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Seven New Reasons to Visit Indy in 2015
A lineup of only-in-Indy experiences makes the city a must visit destination this summer.
In 2015, visitors to Indianapolis will encounter remarkable experiences that will inspire, thrill, captivate and fascinate. From cool cars to shiny gold, seven new only-in-Indy experiences are sure to surprise.
- Dream Cars Roll Into the Racing Capital of the World
Masterpieces of design, rare concept cars from the early 1930s to the 21st Century, will be on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art beginning May 3rd and through August 23rd, timed with the opening of motorsports season in Indianapolis. Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas showcases some of the most unique vehicles ever created by General Motors, Cadillac, and Chrysler that shaped the future of the industry.
- Silver & Gold
At the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, now through August 9th, is the wonder of gold! Catch gold rush fever in this amazing exhibition about striking it rich in Gold! Riches to Ruin. Meet the people who sought fortune in California, the Black Hills, and the Yukon-Klondike, and learn their stories of perseverance, adventure, and sacrifice.
Then head to the Indianapolis Museum of Art for Tiffany, Gorham, and the Height of American Silver, 1840-1930, to catch a glimpse of more than sixty exceptional and timeless silver pieces. The exhibit, open April 1 through January 4, 2016, explores how art and history came together as the U.S. emerged as an international power.
- Balloon Voyages at Conner Prairie, Smithsonian Affiliate
In 1859, 20,000 people gathered in Lafayette, Ind., to witness the launch of a manned balloon that would demonstrate the viability of air transportation to the East Coast and carry the first mail delivered by air by the U.S. Postal Service. Discover this important piece of aeronautical history and soar high into the sky at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park’s newly renovated tethered balloon exhibit, 1859 Balloon Voyage, a recreation of the one John Wise piloted in 1859. Balloon rides can also be enjoyed overlooking Indy’s beloved Symphony on the Prairie concert series. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will return to Conner Prairie’s grand outdoor amphitheater for the 34th season June 19th.
- Koalas and Great Apes
Visit the Indianapolis Zoo, the first attraction triple-accredited as a zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden, to say hello to the ever-so-popular and cute and cuddly koalas on loan from the San Diego zoo from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Then get up close and personal with nine amazing orangutans at the International Orangutan Center. The $25 million conservation project opened in 2014 and provides a simulated treetop environment for the great apes that allows them to roam freely overhead.
- Quilting Masterpieces
As the nineteenth state to join the Union, Indiana’s state flag depicts nineteen stars. In preparation for the states Bicentennial celebration in 2016, the Indiana State Museum presents 19 historic star-patterned quilts handcrafted by the state’s best quilt artists. The quilts on display from June 14th through October 3rd span 150 years.
- The Busiest Motorsports Season To Date
With the second annual Grand Prix of Indianapolis, 99th running of the Indianapolis 500, NASCAR’s Brickyard 400, Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Moto GP, and Bloomington Gold Corvette Show, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will sure live up to its reputation as the Racing Capital of the World in 2015. New this year, visit the infield to strap into a real IndyCar for a lap around the iconic oval at 60 mph for only $60.
- TRANSFORMERS and Hot Wheels at World’s Largest Children’s Museum
The largest children’s museum in the world celebrates its 90th birthday this year. To celebrate, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will host two blockbuster exhibits this summer: TRANSFORMERS: Robots in Disguise (March 7th through July 26th) and Hot Wheels: Race to Win (May 9th through August 16th). Heroic Autobots and villainous Decepticons turn 30 this year, and the TRANSFORMERS exhibit shows the fun and innovation that has gone into their creation. At Hot Wheels, get a behind-the-scenes look at the most famous toy vehicles on the planet with hands-on experiences, authentic race gear, and iconic memorabilia.
About Visit Indy
The mission of Visit Indy is to increase Indianapolis economic growth by strategically selling the destination to conventions, meetings, events, and leisure travelers. According to Rockport Analytics, 26 million visitors provide $4.4 billion in total economic impact annually and generate 75,000 full-time equivalent jobs in Central Indiana. For more information, www.VisitIndy.com.