The Canal and White River State Park tell the story of Indianapolis' segue from the industrial cloud of the past into a bright, shining future. Once a failed attempt to lure water-bound commerce and trade into the region, the canal itself is now a charming landmark. Leisurely walkways, manicured gardens, top-flight museums and cute condominiums line its banks, all leading the way to White River State Park. Here you'll find the Indianapolis Zoo, stunning views of the city, and miles of pristine riverbank. Don't miss the Indiana State Museum, right on the canal, with its comprehensive overview of Hoosier history. Military Park and the Herron School of Art & Design are both just a stone's throw north of the canal, the park full of shade trees and monuments, Herron full of brooding design students and galleries open to the public.