Have you visited the Sunken Gardens in Garfield Park? If you haven’t yet, I definitely suggest you check it out before the winter sets in! It’s a beautiful landmark in Indianapolis that is filled with gorgeous landscape, water fountains, and places to sit and relax. It is also attached to the Garfield Park Conservatory – another Indianapolis must-see attraction!
The Sunken Gardens were open in 1916 and contain over 3 acres of beautiful European display gardens (although there are 136 acres total in Garfield Park). Designed by German landscape architect George Kessler, who is known for many Indianapolis designs and for whom Kessler Boulevard is named after. Admission to the gardens is FREE. The fountains are seasonal and operate from mid-spring to mid-fall.
I visited on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and it wasn’t terribly busy. There were others there enjoying a game of checkers on a patio table, others taking photos, and couples strolling through the park. Both family-friendly and romantic, the garden will make a great outing for any occasion.
Strollers are permitted; but skates, skateboards, and scooters are not. The gardens are handicap accessible.
The Sunken Gardens are open Monday-Saturday 10 am-10 pm and Sundays 1-10 pm from May 18th – September 14th. From September 15 – October 15 they are open Monday-Saturday 10 am-9 pm and Sunday 1-9 pm. And from October 16 – May 17 they are open Monday-Saturday 10 am -5 pm and Sunday 1-5 pm.
A perfect place to take photos! However, professional photographers must obtain a permit here for photography. All others are free to take photos as they please. Don’t forget to snag a selfie!
In addition to the Sunken Gardens is the Conservatory, located directly next to the gardens. It is over 10,000 square feet of plants and exotic topics (including vanilla, banana, and coffee plants!). The Conservatory is open Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm with an admission fee of $2 per person (children 2 and under free) and cash, check or card is accepted. *Special event pricing may differ.