Indianapolis appears to have it all. It boasts affordability; actually it is the most affordable of the top 50 US cities. It allows you to experience all four seasons. The downtown is clean, safe and full of excitement. However, there’s one recurring complaint I have heard from non-Hoosiers about Indianapolis: “There’s nothing outdoorsy to do in Indy.”
That’s where I have to step in and offer Indy education. There are plenty of outdoor activities to do in the capital city, or just a short drive away.
Here are 10 tried-and-true ways to be “outdoorsy” in Indy…
Water ski at Morse or Geist Reservoirs. Find out where to launch your boat along with ramp prices here.
Take sailing lessons at Eagle Creek.
Rent a kayak from Rusted Moon Outfitters and kayak down the White River.
Camp at Indiana Dunes, or even closer parks like Shades State Park or Clifty Falls State Park. Reserve a campsite at any Indiana State Park campground by clicking here.
Fish. We have lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams; take your pick. There are hundreds of places to cast a line in Central Indiana. Visit the DNR website for all things fishing in Indiana.
Run, walk, bike along the Monon Trail. This 18-mile converted rail trail will take you from downtown all the way to the northern suburbs.
Rent a bike and ride the Cultural Trail in downtown Indianapolis. Grab a bike at one of the 25 bike share stations on or near the Cultural Trail and cruise the streets of Indy at your leisure.
No matter the time of year, there’s always something “outdoorsy” to do in Indianapolis.