Indiana Things to Do

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Indiana Things to Do

  • Monument Circle

    Indianapolis Things to Do

    Every year the Friday night after thanksgiving the city of Indianapolis presents The Circle of Lights. It's best to arrive early around 6pm. The show begins around 7pm, which is local talent singing Christmas songs. Then around 8/8.30pm Santa arrives on an old time fire truck. Santa is the presenter that lights up the lights that surround the...

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  • Visit the West Baden Springs Hotel

    West Baden Springs Things to Do

    Yes, you can visit the hotel. The upper floors are retricted to guests, but the grounds and retaurants (about 4) are open to the public. If you've never seen anything like this (and I don't know where it would have been), come in, sit, relax, eat and stroll the grounds.

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  • White River Canal

    Indianapolis Things to Do

    This is one of the best places to hang out on a sunny day in Indy. You can people watch, ride paddle boats, ride bikes, walk, etc. Recently I've heard that you can ride in gondolas in the summer, which I haven't had the chance to do, but it sounds fun. Best of all.....It's FREE!

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  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Indianapolis Things to Do

    A trip to Indianapolis is not complete without a visit to the Indy 500 Motor Speedway, built in 1909. It does not matter if you are a racing car buff or simply curious. The otherwise sleepy side of Indianapolis comes alive on Memorial Day weekend with the Indy 500, a 500 mile race participated in by international teams and attended by around...

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  • Children's Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Indianapolis Things to Do

    Click the photo, please! Don't ever go to Indianapolis & not see the Children's Museum; after all, it's ranked as the "world's greatest Children's Museum! Jill & I loved it. There is an indoor parking building that is free, & it is attached, via a bridge, to the museum. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10-5; every first thursday of the...

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  • Historic Homes & Buildings

    Indianapolis Things to Do

    This is the second Harrison, to be President. Benjamin was president from 1889-1893. His Grandfather (William Henry) was old "Tippecanoe", the oldest man to be president and to have served the shortest term. This Italianate home (1875) is just north of downtown on Delaware Street. Here, you can learn about Harrison and his time. He set aside...

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  • Indianapolis Zoo

    4 out of 5 stars

    Indianapolis Things to Do

    The Indianapolis Zoo opened in White River State Park in 1988. The 64-acre attraction is one of few new zoos in the world to be built from the ground up. Its state-of-the-art facilities include the world's second largest, fully enclosed, environmentally controlled dolphin pavilion and the state's largest aquarium. The Indianapolis Zoo is the only...

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  • Eiteljorg Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Indianapolis Things to Do

    With a name like Eiteljorg, you would not expect such a concise museum of Indian Art and Woodland Culture. I've been looking for sources of information on the Woodland Indians of the Great Lakes. Movies, books, and stories focus on the 'cowboy' period of Ameircan History and the late (1870-1890's) Indian Wars. Try and find a good source of the life...

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  • Indianapolis Museum of Art

    5 out of 5 stars

    Indianapolis Things to Do

    The Lily family (of Eli Lily) donated the land for the museum and the company ensures that there is no admission to the museum. This is one of the drawing factors to make the haul up to this lush but relatively isolated northwest corner of the city. Like any other art museum, there is the collection and there are the exhibitions. Both meander...

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  • Connor Prairie

    Indianapolis Things to Do

    The only Smithsonian affiliate in the state of Indiana, Conner Prairie almost completely removes the "look but do not touch" proviso from the concept of a museum. There are actually five themed historic areas on this delightful park which is located about 5-10 miles north of Indianapolis. The specific areas are: Lenape (Delaware) Indian Camp, the...

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  • Eagle Creek Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Indianapolis Things to Do

    Eagle Creek Park is the 4th largest city owned park in the United States and this vast park area does not let one down when visiting. The Lilly family of Indianapolis (See: Lilly pharmaceuticals such as prozac) helped fund and purchase this land to the Northwest of Indianapolis. The area makes up 3,100 acres of park and 1,300 of water and was given...

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  • Indiana State Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Indianapolis Things to Do

    The Indiana State Museum has exhibits on the history of the state of Indiana including biology and nature, art, artifacts, and more. There is also an IMAX theatre, restaurant, and gift shop. Check the website for special events and exhibits. Hours are: Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm Sunday 11am – 5pm Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Admission...

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  • War Memorial Plaza

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Indianapolis Things to Do

    Even if you're not interest in the military history of the nation from it's founding to the present, you have to go inside this museum. It's the huge stone tower in the park, on Michigan Ave. You feel as if you're walking into a military bunker from WWI (1913-1918) or WWI (1939-1946). Solid stone, many feet thick surround you in an eerie silence....

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  • Indiana Repertory Theater

    Indianapolis Things to Do

    One of the best places to see shows and concerts in Indiana is the Indiana Repertory Theater (IRT). Though it isn't Broadway, the IRT brings Broadway shows to Indianapolis and many migrate from all over the state and region to see them here in Indianapolis. The IRT offers the premier and top box office shows in the area on two stages. Its...

