Indianapolis may be best known for being home to the Indy 500, but the city has much more to offer its residents and visitors. Whether you’re someone who loves the arts, learning something new about history, enjoying the outdoors, cheering for a sports team, or attending a local festival, you’ll find fun things to do in Indianapolis. When you’re done adventuring, there are even places to go to relax, unwind, and get a little pampered. Here are just a few fun ideas for things to do in the city that will make for a day with friends and family.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art is among the 10 oldest art museums in the nation. The museum houses over 54,000 works of art spanning a period of over 5,000 years. In addition to the impressive indoor collection, the Museum is located adjacent to the 100-acre Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. The walking trails throughout the park lead to a number of temporary artworks that are regularly commissioned on the property. The Museum is open year-round and features rotation special exhibits in addition to the permanent works.
History buffs have lots of museums in the area that showcase local history. One of the most prominent, The Indiana Historical Society manages the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home to the “Indiana Experience.” The display walks you through local history from past to present and features exhibits with real historical items, facts, and stories that help visitors to not just learn about history, but to truly experience it.
The Indianapolis Zoo is a favorite destination for families in the city. With five separate exhibit areas featuring over 250 species of animals from the oceans, deserts, forests, plains, and aviary friends in the air, there’s lots to see at the zoo. Plant-lovers will also be impressed. The surrounding three-acre White River Gardens is home to over 2,500 different plant species and visitors can explore the botanical attraction and its special events throughout the year.
Sports fans have a lot to cheer about in Indianapolis. Home to the NFL football team the Indiana Colts, and the NBA basketball team the Pacers, fans can catch action during the different sports seasons in the city. College sports fans can catch a game and cheer for the local Butler University Bulldogs basketball team.
The Indiana State Fair is held annually at the fairgrounds in Indianapolis, and 2016 marks the bicentennial year of the event. One of the largest events of the year, the fair boasts over 2.5 miles of rides, games, attractions, vendors, food, shows, and more. The 17-day event will include musical entertainment, agriculture shows, special events, and educational programs. There will be several discounts and theme days throughout the event, as well as over 200 free things to do at the Fair.
Once you’re done experiencing all the adventure the city has to offer, you might want to take a trip just outside of town for some pampering. Indianapolis has dozens of day spas to choose from, and just 20 minutes north of the city you can find one of the best in the area, The Woodhouse Day Spa. Rated as the Best Day Spa in the county by American Spa Magazine and Day Spa Magazine, you’re sure to be delighted by the European day spa experience.
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