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Between watching cars zoom around the famous speedway of “The Racing Capital of the World,” explore its many museums, parks and zoo.

Indianapolis, the capital city of Indiana, sits at the center of the state. To many, it’s also at the center of the racing world. Discover why it earns its nickname, “The Racing Capital of the World,” and investigate its many cultural and natural attractions.

Thrills aren’t just reserved for race car drivers at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) track hosts three of the country’s biggest races, including the Indy 500. Watch a motorcar race or learn more about the sport in the adjoining Hall of Fame Museum.

Spend an afternoon exploring White River State Park’s museums, galleries, zoo and sports stadium. Learn about local and natural history in the Indiana State Museum, which has thousands of artifacts and a massive IMAX theater. See a baseball game in Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians. View some 1,400 animals from land, sea and sky in the Indianapolis Zoo. Admission to the nearby White River Gardens is included in your entry to the zoo.

Visit the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Filled with dinosaurs, pirate ships, vintage toys and interactive exhibits, this museum makes learning fun for an audience of all ages.

Although it is adjacent to downtown Indianapolis, Eagle Creek Park feels a world away. Explore its backcountry trails or go swimming in its glassy lake. If you’re lucky, you might even see an eagle soaring overhead. A bit northeast of Downtown, Fort Harrison State Park offers horseback riding, fishing in Fall Creek and an 18-hole golf course.

Enjoy panoramic views of the downtown skyline from atop the steps of Crown Hill Cemetery. Take a guided or self-guided tour and learn about events from the Civil War to the Flu Epidemic of 1918. Find the gravestones of U.S. President Benjamin Harrison and infamous gangster John Dillinger.

Indianapolis has a charming historic Downtown district, presided over by the Indiana War Memorial. The memorial, which bears striking resemblance to the National Mall in Washington D.C., honors America’s veterans. Explore the downtown museums, parks, monuments and more.

Where to stay in Indianapolis

Scottish Rite Cathedral

Downtown Indianapolis

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,481 area reviews)

Downtown Indianapolis is beloved for its popular shops. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium.

Downtown Indianapolis
Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Mile Square

The fascinating museums and prominent monuments are top of the list for many visitors to Mile Square. A stop by Bankers Life Fieldhouse or Circle Center Mall might round out your trip.

Mile Square
Cool brew.

Broad Ripple

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Though Broad Ripple might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Glendale Town Center and Indianapolis Art Center.

Broad Ripple
Neat place with wonderful meats and cheeses.

Near Northside

3/5(1 area review)

The riverfront and historic sites are just a few features travelers like about Near Northside. If you want to do some sightseeing nearby, Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Indiana State Fairgrounds and Pepsi Coliseum are a few top places to visit.

Near Northside
A fountain square original

Fountain Square

4/5Very Good!(3 area reviews)

While visiting Fountain Square, you might make a stop by sights like Fountain Square Theatre and Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art.

Fountain Square
Glee.

Wholesale District

If you're spending some time in Wholesale District, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Circle Center Mall are top sights worth seeing.

Wholesale District

Top Hotels in Indianapolis

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing
Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing
4 out of 5
8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $63 per night

Situated in the business district, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Fashion Mall at Keystone and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Castleton Square. Glendale ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,272 reviews)

"Absolutely beautiful and the place was absolutely awesome. I saved so much money through this company"…"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing
Sybaris Pool Suites Indianapolis
Sybaris Pool Suites Indianapolis
2.5 out of 5
5466 W.86th Street, Indianapolis, IN

Situated in Indianapolis, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Traders Point Creamery, Hopwood Cellars Winery, and Fanimation Antique Fan Museum. SportZone and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (94 reviews)

"I lived the secluded area it was nice me and my wife had a blast"…"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2020

Sybaris Pool Suites Indianapolis
Hampton Inn Indianapolis Dwtn Across from Circle Centre
Hampton Inn Indianapolis Dwtn Across from Circle Centre
3 out of 5
105 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN
The price is $101 per night

Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Circle Center Mall, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and Indiana Convention Center. Lucas Oil ...

4.4/5Excellent! (956 reviews)

"The employees of this hotel were truly some of the nicest and most helpful folks ever! Our room was perfect and extremely clean! Our daughter attends college in Indianapolis and we will stay here from now on when we visit!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2020

Hampton Inn Indianapolis Dwtn Across from Circle Centre

Getting around Indianapolis

Getting around Indianapolis without a car is tough. Rent one at the airport or at one of the car rental companies in the city center. The city is famously flat and cycle friendly. Consider renting a bike by the hour or day at one of the Pacers Bikeshare stands found in the busiest areas. For journeys outside Indianapolis, you can use the Amtrak intercity railway, Greyhound buses or the Megabus. Visit the Indiana Department of Transportation website.Browse Indianapolis rental cars.

Best time to visit

The best time for an Indianapolis visit depends on your priorities. The weather is wonderful in late spring and early summer; days are sunny and temperatures hover in the low 80s F (below 26 C), and slightly cooler evenings. This is also peak tourist season, which brings bigger crowds and a smaller choice of accommodations. Visit between July and August for less expensive rooms, and higher temperatures.

Popular places to visit in Indianapolis

Children's Museum of Indianapolis
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Children's Museum of Indianapolis

4.5/5(481 reviews)

Dinosaurs and pirate ships, interactive exhibits, games and toys from a bygone age — it’s all at this children’s wonderland.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway

4.5/5(515 reviews)

Buckle up at the world’s most famous speedway and experience G-force thrills usually reserved for race car drivers.

Indianapolis Zoo
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Indianapolis Zoo

4.5/5(337 reviews)

Much more than an animal park, this downtown attraction also features an aquarium and botanic garden.

Lucas Oil Raceway
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Lucas Oil Raceway

4.5/5(168 reviews)

From your grandstand seat, watch and listen to high-speed drag race cars and motorbikes zipping by at this prestigious auto racing circuit complex.

Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
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Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

4.5/5(116 reviews)

Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center is just one of the places to see in Noblesville, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Experience the area's great live music or attend a sporting event.

Monument Circle
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Monument Circle

4.5/5(517 reviews)

Find out about the history of Monument Circle, a well-known monument in Indianapolis. Attend a sporting event or simply visit the area's notable monuments.

Top things to do in Indianapolis

City Market Food Tour
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City Market Food Tour

$43
Per adult
Fountain Square Food Walking Tour
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Fountain Square Food Walking Tour

$71
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Massachusetts Avenue Food Tour
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Massachusetts Avenue Food Tour

$70
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Indiana
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Indiana

$10
Per adult
Urban Adventure Quest- Indianapolis
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Urban Adventure Quest- Indianapolis

$38
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Indianapolis International Airport-One Way Transfer
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Indianapolis International Airport-One Way Transfer

$18
Per adult

Reviews of Indianapolis

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2182
5 - Excellent 35.788092504510416%
4 - Good
2877
4 - Good 47.18714121699196%
3 - Okay
878
3 - Okay 14.400524848286043%
2 - Disappointing
104
2 - Disappointing 1.7057569296375266%
1 - Terrible
56
1 - Terrible 0.9184845005740528%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

Indianapolis is a great place to visit anytime of year.

5/5 - Excellent

Dana

Jun 2, 2020

Charming city with friendly people.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

It’s a nice city. Was only there for the night

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

May 30, 2020

There was a riot and ppl destroyed the city

3/5 - Okay

Mark

May 28, 2020

It was shutdown due to COVID

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

I enjoyed myself. Wasn’t able to do everything because of places still being closed.

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