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3 Days in Indianapolis

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Indianapolis provides visitors with world-class museums, thrilling activities, and a variety of delicious eateries. When you are planning a getaway to Indy, you can look forward to the excitement of a large city with the friendliness of a small town.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveler
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

15 Places

3 City Tips

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15 Places

Day 1

The Eiteljorg Museum

Specialty Museums

Rhythm! Discovery Center

Specialty Museums

Monument Circle

Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks

The Keystone Fashion Mall

Shopping Malls

Late Harvest

Restaurants

Day 2

Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Children's Museums

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Historic Sites, Gardens, Specialty Museums

Oldfields-Lilly House and Gardens

History Museums

Dawson's on Main

Restaurants

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

Auto Race Tracks, Specialty Museums

Day 3

White River State Park

Gardens, Parks, Zoos

Indiana State Museum

Specialty Museums

Central Canal

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Indianapolis Zoo

Zoos

The Eagle's Nest Restaurant

Restaurants

Angela A's City Tips

  • The downtown area can get really crowded on game days (NFL, NBA, etc.), so try to plan accordingly: Allow plenty of extra time to get around, visit on an alternative day, or buy some tickets and join the locals at a game!
  • Winters can get pretty cold, so be sure to pack heavy coats when visiting in colder months.
  • It is easy to navigate Indianapolis by car, but there is also a reliable, public transportation service.
    Day 1
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    The Eiteljorg Museum
    Specialty Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    Located in bustling downtown Indianapolis, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is depicts Native American culture through a large permanent collection of art and artifacts. From a real stagecoach to outdoor sculptures, you'll discover a lot in and around this impressive building.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take a seat in a real stagecoach — with cameras at the ready!
    • The museum cafe serves delicious food, and also has a children's menu.
    • Parking is free.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 181 things to do in Indianapolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • There's always something new 09/24/2018
    • A destination for your "Quest" 09/17/2018
    • The Eiteljorg Museum
    Address:
    500 W Washington St
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-2707
    Phone:
    +1 317-636-9378
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Rhythm! Discovery Center
    Specialty Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    Also downtown, the Rhythm! Discovery Center explores the world of percussion through a wide range of instruments and interactive exhibits. It explores the roles percussion plays in different cultures and allows guests to get hands-on and see what it's like to play drums in different venues (by taking a turn in the innovative sound booth!).

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to check out the kits on display from legendary drummers!
    • Artist performances are regularly hosted here. Check out the website for details.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 181 things to do in Indianapolis
    • So much fun! We loved it. 09/02/2018
    • If you love drums, you'll love this 08/27/2018
    • Rhythm! Discovery Center
    Address:
    110 W Washington St Ste A
    Suite A
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-3423
    Phone:
    +1 317-275-9030
    Price range:
    $12 - $12
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Mon
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Wed - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Monument Circle
    Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Angela A Says:

    One of Indy's most recognizable icons, Monument Circle gets its name from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Surrounded by shops and restaurants, it's a great place to start your exploration of this bustling area.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • During the holidays, the monument is decorated like a Christmas tree.
    • You may climb 330 steps up, or take the elevator to step 290.
    • Admission is always free.
    • There is a Civil War Museum in the lower level.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 181 things to do in Indianapolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The circle of urban life 09/14/2018
    • My Hometown 09/13/2018
    • Monument Circle
    Address:
    100 Monument Cir
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-2904
    Phone:
    +1 317-232-7615
    Hours:
    Fri - Sun
    10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
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    The Keystone Fashion Mall
    Shopping Malls
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    Angela A Says:

    The Keystone Fashion Mall is home to plenty of high-end retailers, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Burberry, and Coach, as well as electronics brands like Apple and Microsoft.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Check the website for deals and occasional discount coupons.
    • There is a movie theater here.
    • There are plenty of delicious eateries onsite, such as Sullivan's Steakhouse.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 181 things to do in Indianapolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best mall in Indy 09/20/2018
    • Not stroller friendly 09/09/2018
    • The Keystone Fashion Mall
    Address:
    8702 Keystone Xing
    Indianapolis, IN 46240-7621
    Phone:
    +1 317-574-6048
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
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    Late Harvest
    Restaurants (American, Contemporary)
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    Angela A Says:

