At the southern end of the trail, the Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Garden is running a bonsai show and a succulents exhibition in June—but the collection of tropical flora is a marvel year-round.
North of Garfield Park along the trail, Indy nonprofit The daVinci Pursuit put in a kinetic art installation called Ka-Bike-O-Scope that greets riders with an interactive prismatic color display powered by stationary cycles.
The winding Pleasant Run Trail connects to the Cultural Trail at the latter’s southernmost point, in Fountain Square, via a protected bicycle lane on Shelby Street that passes Nine Lives Cat Cafe, where feline lovers pounce on the opportunity to cuddle with adoptable kitties while enjoying coffee or tea (reservations recommended).
Further south on Shelby and catty-corner to the park, biking bibliophiles are in heaven at eclectic Books Unlimited, stacked with classics, rare finds, and a sizable collection of local authors.
This article is part of “Hot on the Trails,” IM’s road-free guide to exploring Central Indiana.