Curling on the Canal
Beat the winter blues by trying Curling on the Canal with the Indianapolis Cultural Trail! We are proud to host Indianapolis’ first and only synthetic ice curling rink on the scenic Downtown Canal. Opportunities to curl will be available from December through March at Vermont St. Plaza- West. Curling on the Canal is FREE and open to the public.
Curling rinks are located in Vermont St. Plaza- West, just in front of Homewood Suites by Hilton Downtown IUPUI (414 W. Vermont St.) and south of the American College of Sports Medicine Fitness Garden. See the Canal map for all the ways to access the Canal and Vermont St. Plaza.
How to Participate in Curling on the Canal
Learn to Curl Clinic
Join the Circle City Curling Club anytime between 1:00-3:00 PM on Sundays to learn all about this popular winter sport, including how to deliver the stone, scoring, and basic strategy, from the instructors. Play a friendly match or two on as you practice your new found knowledge and skills.
Learn to Curl is FREE and open to the public. All ages are encouraged to participate. Drop-in clinics run every Sunday until March 3, 2024.
Open Curling Hours
Open curling hours vary depending on staffing, weather, and daylight, but stones and rinks are FREE and open to the public to enjoy on a first come basis on:
- Mondays- Fridays 9 AM- 4 PM
- Saturdays 9 AM -4 PM
- Sunday 9 AM – 1 PM
- Rink is available on a first come, first served basis
- Do not walk on the surface of the rink
- Rink is CLOSED when covered
- Stones are for use on rink only
- Use curling rink at your own risk, individual is responsible for injury or damage
- Rink surface is slippery, maintain caution if you must step on it briefly to retrieve a stone
- Kids of all ages welcome, but adult supervision is required for anyone under the age of 18
- Keep all pets off rink surface
What is Curling?
Curling is a popular winter team sport, played on ice, where two teams take turns to slide stones towards a target, called a ‘home.’ Learn more about the sport of curling, including rules, strategy, and opportunities to try it on ice, from our partners at the Circle City Curling Club!
Where is Curling on the Canal located?
Curling rinks are located in Vermont St. Plaza West, just in front of Homewood Suites by Hilton Downtown IUPUI (414 W. Vermont St.) and south of the American College of Sports Medicine Fitness Garden. See the Canal map for all the ways to access the Canal and Vermont St. Plaza. Warm beverages and snacks are available for purchase nearby at Starbucks at 414 W. Vermont St.
What should I wear?
Dress warmly in layers and clothing that doesn’t restrict your movement as you’ll need to be able to squat and lunge comfortably. Shoes should be thick-soled and without heels – sneakers are ideal.
How many people are needed on a team?
Traditional curling has teams of 4, but synthetic ice curling can be played with as little as 1 on 1. We recommend teams of 2 or 4 to enjoy the team and strategic aspects of the sport.
How does scoring work?
A team scores one point for each of its own stones located in or touching the house that are closer to the centre than any stone of the opposite team. Only one team can score in an end. If no team’s stones are touching the house at the conclusion of an end, no points are scored. This is called a blank end.
Curling scoring examples
How do you win?
The winner is the team with the most points after 6-10 ‘ends’ or rounds. Teams agree to the amount of ‘ends’ they are playing before starting.
What options are there for food and beverages?
Warm beverages and snacks are available for purchase nearby at Starbucks at 414 W. Vermont St.
Where can I park?
Nearby street parking is available on Senate Ave., Indiana Ave., New York St. and Ohio St. It’s is paid Monday- Saturday, and FREE on Sundays and holidays. Additionally, there are several nearby paid parking lots and garages that are open to the public.