Life is especially sweet for children living in Carmel, IN. Their well-educated and relatively affluent parents put a great deal of emphasis on making sure they have certain advantages. These include top-rated schools, excellent community programs, safe neighborhoods and many recreational amenities. Progressive city leaders have positioned Carmel among the most desired locations in the country for young families. Programs and projects that attracted new residents have also brought in new businesses like GEICO, NextGear Capital, and Baldwin & Lyons. The city’s percentage of children is nearly 13 percent higher than you’ll find in most places and the second highest on our list of the Best Cities for Families. That means your kids will have plenty of playmates. This is Carmel's second appearance as a best city for kids. See where the city ranked on our Best Cities for Kids 2014 list.
The array of things to do in Carmel helps keep children active and engaged. Known as the World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery, a quaint little home in the city’s Arts and Design District showcases paintings, drawing and sculptures from local students. Beyond being a venue for celebrated entertainers, The Center for the Performing Arts strives to enrich the lives of local children with a variety of classes, demonstrations and internships. Kids won’t want to leave Monon Community Center where they can play at the waterpark, practice their tricks at the skatepark, run on the indoor track or hit the basketball court.
The largest park in Carmel, Central Park offers 161 acres of natural wetlands, trails, a woodland garden, fishing lagoon and skatepark. Sports and recreational facilities in Carmel provide many different activities. Many of the city’s distinct neighborhoods are connected by sidewalks and bike paths. On warm Saturday mornings, families weave through the Carmel Farmers Market picking out fresh vegetables, baked goods and crafts. The Arts and Design District holds many events and festivals, including car shows, concerts and art exhibitions. The Museum of Miniature Horses remains a favorite stop for many kids.