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The Central Canal, which also goes by the name Indy Canal Walk, was born in the 1840s when the Indiana state government was trying to bring more commerce to the city. But soon after, the state found itself bankrupt and the plans for a 296-mile waterway were shelved. Today, the Central Canal is a 3-mile loop that flows by the Indiana State Museum, Victory Field, the Indianapolis Zoo and the 250-acre White River State Park, among other popular attractions. You can walk alongside the canal or book a segway tour, but you can also hire a gondolier or rent a pedal boat or kayak.

Whatever mode of transport you choose, you'll enjoy a spectacular view of the Indianapolis skyline, not to mention a 17-foot waterfall, some of the city's best contemporary architecture, and memorials to the U.S.S. Indianapolis and Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. Keep your eye out for colorful murals on the canal underpasses, too. According to recent visitors, this is the spot for quiet relaxation in Indy. Aside from the peaceful atmosphere, travelers also love how clean the area is, calling the Central Canal an "asset to Indiana." 

Entrance to the canal is free, but you'll have to pay to rent any equipment. Wheel Fun Rentals, which is stationed in White River State Park, offers hourly kayak rentals for $15; renting a double kayak costs $20 per hour while pedal boats can be rented for $30 per hour. They also offer bikes for rent. If you want to up the romance, consider renting a gondola ride from Old World Gondoliers, which start at $25 per person for public rides or $150 for private sailings.

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#1 Central Canal The Central Canal, which also goes by the name Indy Canal Walk, was born in the 1840s when the Indiana state government was trying to bring more commerce to the ... Read more » Courtesy of Jason Lavengood, VisitIndy.com

#2 Indianapolis Museum of Art Spread out across 152 acres and featuring more than 54,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is an impressive institution. It's also ... Read more » Courtesy of Kevin Foster

#3 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been around since 1909, so this epic track has seen more than 100 races speed by. The 30,000-square-foot museum came about 50 years afterward ... Read more » Courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

#4 Indiana War Memorial Considered an Indiana landmark, the Indiana War Memorial comprises two museums, three parks and 24 acres of monuments, statues, sculptures and fountains. So, if you're a fan of the ... Read more » Visit Indy

#5 The Children's Museum of Indianapolis If you're in Indianapolis with kids, a visit to this museum is a must. Spanning 472,900 square feet and boasting 11 major galleries, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis ... Read more » Courtesy Lavengood Photography

#6 Lucas Oil Stadium Home to the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, Lucas Oil Stadium is a must-see for sports fans, according to recent travelers. With the capacity to hold 67,000 fans and a ... Read more » Courtesy of the Indianapolis Colts

#7 Indianapolis Zoo Spread across 64 acres and home to more than 1,600 animals and 23,000 plant species, the Indianapolis Zoo is a favorite among families visiting Indy. Easily navigate its ... Read more » Courtesy of VisitIndy.com

#8 Eiteljorg Museum If you're interested in learning more about the art, history and cultures of the American West and Native Americans, then a stop at the Eiteljorg Museum is a must ... Read more » Lavengood Photography / Visit Indy

#9 Victory Field Indianapolis doesn't boast its own MLB team, but it is home to a Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Indianapolis Indians. Even if you're not a fan ... Read more » Carl Van Rooy Photography / VisitIndy

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You can enjoy the Central Canal from the walkways beside it, or you can jump in a pedal boat, a kayak or a gondola and enjoy being in the water.  Courtesy of Jason Lavengood, VisitIndy.com

Spread out across 152 acres and featuring more than 54,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is an impressive institution. Here, a picture of Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture. Courtesy of Kevin Foster

Even if you only consider yourself a casual NASCAR or automobile history fan, you should make time to visit this National Historic Landmark, according to recent visitors. Courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Considered an Indiana landmark, the Indiana War Memorial comprises two museums, three parks and 24 acres of monuments, statues, sculptures and fountains. Visit Indy

Spanning 472,900 square feet and boasting 11 major galleries, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis lives up to its title as the world's largest children's museum.  Courtesy Lavengood Photography

With the capacity to hold 67,000 fans and a retractable roof that features views of the downtown Indianapolis skyline, Lucas Oil Stadium (which opened in 2008 and hosted the 2012 Super Bowl) is consistently described as a "beautiful sports venue" by visitors.  Courtesy of the Indianapolis Colts

Spread across 64 acres and home to more than 1,600 animals and 23,000 plant species, the Indianapolis Zoo is a favorite among families visiting Indy. Courtesy of VisitIndy.com

If you're interested in learning more about the art, history and cultures of the American West and Native Americans, then a stop at the Eiteljorg Museum is a must. Lavengood Photography / Visit Indy

This 14,230-seat ballpark is consistently praised by locals and travelers alike for its cleanliness, affordable prices and stellar skyline views.  Carl Van Rooy Photography / VisitIndy

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