Walking can be more than just a way to get from one place to another. Some people walk for exercise, for fun, or just to see the sights. No matter what your reason, the Indianapolis Canal is a great place to walk.
The perfect place to start a jaunt down the canal is at the far north end near Buggs Temple. Giant steps of grass and stone lead down to the sidewalk path that circles the canal. Follow the path to the right. You will be led under city streets where murals line the walls.
As you meander along the concrete walk ways you will notice a plethora of picturesque views. Both amateur and professional photographers can take amazing pictures along this waterway. Some of the most prominent features are the lovely side-gardens with their seasonal foliage. There are also numerous water elements such as fountains and waterfalls. In addition, you may take pleasure in the beautifully designed bridges that allow access to both sides of the canal.
If you like culture, there are several museums that back up to the canal. Take a detour with a stroll through the past. Once back on the canal you can please your eyes with the unique art features that are displayed along the way. There are many unique works from giant mammoths to abstract metal creations fused in the walls. You’ll find something you like.
At the other end of the canal you will discover more giant steps of grass and stone. Follow them down to a serene view of the White River or branch with the path to the left and visit the Indianapolis Zoo. Then divert to the opposite side of the canal path for your return trip. Be sure to stop at one of the canal side cafes for a refreshing drink.
Not into walking? That’s alright too. There are other activities that you can enjoy. Perhaps a paddle boat or gondola would be more to your liking. Or maybe you could try a bike, roller blades, or a skate board. Maybe you could bring a lawn chair to see a summer concert or the Independence Day fire works. You could even bring a picnic and relax on the grass. There is fun to be had for all.
So next time you’re looking for a place to walk try the Indianapolis canal. It has fun, fitness, beautiful views, and much more. Bring your friends, your family, and your dog any time of year.