7840 W. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN
All Ages, $5/car for Marion County residents, $6/car for others
Head out on a hike around Eagle Creek Ornithology Center. Connect with the natural world by visiting with the resident birds, which are permanently injured and unable to survive in the wild. They have been rehabbed and primarily serve as educational ambassadors for environmental education purposes as they have an impact on how people view wildlife. The public can “Meet a Raptor” up close for free most weekends. There are two outdoor viewing enclosures as well that house a red-shouldered and red-tailed hawk, plus another enclosure that rotates residents like the turkey vulture or great horned owl. Hours to Eagle Creek Park change seasonally.
2505 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis, IN
Monday-Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 1 – 5pm, All Ages, $2/person, age 2 and under FREE
Stop by and visit Garfield Park Conservatory to check out the Gnome Away from Home Show starting March 17th for only $10 per family! You’ll also want to take in the beauty of the tulips in the Garfield Park Sunken Gardens. It’s so wonderful to see when these colorful petals blanket that area of the park. There are also preschool and children’s activities all month.
You’ll also want to take in the beauty of the tulips in the Garfield Park Sunken Gardens. It’s so wonderful to see when these colorful petals blanket that area of the park. Don’t forget to sign up for info about Keep What You Pull Day, where a $5 donation gets you access to dig up as many bulbs as you can so you can bring some of this returning spring beauty to YOUR gardens at home.
Holliday Park Brings Families Together
6363 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis, IN
March 23th and April 27th 6 – 7:30 pm, All Ages, $5/person, preregistration required
The Friday night campfires at Holliday Park are a favorite for our family. Learn about a specific creature found in Holliday park, take a brief hike to search for those creatures and then end up around the fire with s’mores.
Thatcher Park Has Adventure
4649 Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN
Open various times Monday – Saturday, All Ages, $3/adult, $2 age 2-17, Age 2 and under FREE
Okay, so this one isn’t really outdoors BUT it will prepare your kids for a fun outdoor adventure. Have fun rock climbing in the deep end of the indoor pool!
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Spring Fever Carmel
It’s a day of outdoor fun coupled with an Egg Hunt! Bring your kite for flying and your binoculars for watching.
Fly High at Newfields
4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN
Closed Mondays, All Ages.
Check out millions of flowers and budding trees at Newfields’ 100 Acres (free, no admission required for 100 Acres). Swing on the nature inspired swing set, perfect for children to check out the amazing grounds and outside artwork.
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Cool Creek Brings Kids in to Nature
2000 East 151st Street, Carmel, IN
Open Daily, Dawn to Dusk, All Ages, FREE
There’s plenty to do in this Park! A play ground, many trails to hike, a creek to stomp in, swings by the creek, and a Nature Center with a greenhouse. There are all sorts of reptiles inside the Nature Center and even an entire room for bird watching!
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Conner Prairie is OPEN
13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers, IN
Open Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 am – 5:00 pm, All Ages, Adults $18, Children 2-12 $13, Children 2 and Under FREE
Just in time for Spring Break, the outdoor areas of Conner Prairie return with a jam packed schedule on March 26, 2019.
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Free EcoLab at Marian University
3200 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis, IN
Open dawn to dusk daily, All Ages, Free
Run, play, hike, explore, observe and learn at this outdoor nature park eco lab.
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