Indianapolis Family Attractions
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
DESCRIPTION: One of the world’s largest children museums is also wonderful for adults to visit. Highlights include “Story Avenue” on level 4 and “Passport to the World” on level 3. Story Avenue features storytellers, black magazines, a Black barbershop”, video footage of Black churches, wide selection of children’s books, stories of slavery and plantation life and more. Visitors can stop by the barbershop or the front porch to deposit one of their own at the Story Bank. Get a Passport to the World, which features African face painting, masks, clothes, video of African celebrations, and Kwanzaa display.
ADMISSION: See website for matrix of entry and parking fees
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sun 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 3000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN MAP
Indianapolis Zoo & Aquarium
DESCRIPTION: Since opening in 1964, the zoo has grown into a world-class facility for conservation, research and family fun. The zoo accomplished the world’s first successful artificial insemination of an African elephant. 5 Zoo Blomes (Forests, Waters, Deserts, Plains, Encounters) attempt to replicate the natural habitat of animals who co-exist in the wild. It is the only attraction accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) and the American Association of Museums as a zoo, an aquarium and a botanic garden. It is located in scenic White River State Park convenient to downtown Indy.
ADMISSION: Adults $9.50, Seniors $7.50, Age 1 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sun 9a-5p, shorter winter hours
ADDRESS: 1200 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN MAP
NCAA Hall of Champions
DESCRIPTION: Since 2000, the National Collegiate Athletic Association hall for championships in 22 sports are celebrated and remembered here; the museum takes you on a journey of from a student-athlete perspective, as they experience the highs and lows of competition; award-winning interactive displays and multimedia presentations give this place an upbeat feel; adjacent to the new NCAA headquarters in White River State Park
ADMISSION: Under $10, less for ages 6-18, Age 60+; Age 5 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 700 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN MAP
Lucas Oil Stadium
DESCRIPTION: To prevent losing its NFL team due to the obsolete RCA Dome, Indy moved quickly to open this fine stadium in 2008 and tear the old dome for parking. The stadium normally seats 63,000 football fans, plus 137 corporate suites for the Indianapolis Colts. When hosting the Super Bowl, the stadium seats 67,000 fans who appreciate the wide aisles, comfortable seating, great viewing angles, large scoreboards, and Colts Pro Shop accessible from two levels.
ADDRESS: 500 South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN MAP
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
DESCRIPTION: Formerly called Conseco Fieldhouse, naming rights have changed to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Whether it’s an Indiana Pacers or Indiana Fever basketball game, WWE Wrestling, concerts, Disney on Ice, or the Circus, this venue feels more intimate than its 18,500 seats would suggest. Every seat is wide, highly raked and unobstructed to place you on top of the action. Concourses extend 50-60 feet wide, making it easy to pass through with food and drinks. You’ll want to because 100+ concession stands feature everything from gourmet meals to hot dogs. And ladies, there are plenty of restrooms.
DAYS & HOURS: box office Mon-Sat 10a-5p and during events
ADDRESS: 125 South Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN MAP
DESCRIPTION: The minor league baseball park that is the home of the Indianapolis Indians of the International League. Opened in 1996 and seated 15,000, but officials wanted a bleacher section removed to make room for a picnic area. There are currently 12,496 permanent seats and room for approximately 2000 more fans on the outfield lawn. On popular days, it may total over 15,000 with SRO. The name reflects the victory of the United States in World War II.
ADDRESS: 501 West Maryland Street, Indianapolis, IN MAP
Major Taylor Velodrome
DESCRIPTION: World class bicycle racing track named after World Champion bicyclist, Major Taylor. He toured the USA, Europe, and Australia during the early 1900s earning a then astounding $35,000 per year. The venue seats 5000 patrons. Past events include 1987 Pan Am Games Track Cycling Competition, 1992 US National Junior Track Cycling Championships, 1982 National Sports Festival Bicycle Races. In 2018, Major Taylor was honored in a popular TV commercial.
ADDRESS: 3649 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis, IN MAP
White River State Park & Gardens
DESCRIPTION: Beginning downtown and spanning out 250 acres, walkers, runners and bikers can enjoy the 3-mile Canal walk as they pass memorials and fountains, White River State Park, is the cultural anchor of the Central Canal, offers an attractive urban green space. It features a variety of recreational facilities as well as the NCAA Hall of Champions, Indianapolis Zoo & Aquarium, Victory Baseball Field, and National Institute for Fitness and Sport. White River Gardens is a stunningly beautiful 3-acre botanical attraction that combines regional gardening ideas and inspirational design as it displays over one thousand plant varieties year round.
ADDRESS: White River State Park, Indianapolis, IN MAP
Eagle Creek Park
DESCRIPTION: One of the largest municipal parks in the nation. Over 4000 acres with the following activities include hayrides, picnic, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and sailing areas.
ADDRESS: 7840 West 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN MAP