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Indianapolis Cultural Trail

World-class urban greenway connecting all Downtown Indy has to offer.

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Urban Wilderness Trail

Nature trail through floodplain wildlife habitat in the heart of the city.

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Central Canal Towpath

Trail alongside historic canal waterway linking Broad Ripple Village with Newfields and Riverside Park.

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White River Greenway (Indianapolis)

Paved trail following the river in Indianapolis

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White River Greenway (Noblesville)

Paved trail through the floodplain forest in Noblesville

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Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park

100 acres to enjoy art and nature.

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Blickman Educational Trail Park

Riverfront trails connecting Marott and Holliday Parks.

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Lafayette Trace Park

Popular fishing and boating access spot.

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Strawtown Koteewi Park

For family adventure in every season, Strawtown Koteewi Park is a MUST see park.

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Potter’s Bridge Park

To see the only covered bridge in Hamilton County, visit Potter’s Bridge Park.

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Forest Park

Filled with attractions and activities, Forest Park is a destination for the entire family!

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Federal Hill Commons

Federal Hill Commons offers community fun in every season.

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River Road Park

River Road Park is a park that includes something for everyone.

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River Heritage Park

Visit River Heritage Park’s accessible playground and more.

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Nonie Werbe Krauss Nature Preserve

Visit for a quiet natural escape.

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Hazel Landing Park

Actively reconnect with nature at Hazel Landing Park.

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Heritage Park at White River

Visit this park with your family to explore the beautiful gardens and the Historic Ambassador House.

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Town Run Trail Park

Pack your bike and go to Town Run Trail Park.

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Oliver’s Woods

This nature preserve offers a quiet pace amongst the busy shopping & business district of Keystone at the Crossing.

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Marott Woods Nature Preserve

This small, wooded park includes a nature preserve, spring wildflowers and is perfect for birdwatching.

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Holliday Park

For a nature immersion within the city, visit Holliday Park.

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Broad Ripple Park

A dog park, outdoor pool, walking trails, great playgrounds for kids, and more all along the White River.

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Holcomb Gardens

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Riverside Park

Get active! Golf, launch a boat, enjoy the courts all within Riverside Park’s 860+ acres.

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Municipal Gardens

Tucked in downtown Indy, Municipal Gardens is the perfect escape for families.ll

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White River State Park

For an urban park offering world-class attractions, visit White River State Park!

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Southwestway Park

Southwestway Park is the perfect park for families looking to stay active!

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Back 9 Golf

Perhaps the most unique boating experience available on the White River is a paddle boat, available for chartered, special event excursions of up to 60 people. Smaller guided tours on pontoon boats are also available.

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Two Forks Guide Service

Looking for an outstanding day on the river? Local fishing guides can help you enjoy a fully furnished, full-day experience of solitude and beauty on the river complete with insider knowledge on where the best fishing spots can be found.

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New York Street Bridge

This otherwise nondescript bridge comes alive after dark with vibrant colors reflecting off the river’s surface with a view of the downtown Indianapolis skyline in the distance. Sit on the west bank lawn and watch the colorful ripples of the water.

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Indianapolis Zoo & White River Gardens

From dolphins to orangutans and elephants to macaws, you can experience five core biomes of the world at one of the leading players in global animal conservation. The adjacent White River Gardens is a 3.3 acre lush landscape in outdoor gardens and an indoor tropical conservatory.

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Harding Street Dam

Located north of Interstate 465 on Indy’s southside, this low-head dam was built in the 1920s originally to serve a gristmill. Today it provides cooling water for a natural gas power plant. It is owned by AES and alters the river for 4.8 miles upstream to the Chevy Dam.

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Chevy Dam

Located south of Washington Street in the West Indy neighborhood, this low-head dam has been modified with large rocks and serves utility purposes for Citizens Energy Group’s downtown district heating and cooling system. It is owned by Citizens Energy Group and alters the river for 2.5 miles upstream to the Emrichsville Dam.

