School is out, the weather is nice, and you and your family are ready to get out and see what Central Indiana has to offer in the summertime… But what to do? Summer is the perfect time to get active! With the help of our friends at Jump IN for Healthy Kids, we’ve compiled a list of options to get started on your summer adventures.
Explore Central Indiana’s trails
Whether you decide to bike, walk or run them, Central Indiana’s trails offer the perfect chance to get out of the house and move. Check out some of the options below for a fun family outing:
The Monon Trail
The Monon Trail runs north to south through Central Indiana, with 10 out of the 18 miles in Indianapolis. The Monon is used by more than 4,000 people each day, and you should be one of them!
The Pennsy Trail
This 9.8 mile long trail is named after the Pennsylvania Railroad and runs east to west from Richmond to Indianapolis, just south of E. Washington Street.
This isn’t necessarily a trail as much as it’s an opportunity to discover one. With 250 bikes and 25 different stations throughout Indy, there are plenty of chances to explore the city. Pacers Bikeshare is open 5 a.m. to midnight 7 days a week, and 24-hour passes or annual passes are available. Explore as you desire, or visit the scenic routes of the Cultural Trail, the Canal, or the White River State Park.
Relax in Indy’s parks
Garfield Park, located southeast of downtown, is Indy’s oldest park and is home to a beautiful conservatory and sunken gardens.
Located near Broad Ripple, Holliday Park is full of beautiful ruins, a nature center, woodlands and 3.5 miles of trails to explore.
Fort Harrison State Park
Fort Harrison State Park, located in Lawrence, has the Museum of 20th Century Warfare, a golf course, and Fall Creek running throughout.
Eagle Creek Park
Eagle Creek Park, on W. 56th Street, is the largest park in Indianapolis. It features 10 miles of paths just within the park.
Indy Parks Program
The Indy Parks program puts on tons of organized activities and scheduled programming. Click here to view the 2015 Summer Fun Guide.
Don’t live in Indianapolis but still want to get outside?
Find parks in Morgan County, Boone County, Hancock County, Hendricks County and Hamilton County.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the world’s largest children’s museum, plus it has options for free or reduced admission.
Located in White River State Park, the Indianapolis Zoo is home to animals from oceans, forests, deserts, plains and more.
Need to cool off? Try out one of Central Indiana’s waterparks
- Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Waterpark in Carmel
- Splash Island in Plainfield
- Forest Park Aquatic Center in Noblesville
Fuel up with fresh Indiana fruits and veggies
Indy not only provides a lot of opportunities for activities, but also for healthy nutrition. Farmers markets pop up all over Central Indiana during the summer. Find out where you can buy healthy, locally-grown food with this farmers market guide.