Summer is quickly approaching, and we are all looking forward to being outside after a very stressful 2020 due to the pandemic. It’s time to take your workout outdoors and swap your views of sweat-drenched treadmillers for some sunshine and fresh air. Don’t forget your mask! On Sunny days, residents flock to these hidden gems, with earbuds and water in tow, and bust out their routines and reps. Read on to see some of the most popular places to move your body and break a sweat!
The Downtown Canal Walk is a 3-mile loop that is a popular urban respite for fitness enthusiasts and serenity-seekers alike. You can rent a Pacer Bikeshare or bring your own, or grab your sneakers and walk or run – it’s a 5k roundtrip.
The White River State Park boasts world-class attractions and destinations that offer distinctive experiences for every visitor. It’s known for its beautiful green spaces, trails, trees. Grab your workout sneakers, yoga mat, and take in everything nature has to offer.
The popular Monon Rail Trail is 26 miles and a popular destination for walking, running, and biking. It stretches from Sheridan’s town in the north, extends south through Westfield, Carmel, Broad Ripple, and passes by the Indiana State Fairgrounds before intersecting with the Indianapolis Cultural Trail at the east end of Massachusetts Avenue (Mass Ave). There are several major access points with free parking: 91st St., 86th St., 75th St., 67th St., 65th St., 62nd St., 56th St., 54th St., 49th St., Westfield Blvd., Broad Ripple Ave., State Fairgrounds.
One of Indianapolis’ oldest parks, Holliday Park, is located along the banks of the White River, encompassing 95 acres of woodlands and trails, and is a popular site for walking, biking, hiking, and yoga. The park’s wooded areas contain natural springs and wetlands, a woodland pond and a long approachable stretch of the White River, a climax beech-maple forest, and over 400 trees, plants, and wildflower species.
The Indiana State Soldiers and Sailors Monument is a 284 ft tall neoclassical monument built on Monument Circle, a circular, brick-paved street that intersects Meridian and Market streets in the center of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Many don’t know it’s a museum and you can run the stairs, 331 steps. It is also the largest outdoor memorial and the largest of its kind in Indiana, so you can break a sweat and take in a little history.
Eagle Creek Park features more than 1,400 acres of water and 3,900 acres of forest. It offers a wide variety of activities just minutes from downtown. Visitors enjoy fishing, boating, hiking, and more. You may even catch a glimpse of a bald eagle. From swimming to ziplining, Eagle Creek Park offers a variety of fun activities.