Attractions

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum

motor_speedway_hof_museumThe Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, located five miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis on the grounds of the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is recognized as one of the most highly visible museums in the world devoted to automobiles and auto racing. Departures for bus tours of the historic 2.5 mile oval is located near the museum’s front doors.

Approximately 75 vehicles are on display at all times, and among the featured attractions are more than 30 Indianapolis 500 winning cars. An extensive trophy collection, including the famed Borg-Warner Trophy, which honors the winner of each Indianapolis 500, is also on display along with auto racing trophies, honors and awards from around the world.

For more information:
http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

childrens_museumThe Children’s Museum, the world's largest children’s museum, is located close to downtown Indianapolis. There are miniature exhibits throughout the museum as well as resource centers for tourists and schools. The main stairwell of the museum is actually a giant spiral ramp which allows visitors to access all five levels of the museum by walking or the use of strollers and wheelchairs. The former entrance of the museum contains North America's largest water clock as well as a large museum toy store and a food court.

There is a preschool play area called Playscape. Playscape includes a big raised sandbox area for children to play in, a raised water river where kids can play with water toys (water protective clothing is provided as well as an air hand dryer), a construction site, and multiple other interactive areas for children to play in.Perhaps one of the museum's most popular and unique exhibits is a real life-size indoor carousel in the Carousel Wishes and Dreams gallery. The carousel was originally built for an amusement park (now Broad Ripple Park) in 1917 and was restored and reinstalled in this museum. It is considered the museum's biggest gallery artifact. The carousel is a National Historic Landmark.

Also on this level is Science Works, an exhibit completely devoted to exploring natural science and physical science through building activities. Children may build toy boats to float along the waterway, play in a construction zone, erect an arch, climb a rock wall, crawl through "underground" tunnels, observe a live pond, and many other activities. Within Science Works is a newly constructed biotechnology laboratory, which hosts daily events focusing on the future of DNA and chemistry.

Dinosphere features a sound and light experience that simulates a day in the late Cretaceous period 65 million years ago. The center of the exhibit space includes three, themed fossil scenes under the dome. In addition, visitors can perform fossil excavations in the Dig Site, touch a real Tyrannosaurus rex femur fossil in the Paleo Prep Lab, talk to real paleontologists, enjoy family-friendly games and touch-screen learning activities, and view numerous real dinosaur fossils from the Cretaceous period on display. Dinosphere features one of the largest displays of real juvenile and family dinosaur fossils in the U.S.

The Indianapolis Zoo

indianapolis-zooThe Indianapolis Zoo in Indianapolis, a part of downtown's White River State Park, welcomes more than a million visitors each year and is a leader in conservation. It's the only attraction accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums as a zoo, aquarium, and botanic garden.

The five biomes of the Indianapolis Zoo are home to clusters of habitats and animals from around the world. These natural habitats match the conditions the animals are used to in the wild, including many of the same plants and climates. The Forests Biome features animals from temperate and tropical forests, such as small-clawed otters from Asia, gibbons, bald eagles, and the rare Amur tiger from Siberia. In the Oceans Biome, visitors can touch sharks, watch penguins, view polar bears as they dip underwater, and smile at California sea lions. The Desert Dome showcases the conservation work of the Indianapolis Zoo, which is known for its breeding of some of the world's most rare reptiles. One of the most popular exhibits of the Indianapolis Indiana Zoo is found under this 80-foot transparent dome—the meerkcats. Many of the fun animal programs take place at the Encounters Biome. Guests are encouraged to interact with the animals and stop into the Critter Corner, where keepers interact with visitors and resident animals of the Indianapolis Indiana Zoo. You might feel like you're in Florida when you step into the Dolphin Adventure Pavilion at the Indianapolis Zoo. The Underwater Dolphin Dome provides an excellent vantage point for watching the bright, friendly animals as do the daily dolphin shows. Visitors also can book behind-the-scenes Dolphin In-Water Adventures when they're exploring the Indianapolis Zoo.

The White River Gardens continues the Indianapolis Zoo's mission of connecting animals, plants and people. This 3.3-acre landmark botanical attraction is included with admission. Its outdoor gardens are composed of distinctive elements, including a water garden, shade garden, and a sun garden with its meandering trail. The soaring glass Hibert Conservatory hosts four seasonal shows every year and is an architectural landmark in downtown Indianapolis.

For more information:
http://www.indianapoliszoo.com

NCAA Hall of Champions

ncaa_hocThe NCAA moved its headquarters to Indianapolis in March of 2000 and has since then become a popular attraction. Set in an inspiring $10 million structure designed by nationally prominent Michael Graves, the Hall of Champions is located in White River State Park on the western edge of downtown Indianapolis. The Hall uses a variety of interactive displays, theater presentations and other exhibits to show how athletes and coaches excel at their respective sports. It’s clear that the NCAA Hall of Champions is more than another “old cleats and uniforms” sports museum- it provides active fun for the whole family.

For more information:
http://ncaahallofchampions.org

Lucas Oil Stadium

lucas_oilLucas Oil Stadium is a multi-purpose sports stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The stadium celebrated its grand opening on August 24, 2008, in a game against the Buffalo Bills and its ribbon-cutting ceremony August 16, 2008. It replaced the RCA Dome as the home field of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts. In addition to the stadium, a new high-rise JW Marriott Indianapolis is being constructed as part of the major expansion of the Indiana Convention Center. The stadium is scheduled to host Super Bowl XVI in 2012.

Butler University

hinkle_fieldhouseLocated five miles from downtown Indianapolis, the 290-acre Butler campus is hailed as one of the most attractive in the Midwest for its park-like setting. Butler University made history during the 2010 NCAA Basketball Tournament when their women’s basketball team made it all the way to the final game! Hinkle Fieldhouse, home of the Butler Bulldogs, was also in the filming of the movie, Hoosiers.

For more information:
http://www.butler.edu

Circle Centre

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Circle Centre has over 100 shopping, dining, and entertainment selections that are in the style of a European street market. Located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis Indiana, Circle Centre is bordered by Illinois Street, Washington Street, Meridian Street, and Georgia Street in the Wholesale District. Carson Pirie Scott and Nordstrom are the anchors of this complex, in addition to the 100 specialty stores, there is always something exciting or unique to find.

For more information:
Circle Center Website

The Indianapolis Indians

indianapolis_indiansThe Indianapolis Indians are a minor league baseball team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The team, which plays in the International League, is the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates major-league club. The Indians play at Victory Field, located in downtown Indianapolis. The Indians have a home game the night of the marathon on June 11!

Founded in 1902, the Indianapolis Indians are the second-oldest minor league franchise in American professional baseball, behind only the International League's Rochester Red Wings.

For more information:
Indianapolis Indians Website

Broad Ripple Village

BroadRippleVillageLogoBroad Ripple is one of six areas designated as cultural districts in Indianapolis. Located about six miles north of Downtown Indianapolis, Broad Ripple contains many of Indianapolis’ premier locally- owned restaurants, independent art galleries, private boutiques and the popular Monon Trail. In Broad Ripple Village, there are diverse and unique venues for eating, entertainment and shopping. In local restaurants a wide variety of food is available, including Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Mediterranean, Italian, Cajun, Middle Eastern, and Japanese, as well as traditional American fare. For entertainment, there is comedy, sports bars, night clubs, and three microbreweries.

Some famous Hoosiers raised in or near the Broad Ripple neighborhood include late night talk show host David Letterman, author Kurt Vonnegut, and astronaut David Wolf.