White River State Park

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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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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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $129 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
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4.2/5 Very Good! (987 reviews)
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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
JW Marriott Indianapolis
JW Marriott Indianapolis
4 out of 5
10 S West Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46204
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $169 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
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"Very nice place with a great view of the city."

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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 Jul 17 to Jul 18
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Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
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Holiday Inn Express Indianapolis Downtown Convention Center, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Indianapolis Downtown Convention Center, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
410 S Missouri St, Indianapolis, IN, 46225
The price is $121 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
Holiday Inn Express Indianapolis Downtown Convention Center, an IHG Hotel
JW Marriott Indianapolis
JW Marriott Indianapolis
4 out of 5
10 S West Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46204
The price is $169 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
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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 Jul 17 to Jul 18
Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
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 $129 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
4 out of 5
One South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN, 46204
The price is $159 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Omni Severin Hotel
Omni Severin Hotel
4 out of 5
40 West Jackson Place, Indianapolis, IN, 46225
The price is $143 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
Omni Severin Hotel
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
3 out of 5
601 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46204
The price is $136 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
4 out of 5
350 W Maryland St, Indianapolis, IN, 46225
The price is $159 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
3.5 out of 5
110 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46204
The price is $154 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.