THINGS EVERY NATURE LOVER SHOULD DO IN INDY

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Say Hello to Baby Animals
Conner Prairie

  • Enjoy front-row access to the real working farm at Conner Prairie
  • Encounter big life lessons about animal husbandry, life cycles, and surprising behaviors
  • Meet small furry friends, watch them eat, and even learn where they love to be scratched (for lambs, it's on their jaw!)
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Go Ape! Treetop Adventure
Practice Your Tarzan Yell

  • Swing through the treetops at Eagle Creek Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the country
  • This course isn’t just zip lines - also enjoy rope ladders, 39 crossings such as the Log Balance, Flying Carpet, Tic Tac Toe, and two Tarzan swings
  • The staff will prep and train you for your treetop adventure
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Spring Blooms: A Celebration of Color
Indianapolis Museum of Art

  • See 250,000 new flower bulbs across the IMA’s grounds and gardens
  • Twist and turn on the new path that connects the IMA's campus together
  • Grab a beverage at the IMA’s Beer Garden, now serving beer, wine, root beer, tea, and more
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White River State Park
250 Acres of Attractions and Greenspace

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Race a Cheetah at the Indianapolis Zoo
Are You Faster Than a Cat?

  • Go head to head with a cheetah and test your running time against the fastest animal on land
  • Gain racing inspiration from Tony Stewart, Indiana native, animal fan, and three-time NASCAR champion
  • These sleek cats are one of hundreds of species found at the first triple-accredited zoo (zoo, aquarium, and botanical gardens) in the nation 
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Rent a Kayak and Test the Water
Eagle Creek Park

  • One of the nation's largest city parks
  • As the park's trails beckon to hikers and birders, its 1,400-acre lake - a frequent host of U.S. Rowing's National Championship - welcomes fishermen and sailors
  • As well as picnic areas and a swimming beach, the park offers rentals for canoes, kayaks, sailboats, pontoon boats, and pedal boats
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Treetop Outpost
Conner Prairie

  • Escape into an outdoor world of adventure at this giant four-story treehouse
  • Fun areas for exploring, building, and even playing songs on outdoor instruments
  • Come connect with the natural materials in the world around you, disconnect from gadgets, and unplug in a beautiful wooded setting
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Hotel Broad Ripple
A Contemporary Lodge

  • It’s small and personal, with just nine rooms nestled in Broad Ripple overlooking the Monon Trail
  • Each room has its own unique and distinctive design and furnishings
  • The Bunkhouse Lounge is open in the evenings for wine, beer, and camaraderie
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Traders Point Creamery
Organic Dairy Farm and Farmstead Restaurant

  • Smell the fresh air, walk in the pastures, see the animals, and learn how dairy farms work
  • Check out the milking parlor during the evening milking of 50-60 Brown Swiss cows 
  • 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.

PARKS IN INDIANAPOLIS

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Fort Harrison State Park
Landscape and history blend together






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