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Four Ideas for a Brownsburg Staycation

It’s time for another staycation. A “staycation” is when you stay in your town/city and play tourist. Let’s get ready for a visit to charming Brownsburg. There’s fun for everyone in the family with plenty of outdoor time and delicious food. Here are four ideas for a Brownsburg staycation.

Play at the Park

photo of White Lick Creek at Arbuckle Acres

Sit a while and enjoy the beauty of White Lick Creek at Arbuckle Acres.

1) Arbuckle Acres, 200 N. Green St., (317) 858-4172. Brownsburg’s oldest park spread out over 68 acres, offers unlimited options to enjoy the outdoors. There are basketball courts, a baseball complex, tennis courts (lighted too!) and a large playground area with swings and slides. I recommend taking a walk along White Lick Creek (near the bridge) and sitting down at one of the nearby picnic tables to take in the scenery. I’ve enjoyed a few picnics here. It’s also an ideal spot to take a few photos. Looking to sign up the kids for a few educational classes this summer? You’ll find a lot of interesting classes held at Arbuckle Acres. A few highlights include Bird House 101 (June 24) and Wild World of Reptiles (June 30). Check the Brownsburg Parks 2014 Summer Recreation Guide for more information.

For the Kids (and adults too!)

2) Brownsburg Bowl, 118 Whittington Dr., (317) 858-0388. Some of my favorite childhood summer memories involve bowling with family and friends. It’s an opportunity to get a break from the heat outside and enjoy the A/C and work on your bowling skills. A bit of healthy competition is good, right? Brownsburg Bowl has twenty-eight lanes, an arcade, pool tables and a snack bar. Try one of Brownsburg Bowl’s specials like Kozmic Rock n’ Bowl on Friday and Saturday (10 p.m., $13 per person) and Senior Social on Monday and Thursday (12 p.m., seniors can bowl three games for $6.50).

Hit the Links

3)  West Chase Golf Club, 4 Hollaway Blvd., (317) 892-7888. I played on the golf team in school and still enjoy playing golf and  going to the driving range. West Chase Golf Club is an award-winning 18-hole golf course with some rolling hills, lovely terrain and plenty of challenges on the course. Rates are extremely reasonable and there are special discounts for juniors, seniors and those playing in the late afternoon (after 4 p.m.). Haven’t played in a while? Or are you new to the game? No worries. It’s never too late to get back in the game. Take a lesson or two from Jeremy Allen, General Manager and Head Golf Professional and learn a few tips on how you can play better.

Enjoy Some Tasty Barbecue

photo of pulled pork sandwich from Pit Stop Barbeque & Grill

Pulled pork sandwich with a side of macaroni and cheese from Pit Stop Barbeque & Grill.

4) Pit Stop Barbeque & Grill  932 E. Main St., (317) 858-8370. One of the quintessential summertime foods is barbecue. Pit Stop Barbeque & Grill is a popular Brownsburg restaurant specializing in southern-style (slow roasted) barbecue. This family-friendly restaurant offers a wide-ranging menu with crowd-favorites such as ribs, beef brisket and smoked sausage. Don’t forget the tasty sides like baked beans, macaroni and cheese, and potato salad. I’m a fan of their pulled pork sandwich with plenty of slow-roasted, flavorful meat, tangy barbecue sauce drizzled on top and a satisfying side of macaroni and cheese. Check their website for daily lunch and dinner specials and information on their Sunday brunch.