather for the annual Christmas Crawl of local restaurants and taverns.
The Zionsville Parks Department has introduced a month-long schedule of Winterfest activities at various park locations that include a luminary walk, ornament crafting at the Nature Center, a Christmas in the Park event and an open-air Maker’s Market.
The Heart of Lebanon’s annual Christmas on the Square happens on December 2nd with a holiday parade that ends with the crowning of the Snow Flake Princess, local groups singing carols, and the lighting of the Christmas tree.
Whitestown has a brand-new holiday event – Merry at Main – to be held at Main Street Park on December 9th with local artisans’ handcrafted items, a variety of seasonal treats, food vendors, North Pole reindeer, and live entertainment. A holiday parade will also be part of the festivities. And watch out for the Grinch!
When it comes to holiday shopping, there’s nothing better than spending a crisp winter day strolling Main Street Zionsville with its locally owned shops featuring unique gifts like the freshest olive oils and balsamic vinegars, that perfect jewelry item, the latest clothing styles at Duo and Vintage Charm, and specialty shops like fivethirty home with their large selection of re-purposed furniture and home décor.
Visit the Art in Hand co-op gallery filled with paintings, pottery, glass pieces and crafts by local artists, or take in the many styles of fine art at CV Art & Frame, including one of the Midwest’s largest collections of breathtaking works by Thomas Kinkade.
For something completely different, head to Thorntown on weekends for a visit to Wyld Roots Mercantile, a lady’s boutique with a fashion twist in western style clothing and accessories. Or stop in Samson Family Leather on the Square in Lebanon where this family-owned business focuses on creating high-quality leather goods like bags, clutches, wallets and more.
“Boone County knows how to celebrate the holidays with so many special events, memorable shopping experiences and deliciously fun dining.” Says Gutwein, “The holiday season truly is a great time to come and visit us!”
Boone County, nestled in the heart of Indiana, bursts to life in the fall like few places on earth. The season bathes the landscape in vibrant shades of orange, gold, and crimson, beckoning travelers from near and far to experience its myriad autumnal attractions. From the serene beauty of its fall foliage to the lively atmosphere of its festivals, here’s a glimpse into the magical world of Boone County in the autumn months.
1. A Symphony of Colors: Boone County’s Fall Foliage
The transformation of Boone County’s landscapes in the fall is truly a sight to behold. Take a leisurely drive through the countryside or hike one of the many trails to witness the vivid hues of maples, oaks, and hickories painting the skyline. Every turn offers a new, breathtaking panorama, making it a haven for photographers and nature lovers alike.
2. Festive Celebrations: Boone County’s Autumn Festivals
As the air turns crisp and the leaves begin their descent, Boone County gears up for a series of festivals celebrating the spirit of the season. Whether it’s the aroma of fresh apple cider, the sound of bluegrass music, or the sight of artisan crafts, these festivals are a testament to the county’s rich traditions and communal spirit.
3. Dull’s Tree Farm Pumpkin Harvest
No fall visit to Boone County would be complete without a trip to Dull’s Tree Farm. More than just a tree farm, it transforms into a festive playground during the Pumpkin Harvest. Visitors can embark on hayrides, navigate through corn mazes, and of course, pick the perfect pumpkin from the sprawling pumpkin patch. Children and adults alike delight in the farm’s wholesome charm.
4. Experience the Thrills at Fear Farm
For those seeking an adrenaline rush, Boone County’s Fear Farm is a must-visit. As the sun sets and darkness envelopes the farm, it morphs into a world of eerie adventures. With haunted hayrides, spine-chilling mazes, and sinister characters lurking in the shadows, it promises an exhilarating experience for thrill-seekers.
5. Other Enchanting Fall Activities
Beyond the major attractions, Boone County is dotted with numerous other fall activities. Whether you’re indulging in seasonal treats at a local bakery, joining a ghost tour to uncover the county’s haunted past, or simply strolling through its historic downtown areas adorned with fall decorations, every moment is a celebration of the season.
In conclusion, Boone County, Indiana, offers an unparalleled fall experience. It’s a place where traditions come alive, nature showcases its finest artistry, and every activity is infused with the warmth and joy of the season. So, put on your coziest sweater, grab a pumpkin-spiced latte, and head to Boone County this autumn to make memories that will last a lifetime.
Boone County is happening this fall with events every weekend. Colonial times reenactors, lumberjacks, charity horse show, classic cars, carnival rides, live bluegrass to rock music, fair food, all breed dog show, polo matches, a Fall parade – even an antique apple cider press festival…whew, there’s a little bit of Boone County to please everyone.
The Boone County CVB represented by Executive Director, Allyson Gutwein, was pleased to present a tourism development grant to Stone Eater bike park! This new tourist attraction is presently under construction northwest of Lebanon, IN. Thank you to Lebanon, Indiana and staff of the City of Lebanon- Joe Lepage, Mayor Matt Gentry, Stone Eater principals, John Messenger and Kevin Krulik. Find out more about Stone Eater bike park.
The Boone County Convention and Visitors Bureau was delighted to present a check to the Little League Central Region Complex located in Whitestown, IN. Presenting is Allyson Gutwein, Executive Director of the Boone CVB.
This outstanding facility is ready to host teams from around the Midwest for softball and baseball- watch as they are highlighted on national tv networks! We are proud to have this fantastic group in our community. Click here to learn more!
During Summer 2023, Boone County invites you, your family and friends to come and enjoy our fun variety of festivals, events and live music concerts going on throughout our county.
Hickory Hall Polo Club in Whitestown has polo matches every Friday, starting mid-June through first week of October, 2023 – with all proceeds going to various area charities. Definitely worth the trip to see the “Sport of Kings” up close.
You say you love to be outdoors listening to some fine live music? The Zionsville Cultural District sponsors concerts every Wednesday night in June & July at Lions Park, then a month long Wednesday night concert line-up at Lincoln Park in August. Bring your lawn chairs & refreshments, too.
Whitestown hosts a variety of popular area bands every Friday night through July 28th with their Free Summer Concert Series – food, drink and kids’ play area available.
Whitestown, Zionsville and Lebanon also have Farmer’s Markets every week through September.
July is the month for the Boone 4H Fair, July 15 – 21, with hot air balloon rides, a demolition derby, mud bog races, plenty of livestock shows and always delicious fair food.
August kicks off with the always fun Zionsville Street Dance on August 5th with Main Street packed with families rocking to the get-up-and-dance music of Mike & Joe plus Zionsville’s own – The Janeways.
The Whitestown Brew Fest gets more popular every year with this year’s event scheduled on August 12th. Live music opens with Tim Neuman and then features the return of the Midwest’s #1 Country Rockin’ Band, Hillbilly Rockstarz, as the main performance!
You’re invited to bring the family and have fun this Summer – right here in the Heart of It All – in Boone County.
Boone County events are happening all over the county these next months – with Whitestown’s popular Viking Fest thrilling the crowd with reenactments, a Viking village and lots of swarthy looking men in furs and armor.
You’ll find the very best in antiques and collectibles at the Boone County Treasure Hunt. First Saturday in May is the annual Brick Street Market welcoming shoppers to dozens of artisan booths on Zionsville’s Main Street!
Cheer on the hearty participants in the Indiana High School Rodeo at the 4H Fairgrounds – from roping, to racing and riding, these young men and women show incredible skill in these competitions.
A week later the Indiana Equine Foundation holds their Charity Horse Show with classic English riding on display.