Did you read my post about great hiking locations around Indy and feel bummed because you have very young children and are often pushing a stroller? Or do you have multiple children who would get tired on the trails and you can’t babywear all of them? No worries – we have you covered! Here are some more great hiking (well, more like scenic walking) experiences that you can do with your children in tow. Get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.
If you live in Indianapolis, surely you know about and/or have frequented the Monon Trail. Try something a little different next time and make it a fun event! Park near the 75th street entrance to the trails and walk south to Broad Ripple. Once you hit Broad Ripple you can grab lunch, coffee and snacks, or ice cream at the trailside ice cream parlor BRICS. Other similar paved trails include the Zionsville Rail Trail, Pennsy Trail in Greenfield and the Fall Creek Trail (although the north part of the trail has some crushed rock, so this wouldn’t be great for lightweight strollers)
The “Tow Path” that runs from the Monon along the canal south will lead you past several other stroller-friendly walking trails including the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s 100 Acres Art Park. This park has a number of art installations, throughout the woods, and around a lake. There will be plenty of picturesque moments to be had here. From the 100 Acres you can cross the bridge over to Butler’s campus to explore Holcomb Gardens. Better yet, park in Broad Ripple and walk or bike the path and experience all three trails in one day!
Many other parks have walking spaces that are stroller-friendly, as well. There are paved and unpaved trails at Fort Benjamin Harrison and Holliday Park, to name a few.
Megan Noel, veteran educator with 10 years of teaching experience and a PhD in Early Childhood Education, enjoys researching childhood through the eyes of her two young children, while writing about her family’s adventures on IndywithKids.com. She welcomes questions and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow me on Twitter - @EtDrnkandBMegan and learn more about me professionally here: www.linkedin.com/pub/megan-noel/61/b18/a20/