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White River State Park Tour (Self Guided), Indianapolis

White River State Park, spread across 250 acres, houses the Indianapolis Zoo and and White River Gardens, theater and concert venues, museums, bridges, abundant green spaces, waterways and many other amazing attractions. Follow this tour to discover Indianapolis’ White River State Park.
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White River State Park Tour Map

Guide Name: White River State Park Tour
Guide Location: USA » Indianapolis (See other walking tours in Indianapolis)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Author: Sandra
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial
  • IMAX Theater
  • NCAA Hall of Champions
  • Old Washington Street Bridge
  • The Pumphouse
  • The Lawn
  • Indianapolis Zoo
  • White River Gardens
Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial

1) Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial

The Medal of Honor Memorial is dedicated in honor of all recipients of the Medal of Honor, the United States military's highest award for valor. The memorial was unveiled May 28, 1999, during Memorial Day weekend. The Memorial is located on the north bank of the Central Canal, adjacent to Military Park, and consists of 27 glass panels set in concrete bases. Indiana Limestone in shades of buff, gray, and pink are also a part of the monument. The panels are arranged into 15 walls, each representing an armed conflict in which a Medal of Honor was awarded. The names of the recipients are etched into the glass. At the time of dedication, there were 3,436 Medal of Honor recipients etched into the monument.

The Memorial also contains an elaborate lighting system that illuminates certain panels to correspond with a 30-minute audio tour that is played over a speaker system. The audio tour is made up of stories about the wars, and accounts of living Medal recipients. Many of the stories were recorded by Medal of Honor recipients. The Memorial received a 2001 Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Sight description based on wikipedia
IMAX Theater

2) IMAX Theater

Located on the Indiana State Museum complex, the 409-seat IMAX Theater features movies in 2D and 3D on a six-story screen. It provides unbelievable clarity and sound, displaying images in a greater resolution than traditional film systems. Be sure to visit this wonderful cimema.
NCAA Hall of Champions

3) NCAA Hall of Champions

The NCAA Hall of Champions, housed at the Indiana State Museum, contains a museum, arena exposition, theater, conference center and multiple sports facilities. This 30,000 square foot two-level structure also hosts touring expositions in its 3,000 square foot gallery. Its special seasonal showcases highlight sports, art and culture.
Old Washington Street Bridge

4) Old Washington Street Bridge

Old Washington Street Bridge, built in 1916 as an element of the National Road over White River, is a seven-span arch bridge with a pedestrian crossway from Washington Street to the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens. The bridge serves as an open gallery for Indiana sculptors involved in a biannual sculpture program. Visitors can browse the sculptures, which are for sale, while overlooking the splendid view of Central Canal.
The Pumphouse

5) The Pumphouse

The historic Pumphouse, built in 1870, is an elegant one-story brick edifice with a slate roof and copper facing that overlooks White River. It was used to pump the canal to produce drinking water and for protection from fire. The original building was modified in 1930. Visitors will learn about the water plant’s development and history. Today, this facility serves as the administration center for the WRSP Development Commission.
The Lawn

6) The Lawn

The Lawn, a new amphitheater opened in 2003, has been named Indianapolis’ Premiere Concert Venue. Seating 5,000, it features concerts and festivals from a variety of popular artists. It is also used for theater performances and sporting events, and is a great place to relax or picnic.
Indianapolis Zoo

7) Indianapolis Zoo (must see)

The Indianapolis Zoo was first opened to the public in 1964. Its current home in White River State Park was opened in 1988 with a size of 64 acres (26 ha). The zoo hosts more than a million visitors each year and plays a role in worldwide conservation and research, including accomplishing the world’s first successful artificial insemination of an African elephant.

The Indianapolis Zoo is the only institution accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the American Association of Museums as a zoo, an aquarium, and as a botanical garden. The zoo is a private non-profit organization, receiving no tax support and is supported entirely by membership fees, admissions, donations, sales, grants, and an annual fundraiser. The Indianapolis Zoo's stated mission is "The Indianapolis Zoo empowers people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation."
Sight description based on wikipedia
White River Gardens

8) White River Gardens (must see)

The White River Gardens (3.3 acres) are botanical gardens located adjacent to the Indianapolis Zoo at 1200 West Washington Street. The gardens are a part of the White River State Park. The gardens were opened in June 1999. They contain over 1,000 plant varieties plus special exhibits. From 2000 through 2010, it also included a butterfly conservatory filled with plants and a myriad flying butterflies. The butterfly exhibit was discontinued in 2011.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Indianapolis, Indiana

Create Your Own Walk in Indianapolis

Create Your Own Walk in Indianapolis

Creating your own self-guided walk in Indianapolis is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Indianapolis Museums Tour

Indianapolis Museums Tour

Indianapolis’ variety of museums and galleries appeals to those interested in the city’s history and architecture. Following this tour you can see its most popular museums, libraries and houses, and discover the historical, cultural and social life of Indianapolis.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 Km or 4 Miles
Indianapolis Religious Buildings Tour

Indianapolis Religious Buildings Tour

Indianapolis contains an extensive variety of churches which have influenced the social geography of the city. The following tour will guide visitors to the city’s oldest and most significant religious architecture.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.3 Km or 4.5 Miles
Architecture Tour

Architecture Tour

Indianapolis contains many unique constructions throughout the city that gives it an inimitable identity. Some of its best buildings are located along the diagonal avenues coming from Mile Square, according to the city plan of Alexander Ralston in 1821. Many of them are registered on the National Register of Historic Places. Explore Indianapolis’ architectural treasures in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 Km or 3.3 Miles
Fountain Square Tour

Fountain Square Tour

The Fountain Square district is a more than century-old mercantile and cultural center. It is famous for its fine art galleries, significant antique trading, unique restaurants, live entertainment and multiple retailers. Remarkable constructions such as the Town Square Fountain, churches, Fountain Square Theatre Building and other landmarks can be found here. Take the following tour to discover...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Indianapolis Introduction Walk

Indianapolis Introduction Walk

Indianapolis’ rich history is reflected in its multiple landmarks. Monument Circle, a traffic circle in the center of Indianapolis, contains the famous Soldiers & Sailors Monument, and a concentration of the city’s tallest buildings surrounding it. Take the following tour to discover Indianapolis’ best landmarks.

Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 Km or 3.7 Miles