Lucas Oil Stadium#6 in Best Things To Do in Indianapolis
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 Bowl) is consistently described as a "beautiful sports venue" by visitors. Recent fans who visited said the stadium was clean and noted that the design is easy to navigate. Sports hounds who caught a game during some warm Indy weather particularly appreciated the retractable roof.
You'll find the stadium less than a mile south of downtown and accessible from Interstate 70. If you're attending a game, consider using public transportation or taking a cab to reach the stadium instead of driving; some visitors said the roads around the stadium can get congested on game days. Although the best way to get the full Lucas Oil Stadium experience is to attend a game, you can also take guided tours of the playing field, an NFL locker room, Lucas Oil Plaza and the press box, among other areas. Recent visitors who took a tour highly recommended it, and not just for the behind-the-scenes access, but also for the interesting information provided by the knowledgeable guides. Several reviewers also said taking a tour is one of the best ways to get a closer look at the stadium's impressive architecture. Tours typically last one hour and are offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday. Tour tickets for adults cost $10; seniors ages 65 and older and children between the ages of 4 and 12 can take the tour for $7. For more information on tours and stadium events, visit its website.
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#1 Central Canal
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 Central Canal is a 3-mile loop that flows by the Indiana State Museum, Victory Field, the Indianapolis Zoo and the 250-acre White River State Park, among other popular attractions. You can walk alongside the canal or book a segway tour, but you can also hire a gondolier or rent a pedal boat or kayak.
Whatever mode of transport you choose, you'll enjoy a spectacular view of the Indianapolis skyline, not to mention a 17-foot waterfall, some of the city's best contemporary architecture, and memorials to the U.S.S. Indianapolis and Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. Keep your eye out for colorful murals on the canal underpasses, too. According to recent visitors, this is the spot for quiet relaxation in Indy. Aside from the peaceful atmosphere, travelers also love how clean the area is, calling the Central Canal an "asset to Indiana."
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