Visit Indy presents a variety of attractions for visitors of all ages. A few of Indianapolis’ most popular attractions are included below. You will find complete details, an interactive planning tool, even top ten lists, at Visit Indy’s website. Visit www.visitindy.com, to explore the many possibilities.
The retro-styled, state-of-the-art facility stands as a monument to Indiana’s rich basketball tradition. The fieldhouse is home to the NBA's Indiana Pacers, the WNBA's Indiana Fever, as well as being a venue for hockey, concerts and shows.
The Canal Walk is a portion of the Historic Central Canal, an early 19th-century project designed to facilitate commerce. Today, Canal Walk stretches through White River State Park north to 11th Street.
Canal Walk features a mix of old and new architecture, attractions and monuments which offer a waterside promenade for strolls, jogging, inline skating, biking and boating.
Amenities: Pedal boat rentals, gondola rides, assorted bike rentals, murals, bridges, fountains, History Center waterside cafe, waterfalls.
Attractions: U.S.S. Indianapolis Memorial, Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial, Historic Landmarks Foundation, Indiana Government Center, Military Park, Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana State Museum/IMA and NCAA Hall of Champions.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, a non-profit institution committed to enriching the lives of children, is the largest children’s museum in the world. The more than 400,000-square-foot facility houses 11 major galleries that explore the physical and natural sciences, history, world cultures and the arts. The Children’s Museum is a place to learn and do. Whenever possible, exhibits are “hands-on” or participatory in nature. The Children’s Museum strives to be one of the vital links in the lives of children as it supports their intellectual curiosity and love of learning. The museum, situated on 14 acres of land in Indianapolis, presents thousands of programs and activities each year.
Love shopping? Then Circle Centre shopping and entertainment complex is for you! This fashionable centre, designed for the ultimate shopper, offers exceptional eateries and delightful diversions. Come explore 2 full city blocks and 4 exciting levels that feature more than 100 shopping, dining and entertainment options. For more information visit: Circle Centre Mall.
In a review of seven living-history museums including Colonial Williamsburg, Conner Prairie was the only museum which received U. S. News & World Report’s highest rating in both authenticity and entertainment. Visitors experience many authentic frontier activities, including a camp meeting, a wedding celebration and the process of preserving a hog-from butcherin' to stuffin' to smokin'.
The Eiteljorg Museum is unique, one of two museums east of the Mississippi with both Native American and Western art. Located in downtown Indianapolis, the museum is within walking distance of the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium. The American Western Gallery includes works from the Taos, N. M., Artists’ Colony as well as pieces from such legends as Remington and Russell. Contemporary artists who tell the story of today’s West are also represented and the Native American collection includes pottery, basketry, sculpture and other artifacts from all 10 North American native cultural areas.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art is among the largest and oldest general art museums in the United States. Founded in 1883, the Museum now boasts a permanent collection of more than 50,000 works of art that span the range and scope of art history. In addition to housing its world-class art collections, the Museum is also a premier showcase for national and international exhibitions.
The IMA fosters interconnections between itself and the community-at-large, between art and nature, and among its three complementary parts: the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, and Oldfields-Lilly House & Gardens. IMA invites all visitors to explore and understand the connections between art and themselves.
Experience a movie like never before. Whether you are watching a 3D or 2D movie, the six-story screen and digital sound system make you feel like you’re in the movies.
Discover the fascinating stories of Indiana’s past. Experience changing exhibitions, state-of-the-art research library, publications, music room, educational programs, special events, gift shop and cafe all situated along the historic Central Canal.
Since 1939, there have been eight professional hockey teams that have called Indianapolis home. Great players such as Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Dominik Hasek played their early professional careers in Indy. Also, current Washington Capitals player John Carlson was a member of the Ice just a few short years ago. Today, the Ice are a member of the United States Hockey League, a league that is renowned for developing the best young players in the country. The game are action-packed and fast-paced, providing excitement for all ranges of hockey fans.
Indiana Sports Corporation is a private, not-for-profit organization that represents Indianapolis in the national and international sports marketplace. Created in 1979 to attract sporting organizations and events to central Indiana, ISC also coordinates and markets major amateur sporting events.
Completed in 1888 and built of Indiana limestone, this Renaissance Revival-style structure has been the center of Indiana government for more than 100 years. Focal points are the stained-glass rotunda, Supreme Court, House and Senate chambers and the governor’s office.
This world class institution is a showplace for Indiana’s cultural and natural history. The museum complex, located in White River State Park, lets visitors explore Indiana’s past, present and future through exhibits related to the state’s arts, culture and natural history.
