The Perfect Walking Guide to Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis | © adstarkel / Flickr
Indianapolis | © adstarkel / Flickr
Photo of Courtney Johnston
1 March 2018

Indianapolis is an extremely walkable city, making it easy to take in the sights by foot or bike. From outdoor attractions to museums and monuments, this walking tour will give you an incredible taste of what Indy has to offer.

A. Indianapolis Zoo

The Indianapolis Zoo is a top spot for fun and perfect for walking. Stroll through the Oceans, Deserts, Forests, and Plains habitats to experience exotic animals just like you would in the wild. You can pet sharks, enjoy a dolphin show, feed birds, visit the Orangutan Center, and explore the stunning botanical gardens.

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B. The Children’s Maze at White River State Park

Right outside the zoo, you’ll find the stunning White River State Park. This outdoor space is often the site of festivals, events, and concerts during warm weather. It also offers a natural retreat for the urban city structure. Inside this park at the very heart, you’ll find an amazing children’s foot maze.

Children's Maze - Indianapolis | © IIP Photo Archive/Flickr

C. Indiana State Museum

Located within White River State Park, this museum is packed full of fun exhibits and events. The museum itself was constructed entirely from materials found in Indiana and is, in itself, a work of art. From historic art representing the Hoosier state to the huge IMAX® theater inside the museum, you’ll find an exhibit or event perfect for everyone with whom you’re touring.

Indiana State Museum | © Jay Denney/Flickr

D. Victory Field

What better way to take a short break from walking than by exploring this wonderful baseball field? Catch a game if the Indianapolis Indians (Indy’s minor league baseball team) are playing or take a tour of the field on off days. Sports fans will absolutely love exploring this incredible field, which was named one of the top minor league baseball fields in the country.

Victory Field | © Yonicaz /WikiCommons

E. Monument Circle

No Indianapolis walking tour is complete without a stroll along Monument Circle. Step onto cobblestone streets and explore one of the most historic spaces in Indy. You’ll find the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in the middle of the circle, and you can even climb the tower for a better view of the city. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides or cozy up with a book from the public bookshares along the circle.

F. Indianapolis City Market

With all of that walking, you must be getting hungry. If you didn’t fill up on hot dogs at Victory Field, be sure to eat as much as you please at Indianapolis’ fantastic city market. This indoor market has dozens of local vendors selling a variety of fresh food (you name it, they sell it), coffee, smoothies, ice cream, crafts, and much more.

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G. Indiana World War Memorial

You’re going to want to walk past this stunning war memorial that was originally constructed to honor veterans who served in World War I. The memorial consists of the War Memorial Museum, 24 acres of monuments and art, including statues and sculptures, and three parks. You’ll also find fountains throughout the memorial grounds.

Indiana World War Memorial | © Serge Melki/Flickr

H. Indianapolis Public Library

A library may not seem like the most exciting stop, but you’ve never encountered a library like this before. The Indianapolis Public Central Library is one of the most stunning libraries in the entire country and is well noted for its eclectic and distinct architectural style. The inside is just as enchanting with gorgeous artwork, stunning lights and metal structures, and whimsical benches and seating areas.

Indianapolis Central Library | © Serge Melki/Flickr

I. Indianapolis Canal Walk

End your walking tour close to where you began at the Indianapolis Canal Walk. This gorgeous walkway runs along the side of the canal, and you’ll find charming homes, shops, parks, and restaurants along the way. You can even enjoy a gondola ride, paddle boat adventure, or rent a bike that your whole family can fit on.

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