One of the best things about Indianapolis is that it has a great variety of parks and green spaces, as well as recreational activities. Many people are aware that Indy is ranked second in park space per capita in the nation (behind only St. Louis), but do you know which parks have amenities such as playgrounds or trails?
Park Number One, at the corner of Delaware and Michigan streets on Monument Circle is a popular spot for many downtown residents. Besides having benches to sit in, some people also bring their dogs here because there are water fountains specifically for pets. The park has a number of trees which provide shade from the hot summer sun as well as multiple public restrooms that are conveniently located near by. Most importantly though it offers visitors one nice view after another with its close proximity to all the major attractions such as Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium and more!
The only downside I’ve ever heard about this location was when construction began on improvements over several years ago at nearby White River State Park. That resulted in heavy traffic in the area with congestion and detours. Unfortunately, that construction is still going on today but only for another couple of weeks. After that it will be a much better place to visit!
The next park I’d like to mention is called Military Park off West Market Street near the west side of downtown Indy. It’s not as popular among locals because it doesn’t have any sports teams playing nearby or skyscrapers above it, however its location provides access for those who live in areas such as Fountain Square, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus, Herron-Morton Place and more. In addition to being surrounded by beautiful historic buildings there are also some fountains which offer water shows every hour during certain times of the day.
The park is basically a square shape which makes it very easy to navigate, but I’d recommend going on foot or by bike because there isn’t much parking available in this area unless you have access to private property nearby. Also if you like architecture then be sure to check out buildings located at Illinois and Market Streets (this includes Indiana’s first statehouse), as well as the Athenaeum which has been around since 1853! However, another great aspect about this particular green space is that during certain times of year it offers free yoga classes for those who are interested along with other special events such as art shows and concerts. This place might not seem popular among locals now but I think over time more people will discover its hidden treasures.
The final park I’d like to mention is called White River State Park which offers a variety of attractions such as the Indianapolis Zoo, Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and more! It’s also home to Victory Field (the stadium for our AAA baseball team), Lucas Oil Stadium (where Indy Eleven plays soccer) and much more that was made possible by millions in state funding during the early 2000s. Because it covers over 350 acres this location has something to offer everyone including runners/walkers on its trails or those who just want to sit down next to one of many fountains with friends while enjoying their lunch from local food trucks that are present every weekend.
However there is more to this park than just its attractions because it also includes White River itself which is known for being one of the cleanest rivers in all of America as well as an Urban Beach that’s open during certain times from Memorial Day until Labor Day. There are even paddle boats you can rent if you want to explore more up close and personal! As a local who visits several parks throughout each year I’d recommend going on your own pace, but while doing so be sure not to miss out on everything there is available at this location such as great restaurants like Stacked Pickle (my favorite), coffee shops like Jazz Kitchen Express or bakery/donut shop called Sun King Brewery’s Roasting Plant Coffee Company – yes, they have donuts too!