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Emrichsville Dam

Located south of 16th Street in the Haughville neighborhood, this low-head dam was constructed in 1899 for aesthetic and recreation purposes as part of the development of Riverside Park upstream. More recently it provided for emergency intake pumps for Indy’s municipal water supply. The dam partially collapsed in 2018, lowering the water levels it was holding back by at least six feet and will be replaced by a smaller, safer, and more ecologically-friendly rock dam upstream. This dam is owned by the City of Indianapolis, and prior to its collapse altered the river for 4.3 miles upstream.

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Broad Ripple Dam and Williams Creek Cutoff Dams

Located in Broad Ripple, these two low-head dams were constructed in support of the Central Canal project and today serve to divert river water into the canal for Indy’s municipal water supply. They are owned by Citizens Energy Group and alters the river for 3.9 miles upstream.

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Riverwood Dam

Located north of Noblesville around 211th Street, this low-head dam was built in 1922 as a hydro-electric dam but today provides cooling water for a natural gas power plant. It is owned by Duke Energy and alters the river for 3.3 miles upstream.

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Dams

For more than a century people have constructed dams and levees to alter the flow of the river. These features have changed the look and health of the river, creating areas of river that are much deeper and wider than the natural river and creating barriers for aquatic life.

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Old Washington Street Bridge at White River State Park

Built in 1916 to replace a bridge destroyed in the Great Flood of 1913, this bridge served as a crossing for Washington Street (the historic National Road) until 1994, when it was refurbished as a pedestrian bridge connecting the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens section of White River State Park to the park’s main campus.

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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.

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82nd Street David Wolf Bridge

Named after Indianapolis native astronaut David Wolf but more commonly known as just “the green bridge,” this bridge was built in 1941 as a two-lane Parker through-truss steel bridge. It was restored in 2008 and today serves the eastbound lanes of 82nd Street in the Keystone at the Crossing area.

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Mann Hill at Southwestway Park

Geology buffs will find some of the most outstanding geological features in central Indiana in Southwestway Park. Formed during the last glacial period and undeveloped since, Mann Hill is a kame, or a large mound of sand and gravel outwash that was deposited at the edge of retreating glaciers. A 3-acre gaminoid fen wetland can also be found at the park.

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Potters Bridge

Built in 1870, Potter’s Bridge is the only remaining covered bridge in Marion or Hamilton Counties. The bridge over White River has been restored for pedestrian use and is the centerpiece of the 66-acre Potter’s Bridge Park.

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Historic Pumphouse at White River State Park

This brick Italianate structure served as the original water pumping station for the Indianapolis Water Company between 1870 and 1969, providing some of the earliest pressurized water and drinking water to much of Indianapolis.

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Heslar Naval Armory

Now home to Riverside High School, the Art Moderne design building was built in 1938 by the depression-era Works Progress Administration. The building contained unique training features like a mock navigation bridge, boiler room, a floodable training room, and a rifle range, and its inland location made it an important strategic meeting location for military leadership during World War II.

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Central Canal

Three portions of the Central Canal are visible along the White River. Part of the Indiana Mammoth Internal Improvement Act of 1836, the Central Canal was envisioned as part of a series of canals, highways, and later, railroads, that crisscrossed the state. Few of the ill-timed projects were ever finished because of the onset of the Great Depression, but you can see a remnant of the construction at Lafayette Trace Park, a reimagination into the Downtown Canalwalk in downtown Indianapolis and White River State Park, and as a trail-lined waterway that conveys water from the river in Broad Ripple south toward downtown Indy.

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Historical Sites

Anchored by the iconic Hamilton County Courthouse designed in an ornate Second Empire style design, Historic Noblesville Square is home to a charming mix of local eateries and shops only two blocks from the Noblesville Riverwalk.

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Belmont Beach

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.

