Many people ask me why one would visit Indianapolis in the US, while there are many other fun-packed superior destinations in the continent. I was actually excited to visit Indianapolis and so I tell these people that I agree to what you say, but Indianapolis is in no way a less offering destination of attractions. So, I don’t mind if there are no fun or theme parks, which make other U.S. destinations famous for the visitors. But, I would like to explore its own charm and elegance. And you know what? I was right to come here as I really felt that this one should really never lack behind in your list of tourist destinations. Let me share this experience with you as I now speak about the Indianapolis tourist attractions that I visited.
Among all the Indianapolis tourist attractions, I first headed to the hot favorite Indianapolis Motor Speedway that is an auto racing site quite famous across the globe. All over the year, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway witnesses different important events pulling racing and non-racing fans making up to 4,00,000 people in the audience. The most popular event is the Indianapolis 500 in May. Make sure that you first inquire about its timings as they change often.
Next, in my plan was the Greatimes Family Fun Park at the Elmwood Avenue covering 5 acres of land for exciting indoor games for people of all ages. Herein, you will find a long arcade, small golf course, go-cart track, and battling cages. It is open from 11 to 10 daily with some changes in its closing hours on weekends and Fridays.
Now, it was the turn of the great Indianapolis Zoo at West Washington St. that houses more than 2,000 animals belonging to the different continents and visited by over a million people annually. Do not miss the White River Gardens, a 3 acre land growing more than 1,000 species of plants. The timings of the zoo are Monday to Friday – 09:00 to 16:00 and Saturday and Sunday – 09:00 to 17:00.
Then, the Fastimes Indoor Karting on the North Harper Road is where you can try out for different speed vehicles that can run up to 40 mph. These vehicles are inlaid with digital timing devices that can facilitate competing against others or achieve personal dream on the track. Its timings are Sunday to Thursday – 11:00 to 22:00 and Friday and Saturday – 11:00 to 23:00.
The Indianapolis Raceway Park ranks second after the Motor Speedway and has been the site of more than 60 annual racing events and car shows. The most famous one is the NHRA US Nationals. Like the latter, even the timings of this park change, so call before you go. Then, I headed for the Caribbean Cove Indoor Water Park at DePauw Boulevard that is the home of water fun and activities. Enjoy its thrilling rides, cool pools, refreshing spas, an attractive kid’s island, a resting river, a strolling arcade, and a café. It is based at the Holiday Inn Select Indianapolis North Hotel and the facilities are only for the residents of the hotel. The park timings are Sunday to Thursday – 09:00 to 22:00 and Friday and Saturday – 09:00 to 23:00.
The Monument Circle is another alluring site as a landmark holding the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the memory of Hoosier war veterans. This memorable monument is in the middle made up of limestone and bronze exhibiting the neoclassical style of 1901. It is even more scenic with the tallest skyscraper of the city, the Chase Tower, in its background. Just right to the circle is the imposing Circle Center Mall, a shopping centre entitled as the city’s retail crown jewel. It is a four-storey architectural marvel packed with 100 shopping shops, restaurants, and the United Artists cinemas movie complex on the fourth floor. Amazingly, the shopping mall holds skywalk links to the Convention Center, hotels, and the alluring Artsgarden holding over 300 free performances and exhibits.
A visit to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a must for children, as it is the largest children’s museum on Earth stretching over 400,000-square-foot of land. It has some 11 galleries wherein you can wonder at the marvelous collection related to physical and natural sciences, history, world cultures, and arts. The displays are interactive that requires your participation where you and your children can learn much with loads of fun.
The last one on my Indianapolis tourist attractions list was the Indiana Beach on Lake Shafer in northwest Indiana famous for its entertainment for families. It offers the boardwalk, amusement park rides, water games, water park, a ghostly castle, a mini golf course, and an Aqua theater.