THINGS TO CHECK OFF YOUR BUCKET LIST IN INDY

You know life is short and you want to experience everything it has to offer. You’re a planner, a doer. Your goals mirror your passions and travel is your ticket to achieving them.

You seek to live in the moment, but you know the most important question when it comes to travel is “What’s next?” Follow along as we share only-in-Indy thrills for your next ultimate bucket list getaway.

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Get wet with dolphins at the Indianapolis Zoo
An Unforgettable Experience

  • The Indianapolis Zoo is the only place in the Midwest where you can get in-water with dolphins
  • Start with a quick backstage overview of dolphins and their characteristics and then go in-water with trainers
  • Help feed the dolphins, interact with them using hand signals, and engage in up-close encounters
  • Other animal encounters include artwork made by elepants, rhinos, and penquins
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Run a Marathon
Test Yourself in Indy

Run through the heart of Indianapolis this fall with the Monumental Marathon, Indiana's biggest and fastest marathon. Or, sign up for the largest half-marathon in the nation, the One America 500 Festival Mini Marathon, next May. With a lap around the famed track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, this is Indy's premier spring run.

RUNNING AND BIKING IN INDY

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Heat things up with St. Elmo Steak House's Shrimp Cocktail
Iconic Restaurant's Famed Appetizer

  • It is the world’s spiciest dish as proclaimed by the Travel Channel, and is known to make grown men cry
  • See if you can beat world-champion food eating competitor Joey Chestnut, who consumed 10.4 pounds in just eight minutes
  • The recipe is a secret, but you can take home a bottle or two of the famous sauce

 

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Play the entire Pete Dye Golf Trail
Birdies are your passion

  • Famed course designer and Hoosier native Pete Dye chose his home state to design extraordinary public golf courses
  • With four holes inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course is a must-play, and nearby course, The Fort, challenges the most accomplished golfer
  • Go beyond Indy and find five other trail courses including Pete’s extraordinary French Lick course

 

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Go 180 mph in an IndyCar
The Indy Racing Experience

  • Get into a two-seat IndyCar and take a spin around the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.5-mile oval
  • Professional drivers will take the turns, all you need to do is hang on and enjoy the g-force
  • Take advantage of the ultimate photo op by donning a driver's suit and helmet
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Climb to the Top of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument
A Bird's Eye View of the City

  • Experience Indy’s most iconic monument at the physical and spiritial heart of Indianapolis
  • Climb 330 steps (or take the elevator for $1) to the top of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument
  • Enjoy one of the best skyline views of the city from the Monument’s observation deck
  • Be sure to check out he Col. Eli Lilly Civil War Museum, housed in the lower level

 

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See the world's largest Chihuly
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

  • Be awestruck by the scale of the world’s largest permanent Dale Chihuly installation, Fireworks of Glass
  • Follow the ramp around this five-story-high installation
  • Head to the lower level and lounge beneath this massive art installation for a unique perspective

 

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Relive Hoosiers at Plump's Last Shot
Dine with a Legend

  • Bobby Plump’s famous shot in 1954 won the game for Milan and inspired the movie Hoosiers
  • His bar and grill is famous for making the ultimate breaded tenderloin
  • Afterwards hit Broad Ripple Village for non-stop nightlife, pub crawls, and people-watching

 

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Stay the night in a Train Car
The Crowne Plaza Hotel at Historic Union Station offers Unique Accommodations

  • You can stay in real Pullman train cars resting on original tracks
  • Tour attached Union Station, built in 1888 and the nation’s first consolidation of tracks and railroads into one centralized station
  • The hotel is next to everything, including Lucas Oil Stadium, Illinois Street dining, and Circle Centre mall

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