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Coldspring Road Mansions and Gardens

In the early 20th Century the economic barons of Indianapolis built a series of exquisite mansions along the hills of the White River north of downtown Indy. Oldfields, also called the Lilly House and Gardens, is completely restored on the Newfields campus. The Marian University campus nearby is home to the Allison Mansion, also known as the Riverdale Estate, which featured a garden designed by prominent landscape architect Jens Jensen that has been partially restored. Marian is also home to the Sommers Mansion and the Wheeler-Stokely Mansion, all converted for university use. Across the river you’ll also find the Golden Hill Historic District that features several notable but private residences.

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Indianapolis Park and Boulevard System (Kessler System)

One of the largest nominations in the National Register of Historic Places recognizes the city planning work championed by landscape architect and city planner George Kessler. For nearly two decades, Kessler developed a connected network of parks, stream-based parkways, and tree-lined boulevards inspired by the City Beautiful movement.

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Koteewi Trace & Taylor Center of Natural History at Strawtown Koteewi Park

Life-sized replica structures and a mock archaeological excavation compliment the Taylor Center of Natural History, bringing to life the communities built by successive American Indian peoples for nearly 1,000 years before the arrival of European settlers.

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International Marketplace

Located two miles west of the river near Newfields and Riverside Park, this former regional shopping district has found new life with more than 110 ethnic restaurants and 40 markets-the greatest concentration of authentic ethnic food in the state. You’ll hear more than 100 languages being spoken!

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Fishers Nickel Plate District

Two miles east of the river on 116th Street, the Nickel Plate District is a developing new center in downtown Fishers with a growing local food scene and shops, along with an outdoor amphitheater and park.

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Downtown Indianapolis

Most of the shopping and eating destinations are a 10-15 minute walk (or a few minutes on Pacers Bike Share or scooters) east of the river, where you’ll find the region’s greatest concentration of both local and chain restaurants and pockets of retail shopping opportunities and nightlife. On the east side of downtown, along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail you’ll find local hotspots Mass Ave and Fountain Square.

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56th/Illinois in Butler-Tarkington

Located on the banks of the Central Canal near the river, this small main street in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood has several popular local shops and restaurants.

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Broad Ripple Village

Filled with local shops, restaurants, and nightlife, the Village also is home to the Indianapolis Arts Center, Broad Ripple Park, and a network of trails and waterways, including the popular Monon Trail and the Central Canal Towpath along the historic Central Canal. IndyGo’s Red Line also links the Village with smaller restaurant clusters to the south (and to Downtown Indy).

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Keystone at the Crossing

This collection of upscale shopping is anchored by The Fashion Mall, where you’ll find the likes of Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Apple, and Crate + Barrel, as well as extensive dining options, hotels, and the Keystone Art Cinema.

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Downtown Noblesville

Located on the river, Downtown Noblesville is a quintessential Midwestern downtown complete with the historic courthouse-anchored Noblesville Town Square. You’ll find local shops, restaurants, services, parks, the Nickel Plate Arts campus, and the Noblesville Riverwalk.

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Indy Eleven at IU’s Carroll Stadium

Catch Indy’s minor-league professional soccer team playing at Carroll Stadium on the IUPUI campus.

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Herron School of Art + Design at IUPUI

Open year round, the Galleries at Herron showcase the artwork of emerging and established contemporary artists and designers, as well as the work of Herron’s acclaimed faculty, distinguished alumni and students

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Victory Field at White River State Park

Catch the minor-league Indianapolis Indians baseball team with panoramic views of the downtown Indy skyline in this ball park, recognized as one of the best parks in the nation.

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Holcomb Observatory at Butler University

Just blocks from the White River, Butler University (go Dawgs!) is home to several cultural and entertainment venues. Clowes Hall anchors a broader performance complex and features a variety of performances, including some of the world’s greatest talents. Historic Hinkle Fieldhouse nearby is one of the nation’s great classic sports arenas where you can catch basketball and volleyball games. And if science and education programming is more your game, the Holcomb Observatory is one of the largest public observatories in the world, housing a 38-inch Cassegrain reflector and a fully digital, immersive fulldome planetarium.

