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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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Cozy Eagle Creek Retreat
Cozy Eagle Creek Retreat

Cozy Eagle Creek Retreat

Indianapolis, IN
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Indianapolis, this vacation home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Eagle Creek Golf Club and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Eagle Creek Park. Lucas Oil Raceway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis/Northwest $89
    Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis/Northwest

    Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis/Northwest

    6930 Intech Blvd, Indianapolis, IN
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Pike Township, this hotel is 5.7 mi (9.1 km) from Eagle Creek Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and NCAA Hall of Champions are also within 12 mi (20 km).

      Nice Home for all the Visitors to Stay $200
      Nice Home for all the Visitors to Stay

      Nice Home for all the Visitors to Stay

      Indianapolis, IN
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Pike Township, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Eagle Creek Golf Club, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Eagle Creek Park. SportZone and Dallara IndyCar Factory are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        2miles From the Indy500race Fans 180 a Night or 800 a Week for Nice Room $200
        2miles From the Indy500race Fans 180 a Night or 800 a Week for Nice Room

        2miles From the Indy500race Fans 180 a Night or 800 a Week for Nice Room

        Indianapolis, IN
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Pike Township, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Eagle Creek Golf Club, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Eagle Creek Park. SportZone and Dallara IndyCar Factory are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Holiday Inn Express & Suites Indianapolis Northwest $85
          Holiday Inn Express & Suites Indianapolis Northwest

          Holiday Inn Express & Suites Indianapolis Northwest

          6240 Intech Commons Dr, Indianapolis, IN
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Pike Township, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from SportZone and within 6 mi (10 km) of Traders Point Creamery and Eagle Creek Golf Club. Eagle Creek Park and Hopwood Cellars Winery are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Residence Inn by Marriott Indianapolis Northwest $85
            Residence Inn by Marriott Indianapolis Northwest

            Residence Inn by Marriott Indianapolis Northwest

            6220 Digital Way, Indianapolis, IN
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Pike Township, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from SportZone and within 6 mi (10 km) of Traders Point Creamery and Eagle Creek Golf Club. Eagle Creek Park and Hopwood Cellars Winery are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Baymont by Wyndham Indianapolis West $69
              Baymont by Wyndham Indianapolis West

              Baymont by Wyndham Indianapolis West

              3850 Eagle View Dr, Indianapolis, IN
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Pike Township, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Eagle Creek Golf Club, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Lucas Oil Raceway. Dallara IndyCar Factory and Eagle Creek Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Best Western Plus Indianapolis NW Hotel $74
                Best Western Plus Indianapolis NW Hotel

                Best Western Plus Indianapolis NW Hotel

                7220 Woodland Drive, Indianapolis, IN
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Pike Township, this eco-friendly hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from SportZone and within 6 mi (10 km) of Traders Point Creamery and St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital. Hopwood Cellars Winery and Eagle Creek Golf Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).