The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres
It really is one of the best hidden pockets of Indy. And the sculpture garden is no joke either. Although some installations can be somber (Park of the Laments, Alfredo Jaar), the majority seem playful, most notably the hoops-inspired Free Basket by Los Carpinteros. The park defined by its interactive installations: a viewing pier, benches, swing sets, the visitor’s pavillion and concession stand are all intriguing. And Atelier Van Lieshout’s Funky Bones, besides popping up on every summer Instagram feed, has made appearances in everything from local indie flicks to John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.
4000 Michigan Road, 923-1331
2nd: White River State Park
3rd: Eagle Creek State Park