Hoosiers must endure some pretty harsh weather in winter, so when summer hits it’s time to head outdoors! The following parks are some of the best places in the city to soak up the sun, stretch your legs, and find adventure.
Garfield Regional Park
This 136-acre park on the near south side is the oldest in Indy and is on the National Register of Historic Places. There’s lots to do at Garfield! Cool down at the outdoor water park or stroll through beautiful flowers and plants at the Conservatory and then watch the lighted fountain show in the Sunken Gardens. Be sure to check the calendar of events, as the park often hosts free concerts and movie nights during the summer.
Southeastway Regional Park
Southeastway Park is actually located in New Palestine, Indiana but for those living in Franklin Township, Cumberland, or Irvington, it’s a pretty quick drive. The park is 188 acres and 80 of those acres are forested. One of the best features of Southeastway is the paved trail for biking, walking, rollerblading, or skateboarding. There’s also two playgrounds, a pond, a nature center, several shelter houses, and lots of green space for picnics or tossing a frisbee.
Holliday Park is located in Broad Ripple at 6363 Spring Mill Road. The park is 94-acres and has one of the best playgrounds in the city. It also contains a 13,000 square foot nature center, 3.5 miles of wooded hiking trails, and 19th century ruins. The White River runs through Holliday Park and is great for catching bass and bluegill. If you’ve read The Fault In Our Stars, you’ll appreciate Holliday Park park even more as it’s mentioned in the book several times.
Fort Harrison State Park
Located right off 465 on the east side of Indy, Ft. Harrison State Park is a 1,700-acre retreat in the middle of the city. Once you’re in the park, you’ll feel like you’re miles away from Indy—not right in the middle of it! Ft. Harrison offers rugged mountain biking trails, wooded hiking trails, horseback riding, and a paved path for runners, bikers, and dog walkers. There’s also a fishing lake, playgrounds, and several shelter houses.
Eagle Creek Park
At 3,900 acres, Eagle Creek is one of the largest municipal parks in the country and the largest in Indianapolis. 1,400 of those acres are water, making Eagle Creek a great place for fishing, sailing, kayaking, and swimming. Go Ape has set up shop in Eagle Creek Park and offers zip lining and obstacle course for those looking for adventure.
With so many awesome parks in Indy, why are you still inside? Get offline and get outside!
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