Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Indianapolis to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.

Lucas Oil Stadium
Visiting during football season? Don't miss seeing the Colts play at Lucas Oil Stadium. Completed in 2008, this 63,000-seat stadium has a retractable roof so that fans can enjoy a game no matter what the weather is like. The facility also offers tours, allowing visitors to view the complex even in the off-season. Tours are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and usually last an hour. (317-262-8600)

Indianapolis Zoo
Lions, zebras, dolphins, and even polar bears call this place home. With the excellent care they are given and the recreated, though seemingly real, habitats, you will feel as if you are on an adventurous trip to a lush green forest, a stark-dry desert, or in the depths of the ocean. Also, be sure to see the entertaining dolphin show and the zoo's special World of Waters building. (317-630-2001)

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
The exhibits displayed in this museum illustrate various aspects of life in America's Wild West. A number of the works bear the names of such renowned artists as Georgia O'Keeffe and Frederick Remington. Some of the displays highlight artifacts chronicling the trials and tribulations of the lives of Native Americans. The souvenir shop includes a number of items that would make a perfect gift for someone special or a great keepsake for yourself. (317-636-9378)

Indianapolis Museum of Art
Set amid beautifully landscaped grounds, this fascinating museum treats visitors to a variety of African, Asian and European works and artifacts. Among its holdings are Native American and South Pacific art, decorative items that date to the 14th century, textiles and rugs, contemporary art, and prints, drawings and photography. The museum complex also features Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park and Oldfields-Lilly House & Gardens. Restaurants and a gift shop are available. (317-920-2660)

Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Adults and children of all ages enjoy viewing and participating in the many hands-on exhibits provided by this interesting museum. A life-size learning tree is the setting for reading time, and a real stage is set up for precious puppet shows. Scientific exhibits, an arts and crafts area, and toys from the past are also included. Be sure to visit the huge stuffed polar bear and the water clock, which are two of the most popular attractions. (317-334-3322, 800-208-5437)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum
Housed in a building that is a National Historic Landmark, this magnificent museum displays hundreds of exhibits that feature various racing teams, vehicles from the past, and the aerodynamics of a racecar. For a small additional charge, you can take a tour of the actual racetrack. (317-492-6784)

Indiana State Museum
Located in White River State Park, this museum brings the past to life with its exhibits on Indiana history, from pre-historic times to present. It also includes displays that explore nature, the arts, science and culture. The facility boasts approximately 300,000 artifacts filling over 40,000 square feet of exhibit space. Two restaurants and a museum shop are also located on the premises. (317-232-1637)

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument
At 284-feet tall, it is hard to miss this stately monument, which stands in memory of thousands of Indianapolis residents who lost their lives in the Civil War. Visitors to this monument are invited to check it out, literally, from top (where the glass-enclosed observatory is housed) to bottom (in the basement that displays paraphernalia and photos relating to the war). (317-232-7615)

NCAA Hall of Champions
This renowned attraction honors the joys and pains of the student-athlete. Four theaters help visitors contrive their own definitions of a champion by illustrating the grueling daily lives of various student-athletes. The NCAA Hall of Honor highlights the esteemed character many of the athletes possess and how their strength of character helped them become important leaders. Other attractions include the Wall of Champions and The Turn of the Century Gymnasium. (317-916-4255, 800-735-6222)

White River State Park
Located downtown, this popular park bordering the White River was one of the first state parks in Indiana. The grounds are home to the Indianapolis Zoo, three museums, a memorial, amphitheater and an IMAX Theater. The city's minor league baseball team also plays here at the park's Baseball America venue. Open green spaces and waterfront property combined with outstanding views of the city skyline make this an ideal retreat. (317-233-2434, 800-665-9056)

Maps and Directions

Lucas Oil Stadium 10Best List Arrow
Type: Spectator Sports
Neighborhood: Indy Metro
Indianapolis Zoo 10Best List Arrow
Type: Family Friendly, Zoos
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art 10Best List Arrow
Type: History Museums, Museums
Neighborhood: Downtown
Indianapolis Museum of Art 10Best List Arrow
Type: Art Museums, Gardens, Museums
Neighborhood: Historic Old Northside
Children's Museum of Indianapolis 10Best List Arrow
Type: Children's Museums, Museums, Sightseeing
Neighborhood: Historic Old Northside
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum 10Best List Arrow
Type: Family Friendly, Historic Sites, History Museums, Libraries / Archives, Museums, Spectator Sports, Uniquely Here
Neighborhood: Speedway
Indiana State Museum 10Best List Arrow
Type: Family Friendly, History Museums, IMAX Theaters, Museums
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument 10Best List Arrow
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Military, Museums, Sightseeing
NCAA Hall of Champions 10Best List Arrow
Type: Family Friendly, History Museums, Museums
Neighborhood: Downtown
White River State Park 10Best List Arrow
Type: Active, Art & Culture, Family Friendly, Parks, Public Spaces, Water
Neighborhood: Downtown
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