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  • The Chase Tower

    Formerly called the Bank One Tower, the Chase Tower, with a total height of 830 feet (253 meters), is the tallest building in Indianapolis.The building was constructed between 1988 and 1990, and was designed by the architectural firm of KlingStubbins. Its stepped-pyramid cap mirrors the design of the Indiana War Memorial, located three blocks to...

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  • The State Soldiers' and Sailors'...

    Located in the center of Monument Circle, a circular plaza in the middle of downtown Indianapolis, the 285-foot (87-meter) State Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument was built between 1889 and 1901 to commemorate Indiana's war heroes who died in the the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the American Civil War, and the Spanish-American War. It was...

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  • The State Capitol Building

    The Indiana State Capitol Building was built to house all three branches of state government, including the office of the governor, the Indiana General Assembly (consisting of the Senate and House of Representatives), and the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. The 70,000-volume Supreme Court Law Library is also located in the building.The current...

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  • The Indiana State Museum

    What is now the Indiana State Museum began in 1862 as a natural history collection amassed by then-state librarian R. Deloss Brown. Over the years, the collection was housed in various buildings in the State Capitol Building. In 1967, the museum moved into its first permanent home in the former Indianapolis City Hall building. The new,...

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  • All things cows

    Being a big day trip person, I would recommend Fair Oaks Dairy. Located about an hour and 20 mins north of Indy on I-65. It isn't an expensive experience, but the bus tour through the dairy is pleasantly interesting. They work hard at harvesting the methane for the electricity and they are proud of the quality of life they provide for their cows....

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  • Only Operating Rotary Jail in...

    The Old Jail Museum was built in 1882. It was the first of seven rotary jails constructed in the United States and is currently the only rotary jail in operating condition.The rotary cellblock consists of a two-tiered turntable divided into pie-shaped wedges, with a total of 16 cells. The turntable is housed within a stationary steel cage with one...

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  • The Tibetan Cultural Center

    The Tibetan Cultural Center was established in Bloomington due to the large Tibetan community in the city. Bloomington has one of only two Tibetan restaurants in the United States, and the nephew of the Dalai Lama calls Bloomington home. (The Dalai Lama visits frequently).The purpose of the Tibetan Cultural Center is to promote Tibetan culture and...

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  • The Indianapolis Zoo

    The Indianapolis Zoo is affiliated with the White River Gardens, which is right next door to the zoo. The Indianapolis Zoo opened in 1964, and moved to its present facility in 1988. The zoo houses 3,800 animals of 320 different species.The Indianapolis Zoo is divided into five separate biomes: the Waters Biome features aquatic life of the world's...

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  • The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians

    Only one of two museums east of the Mississippi River with both Indian and Western art, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art seeks to inspire an appreciation of the art, history, and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America.The museum features permanent exhibits, including Mihtohseenionki (The...

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  • White River State Park

    Located just west of downtown Indianapolis, White River State Park is the only state park in the nation found in the heart of a major city. Over 2,000,000 visitors per year visit the park and its attractions and events.Although the park has features common to all state parks, such as grassy expanses, waterways, and tree-lined boulevards, it also...

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  • The Indiana Historical Society

    Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has worked to collect, preserve, interpret, and share the stories of Indiana's history. The Indiana Historical Society has the world's largest collection of Indiana materials, and offers programs, special events, and exhibitions to promote an awareness of the history of the state.Visitors can get a bite to...

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  • Canal Walk

    Extending from 11th and Senate streets on its north end to the NCAA Hall of Champions on its south end, Canal Walk is a pedestrian greenspace with water features and landscaped parks. It is a popular place to walk, bike, rollerblade, take lunch, rent a paddle boat, or just people-watch. Canal Walk has been listed as an American Water Landmark, and...

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  • The Indiana War Memorial Plaza

    It has been said that Indianapolis has more memorials than any American city other than Washington, D.C. A five-block area to the north of the downtown area consists of the Indiana War Memorial Plaza. Dominating the plaza is the 210-foot (64-meter) Indiana World War Memorial (visible in the background). Indiana soldiers killed in the First World...

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  • Awesome Town in the Heart of the Country

    Columbus, Indiana is a cute little town about halfway between Cincinnati and Indianapolis (maybe a little closer to Indy) that has a very unique feature. Evidently, some clever person got a grant for the city that paid any architect's fee for the design of public buildings. Then, an even cleverer person thought to go out and get MAJOR architects...

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  • Canyons of the Midwest - Turkey Run SP

    Southern Indiana is rolling hills, but amongst those hills are several step canyons, cut by the power of small streams. Turkey Run State Park (West Central, Indiana) is a hour or more from Indianapolis. Here, you'll find narrow winding hollows. In the summer, the water is cool and the mud refreshing. In the spring and fall, the water can be nearly...

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  • Buddist Monasteries in Indiana

    On a recent trip to Bloomington, IN, I was fortunate enought to make a side trip to the Tibetan Mongolian Cultural Center. It is truely an amazing place, you'll find yourself driving down Indiana country roads and then all of a sudden there is a brightly colored welcome arch of the cultural center. It was impressive! Apparently, the place was...

