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Indianapolis is full of things to do for all ages. Like any big city, Indianapolis has restaurants, bars, attractions and sporting events to fit all types of people and age groups.
There are several great places to eat in Indy. Downtown features the famous St. Elmo's Steak House, which has served award winning steaks and their famous shrimp cocktail since 1902. In addition, several upscale chain restaurants are represented in the downtown area, including Oceanaire, one of the top rated seafood chains in the country. McCormick's & Schmick's offers another seafood alternative. One of the newst additions to downtown is the Capital Grille. Part of the chain with the first restaurant at 6th and Pennsylvania in Washington, DC., the food and service (along with the prices) are all top-notch.
In the northern part of the city, you can find chains including Ruth's Chris, Morton's, The Cheesecake Factory and P.F. Chang's. There are also numerous, more local, restaurants in Broad Ripple or the Mass Ave. (Massachustetts Avenue) arts district. Among the local offerings is Bazbeaux Pizza, which has restaurants on Mass Ave., in Broad Ripple, and in Carmel.
The city also offers numerous museums including The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. It is frequently rated the best in the country and updates its exhibits frequently. There is the Indianapolis Zoo, NCAA Hall of Champions, the Indiana State Museum, IMAX Theater, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Wesstern Art, Indiana History Center. Conner Prairie in Fishers describes itself as an "Interactive History center" with docents in character, portraying Indiana residents of the1800s. During the summer, Conner Prairie is the site for outdoor concerts including Symphony on the Prairie and other great events. Of course, no visit to Indy is complete without a trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its Hall of Fame Museum.
There are also many great opportunities to rent unique cycles and boats. With everything from beach cruisers and mountain bikes, to four wheelers, to surreys that can fit up to eight, the whole family will be happy. Bikes can be rented at the Eagle Creek Park Marina and the White River State Park, and fun boats can be rented at the Canal Walk and the Eagle Creek Park Marina from Wheel Fun Rentals.
Finally, the city is home to the Colts, Pacers, Fever, Indianapolis Indians baseball and the "Greatest Spectacle in Auto Racing" the Indy 500, NASCAR's Brickyard 400, the Red Bull Indianapolis GP and the MAC Tools NHRA Nationals. Something for any sports fan to enjoy.
If you've got some time to get out of the city, head south to art colony Nashville, visit Indiana University's campus in Bloomington, or motor north to Zionville's "village" for quaint shopping and eateries from a by-gone era.