We hit the Canal in downtown Indy! I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and we finally made it down to this fabulous find. I’ve lived in Indy my entire life and never knew of the beauty that awaited us down there that day. Of all the Crew Reviews I’ve written, this is by far one of my top 3 to report upon!
There’s so much to do down there! Rent a paddle boat, take a walk or jog, enjoy a picnic, rent a bike or surrey, feed the ducks and fish, enjoy a treat at a snack shop or restaurant, walk a garden, or even live in an apartment of condo overlooking the canal. It truly is one of the city’s greatest use of space downtown!
Get more info on the Cultural Trail HERE!
Get more info on renting a paddle boat HERE!
Get more info on renting a bike or surrey HERE!
Get more info on segway tours HERE!
Get more info on taking a gondola ride HERE!
Get more info on White River State Park HERE!
We started our tour simply strolling along the canal. You can easily find parking on the streets (we parked on Ohio near the fire station) and entered the canal area using the stairs. Suddenly we were in a whole different world of quiet and beauty!
The painted murals under the overpasses are gorgeous!
A little hard to see, but gondola rides sound like a fabulous idea. See the link above!
We intended to rent a paddle boat, but they were closed upon our arrival. We verified hours before coming, but our suggestion is to call ahead and speak with someone to confirm their hours, even though the online hours are listed. We had to resort to Plan B on the bikes!
We enjoyed walking under the bridges. My kids would yell, “Echo, echo” under each overpass. There were also a few guys singing to a guitar as well. You don’t always get to hear those sweet sounds in the busy of the city above!
More mural art!
Lush grass and gardens fill almost every green space available! Gorgeous!
The Indy skyline caught our eye here. We think this will make a nice family photo op for the Fall!
A view from the bridge looking down to the buildings and canal.
A view of White River State Park, looking towards the Zoo and Eiteljorg Museum.
We found the bikes and surreys over near Washington Street. It was a perfect, sub-80 degree sunny day and there were plenty of bikes to choose from!
We caught a glimpse of a segway tour in process. That looks fun and the link for that option is listed above.
The 10-year-old begged for the chopper! He and his seven-year-old brother ended up trading off for this fine ride on our venture. We rented it for $10/hour (check current rates).
and here’s the rest of the crew on the single surrey! This rented for $20/hour and was fine for the four of us (one adult and three kids).
My personal feedback: this is a HUGE workout and I workout A LOT! Come prepared with water and comfy shoes and apparel. We biked all the way down around to the end of the canal and back (3 total miles) and my legs were on FIRE! At one point I had to get out and walk the bike just to change up the motion on the legs. When we do this again (and we will soon!), we will ONLY ride the entire canal if there is another adult with us to help share in the pedaling action! My plan is to actually hit the yogurt shop along the way and then turn back. But you can choose to use this as more fun OR as your workout….just know that it truly is a leg killer!
Little man (age 3) really had the best seat in the house! He got a spectacular view and had absolutely NO pedaling! The views were amazing and the walk was wide enough for our bunch. I worried at first we might get too close to the water, but with careful attention and a few minutes to figure out the surrey, we made it out as dry as we came in!
We can’t wait to go back! If you have not attended the opportunities on the Canal or are simply in town for a few days, make this one of your places to explore….you will NOT be disappointed!
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