Top Activities in Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis is the capital city of the Hoosier state, Indiana. As such, Indy is home to a number of important events, landmarks and sports teams that make it a great place to visit: for example, each year the Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts the Indy 500, while the city is also home to both an NBA and an NFL franchise. There are a number of family-friendly museums to check out with your kids that will surely keep them busy for hours, whether it’s the Children’s Museum, the Conner Prairie living history museum, or even the Indianapolis Museum of Art. In this video, WatchMojo.com takes a look at the top activities you should check out while visiting Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Top Activities in Indianapolis, Indiana


This city is the capital of the Hoosier State. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be exploring a few of the top activities to try while visiting Indianapolis, Indiana.

Indy 500


Indy is known as the Crossroads of America, and as such it is bursting at the seams with things to do and places to see. Perhaps the most famous landmark in the city is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which hosts the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indy 500, each Memorial Day weekend.

Pro Sports


Of course, there are many other sporting events in Indianapolis to appreciate: try taking in an Indiana Pacers NBA game or an Indianapolis Colts NFL game to be part of the action.

Head Back in Time


If you’d rather participate in a sport, head to Fountain Square cultural district and travel back in time by trying duckpin bowling, which is a vintage version of 10-pin bowling.

Conner Prairie


To get an even clearer sense of the past, visit the Conner Prairie living history museum. There, you can witness nineteenth century life by observing a live blacksmith, churning some butter, or speaking with any one of the villagers about prairie times. You see, the staff at Conner Prairie dress and speak as though it really were a Midwestern town in the 1800s!

The Children’s Museum


Another museum the kids will surely appreciate is the Children’s Museum, which is the largest museum of its kind in the world. Over one million travelers visit annually to see the artifacts and collections housed within this institution. Check out the dinosaur exhibit to see how they once lived, or hop on the carousel for a fun-filled ride. The interactive displays are sure to keep the young ones busy for hours.

Indianapolis Museum of Art


For a more conventional museum experience, visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art, or IMA. Inside and out, this is a beautiful institution filled with paintings, sculptures and other art pieces. The grounds are also worth a look, so don’t forget to venture outside.

Indianapolis Zoo


Or, for the animal lovers among us, the Indianapolis Zoo is a great location to give your kids hands-on experience. You can see marine mammals, watch dolphins do their tricks, and even observe elephants at play.

War Memorials


Aside from its museums and other activities, Indianapolis also pays homage to fallen heroes with a plethora of war memorials. In the heart of the downtown core is one of Indy’s most notable landmarks: the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Monument Circle. Erected in honor of the heroes from several wars, this limestone memorial was completed in the early twentieth century. You can also travel to Cenotaph Square in Indiana War Memorial Plaza and the Korean War Monument. The Medal of Honor Memorial is a tribute to recipients of that award, while the USS Indianapolis National Memorial remembers the crew that served aboard that vessel.

Something for Everyone


Whether you’d like to study the past, absorb some culture or have an entertaining adventure, Indianapolis has got the spot for you.
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