TAKE ON THE OUTDOORS IN INDY

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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White River State Park
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White River State Park

Eight 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 eight ideas for making the most of your visit.

Newfields
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Newfields

A Place for Art and nature

  • The grounds at Newfields is a masterpiece of gardening spread over 152 acres.
  • Formal gardens surround the stunning Lilly House with 1920s-era landscape design of the Oldfields estate.
  • The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park is one of the largest museum art parks in the country.
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Running and Biking in Indy
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Running and Biking in Indy

Exercise With a View

From the iconic Monon Trail to the world class Indianapolis Cultural Trail, pedal and foot power are the best way to uncover unique places and spaces you might otherwise miss.

INDY'S TOP RUNNING AND BIKING TRAILS, TOURS, AND RACES

Fort Harrison
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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.
  • Visit the saddle barn and try exploring via horseback.
Go Ape! Treetop Adventure
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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 - enjoy rope ladders, 39 challening crossings, and two Tarzan swings.
Patio Dining
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Patio Dining

Enjoy Fresh Air As you Eat

Long days, warm nights, and fresh food from the garden: patio season is here. From the hidden courtyard at Iozzo's Garden of Italy to lakeside views at Rick's Cafe Boatyard, here's our round-up of must-try spots for outdoor dining.

OUTDOOR DINING IN INDY

Traders Point Creamery
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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 restaurant overlooking the farm.
Paddle the White River
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Paddle the White River

Soak in Central Indiana's Waterway

Hotel Broad Ripple
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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.
Outdoor Exploration
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Outdoor Exploration

Top 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 (like Garfield Park, pictured) and public places in Indy.

PARKS IN INDIANAPOLIS

Indy Eats
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Indy Eats

Restaurants ready to serve you

  • Use quick links to order online.
  • Find establishments with outdoor seating.
  • Sort by area of town.

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