White River State Park @WhiteRiverStPrk

As America’s only urban cultural state park, White River State Park (http://inwhiteriver.com) serves as a diverse resource through the preservation of greenspace, waterways, nature, culture, education, and entertainment destinations that benefit the community.  Welcome to Indiana (Indianapolis) . . . and to White River State Park (801 West Washington Street), where there’s more to do than YOU ever knew!

The following is a snapshot of key destinations, points of interest, and founding dates throughout White River State Park and the Historic Central Canal Cultural Dictrict.  Please review at your leisure and enjoy your visit!

White River State Park (Development Commission)

1979 (Founded).

Park Greenspaces

2003 (The Children’s Maze; The Oval – with TBD opportunitieslike an outdoor Ice Skating Path/Rink; The Lawn at White River State Park – Home to world-class Top 100 outdoor concert venue & festivals).

Historic Pumphouse

1870 – 1969 (Majority of water for drinking, fire protection, etc. flows through Indianapolis 1st pumping station).

1980 (Accepted into the National Registry of Historic Places).

 Trivia (Historic Pumphouse and NFHS building are the only two buildings left from the Park’s industrial past / Presently, the Historic Pumphouse is the Admisitrative Office for White River State Park).

Indianapolis Zoo at White River State Park (@IndianapolisZoo @WhiteRiverStPrk)

Indianapolis Zoo & White River Gardens

1988 (Park’s 1st attraction).

FYI:  1964 – 1988 (East-side of Indianapolis at Washington Park).

 1999 (White River Gardens opens).

Historic Old Washington Street Pedestrian Bridge / Art Sculptures in the Park

1916 (Opens as part of U.S. 40 National Road).

1994 Old National Road, U.S. 40 linking U.S. East to West (Renovations).

1999 (Art Sculptures in the Park begins).

Waterfront Trails & Park Greenspaces

Celebration Plaza, Amphitheater, McCormick’s Rock, White River Promenade, and more.

[ National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS) ]

Not one of the Park's attractions, but part of the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) downtown  campus and a neighbor to White River State Park.

Segway of Indiana, LLC Tours at White River State Park

Discover the sights and sounds of the White River State Park while gliding on a Segway personal transporter.

NCAA Hall of Champions Museum at White River State Park (@NCAA #HallChampion @WhiteRiverStPrk)

NCAA Headquarters & NCAA® Hall of Champions Museum

1999 – 2000 (Relocation from Kansas City to Indianapolis and opens).

National Federation of State High School Association Headquarters (NFHS)

1999 - 2000 (Relocation from Kansas City into former Acme Evans Grain Mill Supervisors Building).

Trivia (Historic Pumphouse and NFHS building are the only two buildings left from the Park’s industrial past).

Historic Central Canal

1836 (Development begins but only 9 miles are built from downtown Indianapolis to nearby village of Broad Ripple).

Trivia (Central Canal project ultimately bankrupts State of Indiana – In large part due to emerging Railroad Transportation).

1996 (Indiana completes construction of the canal extension at a cost of $20 million).

White River State Park Parking Garage

Convenient "pay for parking" open to the public.

Indiana State Museum at White River State Park (@IndianaMuseum @WhiteRiverStPrk)

Indiana State Museum

2002 (Opens).

IMAX Theater at White River State Park (@imaxINDY @WhiteRiverStPrk)

IMAX Theater at White River State Park

1996 (Opens as Indiana's only IMAX theatre).

The Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial

1999 (Opens and dedication).

Historic Military Park at White River State Park

1822 (Indianapolis’ 1st documented 4th of July Celebration).

1852 (Indiana’s 1st State Fair).

1861 (Civil War encampment until 1865).

Present day (Home to many charity events, festivals, outdoor concerts, etc.).

Trivia (The land now known as Historic Military Park is one of only three pieces of state property that is forbidden by the Indiana Constitution to be sold – the other two are Monument Circle and half of the Indiana State Capitol Building).

[ Indiana Historical Society ]

1830 (Founded).

1999 (Opens).

Not one of the Park's attractions, but a neighbor to White River State Park and open to the public.

[ Indiana State Capitol Building & Indiana Government Complex & Cafeteria ]

Not one of the Park's attractions, but a neighbor to White River State Park and open to the public.

[ Wheel Fun Rentals - Canal Walk @ Firehouse #13 ]

Canal boat rentals (Opens seasonally).

Eiteljorg Museum at White River State Park (@IEiteljorgMuseum @WhiteRiverStPrk)

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art

1989 (Park’s 2nd attraction).

2005 (Opens expanded gallery space, state-of-the-art education facility, performance/special event areas, and indoor/outdoor dining restaurant , Sky City Cafe - doubling the Museum's size).

Wheel Fun Rentals - Bike Indy

Numerous bike riding rentals (Opens seasonally).

White River State Park South Parking Lot

Convenient "pay for parking" open to the public.

Indianapolis Indians Baseball @ Victory Field at White River State Park (@IndyIndians #VictoryField @WhiteRiverStPrk)

Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field

1996 (Opens as home of the Indianapolis Indians playing games from April – September).

2005 (Triple-A affiliate of MLB Pittsburgh Pirates).

White River State Park Visitor’s Center (Dr. Frank P. Lloyd Sr.)

2003 (Opens).

Open to the public with brochures, information, maps, gift shop, and restrooms inside!

The Lawn at White River State Park (#TheLawn @WhiteRiverStPrk)

The Lawn at White River State Park Concert Venue

2004 (Opens and since has been entertaining with live music from world-class artists like Crosby Stills & Nash, The Avett Brothers, The Moody Blues, Guster, Sheryl Crow, Paramore, Bob Dylan, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Keys, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Ray LaMontagne, Jackson Browne, O.A.R., Florence+the Machine, Umphrey's McGee, My Morning Jacket, Train, LL Cool J, Stone Temple Pilots, NEEDTOBREATHE, and more).