White River State Park is an urban park in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Situated along the eastern and western banks of its namesake White River, the park covers 267 acres (108 ha). The park is home to numerous attractions, including the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Zoo, NCAA Hall of Champions, Victory Field, and White River Gardens.Plan to see White River State Park and other attractions that appeal to you using our Indianapolis trip planner.
The park and accompanying Indianapolis Canal Walk comprise one of seven designated cultural districts.
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I've been wanting to check this park out for a while and we finally went! My dog enjoyed taking in the sites and scents. I enjoyed walking around with him, along the canal walk, and in other areas..... more
I've been wanting to check this park out for a while and we finally went! My dog enjoyed taking in the sites and scents. I enjoyed walking around with him, along the canal walk, and in other areas..... more »
Lovely venue in the middle of downtown Indianapolis. Unfortunately, due to a lack of signage, issues with parking and closed off sections, our experience was less than ideal. Our first problem was parking. The signs for visitor parking directed us to an area that barricaded and restricted. We found our way to a parking garage that had posted rates. It was early on a Sunday morning, so we were sorry to see the cost would be $8 for one hour or less. We knew we would cut our trip short to stay under that limit. We never found a welcome center or official "entrance". It looked like many businesses, green spaces and walking trails near the river is the park. There may be more, but we found no real signage explaining that. We enjoyed walking the grounds, admiring the art, green spaces and buildings. There were several bikers and runners enjoying some early morning exercise. We noticed a huge section was blocked off with temporary barricades. When we found some signage on the barricade, we realized the barricade enclosed a concert venue that closed off one section of the park for about half the year. Is that area ever free to explore? After a walk over the bridge we saw an entrance to a zoo (closed), we realized there was little left to explore, so we headed back to our car in the garage. A kiosk started talking to us to insert our parking ticket. Fortunately, we had it with us and inserted it. It didn't ask for payment, but gave it back to us. We thought it might be broken. We wandered the parking garage for a while (no maps) but, we finally found the car. When we left, the parking ticket opened the gate. Again, no charge for parking. At that point we figured parking was free on a Sunday. Too bad we didn't know that initially. We would have spent longer in the park. Overall, this is a nice space to explore, I definitely would not pay $8 to park do that, but we may return on a future Sunday. I didn't see a playground, picnic area, no pets, and no public restrooms available. They need to update signs for those who are unfamiliar with this venue.
I have come here for two years in a row during the summer... It's always a nice place to relax and take pictures. Good atmosphere and tons of activities going on to get involved with. Recommend as a nice place to relax and possibly have a picnic :)
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