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Indianapolis

Known for Sports, Museums and Entertainment

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

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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.

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Things to do in Indianapolis

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

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

Investigate this downtown museum’s showcase of exceptional Native American and Western American artworks, which includes contemporary art and outdoor sculptures.

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

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

Tickets & Tours

You and your team will be locked in a spy mission escape room at Escape INDY. This experience is for a maximum of 10 people. The duration of this experience is 60 minutes but allow for 90-minutes for the entire experience.

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Dine like a rock star among pop, soul, and rock 'n' roll memorabilia like costumes and instruments from your favorite musicians at the Hard Rock Cafe. Skip the lines with priority seating and enjoy a classic meal and a dessert.

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You and your team will be locked in a spy mission escape room at Escape INDY. This experience is for a maximum of 10 people. The duration of this experience is 60 minutes but allow for 90-minutes for the entire experience.

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We’re excited to introduce you to the sport of axe throwing! This thrilling traditional Canadian backyard pastime is now bigger than ever in urban communities. Enjoy a one hour axe throwing session with a dedicated axe throwing coach.

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Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

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Combine your passion for history, exploration, and food on this walking tour of Indianapolis's Fountain Square. Learn about the birth of the commercial corridor, its economic decline, and its recent resurgence as you try samples at the neighborhood's hip restaurants and long-standing institutions.

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