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10 Great Parks in Indianapolis

Indianapolis is the largest city by population in the state of Indiana. The mid-western city is growing and has a lot to offer for people of all ages. There is a wide variety of parks spread all over the city that offer some great amenities. Here are 10 great parks to see in Indianapolis.

1. Fort Harrison State Park

Fort Harrison State Park is a popular destination located in Lawrence Township, east of Indianapolis. The park was established in 1903 as a U.S. army post and much of the buildings and structures have been preserved throughout the park. It also has a variety of scenic paved trails as well as hiking and mountain biking trails. The Fall Creek trail is also accessible from the park and there are plenty of programs offered there by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Click here for more information about Fort Harrison State Park.

Fort Harrison State Park

2. Eagle Creek Park

Eagle Creek Park is the largest park in Indianapolis. The park has a large water reservoir that is used for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. There are over 10 miles of nature trails for all levels of hiking and the best zip lining in the city. There is also an amazing nature center for anyone interested in learning about nature. Click here for more information about Eagle Creek Park.

Eagle Creek Park

3. Riverside Park

Riverside Park is a 862-acre park with open fields, plenty of tennis courts, pedestrian trails, and other great amenities. Plenty of concerts and festivals are held at the Taggart Memorial amphitheater which is located in the park and the White River trail is also accessible from the park. Click here for more information about Riverside Park.

Riverside Park

4. Garfield Park

Garfield Park is the oldest city park in Indianapolis. The 128-acre park includes an amazing Conservatory as well as some great places for the arts such as the Garfield Park Arts Center and the MacAllister Amphitheater. The Pleasant Run trail is also accessible from the park. Click here for more information about Garfield Park.

Garfield Park

5. Broad Ripple Park

Broad Ripple Park is 137-acre located in the Broad Ripple district. The park is free and features great views of the White River, a large fenced-in dog park, and walking trails. The Broad Ripple Family Center in the park includes an indoor playground, indoor track, and conference rooms. Click here for more information about Broad Ripple Park.

Broad Ripple Park

6. White River State Park

White River State Park is a popular 267-acre urban park located in downtown Indianapolis. It is a great place to visit because of its proximity to the White River and other great attractions like the Indiana State Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum, the Indianapolis Zoo, the NCAA Hall of Champions, and the White River trail. Click here for more information about White River State Park.

White River State Park

7. Brookside Park

Brookside Park is located on the east side of Indianapolis. Pogue's Run, a tributary of the White River, also runs through the park and into the neighboring Spades Park. There is a pedestrian trail that connects Brookside Park to Spades Park, as well as a 24 hole disc golf course. Click here for more information about Brookside Park.

Brookside Park

8. Washington Park

Washington Park is a 130-acre park located north of downtown Indianapolis. There are acres of wonderful woodland and wetlands all over the park and a great 18 hole disc golf course. The family center in the park provides plenty of great resources, activities, and events for the community. Click here for more information about Washington Park.

Riverside Park

9. Ellenberger Park

Ellenberger Park is located in the historic Irvington neighborhood of Indianapolis. The community park contains walking trails, tennis courts, a public pool, and outdoor space used for events throughout the year. Click here for more information about Ellenberger Park.

Ellenberger Park

10. Southwestway Park

Southwestway Park is a 587-acre park located in south western Indianapolis. The park is a great place to go hiking or mountain biking. It is also conveniently located next to Winding River Golf Course which includes an 18-hole golf course and a driving range. Click here for more information about Southwestway Park.

Southwestway Park