White River State Park


The expansive park, located at downtown's edge, contains several worthwhile sights. The adobe Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art features an impressive collection of Native American works. Other park highlights include an atmospheric minor-league baseball stadium, a zoo, a 3-mile loop canal walk, gardens, Indiana State Museum and the NCAA Hall of Champions. The outdoor summer concert series (May to September) is also a fantastic day out (check website for details).

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Nearby Indianapolis attractions

1. Eiteljorg Museum

0.19 MILES

This adobe museum features Native American basketry, pots and masks, as well as a realistic/romantic Western painting collection with works by Frederic…

2. Rhythm! Discovery Center

0.55 MILES

Bang drums, gongs, xylophones and exotic percussive instruments from around the globe at this hidden gem downtown. Kids love the interactive whomping…

3. Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library

0.66 MILES

Author Kurt Vonnegut was born and raised in Indy, and this humble museum pays homage with displays including his Pall Mall cigarettes, droll drawings and…

4. Indiana War Memorial

0.87 MILES

Only Washington, DC has more city monuments and memorials than Indianapolis (in fact, Scottish surveyor Alexander Ralston helped design both cities). This…

5. 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…

6. Indiana Medical History Museum

2.31 MILES

When you think 'horror movie asylum,' this century-old state psychiatric hospital is exactly what you envision. Included guided tours roam the former…

7. Children's Museum of Indianapolis

3.11 MILES

It's the world's largest kids' museum, sprawled over five floors holding incredible exhibitions on dinosaurs, space stations and so much more. The museum…

8. Dallara IndyCar Factory

3.91 MILES

This shiny factory is a short walk from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the Indy 500 motor race, and provides a peek at how the fast cars are…