The perfect vacation destination for grandparents traveling with grandchildren of all ages, is Indianapolis, Indiana. The possibilities in this town and the nearby areas are endless. Below are just a few of the possibilities.
Lucas Oil Stadium
The home of the Colts, located at 500 S. Capital Ave., is a must-see while in Indiana. The breathtaking, seven-level sports facility covers a whopping 1.8 million square feet and houses 137 corporate suites, meeting rooms, two lounges and two exhibit halls. It is drawing rave reviews from critics across the country.
If you are unable to attend an event at the stadium, don’t worry — they offer public tours that last approximately one hour (see pricing guide below). The tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis; however, larger groups can call ahead to obtain information on arranging a private tour.
Seniors (65+): $5
Children (4-12 yrs): $5
Children 3 and under: FREE (accompanied by a paying adult)
This tour is led by a knowledgeable Lucas Oil Stadium Tour Guide. You will visit the playing field, NFL locker room, press box, Lucas Oil Plaza and other locations based upon scheduled events. This is a walking tour, but accommodations can be made for those who are in wheelchairs or with strollers. Still cameras are welcome but video cameras are prohibited.
For information on upcoming events, tickets and parking visit their website or call 317-262-8600.
Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens
This world-class zoo, located at 1200 W. Washington St., hosts millions of visitors each year. In addition to the many animals showcased at the zoo, they also offer shows, rides and dining. Below are just a few of the amazing things waiting for you at the Indianapolis Zoo:
– Coca Cola Dolphin Adventure Show.
– Shark Touch Pool.
– Penguin Feed/Chat.
– Walrus Chat.
– Baboon Chat.
– Pony Rides.
Admission prices vary throughout the year. Go online or call 317-630-2001 for more information. Strollers, wheelchairs and electric carts are available for rent on a first-come, first-serve basis for a small fee. There is a food court, but seating is limited, so get there early.
Located approximately one hour from Indianapolis in Cloverdale is Cataract Falls. It is the largest waterfall in the state of Indiana, but that breathtaking splendor isn’t all that you will discover on your trip here. Also located at this site is a historic covered bridge that has been restored. According to the Indiana Historical Bureau, the 140-foot bridge was originally built in 1876.
Adjacent to the bridge and waterfalls is a park area that is perfect for picnics. The 1.5 mile nature trail between the upper and lower falls is perfect for hiking. This is truly something that the entire family can enjoy and it is great for a photo opportunity.
The park is open from sun-up to sun-down. There is a $5 charge that is payable at the park office for admission.
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is located just minutes from downtown on 3000 N. Meridian St. and will be a hit for people of all ages. You would need to set aside the entire day to see everything in this five-level fun-packed building.
You can see dinosaurs, fish, plays, doll houses, a construction site and much, much more. Located on the top floor is the Carousel of Wishes and Dreams. It is a favorite for everyone.
Wagon rentals are available for a small fee and wheelchairs are available at no charge. There is a food court and a gift shop located on site.
Admission prices and hours vary with the time of the year and attractions, so visit the website or call 317-334-3322 for more information. The first Thursday of each month is Target Free Family Night. You can enjoy free admission between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m., and parking is free as always in the museum’s parking garage located on Illinois Street.