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

  • Get ready to move your feet to the beat at DANCE!, the first temporary exhibit to be featured in The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture
  • In Dinosphere, step into a world dominated by tyrannosaurs and triceratops. Join a dinosaur dig and see paleontologists working on real bones
  • Experience life on the International Space Station at new permanent exhibit, Beyond Spaceship Earth
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White River State Park

250 Acres of Attractions and Greenspace

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Magnificent Macaws

Indianapolis Zoo

  • Three flocks of macaws will be in free flight, traveling around and outside the Zoo
  • 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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Conner Prairie

Where Science, Art, and Nature Live on the Edge of History

  • 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 brand-new Treetop Outpost  
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Indiana Historical Society

Indiana’s Storyteller Showcasing 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
  • Discover Destination Indiana and its thousands of historic photos
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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 the art scattered throughout, like shooting hoops at Free Basket
  • 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 by Connecting with College’s Best

  • Kids love sports, all types of sports. 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
  • Keep your game on and explore other attractions in White River State Park 
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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 of American Indians and Western Art

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
  • After your visit, stop by other nearby attractions in White River State Park
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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, and their remarkable stories of stamina, grit and desire for victory
  • Go behind the scenes with the Grounds Tour, even getting out on the famed track to kiss the bricks
  • Shop at the gift store for cool Indy 500 and NASCAR apparel, jewelry, toys and more
  • Make your plans to attend the Indy 500, Brickyard 400, and Red Bull Air Race at the world’s most famous racing venue
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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
  • After your visit, check out some of the other nearby exhibits located in White River State Park




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