6 Best Parks for Families in Indianapolis

July 28th, 2016 by

Running DogIndianapolis is a great place to visit if you like to spend time outside. There are many parks where you can relax and spend the afternoon sitting on the grass, or enjoy the outdoors by canoeing or biking. Here are some of the best parks in Indy.

Military Park

Located at 601 W. New York Street, this park was once a Civil War camp. The name comes from its shape which looks like a military badge, and it is home to many Indianapolis area festivals and the annual JazzFest. 

White River State Park

This is Indianapolis’s urban state park located right in the downtown area. It offers over 250 acres of grass where you can relax, throw a frisbee, or take a bike ride. This park also features many attractions including Segway rides where you can explore the whole area, or rent a pedal boat and take a ride down the 1.5-mile canal.  The Indianapolis Zoo is also adjacent to the park.

Eagle Creek Park

Enjoy the beautiful grounds of this Indy park. Take a walk through the trails that wind around the 4000-acre area and see the wildlife that lives there. The park is open from 7 a.m. to sunset and admission is just $3. Explore the nature centers or take the kids for a swim at the beach. The park also has hiking trails and playgrounds where children can burn off some energy.

Indy Greenways

Located at 900 E. 64th Street, Indy Greenways has over 175 miles of trails. Spend the day walking or biking along the paths, and take in the beautiful scenery that includes rivers and a canal towpath. The park is open from sunrise through  sunset every day.

Fort Harrison State Park

Fort Harrison State Park was once a military fort and a prisoner of war camp. Visitors can explore the old fort and camp along with the Citizen’s Military Training Camp. The park, located at 5753 Glen Road also offers trails for biking and hiking along with places for the whole family to enjoy a picnic. Fall Creek is a great place to fish for those who want to bring their fishing pole and try their luck with two different access points to the water from the park.

Perry Park

Situated right at 451 E. Stop 11 Road, Perry Park is a fun place to take the kids. There is an ice rink in the winter, and the pool is open in the summer. Admission is just $3 for skating and it is only $5 for adults and $4 for children to swim at the Perry Aquatic Center. Picnic shelters offer some shade while you enjoy an outdoor lunch, and there is also a roller blading  park for skating in the warmer months.

There are many different parks to choose from if you want to spend the day outside and enjoy the nice weather in Indianapolis. Whether you live in the area or are just visiting, there is something for everyone.


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