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Central Canal

337 W. 11th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 (Downtown Indianapolis)
317-955-2389
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Ranked #14 of 84 Attractions in Indianapolis
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Traveler Description: Indianapolis boasts a beautiful one-and-a-half mile long Central Canal that offers gondola rides, pedal boats, and bicycles of all kinds to rent. The... more »
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45 reviews 45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

I was a little worried about walking along the canal on my own, but no need. The paths are well lit and I didn't feel at all unsafe. Highly recommend this as a scenic change of pace in downtown Indy

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

My boyfriend and I go to the canal ALL the time. There is plenty of street parking available. They just installed the Pacers Bike Share near the Senate Ave entrance. You can walk the 3 miles in a breeze. You can see many of the Indianapolis attractions: Indianapolis Zoo, Lucas Oil Stadium, JW Marriott, White River State Park, Indiana State... More

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Zionsville, Indiana
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107 reviews 107 reviews
60 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We rented bikes and pedaled the entire canal on a gorgeous evening in August. There were lots of other people out, but it wasn't too busy that it was a hassle. Great little piece of Indy to experience during the nicer seasons.

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Johnston, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

My wife and I spent a couple of hours walking along the canal. It was beautiful, with nice art work and just very relaxing. It is not overly commercialized and you can rent bikes or paddleboats which looked like fun. We ran into the NCAA Hall of Fame and enjoyed that cost-free attraction as well. You can also walk to... More

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Scottsburg, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

loved the canal....very relaxing, rented bikes and rode all the way around it...also have rented paddle boats too....this is alot of fun as well...

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Saint Joseph, Michigan, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

What a great place to walk around and take in the scenery. You can rent paddle boats and kayaks so relaxing and nice.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I'm so glad that we were able to stop here after visiting the zoo! I was up in Indy for a Colts game years ago and saw the canal and always had wanted to visit during the summer; it was even better than I had imagined! Unlike Louisville's river walk, Central Canal is very safe! There were many people walking/running/biking/skating... More

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

There is soo much to see in this area. If you aren't much into walking there are plenty of options for renting kayaks, bikes, and segways. Great place for everyone.

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

We took a bike ride around the canal and loved it. Such a beautiful area. If the canal isn't enough there are museums, restaurants and a zoo in the area as well. If your in the area you should make time to check this area out.

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Westerville, Ohio
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9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

On a recent trip toward Chicago, I knew we'd be traveling through Indianapolis so I checked TripAdvisor for recommended activities. This Central Canal walk interested me so we got off the freeway to check out. As it turns out, this was probably one of our favorite activies of the weekend. We were there on a Friday afternoon around 1:00. We... More

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