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The Wishard Slow Food Garden at White River State Park

A 6,000 sq ft garden at the Park’s crosspoint with opportunities to observe and engage in a working urban farm. Get Involved! Each crop variety has been chosen based on at least one of these distinctions: suited to urban growing conditions; promoting crop biodiversity or sustainable farm practices; heirloom, rare, or endangered that preserves agricultural and/or socio-cultural heritage; more.

  • Family Fun
  • Great for a Date
  • Green Spaces
  • Outdoor
  • Pet Friendly
  • Rental Facilities
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Celebration Plaza and Celebration Plaza Amphitheater

This greenspace and terraced amphitheater is the perfect place to relax while gazing at the Indianapolis skyline or admiring the wildlife flourishing along the White River. You will find the Totem sculpture south of the NCAA® Hall of Champions Museum and McCormick’s Rock (signifying Indianapolis first resident) above a 17-foot waterfall where the Historic Central Canal flows into the White River.  Our amphitheater and plaza serves as the home of the Park’s seasonally FREE Family Arts Series (as funded) and Shakespeare on the Canal at White River State Park during warmer months.

  • Concerts
  • Family Fun
  • Fitness Related
  • Food Available
  • Great for a Date
  • Green Spaces
  • History Lovers
  • Movies
  • Outdoor
  • Pet Friendly
  • Public Art
  • Rental Facilities
  • Family Fun
  • Fitness Related
  • Food Available
  • Great for a Date
  • Green Spaces
  • History Lovers
  • Outdoor
  • Pet Friendly
  • Public Art
  • Rental Facilities
  • Family Fun
  • Fitness Related
  • Food Available
  • Great for a Date
  • Green Spaces
  • History Lovers
  • Outdoor
  • Pet Friendly
  • Public Art
  • Rental Facilities
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The Governor’s Lawn

Experience The Lawn‘s (The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park) live entertainment outdoor performance venue – one of the world’s Top 100 outdoor concert venue named by Pollstar.  Enjoy Lawn or Reserved seating overlooking the White River during world-class concerts with international artists. This ideal destination with accommodating greenspaces, amplifies your live entertainment experience in a park setting while flowing to the beat of downtown Indianapolis under the stars.

  • All-day Activity
  • Concerts
  • Family Fun
  • Fitness Related
  • Food Available
  • Great for a Date
  • Green Spaces
  • History Lovers
  • Outdoor
  • Public Art
  • Rental Facilities
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Historic Military Park

Toss a frisbee, walk your dog, enjoy community events and festivals, or simply settle into our 14-acre greenspace that borders the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus.  Our Northern greenspace anchor is named after its shape as a military badge.  Historic Military Park was once a Civil War encampment and home to Indiana’s first state fair.  It also holds distinction as one of three (3) pieces of property that the State of Indiana is forbidden to sell (Monument Circle and the part of the Statehouse known as “the State House Square” are the other two).  Today our historical gem is home to Indianapolis’ largest community events and festivals.

  • All-day Activity
  • Concerts
  • Family Fun
  • Fitness Related
  • Food Available
  • Great for a Date
  • Green Spaces
  • History Lovers
  • Outdoor
  • Pet Friendly
  • Public Art
  • Rental Facilities
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The Oval

The name says it all!  Our oval-shaped greenspace centrally located between the White River State Park Visitor’s Center and Historic Pumphouse accommodates over 400 guests for special events, kick-offs, speaker series, presentations, demonstrations, weddings, fitness training, picnics, and/or family reunions.

  • Concerts
  • Family Fun
  • Fitness Related
  • Food Available
  • Great for a Date
  • Green Spaces
  • History Lovers
  • Outdoor
  • Pet Friendly
  • Public Art
  • Rental Facilities
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White River Promenade

You may feel as though you have found a secret passage into another environment as you wander along our White River Promenade, a half-mile walkway lined with flowering trees and evergreens that offers unique views of the White River and the Indianapolis skyline.  Look for the hand-carved “rose window” limestone, renderings of famous buildings, and other constructions and monumental achievements from Indiana limestone.  Check-in and visit the embedded artwork carved into the limestone blocks along the trailway.

  • Family Fun
  • Fitness Related
  • Great for a Date
  • Green Spaces
  • History Lovers
  • Outdoor
  • Pet Friendly
  • Public Art
  • Rental Facilities
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White River Promenade Amphitheater

Located West of our waterfront near White River Parkway just beyond our White River Promenade, this greenspace is perfect for special event kick-offs, speaker series, fitness training, community events, and/or weddings for over 100 guests.  This destination features terraced limestone stonework and natural elevated seating spaces.

  • Family Fun
  • Fitness Related
  • Great for a Date
  • Green Spaces
  • History Lovers
  • Outdoor
  • Pet Friendly
  • Public Art
  • Rental Facilities
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White River Waterfront Pavilion

This photo-op destination on White River State Park’s West side across the Historic Old Washington Street Pedestrian Bridge and White River, is located along the Southwest backside border of our Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens.  It includes artistically enhanced covered pavilions accommodating special events, kick-offs, speaker series, presentations, fitness training, weddings, and/or picnics for over 100 guests.  With gorgeous views of White River State Park’s East side, White River and it’s flourishing wildlife, and Indianapolis downtown, this area offers experiences for memorable events for future generations!

  • Family Fun
  • Fitness Related
  • Food Available
  • Great for a Date
  • Green Spaces
  • History Lovers
  • Outdoor
  • Pet Friendly
  • Public Art
  • Rental Facilities
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White River Waterfront Trails & Walkways

Jog, run, or walk along our series of paths, pedestrian bridges, and trails.  Along the way, enjoy the White River overlooks, a covered picnic area, and benches.  Our waterfront pathways connect to the city’s award-winning greenways trail system.

  • Family Fun
  • Fitness Related
  • Great for a Date
  • Green Spaces
  • History Lovers
  • Outdoor
  • Pet Friendly
  • Public Art
  • Rental Facilities
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Bison Plaza

From Celebration Plaza greenspace stroll West across our Historic Old Washington Street Pedestrian Bridge to arrive at Bison Plaza — just before our Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens large iron gate backside entrance.  Nestled amid seasonal foliage with a magnificent metal bison art statue, this plaza garden hardscape and softscape creates a unique environment.