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Best for Kids in Indianapolis

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Want to see your child blossom into the Einstein of the future? Bring them to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and see their talents grow. Visit rare exhibits, educational displays, and child-centric festivities and events at this unique museum. With an aim to foster better cognitive abilities and out-of-the-box thinking among young ones, this museum has laid out an elaborate array of exhibits for children to explore. Children will love the variety of exhibits held here: Barbie displays, ghost hotels, space planetariums, Egyptian lifestyle, exhibits on health, science and technology among other things. When hunger pangs strike, rush to the Food Court and grab a quick bite to eat. Visit the museum store and buy exotic memorabilia to take home with you. You can also host birthday parties and kids' events at this venue.

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.

Home to the Indiana Pacers and the Indiana Fever, Gainbridge Fieldhouse is on a permanent adrenaline rush. Add to that occasional live music concerts by the likes of Celine Dion and Neil Diamond, and temperatures are bound to soar. A huge sports facility, in the basketball-crazy state of Indiana, Gainbridge Fieldhouse is like a magnet for locals and visitors alike. The visual appeal of the facility is awe-inspiring for its sheer magnitude and world-class amenities.

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 magnificent history of Indiana is animated and brought to life at the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park. Visiting this interactive park is all about a hands on approach through various programs events and daily activities for those big and small. Families will appreciate the kid friendly atmosphere from the Animals Encounter Barn to the nature walks on preserved prairie land.

The Eagle Creek Park is a delightful and spacious stretch of green. With the countless entertainment opportunities available, you won't know what to do first. The beautiful park serves as home to the beautiful lily lake, hiking trails, a waterfowl sanctuary, nature and retreat centers. It even offers space for picnics and areas to go fishing. Eagle Creek Park is a place where you can see a variety of flora and fauna. The site is also the beginning point for many beautiful hiking trails. Designated as a nature reserve, it is the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon for any nature lover.

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.

After a visit to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, explore the Oldfields – Lilly House & Gardens. Nestled on the grounds of the museum, this 26-acre (10.5 hectare) verdant landscape features manicured lawns, exotic flora, sculptures, fountains and garden ornaments. The mansion, former home of late business luminary and philanthropist J.K. Lilly Jr., boasts 22 rooms and illustrates American Country Place Era architecture. Take an audio tour of the house museum for a glimpse of 1930s culture.

This 94 acre (38 hectare) stretch of greenery is an oasis in North Indianapolis. There are over 3.5 miles of scenic hiking trails to explore, where you might see some of the wildlife that's been known to live in the park. You can also see the ruins of the St. Paul Building, which was moved to the park from New York City. Have a picnic on the beautiful grounds, or try your luck fishing the White River. With Holliday Park you can get back to nature without ever leaving the city.

Located in the heart of the city, White River State Park beckons you to visit and explore its premises. It houses the Indianapolis Zoo, which is home to a variety of species of animals that children and adults alike will love to see. The museums within the park ensure that you're well versed with local history, culture and traditions. The park features the scenic Central Canal, which is lined with walking and biking paths. It's an ideal place to take a leisurely stroll, jog, or rent a paddleboat. The park is also home to a bevy of event spaces. The visitor center is an ideal place to stop and get your bearings before you wind your way through the park.

For a unique dining experience, stop by at one of Indianapolis' favorite dinner theaters, the Beef & and Boards Dinner Theater. Privately owned, this place offers its visitors with rich quality theater and Broadway performances in the company of deliciously prepared American meals. The venue also hosts special events for children as well as concerts and musicals. Prices depend on the seats taken and VIP membership is also available. There are private rooms available for rental too.

One of the finest green spaces in the city, the Garfield Park is a garden spread over a vast expanse that is the ideal spot to get a breath of fresh air. Supported by a group called the Friends of Garfield Park, the space is also used to host several large-scale functions and events. You can attend musicals and theatrical performances by production companies like the Shakespeare and More Theatre Company. If you are weary of the noisy city and want to escape to a peaceful heaven, Garfield Park is the place to go.

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