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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: Now You're in Their World" (featuring an archaeological dig) and the "National Geographic Treasures of the Earth" exhibit, which showcases re-creations of three archaeological sites, including an Egyptian tomb, a pirate shipwreck and China’s Terra Cotta Warriors. Beyond these standouts, there are also several more floors of exhibits and even some Chihuly glass for decoration. Plus, the museum boasts an impressive 12,500-year-old mastodon skeleton and its own carousel. 

Recent visitors said you can't leave Indy without taking a spin through this museum. Some reviewers even said it's worth adding to your itinerary if you don't have kids in tow thanks to the museum's well-designed exhibits. Plus, parents who visited felt the museum's fun, educational environment encourages interaction not just for little ones, but for parents, too.

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (though it's closed Mondays from mid-September through the end of February). Admission for adults ages (18 to 59) costs $21.50; kids between the ages of 2 and 17 enter for $18.50, while children younger than 2 receive free admission. You'll find the museum about 3 miles south of downtown. There is free parking available in a parking garage; the garage is connected to the museum by a covered skywalk. For more information on the museum's current and rotating exhibits, or to purchase your tickets in advance, visit its website.

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