Having lived all of my life in Indiana and having traveled in half of the United States, I still find Indianapolis, Indiana, to be the best city in the Midwest. Over the past 25 years I have actually lived close enough to Indianapolis to enjoy the attractions that bring unique opportunities to Hoosiers and visitors alike. Indianapolis is centrally located and is connected by interstates and state highways from all corners of Indiana to easily bring people to the “Circle City,” as Indianapolis is nicknamed. With two children of my own, I tend to visit places that they enjoy as well as give us memories we will never forget.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
3000 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208-4716
The Children’s Museum is my children’s most favorite place to visit in Indianapolis. The museum continually changes its displays. For instance, they currently have a King Tut exhibit, which is in addition to the cost of admission, and along with that, they have a “Take Me There: Egypt” display, which gives the children even more experience with this culture. The museum has had other displays such as Lego, Curious George, and the actual Batmobile from the last Batman movie. The museum has areas that remain constant as well such as “Science Works,” “Health House,” and “Playscape,” an area designed for those under 5 years old. While you would think The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is designed for children, adults can have just as much fun.
1200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46222
Running a close second to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, my children like going to the zoo on the west side of downtown Indianapolis. We have visited the zoo at different times of the year, including the Zoo Boo in October and Christmas at the Zoo in December. The dolphin show is always a must when we visit. In the summer, watching the dolphins in an enclosed building sure beats the heat outdoors, and in the winter it works in reverse as a place to get warm. We have seen the pros and cons of visiting the zoo in the summer and in the winter. If the temperature is too hot or too cold, you do not get to see as many animals as they are not used to the Indiana weather. In addition to the animals, you may ride a train for an additional charge, and children may release their energy on a playground.
Lucas Oil Stadium
500 S. Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46225
While I miss the old RCA Dome, Lucas Oil Stadium is sure a beautiful site along the Indianapolis sky line, especially if you are coming into the downtown area from the south side. During its first year of existence, it has hosted not only the home games of the Indianapolis Colts, but such events as the Monster Truck Show and, most recently, country singer Kenny Chesney. I was in awe the first time inside this humongous stadium and even enjoyed having the roof open for Kenny’s concert. You can pay a small fee and do a public tour of this newest attraction to Indianapolis.
501 W. Maryland St.
Indianapolis, IN 46225
On the southwest side of Indianapolis, you find the home of the Indianapolis Indians, a Triple A baseball team. I have had the pleasure of attending several games both with my children and without them, and while the games can sometimes become a little boring, the entertainment during the game makes it all worthwhile. Tickets are reasonable so it can make for a fun family day.
Hard Rock Café
49 S. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Having two children and eating out at expensive restaurants does not always work. However, one of our favorite places to eat is the world famous Hard Rock Café located not too far from Monument Circle in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. While I enjoy the memorabilia hanging on the walls, my children and I both enjoy the music and the food, most of which is the standard fries and cheeseburger or chicken nuggets. They do have some great other food like their nachos, an appetizer that can be shared with another person and eaten as a meal instead. Of course, a trip to a Hard Rock cannot be complete without a souvenir on the way out.