Indianapolis is Waiting for You! |
by CL Hendricks
The bustling metropolis of Indianapolis, Indiana, has a reputation for having the most sporting events in the country. The world renowned Indianapolis 500 auto race brings spectators from around the country and the world to the Raceway. Tucked away inside this modern urban area are museums, amusement parks and gourmet dining that will please even the most discriminating palates.
The Children's Museum offers a variety of interactive activities for young and old alike. SpaceQuest Planetarium has antique carousel ride, the CineDome which gives viewers the sensation of experiencing what they see, live performances throughout the museum, and the invitation to dig in with both hands, touch and feel the exhibits included in the five floors of this special museum put it high on the list of things to do in Indy.
Home to the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, only one of two museums of this type east of the Mississippi River, displays the art of both the American Indians and the American West.
A museum dedicated to the medical arts opened its doors in 2002. The Indiana Medical Arts Museum is located inside the oldest pathology facility in America and is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. Hook's American Drugstore Museum walks visitors through the 400 year history of drugstores in America.
Sport enthusiasts will find many museums that are dedicated to sports. The NCAA Hall of Champions recognizes student athletes and provides an in-depth history of the educational opportunities that these athletes received.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hall of Fame Museum opened in 1909. Take a bus ride on the speedway, trace racing history back to its beginning and see the actual car that won the first sanctioned race in 1911.
The amazing feats of super heroes may not be considered athletic but the American Super Heroes Museum, the creation of Dane Nash, is located in downtown Indianapolis. Replicas of Batman's batboat, comics, memorabilia from many of the major super heroes this unique museum will fuel your own super hero dreams.
Finding a full scale amusement park inside a busy metropolis is rare, but Indy has one. Xscape is a 75,000 square foot indoor facility that provides you with amusement rides, live performances, gourmet buffet style dining, miniature golf, bumper cars, arcade games and a 4D Theater. Designed with everyone in mind this unique environment offers something for everyone. Weather is never a problem here!
The Indianapolis White River Park is nestled in the Canal District of the city. Close to many of the other museums this park has miles of hiking, biking, and rollerblading trails which allow you to see the attractions in a special way. The Governors Lawn features concerts and special entertainment throughout the year. During the winter Central Canal offers ice skating. The River Promenade provides the illusion that you've stepped back in time as you search for limestone carvings.
Steeped in history you can visit the home of former President Benjamin Harrison. Take a stroll through the Morris-Butler Home and see how life was in the 1800's.
If architecture is more to your liking a visit to this city must include a stop at the Scottish Rites Church. Construction started in 1927 and was complete in 1929 at a cost of $2.5 million. This rare building is considered one of the finest in Neo-Gothic architecture in America. Based on the three degrees of freemasonry all areas are divisible by three. Ornate carvings, stained glass windows and a 54 belfry tower that rises 212 feet above the ground are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
Fulfill all of your travel desires with an Indianapolis vacation!
About the Author
C.L. Hendricks has been a Jill-of-all-trades and become an expert in some. She has also traveled extensively and now writes about travel destinations around the world for Family Vacation Spots and Best Vacation Getaways