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Indianapolis Weekend Tour

Make the most of your time in Indianapolis – explore the wealth of attractions within the city, and see what the surrounding suburbs and towns have to offer. From historical sites to premier golf courses, and world-famous auto races, enjoy your visit to Indy.

Indianapolis

A hub of culture, tourism, and travel, Indianapolis proves to be the ideal destination for any traveler heading to Indiana. Make it a full experience with a tour around Indianapolis and the surrounding areas. You’ll find a long list of top attractions, charming and eclectic suburbs, and if you time it right, you can catch top pro and college sports teams.

Must See
Indianapolis Motor Speedway is as iconic as it is large – seating 400,000 race fans, it’s the largest sporting venue in the world. Opened in 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts the annual Indianapolis 500, arguably the biggest race in the country, if not the world. If you visit during Memorial Day weekend, be sure to check out the Indy 500 race-day activities.

Local Guide
Ideal for families and animal lovers, the Indianapolis Zoo is one of the premier attractions in the state. Opened in 1964, the Indianapolis Zoo has been dazzling the minds of young and old ever since – nearly 4,000 animals across 320 species are sure to entertain. Explore the 64-acre Indianapolis Zoo with the family and check out the Dolphin Adventure Pavilion, or the International Orangutan Exhibit.

Outdoor
You’ll find plenty to see and do at Fort Harrison State Park. With 1,700 picturesque acres to explore, Fort Harrison State Park is an ideal way to have an outdoor adventure when you visit Indianapolis. Check out these excellent hiking trails: Lawrence Creek Trail is a two-mile loop, while Harrison Trace Trail is a two and a half mile loop.

Plainfield

Not far outside of Indianapolis is Plainfield. Head southwest along I-70 – you’ll pass right by the Indianapolis International Airport, and Decatur. A charming and warm town, Plainfield is a sterling example of mid-west hospitality. Check out Chateau Thomas Winery for a taste of local wines, or Splash Island Family Waterpark during the summer.

Must See
Plan your tour of Indianapolis and the surrounding area for late spring or summer and check out Splash Island Family Waterpark. A prominent attraction in Plainfield, Splash Island typically opens in May and operates through the end of August. There are four different waterslide complexes, and other rides likes the Water Ropes Course, the Kiddie Pool, a diving board, and the Splash Island Lazy River.

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Each September, Plainfield hosts the Quaker Day Festival at the Al & Jan Barker Athletic Complex. Held over three days – usually the second or third weekend – the Quaker Day Festival features a whole range of fun activities – there’s an auto show, a motorcycle rally, a parade, lots of food vendors, and live music.

Outdoor
Whether you’re looking for hiking trails, bird watching locations, or a nice place to picnic, me sure you visit Sodalis Nature Park. With 210 acres to explore at Sodalis Nature Park, you and the family will have much to see and do. There are nearly four miles of hiking and nature trails at Sodalis.

Martinsville

Martinsville is another pleasant suburb of Indianapolis, and a short drive south from Plainfield. Martinsville yields a bounty of exciting and pleasant attractions. Along with it’s down home, Midwest hospitality, Martinsville is home to the Morgan-Monroe State Forest. If heading out for a hike isn’t in the cards, be sure to explore historic downtown Martinsville.

Must See
You can’t miss out on a tour of Historic Downtown Martinsville; fun shops, unique and satisfying restaurants, and seemingly always live music and performances – Historic Downtown Martinsville is a no-brainer. Try for a tour of the Morgan County Courthouse, completed in 1859, or take a few pictures of the Old Morgan County Jail.

Local Guide
You’ll want to travel with your golf clubs on this weekend tour of Indianapolis. Martinsville Golf Course proves to be one of the best public golf experiences in the area. 18 holes, a par of 71, and slope rating of 112, Martinsville Golf Course will challenge and entertain you. Watch out for the taught greens and deep bunkers at this course, which opened in 1925.

Outdoor
Spread across nearly 24,000 acres, the Morgan-Monroe State Forest features an array of landscapes – from the steep ridges, to the valleys and open pastures, you’re in for a real treat at Morgan-Monroe State Park. Anglers will want to visit Bryant Creek Lake, Cherry Lake, and Panther Lake – all three yielding healthy bounties of fish. Avid hikers will want to try their skills at the Three Lakes Trail – 10 miles long, it connects Cherry Lake, Bryant Creek Lake, and Beanblossom Lake, hence the name.

