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

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? 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. There are several sites within the Park that have been singled out to be featured in our Tour of Historic Garfield.

There are a variety of ways for you to have fun with these historic tour materials.  We invite you to try them all and then tell us what you think.

 

Visitors Guide

Park Map


Option One: Friends of Garfield Park, Inc Website

 

Our website hosts a narrated version of the Garfield Park Historic Tour.  The website contains a list of the historic sites located within the park, along with a brief description of each item, some photographs and audio clips so that you can listen to a brief overview in reference to each historic site.

Click on this link GarfieldParkIndy.org/Tour to enjoy the elements of the website-hosted tour.


Option Two: Visit the Park in Person

 

To help find your way to all the elements, take along a print-version of this Visitor’s Guide as well as a copy of the Park Map. The map will direct your steps, and the guide will provide a brief description of each of the 7 historic sites, and images to help you identify each featured site. Most of the historic sites are viewable from the 1.5 mile, paved path that winds through the Park.

Download and/or print the Visitor’s Guide to the Historic Garfield HERE

Download and/or print the Park Map HERE

Listening Tips for Group Tours

Look for these artistic markers near the five of the featured historic sites.

Find the related audio tour elements hosted on our website. After you click to play the narrative, simply activate the speaker feature on your mobile device and place the device inside the gramophone on the site marker.

This will provide a sound amplification like the old music players and enable your entire party to enjoy the narrated portion of the tour, all at the same time

 


Option Three: A Teacher’s Guide to Walk, Talk & Teach at Garfield Park

 

is a great supplemental tool if you are planning a field trip to Garfield Park. We have provided a range of student & teacher resources to help make these historic connections practical and engaging.

Visit the Teacher’s page here https://garfieldparkindy.org/teachers/ to download and/or print any/all of the Teacher/Leader documents and student worksheets on demand. Email us at info@GarfieldParkIndy.org if you’d like assistance in planning your field trip to Garfield.

Thank you for your interest in Historic Garfield Park. If you have a personal story or connection to Garfield Park, we’d love to hear about it. You can share your personal stories or comments about the tour anytime by making the connection right here at Share a Story

We hope you’ll visit soon and often & we look forward to hearing from you.


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