Franklin is only about 30 minutes from downtown Indy. We like the area a lot because it’s a little bit smaller and slower than the bustle of some of the larger areas in Central Indiana and has a sort of vintage feel to it. Here are some of our favorite things to do and places to visit.
Province Park is a beautiful park with several playgrounds for various ages, a stream (perfect for feeding ducks), several bridges, shelter houses, beautiful scenery, a skatepark and an aquatic center.
We pass (one of) the world’s largest rocking chairs on highway 31 in front of Long’s Furniture World (4108 S. US Hwy 31, Franklin, IN). My daughter loves posing with the chair.
The Imagination Station is more than just a toy store. We love stopping in to see what’s new! Another can’t miss store for my kids in the spring is the Tractor Supply Store (1540 N Morton St, Franklin). We like seeing the baby chicks and selecting plants and seeds for our home garden… but the baby animals are the best when they are there.
Ann’s Restaurant has a super friendly staff. The girls love the kids menu and I’m a huge fan of the wraps.
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Province Park has the perfect setting for a picnic, a pitch-in with friends or snack time. Ann’s Restaurant has large portions and Benjamin’s is a great place for an afternoon or morning snack!
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The Artcraft Theatre plays fun movies from the past. Our favorites play at Christmas. Franklin is also home to Canary Creek theater and drive-in.
Benjamin’s Coffeehouse is a favorite among the local college students (Franklin College). They offer delicious drinks and sandwiches. I’m very fond of their Cream Cokes, Coca Cola with fresh cream!
Franklin College has some great sports teams and we enjoy cheering them on. We’ve caught our fair share of Franklin College soccer games…for FREE!
My name is Katy Mann, and I'm the creator of Indy with Kids. With over 10 years of experience working with children, and my excitement towards the great city of Indianapolis; I offer readers guidance about great events and activities to do around Indianapolis with their kids and grandchildren. Join us on our family travels and adventures across the country!