Central Indiana is home to Indianapolis, the state’s largest city, but it also offers a variety of attractions in nearby towns. Carmel is home to the Christkndlmarkt, a delightful destination for holiday shopping. Treat the family to skating night at the Ice Center Green.
Conner Prairie in Fishers is an indoor/outdoor museum affiliated with the Smithsonian. The historic destination showcases the state’s natural and cultural heritage. Enjoy hands-on activities, a real working farm, and a trip back in time at 1836 Prairietown. Noblesville features a historic town square and many quaint shops and landmarks to explore. See classic films at the historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin. Freedom Springs Greenwood Aquatic Center is a great place to cool off on hot summer days.
Gambling fans won’t want to miss Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville. Play the latest slot games, enjoy top name entertainers, and thrill to live and simulcast horse races. Take a tasting tour along the Indy Wine Trail stopping in Plainfield, Martinsville and Indianapolis. McCloud Nature Park in North Salem offers 232 beautifully landscaped acres for hiking and bird watching. See art inspired by nature in the adjacent gallery.
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The Indianapolis Zoo spans 64 acres and offers year-round entertainment for all ages. Explore the zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden and view over 2,000 animals and 2,000 plants. White River State Park is also home to the Indiana State Museum, and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, five minutes from downtown, features impressive racing displays and more than 75 vehicles.
Indianapolis is home to several museums and memorials. The Indiana War Memorial Museum features exhibits on American military history from the Revolutionary War to the present. At Indianapolis Museum of Art you’ll see more than 54,000 works of international art spanning 5000 years. Don’t miss The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. It’s the largest museum of its kind in the world. Have fun with interactive exhibits and save time for the SpaceQuest Planetarium.
Rent a bike or kayak at White River State Park in downtown Indy, or go hiking and bird watching at nearby Eagle Creek Park. Test your swing at golf courses in West Lafayette, Carmel and French Lick. Fort Harrison State Park is a fun spot for canoeing on Fall Creek or sledding down tall hills in winter. Go ice skating at Ice at Center Green in Carmel or Federal Hill Commons Ice Plaza in Noblesville.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day. Fans from all over the world descend on the racing capital to enjoy world-class motor racing in Speedway, just minutes from downtown. The track also hosts the Verizon IndyCar Series, NASCAR competitions, Red Bull Air Race, LPGA, and other events. See how high-performance race cars are manufactured on a one-hour tour of the Dallara IndyCar Factory nearby.
Take a fun trip to Old Town Carmel and explore the Arts & Design District. The historic area features art galleries, antique stores, specialty shops, and eateries. While you’re in town, see a concert or play at the Center for Performing Arts. Nearby Noblesville offers a dozen buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Take an architectural tour, then visit the quaint shops, antique stores, and art galleries around Noblesville Square.