The atmosphere is electric in downtown Indy before a home Colts game. Head to Lucas Oil Stadium for the new Fan Zone, a pre-game party area for fans of all ages. The Fan Zone offers a variety of games for kids and adults, including: Quarterback Throw, Tower Climb, Football Bouncer, face painters and more! The Tailgate Tent, also available in the area, includes a full pre-game tailgate menu. In addition, The Colts Retail Express Trailer and the Colts In Motion traveling museum are on site. As if that's not enough, live entertainment will always take to the outdoor stage to help get the party started.
A world-class urban bike and pedestrian path that connects neighborhoods, Cultural Districts and entertainment amenities, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail serves as the downtown hub for the entire central Indiana greenway system. The 7.5-mile path allows users to pass by and through many destinations that make Indianapolis a recognized leader in the arts community.
Voted the Best Minor League Baseball Park in America, Victory Field serves as the home to the AAA Indianapolis Indians, who are affiliated with the Pittsburg Pirates. The park is a beautiful downtown setting for a baseball game during the April - September baseball season.
To test and showcase automobiles, entrepreneur Carl Graham Fisher formed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Completed in 1909, the 2 ½ mile oval began to host automobile and motorcycle races. On May 30, 1911, the Speedway hosted the first Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. It is also the home for the Allstate NASCAR Brickyard 400, and the Red Bull Indianapolis GP™.
Designed by Pete Dye, Brickyard Crossing is an 18-hole championship golf course that can host major PGA or USGA events. “The Nation’s Most Unique Links” Brickyard Crossing promises a golf experience unlike any other.
Approximately 75 cars are always on display, representing a widely diversified collection of early day passenger cars, European sports cars, motorcycles and other special interest vehicles, plus more than one third of all the Indy 500 winners, including the 1911 winning Marmon "Wasp."
Built in 1916, the Hilbert Circle Theatre was prominent as the Midwest’s best-known performance house for traveling entertainers, silent movies, world premiere features, classical concerts and talking motion pictures. It is now the home of the internationally acclaimed Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Just footsteps from downtown, the Zoo is open daily at 9 a.m. Highlights include Indiana’s largest aquarium, open exhibit areas with 350 different animal species, and seasonal pony, train and family roller coaster rides. The complex also includes the 3.3-acre White River Gardens, featuring hundreds of plant varieties on display in outdoor gardens, as well as entertaining and educational conservatory exhibits throughout the year. The Indianapolis Zoo’s mission is to connect animals, plants and people.
Featuring three distinctive tracks, Lucas Oil Raceway is perhaps the world's finest special event auto racing facility. With a full schedule of events, the raceway hosts more than 100 dates of racing on quarter-mile drag strip, .686-mile paved oval and 2.5-mile road course. Hosts of Mac Tools NHRA U.S. Nationals, NASCAR Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series events, Goodguys Hot Rod Nationals, Super Chevy Show and more!
Listed as a National Historic Landmark, the Madame Walker Theatre Center four-story building stands as a memorial to Madame C. J. Walker, America’s first female self-made millionaire. She made her fortune by manufacturing hair care products for African-Americans. Erected and embellished with African and Egyptian motifs, the theater where Louis Armstrong and Lena Horne once played now houses office, meeting and banquet facilities ranking among the best in the city. The Walker's strategic location makes it an ideal venue for music, dramatic and lecture presentations and business meetings.
This one-acre memorial, located on the north side of downtown’s Central Canal in White River State Park, pays tribute to 3,459 Medal of Honor recipients, an award given by Congress for military valor. The memorial represents 15 different conflicts, ranging from the Civil War through Somalia and is composed of 27 curved glass walls, each 7-10 feet high. Each day at dusk, the memorial’s sound system plays recorded stories of medal winners or of the conflicts in which they fought.
From the first track and field championship in 1921, to the flavor, pageantry and tradition of today’s NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) national championships in 22 sports, the NCAA Hall of Champions celebrates the journey of the student-athlete. Two levels of exhibits feature interactive displays and multimedia presentations to discover what it means to become a champion from a student-athlete’s first competition to a lifetime achievement.
The National Art Museum of Sport is the nation’s largest collection of sport art with more than 1,000 paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs of 44 sports including ice yachting, bowling, auto racing, tennis, football, basketball, baseball, hunting, squash and archery.
This 65,000 square foot state-of-the art fitness and research center is open to professional and amateur athletes along with the public.
Located at the center of Indianapolis on Monument Circle, this 284-foot limestone monument was dedicated in 1902 and stands as a tribute to the valor of Indiana’s soldiers and sailors who served in the Civil and Spanish American Wars. An observation tower provides a panoramic view of the skyline.
The mausoleum-style limestone and marble memorial pays homage to Hoosiers killed during World Wars I and II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. A military museum in the basement allows visitors to follow the history of Indiana soldiers from the Battle of Tippecanoe through the most recent wars.