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Eagle Creek Park

Winding trails, leaping bass and soaring eagles; experience the best of backcountry Indiana, just a stone’s-throw from downtown.

Just a few minutes’ drive from the bustle of downtown Indianapolis lies the oasis of Eagle Creek Park, one of the largest urban parks in America.

Primarily set aside as nature reserve for deer, beaver, mink and birdlife, the park also has fabulous backcountry trails and a lake for swimming and boating.
 
Explore the 10 miles (16 kilometers) of hiking trails through the park. Cast a fishing rod for largemouth bass and catfish in the lake. You’ll find bikes, boats and kayaks for rent at the marina, or bring a book and relax in the sun at the man-made beach.

Sit back and watch the kids go wild on the zip lines of the Go Ape Treetop Adventure course. For a completely different experience, head over to the Peace Learning Center.
 
Bird lovers won’t want to miss the Ornithology Center. Stroll around the excellent exhibits explaining bird behaviors and ecology, or watch one of the bird of prey shows. The center also has one of the best views in the park, from the bluff overlooking Eagle Creek, which is home to some 260 species of birds throughout the year. Entry to the Ornithology Center is free with park admission.

The Earth Discovery Center, also free with park admission, has a number of exhibits including live reptiles and amphibians, and a good display of information about native wildlife.
 
When you get peckish, Rick’s Boatyard Café serves a good range of meals, including some seafood options. Or, bring your own picnic and unroll your blanket at one of the 24 picnic sites. The park gets busy on summer weekends, and is particularly beautiful during autumn when the park’s foliage changes color.
 
Eagle Creek Park is open daily and there is a small entry fee.


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Lodging Near Eagle Creek Park

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Wingate by Wyndham Indianapolis Northwest

Wingate by Wyndham Indianapolis Northwest

6240 Intech Commons Dr, Indianapolis
4.1
of 5, from 424 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Pike, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from SportZone and within 6 mi (10 km) of Traders Point Creamery and Eagle Creek Golf Club. Sullivan Munce Cultural Center and Hopwood Cellars Winery are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$107
Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis/Northwest

Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis/Northwest

6930 Intech Blvd, Indianapolis
4.3
of 5, from 356 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Pike, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from SportZone and within 6 mi (10 km) of Traders Point Creamery and Eagle Creek Golf Club. Eagle Creek Park and Sullivan Munce Cultural Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$79
Baymont Inn & Suites Indianapolis West

Baymont Inn & Suites Indianapolis West

3850 Eagle View Dr, Indianapolis
3.9
of 5, from 726 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Indianapolis, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Eagle Creek Golf Club, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Eagle Creek Park. Dallara IndyCar Factory and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$112
Residence Inn by Marriott Indianapolis Northwest

Residence Inn by Marriott Indianapolis Northwest

6220 Digital Way, Indianapolis
4.4
of 5, from 51 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Pike, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from SportZone and within 6 mi (10 km) of Traders Point Creamery and Eagle Creek Golf Club. Eagle Creek Park and Sullivan Munce Cultural Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$75
Clarion Inn Indianapolis

Clarion Inn Indianapolis

7001 Corporate Dr, Indianapolis
4.0
of 5, from 322 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Pike, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from SportZone and within 6 mi (10 km) of Traders Point Creamery and Sullivan Munce Cultural Center. Hopwood Cellars Winery and Eagle Creek Golf Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Ramada Limited Indianapolis West

Ramada Limited Indianapolis West

3851 Shore Drive I 465 To Exit, Indianapolis
3.1
of 5, from 205 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Indianapolis, this motel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Eagle Creek Golf Club, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Eagle Creek Park. Dallara IndyCar Factory and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$91
Holiday Inn Express Northwest Park

Holiday Inn Express Northwest Park

7220 Woodland Drive, Indianapolis
4.1
of 5, from 175 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Pike, this eco-friendly hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from SportZone and within 6 mi (10 km) of Traders Point Creamery and Sullivan Munce Cultural Center. Fanimation Antique Fan Museum and Zion Nature Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$119
Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Northwest

Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Northwest

7226 Woodland Dr, Indianapolis
4.2
of 5, from 184 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Pike, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from SportZone and within 6 mi (10 km) of Traders Point Creamery and Sullivan Munce Cultural Center. Fanimation Antique Fan Museum and Zion Nature Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).