Lawrence Township is located on the Northeast side of Indianapolis within Marion County. Lawrence Township includes part of Geist Reservoir and extends north to the Hamilton County Line. To the East, it extends to Hancock County (McCordsville), south down to 38th street (Warren Township) and west to Washington Township.
Whenever anyone asks me about where I live, I often say near Geist or the Fort. The “Fort” refers to Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park, and covers a pretty broad area. Usually saying that allows folks who are only somewhat familiar with this area to have a pretty good idea of where Lawrence is. The town of Lawrence is encompassed in Lawrence Township. The Town of Lawrence is actually a city, even with it’s own mayor. For more information click here!
Lawrence Township has a pretty relaxed vibe with a feeling of community and diversity. There is certainly something for everyone here! While this list does not include all that Lawrence Township has to offer, here is a list of 10 top spots we love in Lawrence Township!
One of our favorite places to visit is Fort Harrison State Park. Located in the heart of Lawrence, this state park is fun for visiting the playground (there are several), running, biking, fishing or just enjoying a family picnic. It is also our favorite place to take family portraits. While this park requires an entry fee ($7), like all State Parks in Indiana, we make the most of it by getting the State Parks pass for the entire year so we can go again and again.
After visiting Fort Harrison State Park, my family loves to stop by Triton Brewing. As one of our favorite kid-friendly places to get a beer with your kid, Triton is located in Lawrence. While Triton does not have food of its own, there is often a food truck out front and our kids absolutely love Triton’s homemade root beer. It makes for a perfect place to go on a Saturday afternoon!
Down the road from Fort Harrison State Park is the Benjamin Harrison YMCA and pool. This is my family’s go-to YMCA. The kids love the child-watch, it is never too crowded and the pool is great. Keep your eye out for summer-only memberships to utilize the pool.
We visit the Lawrence Library on a weekly basis to get books for my second grader as well as for my not-yet-in-kindergarten 5 year old to play.
One of our favorite ice cream (and coffee) spots in Lawrence is Sundae’s Homemade Ice Cream shop. This locally owned shop has great staff and the best ice cream in town, according to my family! We love to stop here in the summer, but also in the middle of winter, while wishing for summer.
Another one of our local favorites is Puccini’s Smiling Teeth. There are several locations around Indy but I love that this location is very kid-friendly and has a great community feeling. We often see a lot of my son’s classmates and our neighbors here.
Skiles Test Nature Park is an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon taking a walk or for bird watching. There is no entrance fee and the park has easy access to Fall Creek Parkway bike trails.
The Sahm Golf Course is a great place to hit up the driving range or do a round of 9-holes. With junior pricing, this is great public course to check out on the Northwest part of Lawrence. Across the street is a free public disc golf course. But if any type of golf isn’t your thing, you can walk over to the Sahm Park and playground. This park and playground is never too crowded! Additionally, the large outdoor pool is a great place to spend a summer day. Perfect for all ages; the zero-entry is great for little kids and the big kids love the water slides and features!
Our favorite indoor play area, Incrediplex is located in Lawrence Township. Recently renovated, Incrediplex has indoor sports like soccer and basketball, as well as a bowling alley, arcade, a bounce and climb area and a rock wall. We could – and have – spent the entire day in here!
On a cool rainy day, the Northwest portion of Lawrence has the Castleton Square Mall, which features lots of indoor – and some outdoor – shops as well as an indoor play area for the kids to get some energy out near a large food court.
For all that Lawrence Township has to offer, come find something for you and your family!
Lizz is mom to Tommy and Lily, who share a birthday but are not twins; they were both born on Christmas Day of different years. Yes, two Christmas-Day born kids! It is always a crazy December at her house. She holds a Masters in Nonprofit Management from IUPUI-SPEA. She lives with her husband and kids on the Northeast side of Indianapolis.