IndianapolisUnited States of America

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Indianapolis is calling! Discover its sports, entertainment, museums and more.

Indianapolis, the capital city of Indiana, sits at the center of the state. To many, it’s also at the center of the racing world. Discover why it earns its nickname, “The Racing Capital of the World,” and investigate its many cultural and natural attractions.

Thrills aren’t just reserved for race car drivers at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) track hosts three of the country’s biggest races, including the Indy 500. Watch a motorcar race or learn more about the sport in the adjoining Hall of Fame Museum.

Spend an afternoon exploring White River State Park’s museums, galleries, zoo and sports stadium. Learn about local and natural history in the Indiana State Museum, which has thousands of artifacts and a massive IMAX theater. See a baseball game in Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians. View some 1,400 animals from land, sea and sky in the Indianapolis Zoo. Admission to the nearby White River Gardens is included in your entry to the zoo.

Visit the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Filled with dinosaurs, pirate ships, vintage toys and interactive exhibits, this museum makes learning fun for an audience of all ages.

Although it is adjacent to downtown Indianapolis, Eagle Creek Park feels a world away. Explore its backcountry trails or go swimming in its glassy lake. If you’re lucky, you might even see an eagle soaring overhead. A bit northeast of Downtown, Fort Harrison State Park offers horseback riding, fishing in Fall Creek and an 18-hole golf course.

Enjoy panoramic views of the downtown skyline from atop the steps of Crown Hill Cemetery. Take a guided or self-guided tour and learn about events from the Civil War to the Flu Epidemic of 1918. Find the gravestones of U.S. President Benjamin Harrison and infamous gangster John Dillinger.

Indianapolis has a charming historic Downtown district, presided over by the Indiana War Memorial. The memorial, which bears striking resemblance to the National Mall in Washington D.C., honors America’s veterans. Explore the downtown museums, parks, monuments and more.

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Sports, Museums and Entertainment

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Where to stay in Indianapolis

Downtown Indianapolis
Scottish Rite Cathedral

Downtown Indianapolis

Known for Sports, Entertainment, Dining

4/5(2 reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Downtown Indianapolis is its popular shops. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and NCAA Hall of Champions.

Mile Square
Indianapolis featuring autumn colours and a cemetery

Mile Square

Known for Entertainment, Sports, Monuments

The fascinating museums and prominent monuments are top of the list for many visitors to Mile Square. A stop by Bankers Life Fieldhouse or Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art might round out your trip.

Broad Ripple
Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America
trover photo by Rodney Dowling

Broad Ripple

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While there might not be top attractions in Broad Ripple, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Indianapolis Art Center and Holliday Park.

Pike Township
Indiana

Pike Township

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If you're spending some time in Pike Township, Eagle Creek Park and SportZone are top sights worth seeing.

Washington Township
Indianapolis Museum of Art which includes art and interior views

Washington Township

Known for

5/5(1 review)

While visiting Washington Township, you might make a stop by sights like Fashion Mall at Keystone and Indiana State Fairgrounds and Pepsi Coliseum.

Mapleton/Fall Creek
Children\'s Museum of Indianapolis featuring interior views

Mapleton/Fall Creek

Known for Live Music, Theatres, Historical Buildings

Travellers enjoy Mapleton/Fall Creek for its museums and live music. Consider checking out Children's Museum of Indianapolis while you're in the area.

Top hotels in Indianapolis

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Alexander
The Alexander
4 out of 5
333 S Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN
£139
per night
3 Nov-4 Nov
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,822 reviews)

"Fabulous property, great location and wonderful staff"…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2019

The Alexander
Omni Severin Hotel
Omni Severin Hotel
4 out of 5
40 West Jackson Place, Indianapolis, IN
£131
per night
25 Oct-26 Oct
4.2/5Excellent! (1,964 reviews)

"Great location and rapid car valet. Low noise level and easy to sleep at night"…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2019

Omni Severin Hotel
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
4 out of 5
One South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN
£139
per night
10 Nov-11 Nov
4.3/5Excellent! (3,521 reviews)

"This hotel was awesome. The rooms was clean and updated. Very quiet and comfortable. The hotel staff was all friendly and did everything they could to accommodate us. The view from the elevators into lobby is breathtaking as it is all open."…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2019

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

Popular things to do in Indianapolis

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway

5/5(4 reviews)

Buckle up at the world’s most famous speedway and experience G-force thrills usually reserved for race car drivers.

Children's Museum of Indianapolis
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Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Dinosaurs and pirate ships, interactive exhibits, games and toys from a bygone age — it’s all at this children’s wonderland.

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
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Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Investigate this downtown museum’s showcase of exceptional Native American and Western American artworks, which includes contemporary art and outdoor sculptures.

Top activities in Indianapolis

James Bomb Escape Room Mission
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James Bomb Escape Room Mission

£23

You and your team will be locked in a spy mission escape room at Escape INDY. This experience is for a maximum of 10 people. The duration of this experience is 60 minutes but allow for 90-minutes for the entire experience.

Dr. K’s Lethal Injection Escape Room Mission
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Dr. K’s Lethal Injection Escape Room Mission

£23

You and your team will be locked in a spy mission escape room at Escape INDY. This experience is for a maximum of 10 people. The duration of this experience is 60 minutes but allow for 90-minutes for the entire experience.

Operation City Quest of Indianapolis, IN
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Operation City Quest of Indianapolis, IN

£8

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Indianapolis, IN
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Indianapolis, IN

£2

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

1 Hour Walk-In Axe Throwing Experience Indianapolis
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1 Hour Walk-In Axe Throwing Experience Indianapolis

£22

We’re excited to introduce you to the sport of axe throwing! This thrilling traditional Canadian backyard pastime is now bigger than ever in urban communities. Enjoy a one hour axe throwing session with a dedicated axe throwing coach.

City Market Food Tour
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City Market Food Tour

£34

Built in 1886, the City Market is the last remaining public market house in Indianapolis. It serves the community as the best source for fresh meat, fish, poultry, produce, dairy, and baked goods. As you walk through this popular spot, sample local bites and get a chance to chat with vendors.

Reviews of Indianapolis

3.8

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

30 Jun 2019

Only there one night so didn't see Indianapolis but Broad Ripple is lovely

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

29 May 2019

Massachusetts Avenue best for healthier eating and a decent coffee (Garden Table and Commissary Barista favourite), plus good bars and vibe in the evening. Downtown - meh

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

28 May 2019

Visited Indy 500, downtown.

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Life in the fast lane
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Life in the fast lane

Drinking up the fast cars and great beer of Indianapolis

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