White River State Park celebrates MLK, Jr. Day with free admission at several attractions and a virtual food drive to benefit Gleaners Food Bank.
Due COVID-19, specific admissions information, timed ticketing and visitor protocols can be found at each attraction’s website.
White River State Park has partnered with Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana for more than twenty years to host this annual event on MLK, Jr. Day. In lieu of canned goods and non-perishable food items, visitors are encouraged to make monetary donations of any amount and enjoy free admission to the following WRSP attractions: Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Zoo and the NCAA® Hall of Champions. Dip Jar donations of $5 will be collected throughout the Park and donations of any amount can be made online prior to visiting. *In the interest of health and safety, no food items will be collected on site.
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Special activities will take place throughout the day at the Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Zoo and the NCAA® Hall of Champions. Visitors should check each attraction’s individual website for the latest event details and most up to date COVID-19 protocols.
The following FREE activities at WRSP attractions will take place on MLK Day:
- Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art - Visitors can immerse themselves in Native American and Western art and cultures with the museum’s many galleries. It’s also a last chance to see the amazing Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, a one-of-a-kind model train experience (Time slots for Jingle Rails are limited). Virtual MLK Day resources and activities will also be available at Eiteljorg.org/MLKDay, including a film screening of the PBS documentary, Freedom Riders. Timed tickets are required. Timed tickets for the general museum or for Jingle Rails can be reserved at www.eiteljorg.org.
- Indiana State Museum - Celebrate Dr. King’s dream and explore the story of the fight for civil rights. See some of Dr. King’s most iconic speeches, experience activities that explore civil and human rights, and reflect on what you can do to ensure Dr. King’s dream lives on for future generations.
- Indianapolis Zoo - Enjoy a free day of adventure at the Indianapolis Zoo presented by Honda Manufacturing. The Zoo has animals who love the winter including sea lions, arctic foxes, tigers, walrus, brown bears and more. The zoo’s indoor exhibits will be open including Oceans, Ascension St. Vincent Dolphin Pavilion, Deserts Dome, Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center and the Hilbert Conservatory. Plus, guests can enjoy animal chats and presentations scheduled throughout the day. Centerplate will offer a $5 combo meal including a hot dog, kettle chips and a drink. Before you visit, please reserve a free timed-entry ticket at IndianapolisZoo.com. A mask is required for entry to the Zoo as well as the indoor buildings.
- NCAA Hall of Champions - Experience all 24 NCAA sports through interactive exhibits. including a 1930s replica gymnasium, sports simulators, trivia challenges and more. “Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Making an Impact,” is featured on the second floor. Known for their rich traditions and legacies, NCAA HBCU schools’ history and accomplishments are celebrated in the display. Guests can also participate in a scavenger hunt for prizes. Please go to www.ncaahallofchampions.org to reserve a time slot for your visit that day and to learn more about extra steps that will be taken to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable visit. Without a reservation, entry into the Hall of Champions cannot be guaranteed.
WRSP will also offer complimentary parking throughout the day between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Regular rates will resume after 7 p.m. Visitors may park in the WRSP parking garage located at 650 W. Washington St. or surface lot located at 801 W. Washington St. Parking is not guaranteed and is on a first-come, first-served basis.
WRSP continues to prioritize the health and safety of its visitors and staff. Attendees are required to wear masks throughout the Park and its attractions unless eating or drinking and adhere to social distancing guidelines. To view a full list of guidelines and protocols, visit www.WhiteRiverStatePark.org.