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Best Free Midwest Attractions: Indiana

Art museums, soldiers' memorials and parks are some of the highlights among free attractions in Indiana.
Photo: Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association

Memorial wall

Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial, Indianapolis A glass wall in White River State Park honors recipients of the nation's highest military tribute. Each day at dusk, the memorial's sound system plays recorded stories of medal winners and the conflicts in which they fought.

White River State Park 

Memorial wall

Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial, Indianapolis A glass wall in White River State Park honors recipients of the nation's highest military tribute. Each day at dusk, the memorial's sound system plays recorded stories of medal winners and the conflicts in which they fought.

White River State Park 

Soldiers' tributes

Indiana War Memorials, Indianapolis Climb 330 steps to the top of the 1902 Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument (left) for a 360-degree view of Indy (or ride the $1 elevator). Also nearby are the Indiana War Memorial Museum, Indiana War Memorial Plaza, Veterans' Memorial Plaza, USS Indianapolis Memorial, University Park and American Legion Mall -- all free.

Indiana War Memorials

For fossil lovers

Falls of the Ohio State Park, Clarksville You can see one of the largest naturally exposed fossil beds along the Ohio River in Clarksville (about 100 miles southwest of Cincinnati, just across the river north of Louisville, Kentucky).

Fossil collecting is not allowed, but you can explore up to 220 acres of fossil beds. Naturalists lead hikers across the beds from June through October, when the river is low and you can see the imprints of creatures from more than 380 million years ago.

For a fee, you can also visit the blufftop Interpretive Center, which shows a movie recounting the area's history.

Falls of the Ohio State Park

Hiking in Richmond

Whitewater Gorge Park Trail, Richmond A popular 3.5-mile hiking trail goes through downtown Richmond (about 75 miles east of Indianapolis) to Thistlewaite Falls, a bird sanctuary, vertical cliffs, Happy Hollow, Weir Dam and an old flour mill.

Whitewater Gorge Park Trail

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