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About The Canal
Since the mid-19th Century, 'The Canal' passing through the White River State Park of downtown Indianapolis has developed into an outdoor oasis where locals are seen jogging, walking, skating, and bicycling to the ambient sound of waterfalls and fountains that adorn its paths. A small stretch, slightly longer than a mile, known as 'Canal Walk', offers users a fully landscaped mid-city escape that couples modern development with the preserved integrity of historical Downtown. Visitors can stroll across two restored 19th Century pedestrian bridges under antique-style lamps, view modern-day murals, and historic monuments, or perhaps take a peddle-boat or romantic gondola ride to enjoy the vista from the Canal itself. Visit Broad Ripple Village and enjoy a cultural Mecca of art galleries, street cafes, and superb dining, then follow The Canal to many attractions in the city, such as: Holcom Gardens, the Indianapolis Art Museum, the Indiana State Museum, and the NCAA Hall of Champions. Just off the Canal is the home of the Eiteljorg Museum that houses a unique display of both Native American and Western Art. After browsing the education center visitors can relax in the museum's Sky City Cafe and experience exquisite views of the Canal, and the Downtown area. In late November the Canal's paths are adorned with Holiday lights creating a festive glow to compliment the backdrop of the Downtown skyline.