Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Six ways for families to enjoy the new Indianapolis Cultural Trail
Exciting things to explore all along the way!

by Taylor Newell, Indianapolis Downtown

July 01, 2013

More than ten years in the making, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick celebrated its official opening in May with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and “Get Down On It,” a day-long community celebration that featured more than 80 exhibitions and performances at various locations along the trail. Now, with the eight mile trail fully completed, its arms reaching all five downtown cultural districts, it is easier than ever for families to discover our beautiful downtown by foot or bicycle. Here are six fun options for families to consider for an active day on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

1. Learn something new at an interactive museum or attraction along the trail including Rhythm! Discovery Center near Circle Centre Mall and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis Zoo and Indiana State Museum in White River State Park.

2. Chow down on some local cuisine all along the trail. Create your own froyo at Pearings on Washington Street or snag some of La Margarita’s guacamole – these and other great restaurants are literally steps off the trail. Get lost in a range of local and ethnic food and drink options all in one place at Indianapolis City Market, and you can store your bike right next door at the Indy Bike Hub YMCA.

3. Take in local art at the many public galleries along the trail. You’ll find most of them as you ride through Mass Ave. or Fountain Square. And you can’t miss the public art displays along the trail like ”Swarm Street” underneath Bankers Life Fieldhouse parking garage on Virginia Avenue, which simulates a swarm of fireflies by using 2,000 LED lights embedded in the sidewalk and steel overhang.

4. Catch a Pacers, Fever, Colts, Ice or Indians game. The trail extends to Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Victory Field, and all three world-class sports venues offer convenient places to lock up your bike!

5. Enjoy the green (and blue) space in downtown Indianapolis as you peruse the trail through White River State Park and along the Canal, both beautifully maintained. Explore these areas in a new way with a gondola ride on the canal or surrey bike/Segway ride through the park!

6. Shop for the whole family whether you’re looking for clothes, toys or jewelry. Locally-owned and operated downtown businesses along the trail like Silver in the City and Mass Ave Toys offer tons of unique gifts.

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail offers the best, safest and most efficient means to explore downtown Indy on your own terms and at your own pace. If you’re coming from the north, ride in on the Monon Trail for a direct connection to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail at 10th Street, or drive and park at one of the more than 72,500 parking spaces downtown. For more on ways you can have fun with the whole family downtown, visit, “like” Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. on Facebook and follow @IndyDT on Twitter.

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