If you´re looking for a fun and inexpensive way to spend a sunny day in Indianapolis, simply pack a picnic lunch and head to the park. Chances are you won´t have to go far to find one, since tucked into and around Indianapolis real estate are two state parks, six regional parks, and a slew of community and neighborhood parks. Whether it´s a brisk, scenic hike you want, or just a place to throw a Frisbee, there´s an Indy park out there for you!
Broad Ripple Park | 1550 Broad Ripple Avenue
Located along the banks of the White River, Broad Ripple Park was once the home of a carousel now found in the Indianapolis Children´s Museum. Picnic areas, a fitness trail, tennis courts and a variety of special programs and activities are available. If it´s Fido you´re trying to entertain, be sure to visit the Bark Park.
Eagle Creek Park | 7840 W. 56th Street
At nearly 4,000 acres, Eagle Creek ranks as one of the largest municipal parks in the United States. Lilly Lake, inside the park´s boundaries, offers fishing, swimming and boating opportunities. Cross country ski paths provide recreation during the winter months, and wildlife enthusiasts will appreciate the marsh and bird sanctuary.
Fort Harrison State Park | 5753 Glenn Road
Once an active duty Army post, Fort Harrison is now a state park open to the public. Horseback riding, hiking trails, sledding hills, picnic and recreation sites are just some of the attractions that make Fort Harrison one of the best-kept secrets in the Indy area. While you´re there, be sure to take in a history lesson at the former World War II prisoner of war camp.
See the complete list of Indianapolis parks.