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Best Outdoor Activities in Indianapolis

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Indianapolis Cultural Trail

The Cultural Trail is a great way to enjoy some exercise while taking in local culture. The eight-mile (13-kilometer) expanse of trail takes you through a series of pieces of public art for you to enjoy. Additionally, the trail connects to Indianapolis's best cultural districts, so whenever you get off the trail you'll be ready to enjoy all that the city has to offer.

Indianapolis, IN, United States
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Monon Trail

Want to cycle or hike down a long open road? Then you can consider heading to the Monon Trail. A rail trail located in Indiana, the Monon Trail runs from Indianapolis to Westfield covering almost 16.7 miles (26.9 kilometers). This beautiful greenway is used by adventure junkies every year. The fresh and lively surroundings make it a great place to walk your pet or have an early morning jog. The trail is easily accessible, as it is well connected to various districts and neighboring areas.

Indianapolis, IN, United States
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Central Canal Towpath

The Central Canal Towpath is five miles of crushed limestone path, first built in the 19th century. Winding along a lovely waterway among trees and nature, it is the perfect place for a walk, run or bike. The canal is known to have blue herons, turtles, ducks and fish, so you can observe some wildlife while you enjoy a little exercise.

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Holliday Park

This 94 acre (38 hectare) stretch of greenery is an oasis in North Indianapolis. There are over 3.5 miles of scenic hiking trails to explore, where you might see some of the wildlife that's been known to live in the park. You can also see the ruins of the St. Paul Building, which was moved to the park from New York City. Have a picnic on the beautiful grounds, or try your luck fishing the White River. With Holliday Park you can get back to nature without ever leaving the city.

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Eagle Creek Park

The Eagle Creek Park is a delightful and spacious stretch of green. With the countless entertainment opportunities available, you won't know what to do first. The beautiful park serves as home to the beautiful lily lake, hiking trails, a waterfowl sanctuary, nature and retreat centers. It even offers space for picnics and areas to go fishing. Eagle Creek Park is a place where you can see a variety of flora and fauna. The site is also the beginning point for many beautiful hiking trails. Designated as a nature reserve, it is the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon for any nature lover. Check website for more details.

Indianapolis, IN, United States
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Fort Harrison State Park

Also known as Fort Ben, Fort Harrison is a state park that was established in 1996. This park offers an unique blend of history and scenery, and has something for everyone. History buffs can explore the historic Citizen's Military Training Camp and the Museum of 20th Century Warfare. Nature lovers can visit the Nature Center or simply walk through the trails of this green oasis. Other activities at the Fort Harrison State Park include fishing, hiking, ice fishing and cross-country skiing. It is also home to the Fort Golf Resort & Conference Center. There's even a dog park on-site, so you can give your furry friend a great day out.

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