Top 10 Hands-on Learning Experiences

Top 10 Things to Learn in Festival Country Indiana

1. How to Make Delicious Sushi

Come to Yokohama Japanese Cuisine and Sushi at noon every Sunday to learn how to make sushi. Reservations to participate in the class are required.

Yokohama Japanese Cuisine and Sushi

67 N. Madison Ave., Greenwood


2. How the English traditionally do tea

Make reservations for the Duchess Tea at Sassafras Tea Room. You'll experience a touch of England, with two teas, scones, three finger sandwiches and a tower of treats. 

Sassafras Tea Room

229 N. Madison Ave., Greenwood


3. How to Create the Perfect Bouquet

Come to P&D Flower Farm or Dollie's Farm, two U-pick flower farms, and create your own flower bouquet.

P&D Flower Farm

7749 E. 1000 North, Indianapolis


Dollie's Farm

3961 N. 425 East, Franklin


4. How to Paraglide

Midwest Powered Paragliding trains safe paragliding pilots and sells top quality gear. Visit their website and fill out the form to get started.

Midwest Powered Paragliding

Franklin Flying Field, 3477 S. 200 East, Franklin


5. How to Shoot a Bow and Arrow

Be sure to make at stop at central Indiana’s largest indoor archery range, where you can shoot up to 40 yards on one of their 24 lanes! Honey Creek Tackle also offers a 3-D shoot, where you can aim for one of 30 targets hidden among the “evergreens.”

Honey Creek Tackle

2380 N. State Road 135, Bargersville


6. How to Learn New Trades

People come from all over the United States to learn woodworking, glass blowing, stone carving, blacksmith work and jewelry making from the world's top instructors and practitioners of those arts.

Marc Adams School of Woodworking

5504 E. 500 North, Franklin


7. How to Throw an Axe

There are three places to learn the fun sport of axe throwing, which is definitely a bucket list experience.

Hoosier Brewing Company

147 S. Madison Ave., Greenwood


Johnson County Axe Throwing

6001 N. U.S. 31, Whiteland


Outer Edge Axe Lounge

378 Western Blvd., Greenwood


8. How to Train for a Spartan Race

Come to the Gatling Gauntlet, a 1.6-mile, 20-obstacle course that is free and open 365 days a year. There is everything from a cargo net climb to a tire flip track to test your strength and endurance. There are "do this instead" options so most people can complete the course.

7995 S. Gatling St., Nineveh


9. How to Give Your Furniture a Facelift

At Farm Girl Mercantile, you can learn how to remodel your furniture with stencils and chalk paint. These workshops are perfect for a girls night out!

Farm Girl Mercantile

436 E. Jefferson St., Franklin


10. How Festival Country Came to Be

Explore exhibits tracing the local history from its geological beginnings to the pioneer days to the foot tapping 1950s. This free museum will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about Festival Country.

Johnson County Museum of History

135 N. Main St., Franklin