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White River State Park, Indianapolis

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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). Initial plans for the park were conceived by civic leaders in the late-1970s to capitalize on the city's amateur sports economic development strategy. Bipartisan support from state legislators and seed money from corporate partners led to the organization of a quasi-governmental commission to oversee planning and operations for the park. Construction began in the 1980s with the acquisition and clearing of blighted industrial properties and realignment of Washington Street for redevelopment.
Notable attractions located in the park include the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Zoo, Medal of Honor Memorial, NCAA Hall of Champions, Victory Field, and White River Gardens.

The park and accompanying Indianapolis Canal Walk comprise one of seven designated cultural districts.

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  • My wife and I rented bikes in the park and spent a pleasant hour riding on the many trails. The park is right downtown so it's close to several museums and other attractions including the zoo (right.....  more »
  • What a treasure right in downtown Indianapolis! A huge green space with well-maintained grass, sidewalks, water views, etc. A perfect spot to read, picnic, or just walk around. It would have been.....  more »
  • 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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