RCA Tennis Championships
Every year the ATP tour comes to Indianapolis and plays the RCA championship at the Indianapolis Tennis Center. July brings players like Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick (the 2003 champion), and other major players in this big US ATP stop. None needed. Prices are relatively cheap and the crowds are small. During the time when the RCA Championships are not going on, you can bring your tennis shoes, and of course your raquet.
Indianapolis International Airport has flights comming in from all over the US. Also it is easy to get to by car, you can use bus also.
If you want to range more than downtown a car is an almost must. You can use the city buses, but they don't always go where you want to go..Taxies are expensive, and you usualy have to call to have them pick you up. No subway or light rail.
Indiana St. Museum
I would recommend stopping in the state museum while in indy. It is brand new, and everything inside is very modern. There is an exhibit about the future, about the formation of the earth, and some others which escape me right now. There is also an IMAX theater in the building.
All around great ambiance!
The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument is a 284-feet tall neoclassical oolitic limestone and bronze monument in the center of Indianapolis, Indiana (and Marion County, Indiana). It was erected to honor Hoosiers who were veterans of the American Revolution, territorial conflicts that partially led up to the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, and the US Civil War. It was designed by German architect Bruno Schmitz, and was completed in 1901. In addition to its external commemorative statuary and fountains, the basement of the monument is a museum of Indiana history during the American Civil War. (*thanks to Wikipedia for monument History)
This is a great place to have some coffee and just people watch. The area is really beautiful. I think that the South side of the circle is the nicest view, the north side is littered with banks and a kinkos. In my opinion, the cirlce should have more cute little cafes or stores, I saw that a au bon pain is being built, so that should be nice.
The musuem under the monument is nice, it is small, I would only go on the free day, because it isn't so exciting. The best part is that you can go into the monument and take the elevator to the top and see a really cool view. If you are clasophobic, then i would recommend that you don't go up. It is quite a tight experience.
Right now, during November they are getting the decorations for the circle ready, it is a big deal here. And it takes about the whole month of November to get it ready. but in the summer, the monument is very lovely. The fountains are huge, and it is a great place to listen to the water and relax.
Heart of Indiana
This is just a start (2007-03). There are a dozen more tips on things to do and 5-6 more hotels to include. There's a few unique events (like GenCon) which either you already know about or never new existed. A couple of very nice restaurants (still need info on Loon Lake Lodge - yes, that the name and it's in Indy, and Dufours). I just need to do a bit google for addresses and exact locations. Stop back later (probably summer) to see what else is here.