White River State Park, Indianapolis

4.6
#2 of 8 in Outdoors in Indianapolis
Located in the heart of downtown Indy, White River State Park is Indiana’s only urban state park. The Park is full of attractions, entertainment, and 250 acres of greenspaces, waterways, and more. There’s more to do than you ever knew. Check-in at http://WhiteRiverStatePark.org for more info. Also "Historic" Military Park at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Military-Park/102688459824960 is part of White River State Park.
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  • They have many events for kids. So much space for them to run around. Very nice place to spend an afternoon with the family.  more »
  • Always a delightful walk along the canal and river. We walked all the way to the zoo this time. Make sure you stop at the small arboretum near the zoo. Has nice tropical feel and ever growing large pl...  more »
  • Quite close to downtown and museums, lovely open green spaces.... Very well maintained. It's very clean and easy to walk. Saw several people with dogs, so it seems dog friendly  more »
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  • I love this park. Bring a hammock and enjoy a lazy afternoon/evening. Fun walking & biking trails. The canal is also beautiful. There's even some natural wildlife right here in the city. Saw a family of raccoons one night, so cute! Sometimes there are fun pop-up events.
  • I've only been there for concerts, and it's a great venue for that. Bring a small chair or blanket (or rent a chair) and some snacks and catch a good show. The acoustics are really good for such an open space.
  • Great place to take a large group of students to roam free and have a little fun. There are cycles of all shapes and sorts and there are also paddle boats to rent and ride on the canal. Just realize though that if you want to feed a group at this park that it has to be approved in advance and may require a fee.
  • This is a very cool and very large area. Concerts bring many people here and they sit on the lawn and have a great time. I also enjoy coming here when it's not so packed on a normal sunny day and doing some photography. The views of downtown Indianapolis and it's skyline are great. Walking along the trails to the zoo you also discover cool almost hidden pathways that can make excellent backdrops for pictures too. It's just an overall nice place to hang out for a while, take a date here and walk and talk, and just take in the nice views of the city. Hit up the museum, catch a baseball game, walk the canal, and enjoy the day.
  • Its a pretty park, with lots of places to hang up hammocks or relax in the shade. There is a nice open field to bring some kind of sport or activity to play. The art there is interesting, and really enhances the general appeal of the place.

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