White River State Park

White River State Park is an urban park, located on the western edge of downtown Indianapolis along the banks of the White River. The park is notable for its system of walkways along the river and the old Central Canal, and for its proximity to a number of important attractions.

These last include the Indianapolis Zoo, White River Gardens, NCAA Hall of Champions, Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana State Museum.

There is a pedestrian bridge that spans the White River and features rotating exhibits of modern sculpture. Pedestrians following the Central Canal to the east and north will pass by Military Park, the Medal of Honor Memorial, a summertime paddleboat rental facility, gardens and fountains, and a memorial to the crew of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the last major U.S. warship lost in World War II.

The river walk extends past the campus of IUPUI and the National Institute for Fitness and Sport to 10th Street and paved paths continue north as far as 16th Street and beyond. On nice days the open spaces and walkways of the park and canal are filled with walkers, joggers, cyclists, and rollerbladers enjoying the scenery and fresh air. All in all, a wonderful oasis in the middle of a metropolis that connects and contains many sights worth seeing.


White River State Park is just west of downtown Indianapolis on Washington Street. Parking is available on the west side of Washington Street just beyond West Street. West Street is accessible from I-65 and I-70.

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