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What To See In Indianapolis

Updated on January 24, 2016

Indianapolis is the perfect balance between style and cosmopolitan small town charm, which makes it a good destination for leisure travel, conventions and group travel, serving the more than 21 million visitors a year. The 13th largest city in the US has experienced a dramatic revitalization and a stunning revival, making it a different place than it was a decade ago.


Once you arrive, you find new Indianapoils with great cultural diversity, numerous arts options, attractions, historic sites and special events.The city is famous worldwide due to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, an oval track where several famous motorsports world are held, such as NASCAR, the Indy Racing League and Formula 1.

The central location of Indianapolis remains a strong factor of attraction, which is a great place to live, work and visit. Indy is the one day of driving half of the population, so it is a convenient and exciting destination. There are hundreds of unique sights to see there, but I will hold on some of its historical places, which reflect the cultural and environmental progress and development the city has experienced over the years.

In The Heart Of America

First of all, it is worth to visit the city. Indiana state capital, Indianapolis is 290 km south of Chicago and an hour and a plane from New York half. It is called the "heart of America", the flat region of the center of the country, where prairies and pine forests dominate the landscape. It has gained importance during the 19th century when crossing railway lines began to connect the east to the west. It soon became an important trading center and strategic point during the American Civil War, between 1861 and 1865. The wealth brought the automotive industry in the early 20th century and consequently competitions on wheels: the circuit - officially called Indianapolis Motor Speedway - It is one of the oldest in the world, opened in 1909. Today, in addition to the competitions, home to the largest US race car museum.

Once you are in Indianapolis or in Indy, as it is also affectionately called, you are expected to rent a gondola or a powerboat to enjoy a waterfront trip along the longest central canal, which is a popular attraction among walkers and bikers. During warm weather it is a pleasure to take a leisurely ride along the canal exploring all the attractions of its core or just take a pedestrian walk along Indianapolis’s white paths.

Indianapolis is known as the crossroads of America due to the network of freeways running through the city and connecting museums and exhibits, shops and restaurants.

The Indiana state museum is designed to help tell stories about Indiana’s culture, people, places and it captures the essence of the spirit. It’s a unique place to visit, exploring about 400.000 artifacts, which truly tell the history of Indiana in stone, steel and spirit.

The American Legion Mall stretches between 2 city parks to tribute the nation’s participation at World War 1st and to commemorate those great Hoosier people who lost their lives during the war. This space is open and hosts to many events and festivities during the year. The American Legion headquarters were built with Indiana limestone and was a gift to the American Legion from the people of Indiana.


Indianapolis Scottish Rite Cathedral is one of the first examples of Tudor-Gothic architecture in the United States. The construction was over in 1929 at the cost of 2.5 million dollars. About 10.000 people per year visit this building. It is the largest Scottish Rite Cathedral in the world and is judged as one of the world’s most beautiful buildings.

Veteran’s Memorial Plaza located on the north side of the Michigan’s street is another must-see attraction in Indianapolis. This piece symbolizes the nation’s hopes and aspirations and honors all Indiana veterans. The centerpiece is an obelisk that reaches 100ft.. The brown tablets at the base share four essential elements of the nation’s symbols-law, science, religion and education. This place is also known as Obelisk square.

Another memorial honoring Indiana people killed during World war 1st is The Indiana War Memorial. The military museum inside also lists all of the soldiers killed or missing through the Vietnam War. The memorial is a model after the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus – one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It is designed with six columns in each side. Lions welcome the visitors at the entrance of an imposing building. The tour of the interior is a must as this is one of the city’s greatest and impressive places of interest.

The physical and spiritual heart of Indianapolis is the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, located at Monument Circle. After the Civil War the State decided to erupt a monument to those who fight. The basement contains a civil war museum containing artifacts, telling the story of Indiana’s military contributions, from the revolutionary period to the modern day. There is also an observatory at the top where one can walk up using an elevator or a narrow staircase.

Monument Circle is an important civic gathering place. During warm summer days many people relax on its steps next to the fountains.

For Children

Guests traveling with children has some unique entertainment options. This is the case of the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the largest children's museum in the world. There are no less than four floors totaling 120,000 artifacts on display in an area equivalent to six football fields. Plus, 400 monitors to help children and adults to interact with the exhibits - there are from a planetary to a real locomotive, all to be enjoyed or manipulated by visitors. And just 15 minutes from the museum, the Indianapolis Zoo is, famous for being the world's first playing elephants through artificial insemination. There are over 1500 animals, including marine such as dolphins, seals and even polar bears. If you missed motoring culture in the land, know that there are excellent alternatives as well. Starting with the Indianapolis Museum of Art, one of the eight largest and most important art museums in North America, notorious for its collection of paintings and engravings of French post-impressionist Paul Gauguin. In fact, even if you are not a fan of art, the visit is worth it: the building itself has charm, with its bold and unusual architecture.

The Stadium Colts

In the sports field, she devoted the last 25 years as an important event center - the Pan American Games in 1987 to the Super Bowl (the end of the American Football League) of 2011. The city is home to major sports federations in the country and their stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium is one of the most modern in the world, with a retractable roof and no fewer than 140 luxury suites around the field, in addition to 63,000 seats in the stands. It was built in retro style, covered with bricks, stylish buildings of 100 years ago. After all, it is in the center of town, amidst monuments and centuries-old buildings. It can be visited daily, complete with guided tour and, of course, stop by the souvenir shop - no one comes out without a shirt Colts.

Surrounding the Lucas Oil Stadium opens another hallmark of Indianapolis: the sports bars. More than 20 bars, each specializing in a sport. There are places like High Velocity, a must for motor racing fans. It is within the JW Marriott Indianapolis - the largest unit of this chain of hotels around the world, with more than 1,000 rooms. Or O'Reilly's Irish Pub, which honors the Irish immigrants and therefore displays rugby matches and football. And yet, the giant Indianapolis Colts Grille, which seats 800 people, who enjoy the game of football team of the city, the Colts, in 66 screens spread across four environments. Not to mention The Slippery Noodle Inn, the oldest bar of any state (and one of the ten oldest in the country). Founded in 1850, it ensures Blues shows seven nights a week. What is in common between all these establishments? The disputed region of craft beers, like Upland's and 3 Floyd's made with barley planted in large Indian interior plains.

Humanized City

City center, by the way, fascinates with its architects and urban planners. Without sacrificing the historic buildings such as the centenary Indiana State Capitol, 1878, a revitalization project took beyond ultra-modern skyscrapers. Among them are 12 hotels interconnected by glazed walkways to the Convention Center, the stadium and the Circle Center - the mark zero of the city. That is, one can walk kilometers from the attractions of the heart of the metropolis without having to be subject to cold, heat, rain or snow. A great idea, which starts to be copied by other cities.

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