Top Recommended Layover Activities:
1. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum
38000 West 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46222 · 317-241-5700
Housed in a building that is a National Historic Landmark, this magnificent museum displays hundreds of exhibits that feature various racing teams, vehicles from the past, and the aerodynamics of a racecar. For a small additional charge, you can take a tour of the actual racetrack.
2. Indianapolis Museum of Art
1200 West 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208-4196 · 317-920-2660
Set in the midst of a vast span of beautifully landscaped grounds, this fascinating museum treats visitors to extensive art exhibits. A variety of African, Asian, and European pieces sets this establishment apart from many nearby museums. One of the special displays includes a collection of watercolor paintings that were created by Joseph Mallord William Turner. Other interesting collections include the items that make up the Clowes Collection, with artifacts dating as early as the 14th century, and modern studio glass and crafts created by local artists. The park in which this museum is located contains gardens, a theater and concert hall, shops, and a restaurant.
3. NCAA Hall of Champions
700 West Washington St, White River State Park, Indianapolis, IN 46204 · 317-916-4255
DOWNTOWN. This renowned attraction honors the joys and pains of the student-athlete. Four theaters help visitors contrive their own definitions of a champion by illustrating the grueling daily lives of various student-athletes. The NCAA Hall of Honor highlights the esteemed character many of the athletes possess and how their strength of character helped them become important leaders. Other attractions include the Wall of Champions and The Turn of the Century Gymnasium.
4. Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
45 Monument Cir, Hilbert Cir Theatre, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2919 · 317-262-1100
The magnificent Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1930, has delighted millions with its musical excellence. Under the guidance of director Raymond Leppard, the ISO has presented as many as 200 performances in a year. In addition to performances in Indianapolis, this orchestra tours all over the world and has produced a number of CD's. This orchestra not only strives to please adults who appreciate fine music, but also to educate and entertain children of all ages in regards to the world of the symphony.
5. World War Memorial
431 North Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46204 · 317-232-7615
Standing atop a hill for all to see is this inspirational memorial with an introductory inscription that reads, “Vindicate the principles of peace and justice in the world.” Visitors will be able to see a variety of war paraphernalia that retraces the history of Indiana. A Shrine Room contains an altar with an American flag standing in honor of those who have lost their lives fighting for their country.
Top Weekend Getaways And Day Trip Excursions:
1. Indianapolis Speedway
4790 West 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46222 · 317-484-6700
The beginning of the Indianapolis Speedway dates back to 1909, when the automobile industry built a gravel track to test its newest model cars in front of a crowd of onlookers. The gravel proved to be hazardous, spurring the transformation of the 2.5-mile track from loose gravel to mortared brick, thus earning the nickname “The Brickyard.” Since the general public tends to thrive off of other people’s risks and injuries, the safer brick track failed to attract substantial crowds. On May 30, 1911, the owners held a race where the winner would take home a prize of over $14,000. The competition grabbed the public’s attention and drew a large crowd to watch the first of many Indianapolis 500’s.
2. White River State Park
801 West Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204 · 317-634-4567
This popular park, which borders the White River, is one of the first state parks in Indiana. The grounds are home to the Indianapolis Zoo, the National Institute of Fitness and Sport, and an IMAX Theater featuring 3D movies.
3. Indiana State Fair
1202 East 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205 · 317-927-7500
This annual event takes place under the heat of the August sun. Popular events include balloon races, live entertainment, horse races, and various exhibits. The numerous festivities cater to men and women of all ages, from the gun enthusiast to the horticulturist. A day at this fair promises a day full of fun and excitement.
4. Benjamin Harrison Home
1230 North Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46202-2598 · 317-631-1898
America’s twenty-third President, Benjamin Harrison, comes from a long line of important political figures. This attractive three-story home gives visitors a glimpse into the life of this man and his family. Many of the Victorian-style furnishings are pieces that actually belonged to Harrison when he lived here. The sizeable lawn, Centennial Room, and kitchen are all available to be rented for special events.
5. Indianapolis Zoo
1200 West Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46222-4500 · 317-630-2001
Lions, zebras, dolphins, and even polar bears call this place home. With the excellent care they are given and the recreated, though seemingly real, habitats, you will feel as if you are on an adventurous trip to a lush green forest, a stark-dry desert, or in the depths of the ocean. Also, be sure to see the entertaining dolphin show and the zoo’s special World of Waters building.