Information & Parking

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres is located adjacent to the Museum and includes woodlands, wetlands, meadows and a 35-acre lake. Visitors can access the park via the Central Canal towpath, by driving and parking in the 100 Acres lot, or by walking from the museum.

Directions

Driving Directions to the 100 Acres Parking Lot (Westbound)

  • Heading westbound on 38th Street, continue past the IMA’s parking lot entrance for the IMA’s main entrance
  • Immediately exit at N. White River Parkway East Drive on your right.
  • Follow the road as it winds around Free Basket by Los Carpinteros. On your left you will see the entrance to the free parking lot.

Driving Directions to the 100 Acres Parking Lot (Eastbound)

  • Coming eastbound on 38th Street, turn left into the main IMA Campus park at stop light
  • Drive around the circle drive in front of the Museum and head back toward 38th Street. Make a right turn out of the parking lot at the light.
  • Immediately exit at N. White River Parkway East Drive on your right.
  • Follow the road as it winds around Free Basket by Los Carpinteros. On your left you will see the entrance to the free parking lot.

Walking or Biking to the Park

There is an ADA and stroller accessible parking lot at The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres (directions below). The Park is also accessible from the Central Canal towpath that runs north from Broad Ripple to the Park. Bike racks are available at all entrances to the Park. If taking the bus, the IMA is located on Indy Go bus routes #34 and #38.

Parking

Free parking is available at 100 Acres (see directions above).

What Else Should I Know?

  • Friends, family and a picnic are perfect for 100 Acres! Just make sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes as the Park has some inclines and trails.
  • The Park is open to dogs, but they must remain on a leash at all times and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.
  • Bicycles are allowed in the Park and we encourage you to go green and ride your bike to the Park. There are bike racks near the entrances to the Park for securing your bike while you visit the grounds. Bicyclists must yield to pedestrians.
  • Skateboards are not allowed within the Park.
  • The most convenient entrance for strollers and other wheeled items is the Fehnel Entrance located adjacent to the Park's parking lot.
  • IMA security is available 24 hours a day. Emergency call stations are spread throughout the Park and can be used at any hour for true emergencies. We do ask that you keep your safety in mind when you visit the Park and be aware of your surroundings. Please do not leave valuables in your personal vehicle. The IMA is not responsible for any lost or missing items.
  • The Causeway Bridge allows passage across the Lake outlet stream to a path that runs the entire perimeter of the lake. However, the path is on a narrow isthmus of land between the White River and the Lake; during periods of significant rainfall portions of the path may be flooded or very muddy.

What Kinds of Wildlife can be seen in the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres?

The Park is home to more than 100 types of birds including blue jays, cardinals, woodpeckers, and several species of owls, hawks, and ducks. Help us keep track and share your bird sightings with the eBird community. By the lake you can visit with amphibians and reptiles such as turtles, toads, and frogs. Throughout the wooded areas of the park there are chipmunks, squirrels, minks, moles, possums and deer. For more information, browse the self-guided nature tours below.

Trees and Plant Guide

Animal Guide

Be Busy Guide

Looking and Seeing Self Guide