A Walkers Paradise
Called “the most walkable Downtown in America” by Sports Illustrated, everything is within reach in Downtown Indy. In fact, WalkScore.com ranks Downtown as a “Walker’s Paradise.” Traverse the eight-mile Indianapolis Cultural Trail passing through six Cultural Districts complete with shops, art, attractions and restaurants. Downtown boasts several pathways including the beautiful Canal Walk, River Front Walkway and Zoo Loop 5K circuit. Try a walking tour and explore Downtown.
Become a tourist on foot or by bike. Discover the ins and outs of Downtown with dozens of walking and biking tours catered to your specific interests and curiosities.
The Canal Walk
Go technology-free and just explore Downtown Indy. The Canal Walk, stretching north through White River state Park to 11th Street, serves the Downtown community as a waterside promenade for walkers, runners and bikers. Along the way, check out the beautiful sculptures and landscaping, as well as outdoor gardens near the Eiteljorg Museum.
As the geographic heart of the city, Monument Circle is an ideal spot to tour. Visit the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum located inside or journey to the top of the Monument for a 360 degree view of the city skyline from 275 feet up.
Talk a stroll along Georgia Street, a three block, pedestrian-friendly street that connects the Indiana Convention Center, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Circle Centre and a collection of restaurants, residences, hotels and the historic St. John’s Catholic Church.
Know your mileage before you go:
Canal Walk: 3 miles
Indianapolis Cultural Trail: 8 miles
Distance around Monument Circle: .25 miles (take four laps on your lunch break and you’ve got a mile!)
Georgia Street Loop: .6 miles (Capitol to Pennsylvania and back)
Some of our favorite tours:
ActiveIndy Tours – Offers daily, guided tours in Indianapolis. Explore urban Indy at a human pace. Walking, running and biking tours are conducted at this casual pace with frequent stops where storytellers share the history and lore of our city.
Segway Tours of Indiana – the most fun you can have on two wheels! Glide almost soundlessly through beautiful Downtown Indy and gain insights into the architecture, history and iconic sites along the Downtown Indy Canal Walk and through White River State Park. It’s a fun experience that you won’t forget.
Indiana Landmarks Tours – Monument Circle Walking Tours are offered Fridays & Saturdays, May through October at 10 a.m. for FREE. Take a guided tour around the physical and symbolic heart of Indy and learn the intriguing story of the circle – past and present.
City Market Catacombs Tours take place the first and third Saturdays of each month, May through October at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. These guided tours show you a Roman-looking expanse of brick arches beneath the outdoor Whistler Plaza of City Market.
Circle City Tours – If you’d rather tour Downtown on a luxury bus, this is for you! Sightsee for up to three hours at different stops including the Convention Center, White River State Park, The Children’s Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Mass Ave and more. Reservations are required.