Edinburgh

From Martinsville, head east into Edinburgh. Many people travel into Edinburgh to visit the Edinburgh Premium Outlets, while others enjoy outdoor adventures at Johnson County Park, Atterbury State Fish and Wildlife Area, or Timbergate Golf Course. Wherever you choose to explore, be sure to enjoy your time in Edinburgh.

Must See
Make your way to the Edinburgh Premium Outlets and snag your share of the top deals. A host of brand name stores line the mall, with some of your favorite food chains present as well. In mid-February, don’t miss the annual President’s Day Sale, and there are always sales for those shoppers who are 50 years old and over.

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At 6,206 acres in size, the Atterbury State Fish & Wildlife Area is a prime destination for anyone in the area hoping to fish or hunt. At the Atterbury State Fish & Wild you’ll find a wide range of marshes, creeks, ponds, and inlets. Cast your line at Pisgah Lake and land anything from bluegill to catfish and largemouth bass.

Outdoor
Play the 18-hole Timbergate Golf Course before you depart from Edinburgh. A premier golf destination in the area, Timbergate Golf Course was designed by Fuzzy Zoeller, and opened in 1999. Playing to a par of 72, Timbergate Golf Course is 6,965 yards from the back tee boxes.

Brazil

Brazil is a pleasant city found almost directly southwest of Indianapolis along Highway 40. While it may not feature the tropical beaches and island festivals found in the country of Brazil, the city has a warmth and charm all of it’s own. Find some of the top attractions in area here, and make a full day of your stay in Brazil.

Local Guide
When your visit to Brazil is during the summer – specifically in July – be sure to check out the 4th of July Celebration hosted by the Rotary Club of Brazil. There’s a host of free entertainment at the 4th of July Celebration, a raffle contest, and – of course – the Gala Firewords Show.

Outdoor
Experience a top-flight golf experience when you tee off at Forest Park Golf Course. Opened in 1927, Forest Park Golf Course is one of the premier executive style courses found near Brazil. It is also Hamilton County’s oldest golf course. Because there are no water hazards at Forst Park Golf Course, it should prove to be anything but difficult – play a quick nine-hole round, or go through twice for a full 18.

Anderson

From downtown Indianapolis it’s less than 44 miles northeast along I-69 to Anderson. Explore this city, which is the seat of Madison County, and see a variety of top attractions in the area. Races fans will love Anderson Speedway, while others might enjoy a walk along the West Eight Street Historic District, or a hike through Mounds State Park.

Must See
Enjoy a stroll down the West Eight Street Historic District. Discover nearly 200 historic buildings and structures as you explore, many of which are well over 100 years old. Don’t miss Funk Park as you explore – check out the fountain, the gazebo, or the very cool brick walking path.

Local Guide
Anderson Speedway hosts the Pay Less Little 500 every year on the Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend – the day before the Indy 500. The track at Anderson Speedway is a quarter-mile lone, is banked to 17 degrees at the corners, and hosts a variety of races throughout the year.

Outdoor
Mounds State Park proves to be one of the most fun places to explore the outdoors in Anderson. As you explore, be sure to keep on the look out for the 10 ceremonial mounds built by the Adena Native Americans. Also known as “earthworks,” these mounds are large – 394 feet from end to end, 63 feet wide at the base, and nine foot tall embankments.

Richmond

Head east along I-70 and check out Richmond – it’s just over an hour outside of downtown Indianapolis. You can play 18 holes at Highland Lake Golf Course, see the exhibits at the Indiana Football Hall of Fame, or check out some of the unique and fun Amish attractions in the area.

Must See
Opened in 1973, the Indiana Football Hall of Fame is a can’t-miss. This popular football museum yields an impressive look back at some of the top and most decorated football players who came from and played in Indiana. You’ll find a wide range of exhibits celebrating the lives and careers of individuals who are recognized as being excellent ambassadors to the game of the football. Find the Indiana Football HoF on the corner of A Street and 9th Street.

Local Guide
Reserve your tee time now for Highland Lake Golf Course, one of the most exceptional public courses you’ll find in Richmond. Playing to a max length of 6,981 yards, Highland Lake is 18 holes and a par of 72. It opened in 1972, and features a slope rating of 118, and a course rating of 71.5.

Outdoor
Explore as much of the 194-acre Glen Miller Park when you visit Richmond. Just east of downtown Richmond, Glen Miller Park is named in honor of Colonel John F. Miller, and was built in 1885. As you explore Glen Miller Park, you’ll find picnic areas, a skate park, tennis courts, the Glen Miller Pond where you can fish, and a Band Shell – check out concerts hosted here throughout the year.