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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 consistently praised by locals and travelers alike for its cleanliness, affordable prices and stellar skyline views. Recent visitors with kids especially liked that there is ample grass space for children to play on and spots where families can spread out blankets to enjoy the game. Reviewers also reported that the crowd and staff are friendly and fun.

The Indianapolis Indians play from April to September, but if you're not in town to catch a game you can always schedule a tour of the stadium. For $5 per person, you can see the Victory Field dugout, press box, visiting clubhouse and training room, and the grounds. Tours typically last an hour and must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. You'll find Victory Field in White River State Park, about a mile southwest of downtown Indy. Tickets for season games range from $10 to $16 and can be purchased online or at the stadium. There are several parking lots surrounding the stadium; most cost between $5 and $9 to park in.

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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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