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Hinkle Fieldhouse at Butler University

Just blocks from the White River, Butler University (go Dawgs!) is home to several cultural and entertainment venues. Clowes Hall anchors a broader performance complex and features a variety of performances, including some of the world’s greatest talents. Historic Hinkle Fieldhouse nearby is one of the nation’s great classic sports arenas where you can catch basketball and volleyball games. And if science and education programming is more your game, the Holcomb Observatory is one of the largest public observatories in the world, housing a 38-inch Cassegrain reflector and a fully digital, immersive fulldome planetarium.

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Clowes Hall at Butler University

Just blocks from the White River, Butler University (go Dawgs!) is home to several cultural and entertainment venues. Clowes Hall anchors a broader performance complex and features a variety of performances, including some of the world’s greatest talents. Historic Hinkle Fieldhouse nearby is one of the nation’s great classic sports arenas where you can catch basketball and volleyball games. And if science and education programming is more your game, the Holcomb Observatory is one of the largest public observatories in the world, housing a 38-inch Cassegrain reflector and a fully digital, immersive fulldome planetarium.

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Indiana History Center

A short jog along the Downtown Canalwalk from the river, the Indiana History Center brings the past to life with immersive and award-winning exhibits that tell the story of the Hoosier state.

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Indiana State Museum

Located on the Downtown Canalwalk in White River State Park, the museum tells the story of the Hoosier state, and features a year-round calendar of exhibits that explore Indiana art, science and culture from Indiana’s past, present and future through scientific, cultural, history and art exhibits that help define our place in the world.

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Keystone Art Cinema

Located in The Fashion Mall in the Keystone at the Crossing area, this seven-screen theater complex features a wide array of films from independent and foreign language films to documentaries, restored classics and non-traditional studio fare.

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Taggart Memorial Amphitheatre at Riverside Park

With the historic Taggart Memorial serving as the backdrop, the fully-equipped amphitheater is home to Indy Shakes, central Indiana’s only professional “Shakespeare in the Park” company, as well as weekly concerts and movie events.

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TCU Amphitheater and IMAX at White River State Park

These two venues offer world-class entertainment on the banks of the White River in downtown Indy. The state-of-the-art TCU Amphitheater welcomes touring musicians and performances in a 6,000-seat outdoor amphitheater. The IMAX Theater inside of the Indiana State Museum offers traditional IMAX films and documentaries as well as remastered Hollywood blockbusters on a six-story tall screen.

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NCAA Hall of Champions at White River State Park

Engage with all 24 NCAA collegiate sports through exhibits, videos, and interactive play where you can compete virtually and hands-on through sports simulators, a 1930s retro gym, ski simulator, and more.

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Eiteljorg Museum at White River State Park

Featured as one of the world’s finest Native American and Western Art collections by True West, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is one of only two such museums east of the Mississippi. The Eiteljorg contains traditional and contemporary pieces by such artists as T.C. Cannon, Andy Warhol and Georgia O’Keefe.

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Newfields

This signature 152-acre art and nature campus includes: the world class Indianapolis Museum of Art, one of the ten largest and oldest general art museums in the nation; The Toby theater, where you can catch a culturally adventurous film, talk, or performance; historic mansions and gardens; and the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, containing 100 acres of sculptural and landscape art and trails along the banks of the White River. https://discovernewfields.org/

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Indianapolis Art Center

Designed by world-renowned architect Michael Graves, the 12-acre campus that borders the White River and the Monon Trail offers community art galleries and studios, art classes and events, and the Artspark outdoor sculpture garden.

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Nickel Plate Express

Starting in Forest Park on the banks of the White River in downtown Noblesville, the Nickel Plate Express offers a variety of themed rail excursions aboard vintage 1956 Santa Fe El Capitan cars. The out-and-back experiences follow a portion of the historic Nickel Plate line and also includes a museum in the 150-year old Arcadia train depot.

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Nickel Plate Arts

Visit professional artist studios, tour galleries, shop for art, take a class, or enjoy art-centered community events at this community arts campus located just off the Square in downtown Noblesville.

