50 Free Activities in Indianapolis for Summer 2024

Summer in Indianapolis is bursting with opportunities for family fun, and you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy it! From splashing in fountains to exploring nature trails, catching outdoor movies to discovering hidden gems, Indy offers a ton of free activities that will keep the whole family entertained all season long.

Get ready to fill your summer days with laughter, adventure, and memories that will last a lifetime with these 50 free and fun activities for families in Indianapolis in 2024.

Free Outdoor Adventures near Indianapolis:

  1. Attend a free outdoor concert.
  2. Catch a family-friendly movie on the lawn at Movies at Midtown. Free screenings are on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  3. Play at one of Indy’s many free splash pads. Wes Mongomery Splash Pad 2 .jpg
  4. Swim and listen to great music during the free Summer Concert Series at Murphy Aquatic Park. 
  5. Stroll or bike along the Indianapolis Canal Walk.
  6. Picnic at Holliday Park.
  7. Hike one of these amazing trails for families. 
  8. Discover the beauty of Garfield Park Conservatory.
  9. Admire the outdoor sculptures at the Indianapolis Art Center ArtsPark. ArtsPark at the Indianapolis Art Center - free things to do in indianapolis
  10. Climb on Funky Bones at the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park.
  11. Bike the Monon Trail.
  12. Explore a new playground.
  13. Enjoy free family swim days at Franklin Family Aquatic Center. Thursdays from 6-8 pm.
  14. Take a walk through the historic Crown Hill Cemetery.
  15. Rent a free Nature Exploration Backpack from Fishers Parks.
  16. Learn about agriculture at AgriPark in Fishers.  Fishers AgriPark
  17. Explore the trails and wetlands at Marian University’s EcoLab.
  18. Ride the zip line at the Nature Adventure Playground at Jill Perelman Pavilion.
  19. Climb away on the Treehouses at Flat Fork Creek.
  20. Stroll the Children’s Garden at Coxhall Gardens, one of Indy’s most beautiful parks, plus a giant sand area to play.

    Indianas largest sandbox
    Children’s Garden at Coxhall Gardens
  21. Have an archeologist’s adventure at River Road Park. This one-of-a-kind park includes features you’ll see nowhere else around Indy.
  22. Work out as a family at the Colts Fitness Park. 
  23. Creek stomp at Starkey Nature Park in Zionsville. Starkey Nature Park in Zionsville
  24. Hanging at home? Check out these 100 Fun Things to Do Outside This Summer at Home.

Free Indoor Activities:

  1. Try for a turkey with Indy’s Kids Bowl Free Program.
  2. Discover nature inside at a central Indiana Nature Center.

    Holliday Park Nature Center
    Holliday Park Nature Center
  3. Sign up for a summer reading program at your local library.
  4. Free Indoor Playgrounds:
  5. Browse the galleries at the Indy Art Center. 
  6. Explore the Indiana State Police Museum.
  7. Stuck at home? Try out these 100 Fun Things to do with your Kids at Home.

Free Community Events in Indianapolis-area:

  1. Party in the ParkMay 31
  2. Mud Day – GreenwoodMay 31

    Greenwood Mud Day 2022
    Mud Day – Greenwood
  3. Earth Day Indiana FestivalJune 1
  4. Broad Ripple Duck RaceJune 1
  5. Newfields Community Day, June 6; July 4, Aug 2 newfields love
  6. Kokomo Strawberry Festival, June 7
  7. Free Day! Juneteenth at the Indiana State Museum, June 15
  8. Talbot Street Art Fair, June 15-16
  9. Touch-a-Truck at Grand ParkJune 20-21
  10. Brown County Touch-A-Truck, June 22

    Brown County Touch a Truck

  11. Spark!Fishers, June 25-30
  12. Greenwood Freedom FestivalJune 29
  13. Hendricks County Rib Fest & BBQ, June 29
  14.  Franklin Firecracker Festival, July 3 
  15. All American Day in the Park, July 3
  16. Westfield Rocks the 4th, July 4
  17. Aviation Community Day, July 13

    Aviation Community Day
    Aviation Community Day
  18. Monsoon Madness at Holland ParkJuly 22
  19. RecFest, July 27

Find all the free events happening this month in Indianapolis!

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