Downtown Canal and White River State Park
Discovery runs through it.
What?s your pleasure? Recreation? Music? Relaxation? Wildlife? Art? History? Whatever it is, you can have it all along the Central Canal and throughout the 250-acre White River State Park.
The Canal Walk is a 3-mile loop, a popular urban respite for fitness enthusiasts and serenity-seekers alike. This Downtown waterfront is dotted with pedal boats and gondolas, bicycles and surreys.
Breeze through The Canal and White River State Park on one of the daily Segway Tours. These motorized, two-wheeled vehicles make zipping around the park a quick and easy trip. Learn more at: http://www.segwayofindiana.com/tours/tour/white-river-state-park
White River State Park
Entertainment requires just one stop at White River State Park in Downtown Indianapolis: Indiana?s one-and-only urban state park. In addition to hosting some of the city?s most popular festivities ? such as Irish Fest and Rib America Festival ? White River State Park offers a bundled package of recreation with six major attractions. A new, free Family Art Series runs June through September.
The Lawn at White River State Park
Summer is at its best on The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park, named one of the top 100 outdoor concert venues by Pollstar Magazine for four consecutive years. On a waterfront stage with seating for 8,000, The Lawn offers first-rate concerts in a beautiful outdoor setting.
Georgia Street’s three-block street and walkway connects the Indiana Convention Center, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Circle Centre, a collection of restaurants, residences, hotels and the historic St. John’s Catholic Church. Whether on your lunch break or visiting for the weekend, you’ll find sports events, food truck festivals and outdoor cafes all along the street.
Enjoy a splash of culture right in the middle of busy Downtown Indy. Intriguing public art on the street includes Wooden’s Legacy (affectionately known as The Legs) by Jeffrey Rouse. The bronze sculpture pays homage to John Wooden, a famous Hoosier known worldwide for his winning basketball coaching style. Find more culture right down the block at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. This urban church serves a diverse population that ranges from traditional parishioners, young adults and college students, daily Mass goers.
Go beyond the hustle and bustle of Downtown and enjoy this urban, outdoor public space.
About Holliday Park
Come and be a part of this vast, 94-acre city park located on the north side of Indianapolis, where you can explore the nature center, play on one of the city’s best, hard-to-leave playgrounds, hike more than 3.5 miles of picturesque trails or walk down to the banks of the White River. Admission to Holliday Park and the Nature Center is free! Some classes and programs have fees.
The 13,000 square foot Nature Center focuses on Marion County and Holliday Park natural and environmental history and features hands-on, discovery-based activities for all ages. Two classrooms host classes on nature, after-school activities and arts and crafts with an environmental theme.
The bird and wildlife observation area offers numerous feeding stations with a sound system to allow viewers to hear the birds, and extensive wildflower gardens and a wildlife-friendly prairie are located nearby.
Newfields offers dynamic experiences with art and nature for guests of all ages. The 152-acre cultural campus features art galleries, lush gardens, a historic mansion, performance spaces, a nature preserve and sculpture park. From inspiring exhibitions in the Indianapolis Museum of Art Galleries, to concerts in The Toby, to a stroll through The Garden with a glass of cheer, guests are invited to interact with art and nature in exciting new ways. Newfields is home to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among the ten largest and oldest general art museums in the nation; the Lilly House, a National Historic Landmark; The Garden, featuring 40 acres of contemporary and historic gardens, a working greenhouse and an orchard; and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, one of the largest art and nature parks in the country. The Newfields campus extends outside of Indianapolis with Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Ind.—one of the nation’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist architecture. For more information visit www.discovernewfields.org.
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