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Winding River Golf Course at Southwestway Park

This picturesque 18-hole championship layout offers a taste of the south with beautiful rolling terrain and breathtaking backdrops. Tree lined fairways and protected Audubon nature areas give this course a unique country feel.

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South Grove Golf Course at Riverside Park

Boasting a handsome view of the Indianapolis skyline and located only two miles from the downtown core, South Grove presents tight, tree-lined fairways on gently rolling hills along the river.

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Coffin Golf Club and Riverside Golf Academy at Riverside Park

Coffin is breathtakingly beautiful, with mature trees and a winding river, which provides an ideal setting for a memorable day. Riverside Golf Academy is a PGA recognized practice range with indoor and outdoor practice facilities plus a lighted Par-3 golf course.

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River Glen Country Club

River Glen’s tranquil setting takes you away from the busy outside world. River Glen features numerous water hazards and sand bunkers, but is most renowned for an abundance of mature trees that add to its natural scenic appeal. This unique layout will be sure to test all the clubs in your bag. The facility includes practice and banquet facilities.

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Prairie View Golf Club

sycamore trees line the fairways and herald the greens. With 90 bunkers and several lakes to avoid, Prairie View offers 18 holes of challenging golf on 200 acres of the states most beautiful prairie land. This destination facility includes a full service clubhouse, pro shop, locker rooms, teaching academy, driving range, gps carts and banquet facility.

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Koteewi Aerial Park at Strawtown Koteewi Park

Climb and zip your way through the treetops of the floodplain forest on six treetop adventure trails.

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Koteewi Run Seasonal Slopes at Strawtown Kotweewi Park

During the winter months, slide 700 feet down central Indiana’s only groomed snow tubing hill.

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K Trails Equestrian Adventures at Strawtown Koteewi Park

Experience the beauty and nature of Strawtown Koteewi Park on a guided horseback trail ride.

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Koteewi Range: Sport & Target Archery Center at Strawtown Koteewi Park

Try your hand at archery at this outdoor practice and target range built to Olympic specifications. With equipment rental, safety and education classes, and both recreational and competitive shooting, the center offers something for every skill level.

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Riverfront Golf Courses

Looking for a riverfront golf experience? You’re in look. The White River offers several public or open-to-the-public golf courses.

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White River Campground

The only campground in Hamilton County or Indianapolis on the White River, this 26-acre public facility offers 106 modern and primitive campsites with quiet spots for fishing, boating, and relaxation.

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River School by Friends of White River

Non-profit organization Friends of White River turns an urban corridor of the White River into an environmental classroom for larger groups of students, civic leaders and similar groups. The guided raft trips discuss history, shoreline and aquatic wildlife, riparian flora, environmental science and water quality, all while engaging people in a first-hand look at the river.

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Pedego E-Bike Rentals

Want the ease of an electric bike? Pedego Carmel offers general e-bike hourly and daily rentals as well as a self-guided White River loop tour.

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Pacer’s Bike Share

With several stations at parks, trails, and attractions along the White River in Indianapolis, Pacer’s Bikeshare is Indy’s B-cycle point-to-point bike sharing system. Adaptive options are available for those who aren’t able to use a traditional two-wheeled bike with special arrangements

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Wheel Fun Rentals at White River State Park

Rent a bike (for 1 to 4 people!) to peddle around the downtown trails, or paddle on a pedalboat or kayak in the Downtown Canalwalk.

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Broad Ripple Boat Company

Perhaps the most unique boating experience available on the White River is a paddle boat, available for chartered, special event excursions of up to 60 people. Smaller guided tours on pontoon boats are also available.

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Rusted Moon Outfitters

Located in Broad Ripple, this outfitter offers kayak classes on the White River. While not a livery that provides pickup and dropoff excursions, they also rent kayaks for you to transport and enjoy wherever you’d like.

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White River Canoe Company

The only livery in Hamilton County or Indianapolis, White River Canoe Company offers canoe, kayak, and tubing trips upstream from Noblesville.

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Conner Prairie

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.

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