The Idle


This questionably ambitious hidden green space lying off the Cultural Trail between Fletcher Place and Fountain Square might seem a tad strange, but you wouldn't be visiting Indiana if you weren't looking for Midwestern eccentricities. Landlocked between lanes of I-65/70, it features an accessible limestone trail leading to a viewing platform (complete with seats salvaged from old Bush Stadium in Indy) from where folks sit and ponder, watching the Crossroads of America fly by along the interstate. A rubberneckers dream!

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1. Rhythm! Discovery Center

1.18 MILES

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2. Indiana War Memorial

1.39 MILES

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3. Eiteljorg Museum

1.54 MILES

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4. White River State Park


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5. Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library

1.81 MILES

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6. Indiana Medical History Museum

3.84 MILES

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7. Children's Museum of Indianapolis

3.85 MILES

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8. Newfields

5.32 MILES

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