THINGS EVERY FAMILY SHOULD DO IN INDY

Master of the minivan, keeper of schedules, household peacemaker, and chauffer extraordinaire. Between ballet lessons, soccer 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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GETAWAY TO YOUR CAPITAL CITY
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GETAWAY TO YOUR CAPITAL CITY

HOTELS UP TO 50% OFF FOR INDIANA RESIDENTS

  • Take a break and make memories close to home
  • Top outdoor attractions, parks, patio dining, and more
  • Hotel deals available through October 31
Indianapolis Zoo
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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
Conner Prairie
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Conner Prairie

Interactive History Museum

  • Experience some of the coolest and most unique history lessons you will ever have 
  • There's always a different perspective to be seen in the 1859 Balloon Voyage hot air balloon
  • Meet your favorite barn friends at Animal Encounters now through October 
White River State Park
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White River State Park

250 Acres of Greenspace

Indiana Historical Society
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Indiana Historical Society

The Indiana 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 You Are There 1915: Madam C.J. Walker, Empowering Women, and meet the woman who built a beauty empire in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
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Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Where Imagination is Set Free

  • Visit Newfields' incredible 100 Acres Art & Nature Park where kids can be rambunctious and playful with art.
  • Family Days are held the first Saturday of each month.
Parks in Indy
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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

NCAA Hall of Champions
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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
Eiteljorg Museum
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Eiteljorg Museum

The national storyteller 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 Native American museums east of the Mississippi River.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

The World's Largest - And Best

  • In the 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.
  • Travel to the many islands of Greece with Take Me There: Greece.
Kid-Friendly Restaurants
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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

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

Racing Lore, Cars, and Tours

  • The IMS Museum showcases the cars and drivers who have made Indy 500 history
  • Take the Grounds Tour to get access to kiss the famed bricks
  • Through November, check out the "Mario Andretti: ICON" exhibit for a journey through global motorsports
Indiana State Museum
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Indiana State Museum

Discover the Hoosier Heartland

  • The place to get grounded in everything Indiana.
  • Go around the building's perimeter to discover 92 county-specific art objects.
  • Check out the "Very Eric Carle" exhibit and step into colorful adventures of beloved author/illustrator Eric Carle, including the Very Hungry Caterpillar.
The Escape Room
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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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