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What to Do and See in Indianapolis, Indiana

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A quick glance at all of the best attractions in Indianapolis

Events in Indianapolis, Indiana don’t get much larger or more exciting than the Indianapolis 500. With the Indy 500 traditionally taking place during Memorial Day Weekend, this allows spectators to spend some extra time exploring the Hoosier State’s capital.

Indianapolis is home to a plethora of museums and other attractions that give visitors a look into the city’s culture and provide residents with a deep sense of pride. If you call Indianapolis your home, or you’re just stopping in for the big race, then don’t forget to make a pit stop at these Indianapolis destinations.

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Top 5 Attractions in Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

While you’re checking into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the most famous race in the country, you might want to check out the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. This exhibit, located right on site at the speedway, provides plenty of background information and history surrounding the Indianapolis 500. Visitors can even catch a glimpse of several cars that crossed the finish line first during past outings of the Indy 500.


Children's Museum of Indianapolis building

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The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Are the kids tagging along during your excursion to Indianapolis? Then the best place to head to first would have to be the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The single largest children’s museum in the world, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has an impressively wide collection of exhibits with topics that really get kids interested. From its “Dinosphere” with the remains of some of the Earth’s mightiest animals to its always-changing list of traveling exhibits, there is plenty for both the young and the young at heart to enjoy.


Monument Circle

At the very heart of Indiana’s capital city is Monument Circle, home to the Indiana State Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument. Construction of this 284-foot decorated tower began in 1888, and it was publicly dedicated in 1902. The monument was built to honor Indiana soldiers who served during the Civil War, as well as those who served in previous American wars up to that point. As such, the base of tower is home to the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum, where guests can learn more about the war that divided an entire nation.


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Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Indianapolis is home to several different art museums. However, the most unique in the city might just have to be the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Half art museum and half anthropology museum, Eiteljorg displays a wide assortment of artwork and artifacts crafted by indigenous tribes throughout the United States. This collection includes pieces created centuries ago, as well as modern artwork created in the past few years.


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Indianapolis Zoo

Located within White River State Park, the Indianapolis Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in the Midwest region. The zoo itself is divided into a series of areas based upon the biomes of the world, including forests, deserts, and plains. The zoo is also home to a sizable aquarium, where guests can interact with its most popular residents: a pod of bottlenose dolphins. Admission to the zoo will also provide guests with entry into the White River Gardens, Indianapolis’ beautiful 64-acre botanical gardens.


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