By Abbey Garrison

The 12th biggest city in the U. S. , Indianapolis, Indiana is a beautiful town that offers quite a bit for the outdoor enthusiast. From the gigantic nature park at the Art Museum, to several Indianapolis public parks, to the gardens at the zoo, there's plenty of beautiful sights for the nature lover in Indianapolis and Indianapolis activities.

100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park

Opposite to the Indianapolis Museum of Arts is among the largest art museum nature parks in the country. This park is made of 100 acres of meadows woodlands and wetlands together with a gigantic lake. It also offers outside art exhibits and places for artists to design and create new design. This park also partners with community groups to provide educational experiences built to broaden horizons and give added appreciation of contemporary art.

Oldfields-Lilly House and Garden

Also located on the campus of the Art Museum is the Oldfields Lilly House. This 26 inch acre mansion and gardens which were designed in the 1920's belonged to businessperson and humanitarian JK Lilly Jr. Today, both the home and the garden can be toured, and the top floor of the interior of the house gives a powerful view of the gorgeous landscape and gardens. Walks in these Indianapolis gardens occur on Saturdays and Sundays, April through September.

Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Garden

You can visit this Indianapolis garden at any time of the year. The conservatory features tropical plants which include palms, ferns, orchids, papaya, banana, coffee, cacao, chicle and many citrus plants. The conservatory also offers three seasonal shows across the year. The gardens are an European formal style, featuring mums in the autumn, and tulips in spring. Summer is a great time for popular annuals and an exciting concert series. This is actually one of the "must see" gardens in Indianapolis.

White River Gardens at the Indianapolis Zoo

There are hundreds of varieties of plants to view at White River Gardens, which is one of the most gorgeous gardens in Indianapolis and is part of the Indianapolis Zoo. Waterfalls, running streams and interactive activities for the children make this attraction a place that's totally worth seeing. Not only is it a pleasant sight for the eyes, but it is also an educational experience, with special exhibits through the whole year.

Broad Ripple Park

Broad Ripple Park, the location of the Olympic swimming tryouts in 1924 and 1952 is one of the Indianapolis public parks which has an interesting history. Once home to an amusement park, its long list of conveniences encompasses a playground, swimming pool, picnic shelters, fitness trails, a large wooded lot, a family center and facilities for tennis, baseball, and other sports. The White River, which borders the park can be viewed from a special platform in the park.

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