Family Fun Friday Trips and a Tip!

The past two weeks we discovered 2 new day trips. Now mind you the places were not new to us, but the adventure was new.

First Trip – Edinburgh and Franklin

Now most people know Edinburgh for the Outlet Stores. And yes we stopped to look for bright colored shoes – and yes we found some – and on clearance too!

But if you go to Edinburgh make sure to take time to visit the Edinburg Diner.

They have the distinction of serving the largest tenderloin in Indiana and it does not disappoint (notice the slice of cheese for size reference)! Riley and I did are best and we still had leftovers to take home.

After lunch we needed some exercise, so we headed to downtown Franklin. The home of Franklin College and the Historic Artcraft Theatre. If you want to experience the movies the way the used to be … take time to see a film at the Artcraft. But there was so much more in the downtown square of Franklin. So we shopped. And we find a few antique stores as well.

Why Antique stores? You never know what you will find and with imagination you will be entertained all day. And with a keen eye, you might find some treasure to take home. At the least you will walk down memory lane and tell stories.

We enjoyed the Madison Street Salvage in Franklin as they benefited the local NonProfit and they had some great architectural salvage as well as antiques.

But we enjoy the stories we make up along the way as we find little gems. Like Goth Orphan Annie on the left. Apparently even little Orphan Annie had her teenage phase!

We rounded out our day at a toy store downtown and with ice cream store from a shop in the old Franklin Train Depot.

Second Trip – Downtown Noblesville

We actually started the day with some shopping at a few big box stores on 37 on our way and lunch at Zaxby’s which we had not had in over 15 months. But our target was downtown Noblesville and the town square. I have driven by countless times in my life, but honestly never been. This won’t be our last trip. We enjoyed all the shops – antiques, clothes and toys. Met shop owners and enjoyed some great coffee!

Noble Coffee was a great treat and hit the spot late afternoon. And I was excited to learn that they fresh roast small batches of coffee beans from Guatemala. I now have a local spot to get my fix in between trips to Mission Guatemala and Crossroads Cafe. They have more than just coffee (but who cares?) and plenty of seating!

We will keep both these trips in mind because we could have spent plenty more time in both places and we have just scratched at the surface of all there is to do in these places.

Once again … Family Fun Friday was a success! Food, Culture, and Activity. And now you have 2 new selfie spots to find in Noblesville and Franklin.


BONUS TIP for Family Fun Friday Planning – CALL AHEAD

On both of our trips, I had done some homework online and found a couple of unique stops that were open. A Train Museum in Franklin located in the old train depot and a History Museum in Noblesville located in the old jail that once kept John Dillinger.

We were unable to visit either because they were closed.

Apparently in these COVID days, the information on their Facebook Pages and Websites were not accurate in stating that they were open. So call ahead to verify hours of operation.

While we were disappointed, it gives us an excuse to return soon to explore these spots again.