Indianapolis is nationally recognized as a disability-friendly city, with a walkable downtown providing access to shopping, hotels and restaurants, as well as cultural, sporting and recreational amenities. From hosting Super Bowl XLVI to welcoming many conventions, such as the Big Ten Football Championship, FanFest and Gen Con, Indianapolis has something for everyone.
Many of the downtown hotels are connected to the Indiana Convention Center and Circle Centre Mall by a network of skywalks, so no matter the weather you can enjoy Indianapolis. If you crave great sports action, Indianapolis hosts the Indianapolis Colts, the Indiana Pacers and the Indianapolis Indians. Lucas Oil Stadium, Banker’s Life Fieldhouse and Victory Field are universally accessible and convenient to access from hotels and other downtown attractions. This convenience brings the NCAA Basketball Tournament to Indy and makes it one of our most popular events.
If you prefer the outdoors, the Cultural Trail and the Canal are easy to access and are great ways to see the city sights. The Cultural Trail takes you throughout various neighborhoods of Indianapolis and the Canal runs downtown to the White River State Park. Indianapolis is friendly to families with the world-renowned Children’s Museum, which is easy to access and explore. A popular exhibit at the Museum is a historic carousel that can accommodate all. Also, parents and children with disabilities can enjoy an accessible dinosaur dig. The center of the Museum is connected by a ramp system to access all the floors with ease.
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The Downtown Canal is part of the Indiana Central Canal built in the 1800s. The canal runs from 11th Street to the White River State Park. In the 1980s, the canal was restored and is now a haven for recreational activities that include biking or walking and is a great way to explore Indianapolis, no matter if you are a resident or are a visitor.
The Department of Metropolitan Development has created a canal access map. Download the Canal Access Map.
Metered parking spaces are located on the north and south sides of New York Street. The public elevator is located on the north side of New York Street.
Disability metered parking spaces are located on the east and west side of Indiana Avenue, directly south of Michigan Street. A public elevator to the north of the disability metered parking spaces provides canal access.
Three disability metered parking spaces are located on the south side of 11th Street, which is one way west. One of the spaces is immediately past the driveway to the Indiana University Health Building, just east of Buggs Temple. The two remaining spaces are west of Buggs Temple.