When the sun is shining, you want to soak it up while surrounded by nature. An Indy getaway will accommodate your love of the outdoors with a mix of parks and attractions that dial in adventure and unique experiences you can only get here. Pack your shades, a water bottle, and get out to enjoy many of the city's hidden gems.

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Indianapolis Zoo

Enjoy a truly beloved holiday tradition

  • Christmas at the Zoo open throughout the holiday season
  • Hang out with Santa and Mrs. Claus, check out the Tunnel of Lights, and get ready for a potential penguin encounter
  • All holiday attractions are included with regular admission 
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Veal's Ice Tree

Check out a massive icy sculpture

  • The sculpture's beauty is breathtaking, must be seen to be truly believed
  • Built with scrap lumber and binder twine, and created with nearby pond water
  • Open from dawn to dusk, so you can behold the spectacle at almost any time of the day
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White River State Park

8 Tips to Make the Most out of WRSP

With 250 acres, a scenic canal, and multiple attractions located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, White River State Park is an oasis of fun. To make exploring easy, here are 8 ideas for making the most of your visit.

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Indianapolis Zoo

Are You Faster Than a Cheetah?

  • Go head to head with a cheetah and test yourself against the fastest animal on land at the first triple-accredited zoo (zoo/aquarium/botanical gardens) in the nation
  • Gain racing inspiration from Tony Stewart, Indiana native, animal fan, and three-time NASCAR champion
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Hotel Broad Ripple

A Contemporary Lodge

  • It’s small and personal, with just nine uniquely-designed rooms nestled in trendy Broad Ripple and overlooking the Monon Trail
  • The Bunkhouse Lounge is open in the evenings for wine, beer, and camaraderie
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Traders Point Creamery

Organic Dairy Farm and Restaurant

  • Walk the pastures, meet the 50-60 Brown Swiss cows, and witness milking time as you learn how a real dairy farms work
  • Reward the family with ice cream, fresh milk, and even lunch at The Loft restaurant overlooking the farm
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Running and Biking in Indy

Exercise with a view

Exploring on foot or by bicycle not only keeps you on pace for fitness goals, it is also the best way to connect and uncover the places and spaces you might otherwise miss out on. 

Indy's Top Running and Biking Trails, Tours, and Races

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Outdoor Exploration

Five spots to get outside

When fresh air is calling your name, Indianapolis is here to deliver. From hiking to biking to ziplining, here’s our guide to exploring the outdoors and enjoying the top parks and pubic places in Indy.


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Fort Harrison

Landscape and history blend together

  • This 1,700-acre state park offers walking trails, picnic sites, fishing access, and two national historic districts
  • Ride 8.2 miles of beginner to intermediate singletrack mountain biking trail 

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