This 8-mile urban greenway inspires movement around the city’s main attractions through six cultural districts. Guided group biking tours are available through the Cultural Trail utilizing Pacers Bikeshare bikes.
Tour by bike or on foot and stop at all the best places, curated by Indianapolis food expert Jolene Ketzenberger. This is an opportunity to go where locals eat, meet and talk with chefs and owners, get behind the scenes tours, and learn more about how the Indianapolis Cultural Trail has transformed our city and helped Indy become a culinary hot spot.
Active Indy Tours offers walking, running, and biking jaunts through the Circle City, customizable for groups. Choices include the war memorial trail, a stroll through historic neighborhoods, a jog that traverses White River State Park, and the public art series.
Not many cities have a beautiful center point like Indianapolis, which you can explore on a free Monument Circle tour Fridays and Saturdays, May through October. Learn about Indy’s signature roundabout, including its original planning, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and the buildings that surround it.
Bike rentals are available at certain hotels, The Bike Hub at City Market, Wheel Fun Rentals in White River State Park, and Pacers Bikeshare. Pedal boats and kayaks to cruise the Central Canal are available through Wheel Fun Rentals.
Indy’s largest annual yoga event takes place each year on the International Day of Yoga in June. Find your Zen in the heart of the Circle City. All skill levels are welcome and donations are requested.
More than 250 acres of green space just steps from the convention district offer a peaceful setting for group workouts.
Indy is home to more monuments and memorials dedicated to veterans than any other U.S. city aside from Washington, DC. Get your day started with an active stair climb up the steps of this beautiful landmark every Wednesday November-December. The free event begins at 6:15 am.
Wake up early and salute the sun. All you need to do is BYOM (bring your own mat) to enjoy this class held in partnership with Invoke Studio. All yoga fitness levels are welcome at this free opportunity Wednesdays June 5-August 28.
Offering sunrise yoga along the Glick Peace Walk, surrounded by luminaries recognizing prolific people’s peaceful contributions to society.
Free fitness classes take place weekly in the heart of downtown just outside the convention center doors. Show up prepared to sweat during these hip-hop/cardio classes June 5-August 28 that make working out fun!
Ever wanted to experience downtown Indianapolis in a different light? Be sure to mark your calendars for this annual urban adventure race that will take you through major landmarks and countless Indianapolis favorites. The 2019 Indy Ultimate is set for Saturday, June 29.
ActiveIndy is able to provide turnkey assistance for organizing a run or walk throughout downtown.
For urban exploration there is not a more connected trail in the country. The Cultural Trail makes a loop in and around the urban core of the city. Most of the trail includes split walking and biking lanes, lush landscaping, storm-water bioswells that provide buffer between the trail and road, and an amazing collection of public art. The trail connects downtown to several Cultural District including Mass Ave, Fountain Square, Indiana Avenue, Market East, and White River State Park. The trail also connects to the Monon Trail opening up access to Broad Ripple and Carmel.
The Monon is the rail trail that started it all. The trail extends out of downtown via the Cultural Trail and runs through Mapleton-Fall Creek, Meridian-Kessler, Broad Ripple, and Nora. The northern stretch is called the Monon Greenway and stretches north to Carmel and Westfield. The Monon is one of the busiest urban greenways in the country and offers connections to the Fall Creek Trail, Canal Towpath, and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.
This crushed limestone path extends from Broad Ripple Village in the north to 30th Street south. Along the way runners, walkers, and bikers will follow the Central Canal and pass through the campus of Butler University and Newfields.
A classic greenway, the Fall Creek trail follows Fall Creek as it meanders from Fort Harrison State Park in the north to Meridian Street in the south, with a connection to the Monon Trail just south of 38th Street. Along the way you’ll pass century-old bridges, established neighborhoods, and scenic views of the waterway.
Wapahani is the Native American name for the White River, the primary river corridor in Indianapolis. This paved trail’s northern trailhead is just south of 30th Street. Follow it south along the river into White River State Park. Pass under Washington Street and enjoy a wooded ride as far south as Raymond Street.
Explore the eastern and southern edges of the city with the Pleasant Run Greeway. Start in Ellenberger Park in the charming Irvington neighborhood and head southwest along Pleasant Run Creek. Intersect with the Indianapolis Cultural Trail at Shelby Street, where you can head into the city or continue westward to Indy's oldest city park, Garfield Park.
Travel across 96th Street on Indy’s north side and it’s easy to miss the entrance to Town Run, but if you find it you’ll discover Indy’s original home for mountain biking. Situated on 127 acres of parkland, Town Run is a natural oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the Castleton corridor. The singletrack course offers a variety of terrain for mountain bikers with beginner and intermediate skill levels.
Located a short 15-minute drive from downtown Indy lies a state park with geography that is uncharacteristically hilly for Central Indiana. Fort Harrison offers riders three flowy singletrack trails that range from beginner-friendly to challenging for intermediate riders. Trails offer multiple creek crossings with log crossings and some rock. Be sure to stop by nearby Triton Brewing for a well-earned craft beer after a ride.
In the southwest corner of the city, just outside of the 465-loop, lies Soutwestway Park. Within the second largest park in the Indy Parks system there is a multiuse trail (watch out for hikers and horses) that makes a figure eight through the park. The trail combines new quality mountain bike trails with older trails. Plans for expansion are in the works and more trails will be coming soon.
Enjoy picturesque skyline views from a pedal boat or kayak from Wheel Fun Boat Rentals as you take in the sounds and sights of the Central Canal.
When fresh air is calling your name, Indianapolis is here to deliver. From hiking to biking to ziplining, explore the outdoors and enjoy the top parks in Indy: White River State Park, Eagle Creek Park & Marina, Fort Harrison State Park, Garfield Park Conservatory & Sunken Garden, and Holliday Park.
Indiana is home to more Pete Dye designed courses than anywhere else in the world, and the city that he and his wife Alice call home. Discover his design brilliance on the Pete Dye Golf Trail, with three courses in Indy: Brickyard Crossing (with four holes inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway), The Fort at Fort Harrison State Park, and Maple Creek (his first 18-hole design).