I’m a stay-at-home mom, and it’s boring sometimes. I mean, there’s always a ton to do around the house, but I’m not one to stay inside all day long. My kids are also at that age, where they constantly have to be entertained or else they go feral. Going to the Indianapolis Zoo and Children’s Museum adds up when there’s two kids and two or more adults, and it’s not financially responsible to be doing that all the time. So, whether you are just visiting Indianapolis, or you live here, it’s nice to have a list of activities you can do that won’t break the bank (with or without kids!). Here are 10 free things to do in Indianapolis, Indiana!
The Monon trail is a very popular 26 mile long trail. The trail practically visits every part of Indianapolis, including Carmel, Fishers, Broad Ripple, and downtown Indianapolis. The train is great for those who love to sight see, walk, run, or bike. There are tons of free places to park all through Indianapolis, so you don’t have to start at the “beginning” of the trail.
The canal walk is located in downtown Indianapolis, and is definitely a place to see. If you are planning a visit, the best time to catch the best views are during sunrise, sunset or for St. Patricks Day, when they dye the water green!
The Soldiers & Sailors Monument Circle, also known as the Monument Circle, is smack dab in the middle of the circle city, and is a happening spot for wedding photographs. There is an observation level in the monument or you can go to the lower level to visit the Civil War Museum.
White River State Park
The best time to visit the White River State Park is during the summer, when the park is full of life! The White River State Park is where the canal walk, state museum, and zoo are located. There’s also the AAA baseball team and the NCAA Hall of Champions. You can walk around the park, and check out the art. Occasionally, you’ll see events taking place, as well! In order to park in the garage, you will have to pay, however you can find free parking within walking distance.
Indiana War Memorial Museum
ATTENTION HISTORY BUFFS! The Indiana War Memorial Museum has a free military museum that has history on the Battle of Tippecanoe. It also includes other wars to present!
The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park (Newfields)
Newfields has a TON of activities to do, regardless of the time of year (yoga, Christmas lights, art, etc.). Some are free, some have a fee and some are for members only. The main free admissions days are Thursday’s.
Trader’s Point Christian Church (The Park)
If you are a parent, you will love The Park! It’s a large indoor park with a huge jungle gym, slides, a rock wall and more. It has great hours during the week: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Unfortunately, it’s only open Saturday, due to church on Sunday’s.
Indianapolis Art Center
The Indianapolis Art Center is located right outside one of the most hip, free-spirited parts of Indianapolis- in Broad Ripple. The art center admission is free. However, if you want to take advantage of all that the art center has to offer- you do have to get a membership. Ps. The art center offers photography, metalsmithing, printmaking, and so many more classes!
Holliday Park sits on 94 acres, and goes around the White River. It has trails, a playground, and a nature center. Holliday Park has free events almost daily, ranging from yoga to brunch. Don’t forget to check out the arboretum!
Indianapolis Cultural Trail
The Indianapolis Cultural trail is HUGE. The 8 miles of trail connect all of the major parts of downtown Indianapolis. This trail takes you around Mass Ave, Lucas Oil, the Glick Indiana History Museum, and much more.
Thinking about traveling? Visit Philly! Here is a list of free things to do in the area!