When the sun shines and the temperature warms, Hoosiers hit the Monon Trail in mass numbers. The former railway built in the mid 1800s, is now a paved tree-lined recreational trail with murals created by local artists; it connects downtown Indianapolis with the northern suburb of Westfield and everything between, spanning about 20 miles. On any given day, trail users are using the Monon for exercise or as a means to transport from one part of the trail to the next.
Along the scenic Monon are clean parks, cute shops and boutiques, and unique restaurants; people are walking, running, biking, and rollerblading in groups, solo, or with furry, four-legged companions. Common sights are farmer’s markets where fresh, local fruits and vegetables can be found are often on or near the trail for the health-conscience “trailblazers,”a game of sand volleyball at an adjacent park, and fishermen trying their luck at the White River. Friends often gather in Broad Ripple Village, an eclectic and buzzing area, where there is easy access to the trail and bike their way up to Carmel’s Art District to enjoy a bite to eat at a well-known local burger joint right off the Monon.
Whether the plan is to get the heart rate pumping or meet up with friends to have some fun along the trail, there is plenty of beautiful scenery and delightful destinations along the way.
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