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White River State Park

Museums, galleries, a world-class zoo and an award-winning sports stadium are all packed into Indianapolis’ favorite park.

The cultural and recreational heart of Indianapolis, the White River State Park, is 250 acres (100 hectares) of beautifully designed urban space straddling both banks of a picturesque river. You’ll find museums, art galleries, a world-class zoo, green spaces, public art and sporting facilities — all just a short stroll from the downtown area.
 
Explore the region’s past in the Indiana State Museum. There are more than 500,000 artifacts on display, from fossils to retro consumer goods from the 1950s. Right next door you’ll find the state’s largest IMAX theater offering educational films and the latest blockbusters.
 
Learn about Indiana’s indigenous history at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art. It houses one of the best collections of Native American art in the country, and includes artifacts such as jewelry, saddle blankets, clothing and weaponry.
 
Sports fans should visit Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians baseball team. The 14,500-seat stadium ranks as one of the best minor league ballparks in America.
 
Travel through the animal kingdom at the Indianapolis Zoo, where five biomes replicate climates from the desert to the forest and house over 1,500 animals. The zoo includes an aquarium and botanic gardens.
 
Be sure to check the park website for a schedule of the many events that occur throughout the year. Sit back on the lawn and enjoy a concert at the White River Park Concert series, held from May to September. In July, catch a free Shakespearean play performed alongside the canal, or dance to the sound of a Celtic drum at the Indianapolis Irish Festival in September.
 
White River Park is also a great place to come and just take it easy. Many walking trails and picnic areas provide the perfect place for a quiet getaway. The park is free to enter and is open 24 hours a day.


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Lodging Near White River State Park

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The Alexander $143
The Alexander

The Alexander

333 S Delaware St, Indianapolis
     
    4.6
    of 5, from 1,452 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium. Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and NCAA Hall of Champions are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Hyatt Regency Indianapolis $116
    Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

    Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

    One South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 3,056 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      This atrium-style high-rise is linked by enclosed skywalk to the Indiana Convention Center and Circle Centre shopping; the state capitol is 1 block away and Lucas Oil Stadium is a half-mile away.

      JW Marriott Indianapolis $189
      JW Marriott Indianapolis

      JW Marriott Indianapolis

      10 S West Street, Indianapolis
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 1,067 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is steps from Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and NCAA Hall of Champions. Lucas Oil Stadium and Bankers Life Fieldhouse are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown $152
        Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown

        Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown

        110 West Washington Street, Indianapolis
           
          3.9
          of 5, from 1,388 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, this all-suite hotel is connected by skyway to the Circle Centre Mall and the Indiana Convention Center. Lucas Oil Stadium is 4-blocks away and Fieldhouse is only 3-blocks away.

          The Westin Indianapolis $119
          The Westin Indianapolis

          The Westin Indianapolis

          241 W Washington Street, Indianapolis
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 879 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            This dramatically-designed downtown Indianapolis hotel is linked by skywalk to the Indiana Convention Center and the Circle Centre Mall. It is also liked to the Stadium.

            Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown $119
            Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown

            Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown

            601 West Washington Street, Indianapolis
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 752 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is steps from Indiana State Museum and Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. NCAA Hall of Champions and Lucas Oil Stadium are also within 15 minutes.

              Hampton Inn Indianapolis Downtown Across from Circle Centre $118
              Hampton Inn Indianapolis Downtown Across from Circle Centre

              Hampton Inn Indianapolis Downtown Across from Circle Centre

              105 S Meridian St, Indianapolis
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 891 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Circle Center Mall and Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Lucas Oil Stadium and Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art are also within 15 minutes.

                Conrad Indianapolis $201
                Conrad Indianapolis

                Conrad Indianapolis

                50 W Washington St., Indianapolis
                   
                  4.7
                  of 5, from 848 reviews
                  4.5 out of 5.0

                  This downtown Indianapolis hotel is located in the heart of the Circle City. One block from Monument Circle and connected to the Circle Center Mall and Indiana Convention Center, the hotel's guests just steps away from the city’s best attractions.