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Things to Do
Explore parks, enjoy a delicious meal, have an adventure – all near the White River in Central Indiana.
There are so many ways to connect to the river, whether from the shoreline or a scenic overlook. Cultural Districts, trails, museums, and local eateries of every taste are offered.
Beyond parks and trails, the White River connects most of what Central Indiana has to offer and has something for everyone’s taste.
30th St Bridge
Perhaps the most beautiful historic bridge in Central Indiana, the 30th Street bridge links both sides of Riverside Park in Indianapolis. It was built in 1907 after a series of floods destroyed many of the original bridges across the river. It was state-of-the-art for its time, consisting of concrete and steel arches faced with Indiana limestone, and included scenic overlooks and grand staircases down to the river. The bridge today is in serious disrepair but is slated for significant rehabilitation beginning in late 2021.
During the era of segregated public parks and swimming pools, Black residents found a naturally-sandy but heavily-polluted section of the White River just south of 16th Street in Indy as one of the few places they could access water recreation. During times of low water you’ll still find a sandy beach beneath the ruins of the Emrichsville Dam, and residents of the Haughville neighborhood are working to honor the site’s history.
Travel through history on the banks of the White River and experience life at the home of pioneer settler William Connor, in a Lenape Indian camp, in a pioneer village, and during the Civil War at this immersive museum, one of the most visited of its kind in the nation.
Sleep under the stars and close to the water at the White River Campground, rent a canoe or kayak from the White River Canoe Company. Play a round at Prairie View or Coffin golf courses. Explore art and nature together at the (free!) 100 Acres.
Arts & Culture
Take an in outdoor concert at Federal Hill Commons or an arts celebration in the state designated Noblesville Cultural District. Learn about Indiana’s rich history at Conner Prairie. Wander the grounds of the Indianapolis Arts Center in Broad Ripple. Connect to the river while exploring Downtown Indianapolis.
Shopping & Villages
Some of the best shopping districts and villages are connected by the river. You’ll find unique shopping experiences at the most upscale of national shops as well as the most eclectic of local ones.
The river’s nearly 20,000 years of natural and human history is on display up and down its banks. Discover the stories of previous generations and civilizations along the river’s edge.
Waterways, Bridges & Dams
While the river itself is a piece of natural infrastructure, people have long been constructing other infrastructure like waterways, bridges, and dams that connect to it.
Find Your Park
Love to walk a trail? In need of a quiet spot? Want to explore an open green space? Take the Find Your Parks quiz to discover which park(s) is the perfect spot for you.