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Central Canal, Indianapolis

Landmark · Tourist Spot
Walk, paddle, or bike alongside the White River State Park at Central Canal. You can easily access many Indianapolis tourist attractions while traveling down this canal or its pathway, which runs beside 2.5 km (1.5 mi) of the state park. From here you'll have the chance to view the city's skyline and stop by the zoo, Indiana State Museum, IMAX Theater, and NCAA Hall of Champions, among other sites along the way. If you simply want to take in the scenery, you can walk, rent a bike or paddle boat, or hire a gondola for time on the canal. Using our custom trip planner, Indianapolis attractions like Central Canal can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Very pretty canal and pleasant walk. The USS Indianapolis memorial is on the walk. I imagine it would be even nicer in the summer when gardens are in bloom.  more »
  • Went on a nice winter day and very much enjoyed the walk. It's a longer canal that I expected and it had several sculptures nearby. It is surrounded by several museums nearby. I highly recommend!  more »
  • Very walkable in a few hours. Several museums and the NCAA complex on canal. Nice walk to the zoo. Didn't know about the canal till searching for hotels and found the Residence Inn right on the...  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful place to take the family for a walk. We were very surprised at how nice the walking paths were and the amount of shade trees throughout was very nice. We're going back tomorrow morning!
  • Beautiful place to walk and take in the surrounding views!
  • The Central Canal in Downtown Indy is beautiful. Along the CC you can take walks, ride your bicycles, jog, ride paddleboats, relax, eat at restaurants along the waterfront, and even take pictures. You want picturesque views, and want beautiful pictures the Central Canal is the place to be. I highly suggest checking it out! :-)
  • Great places to walk and enjoy year round.
  • It's a nice area for a stroll. Plenty of art around. You can rent kayaks, paddle boats, bikes and other forms of exercise.

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