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Things to do at White River State Park

Known for hosting world-class concerts, White River State Park’s 250-acres of greenspace is also home to many other exciting attractions, trails, waterways, and picnic areas.

  • Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
    The only one of its kind in the Midwest, the museum features traditional and contemporary exhibitions.
  •   IMAX® Theatre
    With a screen that’s over six stories tall, academy award-winning IMAX® technology offers larger-than-life film experiences in 2D and 3D. The IMAX® Theater is located inside the Indiana State Museum.
  • Indiana State Museum
    Learn about the cultural and scientific influences that helped shaped the state’s identity.
  • Victory Field
    Voted “Best Minor League Ballpark in America” by Sports Illustrated.
  • Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens
    Visit the aquarium, zoological park, and botanical gardens. There’s also a dolphin adventure show and arctic exhibit, featuring penguins and a polar bear.
  • NCAA Hall of Champions
    People of all ages enjoy the state-of-the-art museum and interactive exhibition center.
  • White River State Park Concerts
    The Lawn is an outdoor entertainment venue that regularly hosts world-class concerts, music festivals, and more.

Our Hotel Near White River State Park

As one of the top-rated hotels near White River State Park, the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown is the perfect place to stay and play at this family-friendly destination. We are ideally located just .5 miles away from the park, or a brief, 10-minute walk. Along with the attractions listed above, the park’s trails and waterways are great for staying active and enjoying the outdoors during the summer months. We’ve listed some of our favorite White River State Park activities below.

Tours and Rentals

  • Hop on a Segway to take in the sites. Gliding tours pass by all the major park attractions, the Cultural District, and more.
  • Indy’s BikeShare Program lets you explore the Cultural Trail which conveniently connects to the park’s Waterfront Trails and Walkways.
  • Rent a surrey, chopper, cruiser, or segway from the Bike Shop.
  • Head over to the Boathouse to rent a kayak or paddle boat.

White River Waterfront Trails and Walkways

  • Jog, run, walk, or grab a seat on one of the benches overlooking the waterway.
  • There’s also a pedestrian bridge and picnic area.

White River Promenade

  • This shaded, half-mile walkway is lined with trees and overlooks Indy’s skyline.
  • The promenade is pet-friendly and a great place for an afternoon stroll.