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Best Things To Do in Indianapolis

Besides the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hall of Fame Museum (which is a must-see for most visitors), the city offers the truly wonderful Indianapolis Museum of Art. If you're traveling with kids in tow, you'll definitely want to spend a few hours at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. The zoo, which is inside the verdant White River State Park, is another good pick for families, as is a stroll along the Central Canal. Did we mention the Indianapolis Colts? They're here too, winning games at Lucas Oil Stadium.

How we rank Things to Do
  • #1
    Central Canal
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    #1 in Indianapolis
    Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    The Central Canal, which also goes by the name Indy Canal Walk, was born in the 1840s when the Indiana state government was trying to bring more commerce to the city. But soon after, the state found itself bankrupt and the plans for a 296-mile waterway were shelved. Today, the

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  • #2
    Indianapolis Museum of Art
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    #2 in Indianapolis
    Museums
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    Spread out across 152 acres and featuring more than 54,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is an impressive institution. It's also among the 10 largest art museums in the U.S. Superlatives aside, what visitors love most about IMA is its variety. Not only does

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  • #3
    Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
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    #3 in Indianapolis
    Sports
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sports
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been around since 1909, so this epic track has seen more than 100 races speed by. The 30,000-square-foot museum came about 50 years afterward, featuring about 75 cars and even a theater that shows Indy 500 footage throughout the years. Visitors have the choice to

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  • #4
    Indiana War Memorial
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    #4 in Indianapolis
    Monuments and Memorials, Museums, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Monuments and Memorials, Museums, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Considered an Indiana landmark, the Indiana War Memorial comprises two museums, three parks and 24 acres of monuments, statues, sculptures and fountains. So, if you're a fan of the National Mall inWashington, D.C., you'll likely enjoy spending a few hours here. In fact, Indianapolis is second only to D.C. in

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  • #5
    The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
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    #5 in Indianapolis
    Museums
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    If you're in Indianapolis with kids, a visit to this museum is a must. Spanning 472,900 square feet and boasting 11 major galleries, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis lives up to its title as the world's largest children's museum. Exhibits at the highly praised facility include a planetarium, the heavily hyped "Dinosphere:

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  • #6
    Lucas Oil Stadium
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    #6 in Indianapolis
    Sports, Tours
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sports, Tours
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Home to the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, Lucas Oil Stadium is a must-see for sports fans, according to recent travelers. With the capacity to hold 67,000 fans and a retractable roof that features unbeatable views of the downtown Indianapolis skyline, the stadium (which opened in 2008 and hosted the 2012 Super

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  • #7
    Indianapolis Zoo
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    #7 in Indianapolis
    Zoos and Aquariums
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Zoos and Aquariums
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Spread across 64 acres and home to more than 1,600 animals and 23,000 plant species, the Indianapolis Zoo is a favorite among families visiting Indy. Easily navigate its sprawling acreage by planning your visit around the zoo's five biomes, or areas of plants and animals separated by climate: Oceans, Deserts, Plains,

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  • #8
    Eiteljorg Museum
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    #8 in Indianapolis
    Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    If you're interested in learning more about the art, history and cultures of the American West and Native Americans, then a stop at the Eiteljorg Museum is a must. Another selling point: The Eiteljorg Museum is the only museum of its kind stationed in the Midwest, and one of only

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  • #9
    Victory Field
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    #9 in Indianapolis
    Sports, Tours
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sports, Tours
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Indianapolis doesn't boast its own MLB team, but it is home to a Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Indianapolis Indians. Even if you're not a fan of baseball, you should consider attending a game at Victory Field, especially if you've got kids in tow. This 14,230-seat ballpark is

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