White River State Park, Indianapolis

4.7
#3 of 10 in Parks in Indianapolis
Garden · Hidden Gem · Park
White River State Park covers 250 acres (1 km2) in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, on the western edge of the downtown area at 801 West Washington Street. It is also one of seven designated cultural districts in Indianapolis. Among the attractions located in or near the park are the Indiana State Museum and IMAX Theater, the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the NCAA Headquarters and Hall of Champions, the Medal of Honor Memorial, Victory Field (home of Indianapolis Indians baseball), Military Park, the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn Concert Series, and the Indiana Cross Country Arena. White River State Park is an urban park located in Indianapolis and is not part of the 32 properties managed by the Division of State Parks, a land management team within the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Restoration on this area began in the late 1980s, when public attention fell on the Indiana Central Canal. The canal was originally engineered in the 1830s as a way to ship goods through the state of Indiana, but the project went bankrupt and the Indianapolis section of the canal was the only section that was ever dug. Although the canal was never used for its intended purpose, recent restoration and development have changed the area and it is currently functioning as a cultural center within the city of Indianapolis. One of the proposed focal points of the park, Indiana Tower, was never constructed.
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  • Beautiful park for a relaxing stroll. There were a lot of bicyclists out in the park. We visited to Visitors Center while there and picked up some souvenirs.  more »
  • You can walk the canal and visit different shop and restaurants. We kayaked the canal and it was great. There were others using the paddle boats and at one location you can take a gondola ride with...  more »
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  • Very open and not elbow to elbow people, plus it's family friendly. You can really step back and enjoy the show and no matter where you are, you can see the stage. Parking was $15 and drinks were reasonable given the area. Food was priced decently and we enjoyed what we had (pizza). We loved the music and the venue. Highly recommend this venue and we will definitely be see shows here in the future!
  • Better than Deer Creek (yeah, I'm old). It's very nice, both lawn & reserved seats. Nice food trucks & vendors inside. Restroom facilities very large & clean. Convenient access to a couple of nearby restaurants.

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