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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  • First of all parking was super easy. And there was a parking attendant who was so friendly. I brought my dog along, there were waste bags available, awesome! It was so beautiful, kept clean. So much c...  more »
  • A large park, a place to walk, relax, enjoy the River, where there are places to read, to relax and do sports
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  • My husband and I loved walking through the park along the river! It's very clean and well kept. We enjoyed all the art in the park and the beautiful location with Indy behind you and the river in fron...  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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