- Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 37 East Main Street, toll-free: +1-800-776-8687. Carmel. Not-for-profit tourism organization that promotes and encourages the development of Hamilton County tourism, conventions, festivals and other special events. Staff are very helpful and welcome visitors who need information. The website has a full event calendar and interactive map of destinations, golfing, restaurants, shopping and places to stay.
- Fishers Visitor Center 11601 Municipal Drive. +1 317-660-4030. Open Sa 10AM-6PM
- Carmel Visitor Center 35 E. Main St. +1 317-848-3181 x103. Open M-F 9AM-5PM; Sa 10AM-6PM and for special events.
While you can get close by plane, a car is a necessity to reach Cicero. There is no bus or train accessiblity to Cicero directly from Indianapolis but there are train rides to Cicero from Fishers which is just in the suburbs of Indianapolis, however, since it only about an hour outside ofIndianapolis you can see arrival options there too.
From the metropolitan Indianapolis area, take U.S. 31 north to 236th Street. Cicero is located off of State Road 19 to the east of U.S. 31. It is a 45-minute drive north of downtown Indianapolis.
In addition to the Col. Weir Cook Indianapolis International Airport, located off of I-70 in Indianapolis, smaller planes can schedule a landing at one of two airports in Hamilton County and nearby Boone County, located just west of Hamilton County. Both offer aircraft charter, sales, rental, catering, flight school and more.
- Metropolitan Airport 10401 Willow View Rd., Fishers. +1 317-849-0840.
- Indianapolis Executive Airport 11329 East SR 32, Zionsville. +1 317-769-3288. This airport also is home to a Hamilton County Welcome Center, open 6 to 8PM daily.
- Sheridan Airport 27045 Jerkwater Road, Sheridan. +1 317-758-4161.
General speed is between 55-70 on interstates and highways, and generally 35 on other roads unless otherwise posted.
- Nickel Plate Arts Trail. Extending 30 miles from Fishers to Tipton, the Historic Nickel Plate Arts Trail runs through Fishers, Noblesville, Cicero, Arcadia, Atlanta, and Tipton. The first of eight Indiana artisan trails adopted by the state, the Trail is accessible by rail through the Indiana Transportation Museum or automobile on Allisonville Road and State Road 19 as well as by river. The trail focuses on the more traditional forms of the arts and encompasses food, culture, and community heritage.
Call the Cicero Department of Parks and Recreation for more information at +1 317-984-3475.
- Community Park Stringtown Pike +1 317-984-3475 Park includes four picnic shelters, walking paths, basketball, tennis courts and playground.
- Morse Reservoir This man-made lake, located between Cicero and Noblesville has 1,500 acres for boating and water activities and 35 miles of shoreline. More than 95% of the shoreline is residential, but recreational boating is allowed. Launch your boat from the Carrigan Road Bridge marina. Morse Lake Park, by the dam on the east side of the lake, allows supervised swimming in the lake and year-round picnicking as well as fishing.
- Red Bridge Park State Road 19, north of 236th Street, +1 317-984-3475 On the western edge of Morse Reservoir, the park has a boat dock rentals as well as a pool and community shelter building. Fishing is allowed within the park with the proper permits, but you can’t swim in the lake or launch your boat here.
- Strawtown Koteewi Park, 12308 E. Strawtown Ave, ☎ +1 317-984-5556. Five miles outside of Cicero, this 75-acre park features wetlands, prairie land, boating, fishing, and natural trails for hiking and cycling. It has also become a hotbed for archeological activity in recent years. Students from state universities have discovered arrowheads, pottery and other items dating back to 1400 A.D. Some are on display at the Taylor Center of Natural History, located on the park grounds.
- Lights Over Morse Lake (4th of July). The town of Cicero partners with the Indiana Transportation Museum to provide a transportation train to and from this annual festival. Activities include music, kids’ carnival and, of course, fireworks. This is a great small-town way to celebrate Independence Day. If you want to spend the night, riding the train connects you to Fishers hotels.
- Bear Slide Golf Club, 6770 E. 231st Street, ☎ +1 317-984-3837. Golf Digest gives this course 4 ½ stars for its Scottish links style front nine, with a traditional back nine. I’m not a golfer, but I know Scots invented the game and let Mother Nature “design” the early courses. Area hotels offer a “Stay and Play” packages for this course.
- Cicero Farmers' Market, 175 W Jackson Street. The mission of the Cicero Farmers Market is to provide a venue where local farmers, producers, crafters and artisans come together to provide a variety of fresh produce and related products directly to the consumer of Cicero and the surrounding community; to provide an educational forum for consumers to learn the uses and benefits of quality, locally grown or prepared food products; to enhance the quality of life in the Cicero area by providing a community activity which fosters social gathering and interaction. The location is the parking lot east of Cicero Market, at Regular hours for shopping are Saturday Mornings from 8AM-12PM.
- Uncle Henry’s Candies, toll-free: +1-888-757-8099. The original Uncle Henry is long gone, but his nephew Carl Harvey has continued the family candy-making tradition. Choose from chocolate pecan bark, white chocolate bark with M&Ms or peppermint, pecan logs, peanut clusters, or turtles. Carl also offers sugar free turtles, but I recommend the fully loaded caramel, pecan and chocolate version.
- Alexander’s on the Water, 369 W. Jackson St, ☎ +1 317-984-8173. Open seven days a week during the summer (closed for winter), this old-fashioned ice cream shop offers 16 ice cream flavors for Morse Reservoir boaters. (A full-service shop, which also offers sandwiches, is located in Noblesville.)
- Toucan Annie's Mexican Grill, 10 West Jackson Street. Cicero Toucan Annie's Mexican Grill offers great Mexican fare in a casual family atomsphere. Signature dishes include sizzlin' fajitas, Pollo Fundido and the might Sonoran hot dog. Vegetarian friendly and the only frozen margarita in town.
For more information about Cicero, contact the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau at +1-800-776-8687 or visit 8GreatTowns.com for a full event calendar and interactive map of destinations, golfing, restaurants, shopping and places to stay.