Some people were visiting me in Bloomington and I wanted to give them a two day tour of Bloomington and Indianapolis. The Bloomington part went off great. Unfortunately, I've been up to Indianapolis three times to show people around and things tend not to go perfectly. A lot of these "fun spots" turn out to be complete busts. This includes Eagle Creek Park and most of the Cultural Districts. Even Massachusetts Ave, which was completely dead compared to Bloomington's downtown.
We went to Eagle Creek State Park in the middle of summer. We paid $5 to get in and decided to check out the beach and the marina, cause those sounded like they'd be the most interesting spots. We drove through much of the park to get where we wanted to go and it felt like a typical drive through a wooded area which I've had many times before. I expected something special for the marina, maybe some nice ships or a kayaking shop, a pretty view and some nice facilities. I didn't see any of that. In fact, I didn't even see ANY water vessels when I first looked. It took me awhile to spot the two or three old canoes located on the far side. The view was of an ordinary lake, the marina was tiny, the facilities were rather run down and nothing really impressed me. We got in the car and drove to the beach, which was equally bad if not worse. In the middle of the tiny beach we saw a playground with a few kids on it and nobody was swimming. We didn't even get out of the car there. We instead decided to not waste anymore time at Eagle Creek and left.
If you are spending time in Indianapolis, I'd probably stick to The White River State Park/Canal Walk area (which is absolutely gorgeous and a lot of fun), as well as the sports arenas, but other than that I'd be wary of any other "entertainment" you hear about. Indianapolis is frustrating.
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