Garfield Alive Tours

Welcome to Historic Garfield Park. You may know that Garfield Park is the oldest city park in Indianapolis and that it is 126 fantastic acres packed with fun and activity for your family. But did you know that Garfield Park is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places?

Welcome to Garfield Alive

A Tour of Historic Garfield

Garfield Park is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.  This distinction is judged by how great the Park’s impact has been on the city of Indianapolis, since its founding! Way back in 1876 when it was Southern Park.

To celebrate this historic significance, several sites within the Park are being featured in our new Tour of Historic Garfield.

There are  three distinct ways for you to enjoy  these new tour materials and we invite you to try them all and then tell us what you think.
Download the Map and the Guide to help you find your way.

Visitors Guide

Park Map


Option One: Visit the Park in Person

Take along a print-version of this Visitor Guide to Historic Garfield Park to help you find your way. The Guide includes a map to direct your steps, a brief description of each of the eight historic sites, and images to help you identify each featured site. Most of the featured sites can be viewed from the 1.5 mile, paved path that winds through the Park.

Join us in the park for one of our guided walking tours. Current dates and times include: Saturday, April 8th at 10:00 am, Saturday July 8th at 10:00 am, and Saturday, September 3rd at 4:00 pm prior to our Evening for SOIndy.  All guided tours start from the upper deck next to the Conservatory. Please join us!
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Option Two: Listen to the Audio

To listen to information about the historic sites at Garfield, you can use our audio platform hosted at Guide by Cell. Simply pick up a phone, any phone…cell or landline… and dial into our Garfield Park hotline at 317-495-9349. Once you call the number you will hear a brief welcome message which invites you to key in the “item number” of the site you wish to hear about followed by the # sign. If you are listening on your phone while present in the park you can put your phone on speaker and place it inside the gramophone to amplify the sound for a group. The item numbers for each historic site are listed on the downloadable Guide to Historic Garfield Park.


Option Three: Take a Mobile Tour

Take the mobile tour that hosts the content of the Historic Tour. This mobile platform is designed to work with your smart phone and display images and text especially readable on the small mobile screen. To access the mobile website simply use your smart phone and text a message to short phone number 56512. In the body of the text, type the key word Garfield.
You’ll receive a text message in return that includes a link.
Click the link to enjoy the mobile tour. The audio files are also available inside the mobile tour.


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