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.
One of the famous landmarks of Indianapolis, the President Benjamin Harrison Home was built in the 1870s and is now a museum dedicated to President Harrison. In order to explore his life, the historic building houses artifacts and books belonging to the Harrison family. The chambers have period furniture, the president's personal items, and political memorabilia. The house is also a venue for city events and exhibitions. Tours of the house are held regularly.
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.
Atomic Bowl Duckpin is one of the only two remaining Midwest duckpin bowling alleys (along with Action Duckpin Bowling - also located in the Fountain Square Theater Building). This form of bowling employs shorter pins and a smaller ball, and reached the apex of its popularity in the first half of the twentieth century. Visit the fun of a 1950's night out with vintage equipment, a retro jukebox, and historic bowling memorabilia. A snack bar and catering services for groups keep bowlers of all ages refreshed.
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.
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.
Navigating across the busy neighborhood of Wholesale District, Georgia Street is a kaleidoscope of some hip restaurants, lively bars and some of the famous tourist attractions of Indianapolis. Counted as one of the most vibrant outdoor spots of the city, it occupies a central location in the Downtown and plays host to a number of cultural events throughout the year. A well-laid out pedestrian sidewalk and a high-tech audio and light system ensure the street renders itself well for open-air meetings, concerts and conventions.
The Indiana Historical Center is offering a unique way to explore the history of Indiana. There are the "You Are There" exhibits, where actors play historical figures that you can interact with to learn about a specific period. There's the "Destination Indiana" area, where innovative touch screens let you explore different areas of the state over time. There's even a whole room dedicated to Cole Porter, with an actor belting out some of his classics. With all of these interactive displays, a trip to the Historical Center is like a trip back in time.
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.