Brownsburg, Indiana is a quickly growing satellite city of Indiana state capital Indianapolis, located just a few miles west of the Circle City. A part of Hendricks County, Brownsburg is a generally sleepy area that nevertheless plays host to a number of fun Brownsburg attractions. This small city has something for everyone, be it Indianapolis sports enthusiasts who want to take a swing at one of Brownsburg’s professional golf courses or members of the Brownsburg arts community who want to show off their skill at the Festival of the Arts.
Perhaps the biggest attraction in the Brownsburg area is the O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. This haven for grease monkeys, speed freaks, and gearheads, located between Clermont and Brownsburg on Highway 136, is a standard place for Indianapolis racing fans to get their speed fix between the Indianapolis 500 and other races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. O’Reilly Raceway Park hosts many vaunted Indianapolis events at its oval track, including the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, SpeedFest (which features two NASCAR events and the USAC Silver Crown Series race), and a “Night Before the 500” race.
|Video of USAC Midget Car racing at O’Reilly Raceway Park near Brownsburg, Indiana|
O’Reilly Raceway Park has two different tracks: the oval and the drag strip. The oval features mainly Advanced Racing Association (ARA) races with cars and trucks, though it also runs USAC racing and Camping World Truck Series races. The drag strip also has several recurring races, including Tuesday Night Street Legals, motorcyles, and other drag races.
For Brownsburg residents who’d rather stroll along a well-manicured fairway then sit out near the hot asphalt of a raceway, there’s the West Chase Golf Club, Brownsburg’s premiere golfing facility. Founded in 1996, West Chase is a professional, 18-hole course that has a clubhouse, snack bar, practice green, driving, range, and four different tee levels to accommodate beginners and experts alike. Scenic, semi-private, and relaxing, this Brownsburg attraction is the perfect place to let all the tensions of your week be knocked into the stratosphere along with your perfectly hooked first drive.
|Digital flyover video of West Chase Golf Club in Brownsburg, Indiana|
For those who’d like to get even closer to nature than West Chase Golf Club, Brownsburg parks are an excellent option. A peaceful Brownsburg attraction, Arbuckle Acres Park is home to many Brownsburg events and things to do in Brownsburg. Situated on several acres of austere fields, rich deciduous forest, a bubbling creek, and the open skies for which Indiana is famous, Arbuckle Acres Park offers several shelters, a playground for Brownsburg children, paved walking trails, and basketball and tennis courts.
|Video montage of Arbuckle Acres Park in Brownsburg, Indiana|
Arbuckle Acres Park is also home to a major Brownsburg event: the Festival of the Arts. This festival is a celebration of Indianapolis art and artists in the Brownsburg area. Vendors, artists, and Brownsburg businesses fill up Arbuckle Acres Park every July to promote their work, sell crafts, and introduce the world to the best in Central Indiana art. Brownsburg restaurants provide some delicious food for the event, and live Indianapolis music graces Arbuckle Acres Park’s outdoor stage: plenty of entertainment to go around for residents and visitors alike.
|Video of live music at Arbuckle Acres Park in Brownsburg, Indiana|
While Brownsburg attractions might not have the same scope and breadth as Indianapolis attractions, they offer plenty of more laid back alternatives to a hectic weekend in downtown Indianapolis. If you decide to make the short trip to Brownsburg, you’ll find that this small satellite town has much to offer anyone, from the most diehard gearheads to the most relaxed nature lover.
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