Discover the secrets behind your favorite city while touring Downtown on foot or bike!
A Walkers Paradise
Called “the most walkable Downtown in America” by Sports Illustrated, everything is within reach in Downtown Indy. In fact, some refer to 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 your favorite city on foot.
Become a tourist and 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 simply explore. 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. Keep your eye out for famous Indy murals and find your wings at the well-known butterfly displayed in Morphos.
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.
Take 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.
There is no wrong way to get around Circle City. Explore Mass Ave using the Pacers Bikeshare (left), follow the Canal on foot (right) and much more.
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:
Indiana Landmarks Monument Circle 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. meet at the South Bend Chocolate Company.
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.
Athenaeum Tours– explore the history of the Athenaeum’s evolution from a German clubhouse to an operating landmark the second Saturday of every month from May through October. Tours begin at noon.
Indy Food Tours– Looking for a new favorite restaurant? Join a Downtown Food Tour and dive into the delicious culinary experience offered in Circle City. Get behind the scenes at restaurants like Bluebeard, Hedge Row, Repeal and more.