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Parks & Outdoor Activities In Indy by JW Indianapolis Hotel

Get Outside in Indy

Enjoy an afternoon with Mother Nature at a park in downtown Indianapolis. From fitness and family picnics to water sports and seasonal recreation, here’s your guide to exploring the top parks around downtown Indy.

The Indianapolis Greenways
With over 175 miles of interconnected trails and paths, Indy’s historic park and boulevard system offers a wide assortment of fun activities and outdoor adventures. The Indiana Pacers Bikeshare is an easy way to rent a bike and enjoy the trails, green & quickly get around town

Top Trails Near Downtown

  1. Indy’s Cultural Trail (connects all 6 of Indy’s cultural districts)
    • From Mass Ave to White River State Park and Fountain Square
    • Activities: Walking, Biking, Sightseeing
  2. Central Canal Towpath
    • From Broad Ripple Village to 30th St. at White River
    • Activities: Walking, Cycling
  3. Fall Creek Trail
    • From 56th St. to Fall Creek Road
    • Activities: Walking, Biking, Inline Skating
  4. White River Wapahani Trail
    • From 38th St. to White River State Park, ending South at Raymond St.
    • Activities: Walking, Jogging, Cycling, Canoeing
  5. Monon Rail Trail
    • Access from the Cultural Trail in downtown at 10th St.
    • Activities: Walking, Biking, Jogging, Inline Skating
  6. Pogues Run Trail
    • From S. Rural St. to Brookside Park
    • Activities: Walking, Jogging, Cycling

Parks and Outdoor Activities

Unlike an average metropolis, Indy is so much more than just a concrete jungle. So, we’ve rounded up the top parks and outdoor spaces around downtown Indy.

Whether you only have an hour to spare or an entire day to look for adventure, the city offers plenty of ways to enjoy a little fresh air.

Downtown Green Spaces
For a short break from city life, head to one of these great parks in downtown Indianapolis:

  • Downtown Indy Canal Walk, from White River State Park to 11th St.
    • Enjoy a scenic stroll or Gondola ride along downtown’s waterside promenade.
    • Rent a Segway, pedal boat, or bicycle
  • American Legion Mall at 500-600 N. Meridian St.
    • An expansive, open lawn surrounded by large trees and benches
    • Connects to the Cultural Trail
  • Babe Denny Park at Old Southside neighborhood, near Lucas Oil Stadium
    • There’s a playground for kids, picnic area, benches, and a basketball court.
    • Enjoy a quiet lunch while the kids play.
  • Bill Gray Plaza on Mass Ave outside Bru Burger Bar
    • This hidden downtown gem features a shaded plaza with the Brickface 3 sculpture by James Tyler, large trees, and a small lawn.
    • With Starbucks and several restaurants nearby, this is the perfect place for a lunch or afternoon coffee break.

All-Day Adventures
For an action-packed day of fun and excitement, head to Eagle Creek Park, located about 10 miles from downtown Indy.

With nearly 4,000 sq. ft. of woods, meadows, and ponds, Eagle Creek Park offers:

  • Treetop Adventures – 5 zip lines, rope ladders, and Tarzan swings

    (Voted by USA Today as one of the top 10 zip lines in the US.)

  • Summer Concerts
  • Championship Golf Courses
  • Hayrides (during the fall)
  • Swimming, Fishing, Volleyball, and Watersports
  • Playgrounds and Picnic Areas
  • 16 Miles of Unspoiled Trails (including a fitness trail with 20 exercise stations)