Spending a day in Greenfield, Indiana
Greenfield, Indiana is located just 30 minutes east of Indianapolis, and 1-1/2 hours from Cincinnati, Ohio. This small town has a lot to offer with its downtown charm, variety of restaurants and coffee shops, parks and history. If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know I love to find good food, coffee, and history everywhere I go!
The National Road (also known as US Route 40) runs right through downtown Greenfield, making it a popular stop for those traveling along the route or passing through.
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Greenfield has an array of food establishments, from Italian to a drive-in, and barbeque. You’ll notice a theme here in Greenfield, locally-sourced meats and produce are common in many of the restaurants. There are perhaps more farm-to-fork restaurants in Greenfield than any other town of its size!
The Mug offers delicious farm-to-curb food, drive-in style! This place gives me all the warm-fuzzy nostalgia of a drive-in restaurant, combined with my foodie fascination for good eats. Customers pull up, a Mug Hop will greet you and take your order, and bring your food right to your car! The Mug uses pasture-raised, drug-free meat to create a variety of burgers, sandwiches, and hot dogs.
Several restaurant options are available in downtown Greenfield. Carnegie’s Restaurant specializes in steaks and fresh seafood. If you are looking for a romantic night out, Carnegie’s is your place! Their outdoor garden patio and intimate indoor seating are perfect for this. Tour of Italy is also a great option for casual dates, they also have outdoor seating available! They offer family-friendly fares of pizza, pasta, salads, and calzones.
Wooden Bear Brewing is also located downtown, they are a family-friendly brewery and use local meats for their sandwich and smokehouse menu selections. They also have vegetarian options and a kid’s menu available. Griggsby’s Station is another great downtown eatery, also sustainability and seasonally using ingredients from local farms (I told ya there was a theme!). Griggsby’s is named after a poem, written by the famous Greenfield poet James Whitcomb Riley. Their menu temptations include Ribeye, the Peanut Butter Dream Burger, Philly Cheesesteak, and Carnitas – just to name a few!
Coffee and dessert
Coffee is plentiful in Greenfield! With three coffee shops, two of which are downtown right along 40, there is ample coffee and espresso to be enjoyed. Stop by the Greenfield Grind for handcrafted espresso drinks, coffee, and teas. Greenfield Grind also serves sandwiches, salads, and wraps. Just north of downtown in Greenfield, Hitherto Coffee and Gaming Parlour is a great place to enjoy coffee and browse their nice selection of tabletop games. They use homemade syrups for their drinks and soft-serve ice cream and offer handmade pastries. Hitherto is also open late for a perfect after-dinner option!
Delicious coffee drink from Hitherto CoffeeFor dessert grab a Giant Sugared Pecan Cluster from Greenfield Chocolates, made with homemade caramel and high-quality chocolate! You can also purchase artisan truffles, caramels, and a variety of chocolates while you are visiting!
Things to do
The Hancock County Veterans Memorial is one of the most inviting and loveliest memorials parks I’ve been to. It is located downtown, just across the street from the Hancock County Courthouse and Courthouse Plaza. Check out Greenfield Mainstreet for a list of current events! Be sure to check out the James Whitcomb Riley statue in front of the courthouse!
The Hancock County Arts Council offers an Art Gallery in downtown Greenfield. It is open to the public, with free admission, every Wednesday and Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm (see website for additional hours).
Make a mandatory stop at the James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home and Museum! This historic home is where the “Hoosier” poet, James Whitcomb Riley, grew up. A hostess is available on site to take you on a tour of the house and garden. Many original pieces and heirlooms are on display, and the tour guides are friendly and interactive! There is a gift shop available on site and admission prices are $4.00 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, and $1.50 for ages 6-17 (children under age 5 are free).
Where to shop
Downtown is full of shops and boutiques, like Francis + Fern Boutique (located in the same building as Greenfield Grind), Lemon Lane and Ella Junes all specialize in trendy woman’s clothing and accessories. The Urban Barn Indy sells vintage antiques and farmhouse/boho/modern home decorations. And the Guilded Nest boutique sells handmade goods and books, including home decor, fashion accessories, and gifts. McCleerey’s Sporting Goods has been in business for over 40 years and offers sporting equipment and goods, clothing, and name-brand athletic wear.
Parks and recreation
There is plenty of trails to walk and bike in Greenfield! The Pennsy Trail is an almost 6-mile, asphalt trail that has several historical markers along the way. Greenfield’s popular park, Riley Park, offers 40-acres of recreation which includes a skatepark, basketball courts, baseball fields, tennis courts, a playground, and a sledding hill. Riley Park also has a park office, a splash pad, and a pool (closed for 2020 due to COVID).
As you can see, there are plenty of things to do, see, and eat in Greenfield. If you’d like to explore more of the National Highway, please check out these other nearby locations too: