Central Canal

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Running past some of the city’s principal attractions is a scenic 19th-century canal. Take a paddleboat, kayak or gondola out onto the water.

Bordered by walking trails and leafy parks, the Central Canal is a scenic waterway decorating the center of Indianapolis. Take a boat out on the water, allowing you to see some of the city’s main attractions in style. Stroll along the banks of the canal and enjoy picturesque views of the water.

Rent a pedal boat or kayak with your family at Wheel Fun Rentals, toward the southern end of the canal. Stop at some of the sites beside the water, such as the Eiteljorg Museum, the Indiana State House and the Indiana State Museum. Beside these iconic institutions is Military Park, with a layout resembling a military badge.

Stop at the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater and the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. As you continue north along the canal, spot deluxe apartment blocks lining both sides.

Back on land, embark on the Indianapolis Canal Walk and relax under shade trees along the way. The impressive USS Indianapolis National Memorial here pays tribute to a cruiser from World War II.

Reach the scenic circular basin near the Indiana University School of Medicine. Cycle along the paths lining the waterway or join the joggers and runners. The canal and its trail create a serene setting, away from the hubbub of the city center. Relax with your feet dangling over the side of the canal and read a book on a warm, sunny day. Let your kids frolic in the play area. The canal trail is free and open to the public at all times.

The Central Canal stretches across the central district of Indianapolis in the heart of Indiana. Walk northwest for a few minutes from the city’s railway station to reach the Canal Walk. While in the area, make sure to visit nearby areas such as the Wholesale District, Fountain Square and West Indianapolis.

Top Hotels Close to Central Canal

Omni Severin Hotel
Omni Severin Hotel
4 out of 5
40 West Jackson Place, Indianapolis, IN, 46225
The price is $143 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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4.1/5 Very Good! (1,004 reviews)
"Beautiful property and a great location. Staff was wonderful. A few places show the age of the property but they've kept it up pretty well. Valet if you can, its so much more convenient. Walking distance to almost everything downtown. Would stay here again."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

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JW Marriott Indianapolis
JW Marriott Indianapolis
4 out of 5
10 S West Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46204
The price is $199 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 20
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Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
3.5 out of 5
110 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46204
The price is $165 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
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Hampton Inn Indianapolis Dwtn Across from Circle Centre
Hampton Inn Indianapolis Dwtn Across from Circle Centre
3 out of 5
105 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN, 46225
The price is $118 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
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JW Marriott Indianapolis
JW Marriott Indianapolis
4 out of 5
10 S West Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46204
The price is $199 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 20
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Omni Severin Hotel
4 out of 5
40 West Jackson Place, Indianapolis, IN, 46225
The price is $143 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
3.5 out of 5
110 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46204
The price is $165 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
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Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
4 out of 5
One South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN, 46204
The price is $169 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 26
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Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
3 out of 5
601 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46204
The price is $145 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 3
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Bottleworks Hotel
Bottleworks Hotel
4.5 out of 5
850 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN, 46204
The price is $209 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
3 out of 5
501 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN, 46204
The price is $136 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 3
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Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
4 out of 5
350 W Maryland St, Indianapolis, IN, 46225
The price is $179 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
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