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New Castle, IN, Is Primed for Play

Everyone can find their niche in Henry County, Indiana.

By Livability on May 10, 2023

A man kayaks with his dog in New Castle, Indiana.
Courtesy of Henry County Destination Development

Are you ready to play? It’s easy when you live in Henry County, Indiana. Not only does the area exude an infectious energy, but it is home to so many diverse offerings that everyone can find an activity that brings them joy. Here are a few ways to stay active in Henry County.

Youth Sports

A favorite pastime for many in Henry County is watching or participating in youth sports, which makes sense if you know a bit about its history. 

Tucked away in Knightstown is the historic gym where the movie “Hoosiers” was filmed back in 1985. Fast-forward to today, and events like high school basketball games still draw crowds. Appropriately enough, New Castle High School is home to the world’s largest high school fieldhouse. 

Courtesy of Henry County Destination Development

In addition to school sports, youngsters can participate in athletic programs at the Henry County YMCA like basketball, T-ball, volleyball and soccer.

“Kids have opportunities for a number of years to learn more about these sports, and they get a little more competitive each year,” says Chris Williams, the YMCA’s CEO. “They might not do the sports forever, but they have fun.”  

Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana.
Courtesy of Henry County Destination Development

More Ways To Play

Activities extend far beyond youth sports. For example, the YMCA also offers a pool and several group exercise classes, and most days you can often find a pickup basketball game taking place on one of the Y’s courts.  

“We’re a basketball-crazy town, so we built three courts here at the YMCA,” Williams says.

Henry County also has several golf courses, which provide plenty of variety for those who love hitting the links. Plus, there are two disc golf courses, a motorsports park and Rose City Bowl, where people can take part in traditional bowling and hyberbowling.

As for those who love the water, Henry County is the perfect place to take part in water activities that range from swimming and fishing to boating and kayaking. Summit Lake and the Big Blue River are popular spots for kayakers. 

Child goes down a slide at a waterpark in New Castle, IN.
Courtesy of Henry County Destination Development

The Arts

For those with a creative bent, both visual and performing arts are readily available here. For example, the Art Association of Henry County offers art shows, live music and a variety of art classes for kids and adults.

For those who adore theater, Guyer Opera House in Lewisville puts on multiple can’t-miss performances each season. 


Whether you’re 2 or 92, there’s a space in Henry County where everyone can relax and enjoy the great outdoors. A few fun spots to check out include Osborne Park, Summit Lake State Park, Baker Park and Henry County Memorial Park.

“Some of them have nice playground equipment and places to have a picnic, and the bigger parks have spots where you can fish, bring your RV — it’s just a great experience for people of all ages,” Williams says. 

Wilbur Wright Trail in New Castle, IN.
Courtesy of Henry County Destination Development


Walking, running or biking — no matter which you prefer, Henry County is full of trails just waiting to be tread. A couple local favorites include Cardinal Greenway, Woolly Bear Parkway Trail, Honey Creek Trail and National Road Heritage Trail. 


For those who love to snag a deal, shop local or just peruse the shelves, Henry County has you covered. Several boutiques and shops can be found throughout the county. A few suggestions include 1822 Vintage Boutique, Boutique on Main, Classic Collections Consignment and Good Ole Days Antiques & Collectibles. 


Another way to play? Gather your friends and check out a few of the county’s fabulous watering holes, like Belgian Horse Winery, Harmony Winery, Twin Lions, Block & Brew and Back Porch Bar. 

It’s a start, but this list only begins to uncover all the ways people can play in Henry County. Learn more at GrowinHenry.com and then come explore for yourself! 

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