Downtown Indianapolis comes to life when the weather warms up! And there are so many fun places to visit while getting in some heart-pumping activity (two birds, one stone, as the saying goes). We’ve compiled this handy list of things we’d like to do this summer, and you should try them too!

The Canal
Everyone knows one of the simplest ways to get some fitness outside is to go for a walk. If you haven’t visited the canal before, or even if it’s been a while, it’s time to take yourself there. The entire canal area is hopping on nice days, and the three mile walking loop is a great way to get your steps while people-watching too. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try out a pedal boat, gondola ride or hop on a Segway.

Indy Cultural Trail
Grab your bike (or rent one via the Pacers Bikeshare) and head out on one of the eight paths that make up the Indy Cultural Trail. This eight mile trail features nine pieces of public art and connects six cultural districts, including Fountain Square, Indiana Avenue, Mass Ave, The Canal & White River State Park, and the Wholesale District.

Downtown Parks
Why not treat your furry friend to something different? Grab a leash and a frisbee and head to one of the free parks downtown. Take in some art at White River State Park or a festival at the 16-acre Military Park. We also think you’ll love strolling around the perimeter of the World War Memorial Building before heading over to University Park to check out statues honoring Benjamin Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Schuyler Colfax, as well as the Depew Fountain in the center of the park.

Workout Wednesdays
If you’re tired of your regular workout routine, give the free 6am sunrise yoga at the canal a try each Wednesday to find your zen before the hassle of the day. Just bring yourself and your yoga mat but be sure to register online to reserve a spot.

Stroll Around Historic St. Joseph’s Neighborhood
Noted as one of the most walkable areas around downtown, St. Joseph’s historic neighborhood boasts great architecture, killer coffee shops, cafes and bars, and a relaxed local (and gay-friendly) vibe. Check out the row houses, converted warehouses and—of course—the progress of Nine+Eighteen’s construction!

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