Getting Fresh Air- Outdoor Spots to Visit Near Indy

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Coronavirus has been identified in Indianapolis. Schools and businesses are temporarily closing, the kids are home, and we’re stuck inside, right? Not necessarily! Here are some of our favorite spots in and around Indy for getting outdoors when it feels like everything else is canceled or closed!

At this time, all state parks and locations are open, normal hours. I would suggest calling each location ahead of time to check on closures and programming in the coming weeks. You’ll find a list of parks here.

Central

Downtown you will find White River State Park, make sure to take a walk on the canal!

The Monon is an excellent option. You might find yourself walking right past Brics ice cream, stop in, and support a local business.

Enjoy the gardens or greenhouse at Newfields. Or walk The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park where you’ll find meadows, a lake, and more, free of charge and open daily sunrise to sunset.

Visit one of my favorite parks in Indy, Holiday Park, and hike down to White River.

North

You’ll find an outdoor Nature Play Area, basketball courts, 4 miles of trails, a nature center, playgrounds, green space, and more at Cool Creek Park in Hamilton County.

Explore the Children’s Garden at Coxhall Gardens.

West Park in Carmel offers walking trails, a playground, and green space for running off the cabin fever.

Take a self-guided farm walk at Trader’s Point Creamery in Zionsville. 

South

Check out the creek and walking trails at Westside Park in Greenwood. Greenwood Parks offer many other hiking and walking trail options.

Southwestway Park is the second-largest Indy Park coming in right behind Eagle Creek. Here you’ll find hiking and mountain biking trails, soccer fields, and baseball diamonds, along with a playground.

Walk through the Sunken Garden at Garfield Park. If it’s a crummy weather day, make sure to take advantage of the warm temps inside The Conservatory.

If you’re up for a little bit of a drive, try Brown County State Park or even Clifty Falls State Park.

East

We’ve recently discovered Fort Harrison State Park. I recommend taking lunch, spending the day, and trying out Harrison Trace Trail, which is paved and perfect for strollers.

Day trip out to Mounds State Park, which you’ll find about an hour outside of Indy.

West

Eagle Creek Park is a popular lakeside option for hiking and bird watching close to the city.

You’ll find 83 acres of paved trails, playgrounds, green space, and activities at Avon Town Hall Park.

Or wake up bright and early and spend the day at Turkey Run or Shades State Park. Both offer excellent hiking and exploring options within a few hours of Indianapolis.

The Coronavirus doesn’t have to keep your family inside! Pack a picnic and go exploring, any nearby park will do! 

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Miranda is a first time mom to 1-year-old Avett. She works full time as a social worker and admits that this professional work influences her parenting style and blog content greatly! Especially because her husband is a social worker as well. Miranda and her family live on the near south side of Indianapolis in the fixer upper they have recently gutted and renovated. Miranda was born and raised, for the most part, in Indianapolis. In her free time you can find her with her family trying a new Indy brewery or restaurant, or showing Avett one of the many great things about Indianapolis as a city! Miranda also enjoys yoga, hiking, traveling, swimming, writing, and sharing every experience with her family.