THINGS EVERY FAMILY SHOULD DO IN INDY

Master of the minivan, keeper of schedules, household peacemaker, and chauffer extraordinaire. Between ballet lessons, football season, and art classes, you know that vacations are a precious time for the family. You’ve perfected the art of the family escape – and know that balance is key to keeping everyone happy, from the little ones to the preteens (and something special for yourself).  

Above all, you value the opportunity to spend time together without breaking the bank. Follow along as we share our recipe for your next ultimate family getaway.

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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

The World's Biggest - And Best

  • In Dinosphere, step into a world dominated by tyrannosaurs and triceratops. Join a dinosaur dig and see paleontologists working on real bones
  • Test yourself at Sports Legends Experience, featuring 12 outside and 3 indoor exhibits
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White River State Park

250 Acres of Greenspace

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Indianapolis Zoo

zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden

  • Choose from presentations daily, as the macaws create an aerial ballet across the Zoo and land in the new Bicentennial Pavilion
  • After you witness the macaws, see amazing orangutans at the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center, from mischievous Rocky to the wise Azy
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IPL 500 Festival Parade

Memorial Day Weekend

  • Witness the pageantry and larger-than-life floats as they light up the streets of downtown Indianapolis with 300,000 spectators
  • The tradition continues with the 33 starting drivers of the Indianapolis 500 serving as honorary grand marshals the day before the race
 
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Conner Prairie

Interactive History Museum

  • Time travel to 1836 and meet the folks of Prairietown, review your ‘rithmetic at the schoolhouse, and get your ailments assessed by Doc Campbell
  • Take your kids up, up, and away on a tethered balloon ride overlooking the Prairie
  • Climb your way to a new perspective at the Treetop Outpost  
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Indiana Historical Society

The Hoosier Experience

  • The History Center typically has three “You Are There” experiences where the people, place and times depicted in the photo come to life
  • Explore the Camp Atterbury “You Are There” experience that focuses on the POWs who built a chapel on the grounds of Atterbury for worship
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Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Where Imagination is Set Free

  • Visit Newfields's incredible 100 Acres Art & Nature Park where kids can be rambunctious and playful with art
  • Have the kids create their own artwork and release their inner creativity at the Star Studio
  • Family Days are held the first Saturday of each month
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NCAA Hall of Champions

Find Your Inner Champion

  • Expose your kids to 24 different sports, including ones they may not know much about like field hockey or water polo
  • Challenge your kids to a game of HORSE on the authentic Hoosier-style basketball court
  • Parents, check out your alma mater or favorite university team and all of their sporting accomplishments
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The Escape Room

Next Level Family Game Night

  • Interactive, adventure game in downtown Indy
  • The concept: you and your team are locked in a themed room where you have 60 minutes to discover the key to escaping the room
  • Choose from five unique rooms: KGB Interrogation, Jail Break, Hoosier Hysteria, Bank Heist, and Art Gallery
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Eiteljorg Museum

The national story-teller of the Native American experience

  • Families enjoy sitting in a real stagecoach, hearing the story of Wasgo the Sea Monster at the two-story totem, and sitting on a bear skin in a real wigwam
  • One of ony two American Indian museums East of the Mississippi River
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Kid-Friendly Restaurants

A Dining Experience for the Whole Family

Finding a restaurant that makes everyone happy can be tough – especially when traveling. Follow along as we share some of our favorite kid-friendly restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

Racing Lore, Cars, and Tours

  • Open year round, the IMS Museum showcases the cars and drivers of history and today
  • Take the Grounds Tour to get access to kiss the famed bricks
  • Make plans to attend the Indy 500, Brickyard 400, and Red Bull Air Race
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Parks in Indy

Burn off excess energy

When fresh air is calling your family's name, Indianapolis is here to deliver. From hiking to biking to ziplining, here’s our guide to exploring the outdoors and enjoying the top parks in Indy. 

PARKS IN INDIANAPOLIS

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Indiana State Museum

Discover the Hoosier Heartland

  • The place to get grounded in everything Indiana
  • Go around the buildings perimeter to discover 92 county-specific art objects
  • Check out Science at Play to explore the many facets of these miniature laboratories for children

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