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  • Michigan City - Gateway to Lake Michigan

    You can see my Michigan City page and those listed below for details..MuseumsBeachfront with bandstand Boat Basin Washington Park & Beach [wide expansive beach. Lots of room for running and sandcastles. Michigan City Lighthouses (2 not just 1) [Lighthouse Museum is in the oldest] Washington Park ZooShopping and Outlet Mall {Lighthouse...

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  • Vincennes - The Revolution in the West

    Vincennes dates back to before the American Revolution (War of Independence) [1776]. It was a French settlement that became part of English North America after the French & Indian War 1763. During the American Revolution, the French inhabitants were willing to support the cause of Independence from England and provided support or at a minimum...

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  • Hollywood Bar & Filmworks

    NOTICE---THIS PLACE HAS SINCE CLOSEDThis place gives dinner and a movie a whole new spin serving both simultaneously. The theatre is kid friendly during the day, but in the evening is open to the 18 and over crowd to enjoy drinks and a semi-recent movie for a reasonable price. It's a nice alternative for one of those nights you feel like going out...

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  • Visit Notre Dame University Campus

    We visited Notre Dame Campus in South Bend on our way north. After parking in visitor parking, we walked around campus. It's early June and was a beautiful time of year to be here with blooming lilac bushes, Dogwoods, Azaleas, tulips and small crab apple trees. Mostly we just walked about the campus and enjoyed buildings such as the St. Thomas...

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  • Visit Notre Dame University Campus

    We visited Notre Dame Campus in South Bend on our way north. After parking in visitor parking, we walked around campus. It's early June and was a beautiful time of year to be here with blooming lilac bushes, Dogwoods, Azaleas, tulips and small crab apple trees. Mostly we just walked about the campus and enjoyed buildings such as the St. Thomas...

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  • Find out About Obscure Pigeon Roost...

    Pigeon Roost is a small town which was named for the flocks of passenger pigeons that nested here. This frontier village was attacked by indians during the War of 1812 when the British and Indians joined forces against the United States. There's a 44 ft obelish here to mark the burial site of settlers burned by the Indians in this 1812 war. The...

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  • Bird at Muscatatuck National Wildlife...

    We stopped at Muscatatuck NWR to bird watch for several hours in the afternoon. This is a very good refuge with lots of woods and ponds providing places for birds to nest. The ranger at the headquarters was very helpful. There is a wildlife drive which goes through most of the more interesting habitats. Some of the birds we saw here were: Indigo...

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  • Corydon Indiana's first State Capital

    Corydon is the county seat of Harrison County as well as the first captial of Indiana. The old capital building has been preserved as a museum on the square in the center of town. The square is surounded by several quaint shops and antique stores.

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  • Stop at historic Loyal, Indiana

    We were heading through Indiana on Highway 31 when we spotted a small historic village so we stopped. It was built between 1900 and 1925 and was very interesting. There were two round barns, a small red one and a larger white one built in 1924. Round barns were thought to be more efficient but evidently they never caught on because I've seen very...

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  • Festivals

    When fall roles around, Indiana breaks out the party hat. There is a festival in nearly every town in the state. Blueberry's in Plymouth, Popcorn in Valparaiso, Elvis in Portage. You can't miss for trying. Name a topic and there will be a festival..Porter County alone has the:Popcorn Festival, Tractor Show, Corvette Show, Oz Fest, Fall Harvest...

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  • See the Capital "INDIANAPOLIS"

    Indianapolis is the largest metropolitan area in the state. It is the center of politics, the economy, the arts, and sports. This is one complete town that can fill you needs and your dreams.My Indianapolis page Monument Circle Eiteljorg Museum Indianapolis Zoo Children's Museum All VT Listings for Indy

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  • Valparaiso - Home of Popcorn

    Technically a part of the Greater Chicago Metropolitan area, Valparaiso is a growing city with a local small town flavor. Easy access to the lakeshores, yet plenty to do in town, from 2 community theaters, college and high school sports, seasonal events and the signature Popcorn Festival each fall. For more information, see my Valparaiso...

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore & State...

    Some of the wildest sand dunes in the country. Well, maybe not wild in the sense of remote, hard to reach, untamed by human contact. Wild in the sense that it's totally unlike the towns and cities that surround it or anywhere else in Indiana. See my Indiana DunesNational Lakeshore or Indiana Dunes State Park

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  • Covered Bridges

    Did you know that there are Kings and Queens in Indiana? There are Burr Arches, Howe Trusses and Post and Pratt Trusses as well as Long Trusses! These are all different types of covered bridges. To most of us, a covered bridge is interesting because of it's 'cover'. But if you look inside, you'll find that there are a variety of types out...

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  • Go flying or enjoy seeing planes from...

    Indiana hosts numerous Air shows and aircraft museums.Gary hosts an annual air show in early September.. Gary Air Show Peru is the home of Grissom Air Reserve and a museum of flight. Grissom Air Museum Valparaiso hosts each summer a flying of WWII bombers and the Porter County Air Museum is home to numerous WWII fighters and newer military...

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