The Indiana World War Memorial Plaza is a solemn structure built to immortalize the soldiers who fought in World War I. The memorial was originally conceived in 1919, with the hopes of luring the American Legion to make their headquarters there. Despite the cornerstone having been laid, some parts of the memorial plaza were not completed until 1960. The centerpiece of the plaza is the memorial building itself, standing at a height of 210 feet (64 meters). This building draws inspiration from the ancient Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, residing in present-day Turkey. Ornamented on all sides by pleasant bushes, rolling lawns, stunning statues, and a fountain, the memorial is home to a museum, auditorium and the Shrine Room. Proclaimed a National Historic Landmark, the Indiana World War Memorial is a stirring locus of American history and a deep sense of architectural excellence.
The globe trotting and knowledge seeking tourist will not want to miss this splendid museum. One of the few museums that strives to preserve all of the arts of the American West, it houses a large collection of both Western and Native American art. This makes it a great place to learn about indigenous people in the context of American history. The museum arranges events and programs to encourage community in the city. Private parties like weddings and business conferences can also be held within its beautiful environs.
If you are a fan of auto racing, be sure to visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. For a couple bucks, they will give you a bus ride around the most hallowed racetrack in the world; home of the Indy 500. The museum itself is stocked with generation after generation of retired Indy cars. Lots of other memorabilia is on display, and the gift shop is full of exciting checkered-flag-emblazoned gear for the whole family.
The Indianapolis Zoo, located in the White River State Park, exhibits a collection of plants, 350 animal species, and has the largest aquarium in Indianapolis. Get ready for a close look at snakes, iguanas and other reptiles. Or go to the plains area to see lions and giraffes wandering about like it was the savanna. After the exciting trip you can find something to eat in the on-site restaurant, or just enjoy an ice-cream from one of the snack bars.
The Indiana State Museum is located along the canal in White River State Park. The museum has three floors of galleries that tell the story of the great state of Indiana. Visitors are inspired to learn more about the state (and its glittering capital city) by exploring its art, science and culture. Some galleries on the top floor are often devoted to much sought-after traveling exhibitions as well. The building itself is a sight to behold, especially after noting that it is constructed exclusively of Hoosier materials: limestone, steel, brick, sandstone and glass. It is truly a work of art. On site is a two-story gift shop and some casual dining options.
The Rhythm! Discovery Center is one of the world's best percussion museums. A series of exhibits explore the history and evolution of the drum into the modern drum kit we know today. You can eve look at the drum kits played by famous drummers like John Bonham and Neil Peart. There are also interactive displays, where you can make music and rhythms with the drums available.
Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum is located beneath the State Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument. The museum documents the local history of Indiana, particularly the effects of the American civil war on the people of the city. Though the museum seems to be small at first glance, it houses an extensive collection of artifacts from that time period. The museum also allows visitors to participate in video re-enactments leading to immersive civil war experiences. There is also a gift shop on-site and donations are accepted.
Established in 1821, The Indianapolis City Market, is the one stop destination for all your food cravings and needs. The 19th century market house is not only a bustling tourist attraction but also an Indianapolis institution. The architecture is quite magnificent to behold too. It provides the locals with fresh products at affordable prices, and hence it is well sought after by all. The market also plays host to farmer's markets, movie screenings and pet supply drives among other events. One can also lease out the space for private events and functions. Whatever your food shopping and dining requirements, the Indianapolis City Market can cater to your needs.
Formerly the residence of the Hoosier poet of the same name, the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home is a bastion of historic preservation. This museum is filled with the historical artifacts, furniture and belongings of Indiana's most beloved poet. The home itself is a great example of late-Victorian architecture, and takes one back in time to the early days of James's life.