Top Ten Outdoor Spaces
Indianapolis Top Ten

Indy residents love to play outside. Here are some of our favorite spots for a little fresh air.

Canal Walk
  1. Canal Walk: Tour this unique Indianapolis space, which stretches from White River State Park to Indianapolis' near north side, on foot, bike, or boat.
  2. Military Park: Originally a Civil War encampment, Military Park is home to Indianapolis' biggest festivals including Irish Fest and the Eiteljorg Museum's annual Indian Market.
  3. Eagle Creek Park: With 3,900 acres of land and a 1,400 acre lake, Eagle Creek Park & Marina is the 6th largest city park in the U.S. and is a hotbed for rowing, birding, and cycling
  4. Monument Circle: As the geographic heart of of the city,"The Circle" is an ideal spot to enjoy lunch or get an iconic photo taken. Enjoy the art adorning the Sailor and Soldiers Monument, visit the Civil War museum located inside, or journey to the top of the monument for a birds-eye view.
  5. Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park at Newfields :100 Acres: Located on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, this kid-friendly green space connects contemporary art and an untouched landscape.
  6. Monon Rail Trail: Take in Indianapolis' neighborhoods while along this popular rail-trail that stretches from the northern suburb of Westfield to downtown's Mass Ave Cultural District where it connects to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.
  7. Indiana War Memorial Plaza: Relax on a sunny day or walk your dog in this urban green space that blankets the space between the Central Library and the Indiana War Memorial.
  8. Fort Harrison State Park & Golf Resort: Between picnics or fishing, visitors can tour the park's military past at the Prisoners of War Camp, Citizen's Military Training Camp, and Civilian Conservation Corps camp. Or, enjoy a round of golf on the Pete Dye-designed 18-hole course.
  9. White River Gardens: The Indianapolis Zoo's botanical gardens offer over one thousand varieties of natural beauty and are home to a stunning array of butterflies every spring.
  10. Garfield Conservatory and Sunken Gardens: With 10,000 square feet of tropical plants that are in full bloom year-round in the conservatory and three acres of classic, European formal garden, Garfield Park is a must-see for any green thumb.

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