Carmel IN

Introduction to Carmel, Indiana

Carmel, Indiana, in Hamilton county, is 14 miles N of Indianapolis, Indiana. The city is located in the Indianapolis metropolitan area. Carmel has a population of 37,733.

Carmel History

Until the 1800s, the area now known as Carmel went by the name Bethlehem. It was originally inhabited by the Delaware Indians. The Town of Bethlehem was laid out by John Felps, Seth Green, Alexander Mills and Daniel Warren in April of 1837. The name was changed to “Carmel,” after the Biblical mountain in 1856 and Carmel was officially incorporated in 1874. One of the USA’s first automatic traffic signals was installed in Carmel in 1924.

Carmel and nearby Attractions

  • Indiana Transportation Museum
  • Pilgrim Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • White Chapel Cemetery
  • Lake Woodland
  • Carmel-Clay Historical Society

Things To Do In Carmel

The city of Carmel provides easy access to a number of museums in the neighborhood. Among these are the Indiana Transportation Museum, the Conner Prairie and the Indianapolis Art Center. One can also make a trip to Lake Woodland, the Woodland Addition Lake, the Hot Lick Creek, Hiway Run, Carmel Creek and the Little Cool Creek. The Carmel Monon Center, a water park with a mega-fitness center, is a popular spot in the city. The Monon Trail, another popular destination, is a bicycle trail that is a part of the Rails-to-Trails movement.

Carmel Transportation

Indianapolis International Airport is nearby.

Carmel Higher Education

Higher educational opportunities are offered by Butler University, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis and Ivy Tech State College-Central Indiana.