Carmel Arts & Design District
Location: Range Line Road and Main Street
Stimulate your senses in the Carmel Arts & Design District. Its vibrant shops consist of interior designers, art galleries, showrooms, specialty shops and restaurants. Also, be sure to visit the “World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery.” This gallery is operated by the Carmel Arts Council. While in the district, visit the collection of sculptures by J. Seward Johnson. His life-like sculptures have earned him the title of “the Norman Rockwell of American Sculpture.”
Carmel City Center
Location: Range Line Road and City Center Drive intersected by the Monon Greenway
Upon its completion, Carmel City Center will be the “place to be” with a diverse collection of shops, restaurants and nightlife. It will also offer a public green/outdoor amphitheatre. The focal point of this cultural and entertainment district is the state-of-the-art Center for the Performing Arts, which includes the Palladium, a 1,600-seat concert hall of superb acoustical standards; the Tarkington, a 500-seat proscenium theater; and the Studio Theater, a 200-seat black box theater.
Carmel Clay Historical Society Museum
Location: 211 First Street, SW
The museum is housed in the former Monon Railroad depot built in 1883. Exhibits include many aspects of local history. There also are displays of railroad artifacts and memorabilia.
Carmel Clay Veterans Memorial
Location: West side of 3rd Avenue SW just south of City Center Drive
The plaza was established by the Carmel Clay Memorial Corporation to create a place to honor veterans. It proudly displays a beautiful bronze military sculpture by Indiana artist William H. Wolfe. Funds for the sculpture were raised through private donations from local businesses and individuals who purchased engraved bricks to honor loved ones. Be sure to take the time to visit and remember the many veterans who fought for our freedom. To the west of the Memorial, you can take a stroll around the city’s reflecting pond.
The Center for the Performing Arts
Location: 355 City Center Drive
Since celebrating the grand opening of the Palladium concert hall in January, the Center for the Performing Arts has already become an inviting gathering place for the community, along with the Center’s Tarkington theater and the Studio Theater. Combined, the three venues are a place for people to engage in communal intimacy, celebrating great art together. In each of the three venues, the Center provides a classical series featuring both domestic and international orchestras, recitals, vocalists and chamber ensembles. Dance companies will perform one evening with jazz presentations staging concerts the following day.
Location: North of 111th Street between College Avenue and Westfield Boulevard
Ph: 317-848-PARK (7275)
At 161 acres, Central Park is the largest park in Carmel. It is open to the public and features natural wetlands, fishing lagoon and boardwalk, an urban-style skate park, 4-miles of trails that connect to the Monon Greenway (which intersects the park), a woodland garden, beautiful groves of trees, and a variety of complimentary seasonal and special events for the community. Available for a small fee are the Monon Center fitness facilities and indoor/outdoor aqua park.
Location: between 146th street and U.S. 31 (Meridian Street)
As the first outdoor lifestyle center in Indiana, Clay Terrace stands as a unique and beautiful shopping destination. Here, more than 70 retailers line the center’s broad sidewalks, gently rising up Clay Terrace Boulevard from Meridian Street. Vintage storefronts and antique lighting blend seamlessly with modern amenities and conveniences.
Monon Greenway (also known as the Monon Trail)
Location: From 96th Street to 146th Street between College Avenue and Westfield Boulevard
Formerly, the Monon Railroad, this popular trail serves walkers, joggers, runners, bicyclists, rollerbladers and nature enthusiasts. Carmel maintains the 5.2 mile portion that resides within its borders. The Monon Greenway is a “rails to trails” project that runs 15.7 miles from 10th Street in Indianapolis to 146th Street in Carmel. Free parking, restrooms and water are available at the trailheads located at 1430 East 96th Street and 1201 Rohrer Road. Free parking also is available at One Civic Square and the Monon Depot lot.
Museum of Miniature Houses and Other Collections
Location: 111 E. Main Street
Ornate, pinpoint (primarily one-inch scale) designs will mesmerize you. This is a one-of-a-kind diversion, and it’s well worth the stop. Call or visit the website because the hours vary.
There are 12 parks in the Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation sytem with various amenities for all ages and abilities including water spray parks, a playground for children with special needs and many green spaces for relaxation. For complete information, visit the website above.
World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery
Location: 40 W. Main Street
In September 1999, the gallery was designated as the World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery by The Guinness Book of World Records. It was formally opened in 1998 and is operated by the Carmel Arts Council. Local youth artists proudly display their works here. Art exhibits are open on Sundays from 2-4 p.m. except holidays. Call for more information.
source : carmel.in.gov