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Take some time off to visit one of Indianapolis' most astonishing, historical and beautiful landmark sites, to learn about nature and history

Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Garden

Feb 12, 2014

Other than racing, there is much to see in Indianapolis. One popular spot favorite amongst charter bus visitors is the Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Garden. As the oldest park in Indianapolis, this regional city park is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Located at the junction of Pleasant Run and Bean Creeks rivers close to the south side of Indianapolis, Garfield Park is 128-acres large.

Serenity at its best at the Conservatory and Sunken Gardens

The Conservatory and Sunken Garden is situated on a 10,000 square-foot area at the eastern part of Garfield Park. Designed by landscape architect George Edward Kessler, the Sunken Garden is a European-styled formal garden featuring beautiful landscaped and well kept foliage, with three fountains, benches and quaint paved brick walkways.

Mini bus rental visitors should visit the gardens at different seasons as many plants are replanted with different seasonal flowers, such as tulips in spring, annuals of the summer and the chrysanthemums of autumn.

The Conservatory is also a must-view place with its amazing Amazon River rainforest that houses tree frogs, free-flying birds and many tropical plants such as a large number of orchids and bonsai trees. The main attraction here is the granite waterfall housed indoors that spans 15 feet in height.

Other Sights at Garfield Park

Although the main attraction for most charter bus Indianapolis visitors at Garfield Park is the Conservatory and Sunken Garden, there are also other facilities that should not be missed. They are:

  • The Pagoda: Due to its Asian-influenced styled roof, this building is a great photograph opportunity for coach bus visitors. The curved copper roof is unique, covering what would’ve been just wrought iron, rock and concrete structure.
  • MacAllister Center for the Performing Arts: Originally called the Amphitheater, this center is a covered stage with outdoor and lawn seating where you can catch theatrical and musical shows, as well as Symphony by the Park events during summer.
  • Garfield Park Arts Center: A multi-use performing arts space, this center features an exhibition hall, recording studio, library, classrooms and rehearsal rooms.
  • Burrello Family Center and Aquatic Center: The aquatic center is only opened during summer months while the family center is basically a fitness and gym facility.

Memorials at the Park

Don’t forget to also take a quick peek at the three memorials at Garfield Park grounds. They are:

  • A granite shaft memorial dedicated to soldiers who died at Camp Morton prison camp.
  • The Grove of Rememberance that honors soldiers who fell at Indianapolis World War I.
  • Statue of Major General Henry W. Lawton of Fort Wayne.

For easy transport to all these sites, do call 1-800-304-1993 or 317-286-2435 to book a charter bus or to ask for a quote.