One of the great things about living in Indianapolis is the sheer number of parks. Driving around the city, you don’t have to go far before you discover yet another place to play with your children. Many of these parks not only have play equipment and hard spaces for sports activities, but they also have hiking trails that you can enjoy, enabling you to escape urban living for minutes or hours and enjoy the great outdoors in the center of a bustling city.

Eagle Creek Park is one of the largest city parks in America and is definitely one of the gems of Indianapolis. Not only are there a variety of activities to enjoy such as the Ornithology and Earth Discovery Centers, boat rental, playgrounds, and the swimming beach, Eagle Creek boasts a number of hiking trails that the whole family can enjoy. Pack a picnic lunch and make it a day trip that you’ll want to repeat often!

If you know me then you have heard about why Holliday Park my favorite park in the city! A nature center, great playgrounds, a number of shady spots for picnics and Frisbee, combined with the beauty of the “ruins” make this a park you can find me at year round. The hiking paths are easy enough for my 3 year old, but long enough to get lost in for over an hour. Paths lead hikers down to the White River where there are plenty of opportunities to go creek stomping (here are a few more places you can creek stomp, too).

Have you already visited Eagle Creek and Holliday Park and want to go hiking somewhere less popular? Check out Southeastway ParkFlowing Well Park, Marott Park, or Fort Benjamin Harrison for urban hiking experiences that everyone will enjoy. You definitely don’t have to leave the city to feel like you’ve escaped the hustle and bustle!