An Indianapolis, IN vacation is the kind of vacation you need to let loose, forget about your worries, and have fun. With so many things to do you’ll never run out of ideas. And while we know about the Colts, and Indiana Basketball, you’re not going to find these on the list. Most activities we’ve looked into are fairly local and most of the folks residing in Indianapolis would agree these are fun things to do year around (but there’s one exception).
Whether planning a fun and exciting family vacation, a romantic getaway for two, or an adult getaway with some friends, the only issue that may arise is finding enough time to do everything you want to. With fun attractions from amazing mind-bending shows to motor speedways, wildlife to museums, the diverse culture that is Indianapolis is awaiting you.
Here are 10 great things to do in Indianapolis:
1. Indianapolis Motor Speedway
For all you racing fans out there, Indianapolis is home to the famous Indianapolis Speedway, known as the greatest race course in the world. This is the world’s largest spectator facility and has been open for over one hundred years, since 1909. Several different racing events are held here each year including the Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. If you love racing and have come to Indianapolis to take in a race, don’t forget to stop at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. Experience the vintage race cars and racing memorabilia that are on display.
Pricing for events varies.
Pricing for the museum:
- Adults : $10
- Ages 6 – 15 : $5
- Children under 5 : Free
2. The Indianapolis Zoo in River State Park
This amazing attraction is fun for both children and adults. The sixty-four-acre zoo is big enough to feel like the Bronx Zoo but small enough to feel like you’re at your own birthday party. The Indianapolis Zoo features about two hundred fifty different species of animal with 2,000 animals on display for you see, interact with, and learn about. Over 2,000 species of plants are also abound throughout the zoo. Make a day of it and enjoy the food, beautiful gardens, and large variety of animals on display.
Total Adventure Package is unlimited access to the zoo, the rides, and animal feeds:
- Adult : $30.45
- Ages 2 – 12 : $25.95
- Ages 62+ : $28.70
- Children under 2 : Free
Standard Admission includes the z00, aquarium, gardens, and show only:
- Adult : $18.45
- Ages 2 – 12 $13.95
- Ages 62+ : $16.70
- Children under 2 : Free
3. Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
After a fun and exciting day at the zoo, a more mellow, but fun way to spend the day is at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Your children can travel the world in one day without leaving the museum, and experience the wonder that causes both fear and excitement – the dinosaurs. Race their Hot Wheels, experience the all-new Doc McStuffins exhibit, experience China like never before, look at the colorful and amazing blown glass exhibit, and experience the dramatic Egyptian tombs. Finish the day out with a relaxing ride on the carousel. This and so much more awaits you at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
- Adult: $22.50
- Ages 2 – 17: $18.50
- Ages 60+: $21.50
- Children under 2: Free
4. Indianapolis Museum of Art
The elegant and sophisticated Indianapolis Museum of Art is full of impressive works and collections. From African art to American, Contemporary to Design, there is a little something for everyone. Your kids will love this laid-back, leisurely stroll through fine art, as will you. Even if you are on an adult-only vacation, this is a must-see stop to add to your vacation itinerary.
- IMA Members : Free
- Adults : $18
- Ages 6 – 17 : $10
- Ages 5 & Under : Free
5. White River State Park
The White River State Park is a brilliant way to spend the day or even entire weekend if you have the time. The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is here, an amazing IMAX theater, the Indiana State Museum, and the zoo are all incorporated into this wondrous and large state park. Come have a picnic, take in the sights, even go on a tour. Park Passes include admission to the IMAX Theater, Indiana State Museum, NCAA Hall of Champions, Indianapolis Indians Baseball ad Victory Park, Indianapolis Zoo, and Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art.
- Adult Park Pass : $54
- Child Park Pass $39
6. Climb Time Indy
Experience hours of rock climbing family fun at Climb Time Indy. There is a rock climbing course for everyone with levels ranging from easy to extremely difficult and over 4,000 different holds to choose from. This a fun activity the whole family will enjoy, not to mention it will get the kids away from video games and encourage them to active!
- Adults : $18
- Children 9 & Under : $12
- Seniors : $18
7. Go Ape Treetop Adventure
Another excellent way to get everyone to be more active while on vacation is the Go Ape Treetop Adventure. Put down the remote and game controllers. You are on vacation; go outside, take a deep breath of fresh air, and live it up. Go Ape is a two to three-hour adventure for all ages. Experience the joy and exhilaration of swinging through the air and take in the breath-taking views you will never experience anywhere else. Take a walk on the wild side to experience ziplines, Tarzan swings and a suspended obstacle course.
- Gorillas (adults 16 and over) : starting from $49
- Baboons (age 10-15) starting from $29
8. Indiana Microbrewers Festival
More than one hundred and twenty-five craft breweries call Indianapolis, IN home. Every year, the annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival is held there. This year it was held on July 30th. Patrons can come on out to drink some local beer and support the Indiana breweries. The festival is full of beer, live music, vendors, and yummy food.
- Early Bird : $60
- General Admission : $40
- Designated Driver Tickets : $10 plus receive free water, soda, and coffee.
9. Eagle Creek Park and Nature Preserve
The beauty of nature is waiting for you Indianapolis. This breath-taking park features 1400 acres of refreshing water and 3900 acres of majestic land. You can enjoy outdoor activities such as bird watching, sailing, windsurfing, swimming, fishing, and hiking. If you get thirsty or need a bite to eat, stop at the restaurant or concession stand.
- Vehicle $5
- Out of Country Vehicle $6
- Pedestrian, bike, motorcycle $3
- Bus $15
- Bark Park $5 per dog
- Car top Boat Launch $3 plus vehicle admission
10. Conner Prairie
Visiting Conner Prairie is like taking a step back in time. This outdoor museum of history immerses you in the history of Indiana. Experience 800 acres of historical family fun through interactive experiences.
- Adults: $17
- Seniors: $16
- Ages 2 – 12: $12
- Under 2: Free