Indianapolis is a must visit city for any out of town visitor, and those who live in the area will miss some great things by not exploring downtown Indy. It’s also important to note that most of these places are free or very inexpensive; you can spend all day long without spending much money at all! There are so many things to do in Indianapolis, especially if you like sports or culture. Here are five ideas on what to do when visiting this wonderful city:
– Visit Monument Circle (also known as “The Circle”) – View the world’s largest outdoor flying saucer with an observation deck inside – Catch a show at Hilbert Circle Theatre — see locally produced plays and musical performances here – Call ahead for a tour of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway — they bring you into the pits so that visitors can see what it’s like to be behind-the-scenes at one of Indy’s biggest attractions – Attend an Indiana Pacers basketball game.
-Visit The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis- It’s the largest children’s museum in the world and it has everything from cultural exhibits, to an IMAX theater, to a high-tech play zone.
– Take a trip through time at The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site – This was President Harrison’s home during his term of office between 1889 and 1893. You’ll get a feel for what life was like back then by touring this historic site that features original Victorian furnishings throughout.
-Spend some time exploring downtown Indy — or Broad Ripple Village if you’re more inclined towards nightlife instead of attractions! There are plenty of things to see here, especially when it comes to art galleries (don’t miss Art Squared , which is free on Fridays!) as well as historic architecture.
-Visit the NCAA Hall of Champions — this is a great place to take kids who are into sports! Experience what it’s like to be an athlete through interactive exhibits, and get your picture taken with the winning team from last year’s Final Four tournament!
Don’t Miss the Indiana State Museum – There are so many great exhibits here, including an IMAX theater and a planetarium.
– Take a walk along the Canal Walk – This is another historic site in Indy that you’ll enjoy learning about! The canal itself was built back in 1836 to provide transportation access to Indianapolis from limestone quarries located near Lebanon, Indiana. You can even take part in special events like yoga classes by the canal on Saturdays during nice weather months (April through October).
– Catch some live music outdoors at White River State Park — there’s no better backdrop for your outdoor concert than the downtown skyline of Indy right behind you as well as Fort Harrison State Park off to your left. It truly doesn’t get much more beautiful than this! Be sure not to miss performances by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Heartland Men’s Choir during warmer months.
– Attend a local craft beer festival – There are tons of them in Indy, especially when it comes to summertime! The Winter Warmer Fest is held each February at the Indiana State Fairgrounds while hundreds gather for Broad Ripple Brewfest in June (also at the fairgrounds). If you think that sounds like fun, be sure not to miss Oktoberfest , which takes place annually on Monument Circle in October — this event brings together breweries from all over central Indiana as well as food vendors serving German dishes such as bratwurst sausages & potato pancakes.