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White River State Park

Museums, galleries, a world-class zoo and an award-winning sports stadium are all packed into Indianapolis’ favorite park.

The cultural and recreational heart of Indianapolis, the White River State Park, is 250 acres (100 hectares) of beautifully designed urban space straddling both banks of a picturesque river. You’ll find museums, art galleries, a world-class zoo, green spaces, public art and sporting facilities — all just a short stroll from the downtown area.
 
Explore the region’s past in the Indiana State Museum. There are more than 500,000 artifacts on display, from fossils to retro consumer goods from the 1950s. Right next door you’ll find the state’s largest IMAX theater offering educational films and the latest blockbusters.
 
Learn about Indiana’s indigenous history at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art. It houses one of the best collections of Native American art in the country, and includes artifacts such as jewelry, saddle blankets, clothing and weaponry.
 
Sports fans should visit Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians baseball team. The 14,500-seat stadium ranks as one of the best minor league ballparks in America.
 
Travel through the animal kingdom at the Indianapolis Zoo, where five biomes replicate climates from the desert to the forest and house over 1,500 animals. The zoo includes an aquarium and botanic gardens.
 
Be sure to check the park website for a schedule of the many events that occur throughout the year. Sit back on the lawn and enjoy a concert at the White River Park Concert series, held from May to September. In July, catch a free Shakespearean play performed alongside the canal, or dance to the sound of a Celtic drum at the Indianapolis Irish Festival in September.
 
White River Park is also a great place to come and just take it easy. Many walking trails and picnic areas provide the perfect place for a quiet getaway. The park is free to enter and is open 24 hours a day.


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Hyatt Place Indianapolis Downtown $137
Hyatt Place Indianapolis Downtown

Hyatt Place Indianapolis Downtown

130 South Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Circle Center Mall. Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium are also within 15 minutes. Indianapolis Station is 7 minutes by foot.

    Hyatt House Indianapolis Downtown $142
    Hyatt House Indianapolis Downtown

    Hyatt House Indianapolis Downtown

    130 South Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Circle Center Mall. Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium are also within 15 minutes. Indianapolis Station is 7 minutes by foot.

      The Alexander $135
      The Alexander

      The Alexander

      333 S Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Circle Center Mall. Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center are also within 15 minutes. Indianapolis Station is 7 minutes by foot.

        JW Marriott Indianapolis $199
        JW Marriott Indianapolis

        JW Marriott Indianapolis

        10 S West Street, Indianapolis, IN
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is steps from Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and NCAA Hall of Champions. Indiana Convention Center and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis are also within 15 minutes. Indianapolis Station is 15 minutes by foot.

          Omni Severin Hotel $144
          Omni Severin Hotel

          Omni Severin Hotel

          40 West Jackson Place, Indianapolis, IN
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Circle Center Mall, Indiana Convention Center, and Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Lucas Oil Stadium and Soldiers and Sailors Monument are also within 10 minutes. Indianapolis Station is only a 3-minute walk.

            Hyatt Regency Indianapolis $134
            Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

            Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

            One South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is steps from St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Indiana Convention Center, and Circle Center Mall. Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium are also within 10 minutes. Indianapolis Station is 6 minutes by foot.

              Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown $127
              Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown

              Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown

              601 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is steps from Indiana State Museum and Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. NCAA Hall of Champions and Indiana Convention Center are also within 10 minutes. Indianapolis Station is 14 minutes by foot.

                Mint House Downtown Indianapolis $118
                Mint House Downtown Indianapolis

                Mint House Downtown Indianapolis

                401 N Senate Ave, Indianapolis, IN
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Indiana Convention Center and Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art are also within 15 minutes. Indianapolis Station is 18 minutes by foot.