The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park: 100 Acres at Newfields, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, is full of shady spaces in the warmer months, perfect for a picnic, an afternoon nap under the trees, family photos and discovering nature and art IN nature. During the winter, you can enjoy many of the same sights and activities, just bundle up!
My kids love hearing the birds chirping, seeing the leaves falling, crawling around in the grass and practicing walking on the trails. If the 100 Acres isn’t a place your family has visited yet, add it to your “Must Do” list! Your family will see woodlands, wetlands, meadows and a 35-acre lake (which also is home to our favorite exhibit “Indy Island.”)
There are many pieces of art throughout the park and more art pieces will be commissioned as time goes on. In fact, Lulu and I saw a new installation underway when we last visited. Our stroller did pretty well on the trails and so much of the art was hands on so that Lulu could climb and sit and play on it.
We encountered wildlife on our walk to the Visitor’s Pavilion. Deer love the 100 Acres and so do many other animals.
Admission is free and the park is open from 11 am to 8 pm every day and parking is free! Drive west on 38th Street and continue past the main IMA entrance, exit onto North White River Parkway East Drive on the right. Dogs are welcome on a leash. Fishing is allowed with your Indiana Fishing License and if you use artificial bait.
Guided tours are available frequently, but if you have young children, if might be more fun to explore the park on your own or using a map provided at the entrance or even a mobile tour on your smartphone.
4000 Michigan Rd