    Late Harvest prepares its global specialties with local Indiana ingredients, and the result is a fresh, innovative experience. One of the newer Indianapolis restaurants, this spot has quickly become a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Be sure to save room for the Sticky Toffee Pudding!
    • During nice weather, patrons may dine on the outdoor patio.
    • Try something new, such as the North African Vegetable Tagine.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #98 of 1,758 restaurants in Indianapolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tasty but Noisy 09/16/2018
    • Great Dinner 09/03/2018
    • Late Harvest
    Address:
    8605 River Crossing Blvd
    Indianapolis, IN 46240-2168
    Phone:
    +1 317-663-8063
    Price range:
    $25 - $45
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Children's Museum of Indianapolis
    Children's Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is the world's largest children's museum. Featuring dinosaur exhibits, a real carousel, a Barbie exhibition, and more, this is a must-see when traveling with children!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The museum offers free admission from 4-8pm on the first Thursday of every month.
    • Don't miss the Treasures of the Earth exhibition, which includes an Egyptian tomb.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 181 things to do in Indianapolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Family Attraction 09/22/2018
    • Lots of fun 09/22/2018
    • Children's Museum of Indianapolis
    Address:
    3000 N Meridian St
    Indianapolis, IN 46208-4716
    Phone:
    +1 317-334-4000
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Indianapolis Museum of Art
    Historic Sites, Gardens, Specialty Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Indianapolis Museum of Art is one of the largest and oldest art museums in the U.S., with an impressive permanent collection in its galleries and outdoor gardens, and many equally lovely special exhibits. The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, where the sculptures are beautifully integrated into the landscape, is especially worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The museum often hosts outdoor movies in the summer. Check the website for details if you are visiting during that time.
    • Be sure to allow time to view the traveling exhibitions.
    • The museum offers free admission from 4-9pm on the first Thursday of each month, as well as on several designated days throughout the year. Visit the website for details.
    • Parking is free.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 181 things to do in Indianapolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An impressive modern museum set in beautiful grounds, well worth a visit 09/20/2018
    • Heavenly Wedding Venue 09/19/2018
    • Indianapolis Museum of Art
    Address:
    4000 Michigan Rd
    Indianapolis, IN 46208-4196
    Phone:
    +1 317-923-1331
    Price range:
    $18 - $18
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Tue - Wed
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Thu
    11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Oldfields-Lilly House and Gardens
    History Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Oldfields-Lilly House and Gardens offers guests a breathtaking look into the 26-acre estate, which is set on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Scheduled guided tours are offered, and there are also free audio tours.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Admission is included with the Indianapolis Museum of Art ticket.
    • There is free parking in the museum's main lot.
    • Be sure to visit the greenhouse.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 181 things to do in Indianapolis
    • Well worth a visit alongside the Newfields art museum 09/20/2018
    • House Not for Children 08/08/2018
    • Oldfields-Lilly House and Gardens
    Address:
    Indianapolis Museum of Art
    4000 Michigan Road
    Indianapolis, IN 46208-3326
    Phone:
    +1 317-920-2660
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Tue - Wed
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Thu
    11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Dawson's on Main
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Steakhouse, Seafood)
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    Angela A Says:

    Dawson's on Main offers hearty comfort foods in a casual, friendly environment. From fluffy pretzel bread to heaping portions of ribs, you're sure to leave here feeling satisfied. And the cocktails are excellent too!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to try the Atlantic Salmon.
    • If you are in the mood for a burger, the half-pound option is delicious!
    • Looking for lunch on the go? Dawson's make great boxed lunches.
    • With umbrellas for shade, the outdoor seating is a great option in summer.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 12 restaurants in Speedway
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Service- Great Food 08/27/2018
    • Great bar style restaurant 08/11/2018
    • Dawson's on Main
    Address:
    1464 Main St
    Speedway, IN 46224-6526
    Phone:
    +1 317-247-7000
    Price range:
    $5 - $30
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    Other:
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    Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
    Auto Race Tracks, Specialty Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    Opened in 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the home of famed Indy 500 races, and its Hall of Fame Museum is a must for any racing fan. Here, visitors can enjoy memorabilia, cars, and much more.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Diehard race fans should definitely spring for the Grounds Tour, a 1.5-hour experience that guests to visit the track, victory platform, garage area, and more. You can even stand on the famous "Yard of Bricks" at the start/finish line.
    • When the track is not in use for a race, parking is free.
    • The entrance to the museum is located at the main gate.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 181 things to do in Indianapolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • attrraction 09/25/2018
    • Outstanding Experience 09/22/2018
    • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
    Address:
    4790 W 16th St
    Indianapolis, IN 46222-2550
    Phone:
    +1 317-492-6784
    Price range:
    $10 - $10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    White River State Park
    Gardens, Parks, Zoos
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    Angela A Says:

    The White River State Park is a haven for Indianapolis locals and visitors alike. The park covers more than 250 acres,and includes museums, public green areas, and plenty of recreational activities.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Rent a surrey bike to pedal the many paved trails and sidewalks.
    • Victory Field is located within the park, and it is home to the Indianapolis Indians.
    • Specially discounted park passes include admission to the museums and main attractions.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 181 things to do in Indianapolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A gem in Downtown Indy 09/14/2018
    • Segway is the way to see it all 09/05/2018
    • White River State Park
    Address:
    801 W Washington St
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-2734
    Phone:
    +1 317-233-2434
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Indiana State Museum
    Specialty Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    One of the museums in White River State Park, the Indiana State Museum offers guests the chance to learn about the history of the Hoosier state. The wide range of exhibits cover Indiana history, popular culture, local art, and important personalities.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take advantage of the opportunity to dress up in period costumes.
    • There is a separate fee for the IMAX theater, but you can save by purchasing a combo ticket.
    • Paid parking is available in the White River State Park's underground garage.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 181 things to do in Indianapolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Indiana History! 09/07/2018
    • Should study Indiana history before you go. 09/02/2018
    • Indiana State Museum
    Address:
    650 W Washington St
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-2725
    Phone:
    +1 317-232-1637
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Central Canal
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Angela A Says:

    The Central Canal is yet another wonderful attraction in White River State Park. It includes a three-mile Canal Walk, as well as the opportunity to rent kayaks or pedal boats.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • For a special experience, take a Gondola ride — just like in Venice!
    • Bring a picnic lunch!
    • Parking is available for a fee in the underground lot.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 181 things to do in Indianapolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Highlight of Downtown 09/24/2018
    • Great place for a stroll, run, etc. 09/22/2018
    • Central Canal
    Address:
    337 W 11th St
    Indianapolis, IN 46202-3001
    Phone:
    +1 317-955-2389
    Other:
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    Indianapolis Zoo
    Zoos
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    Angela A Says:

    The Indianapolis Zoo is home to more than 3800 animals across its 65 acres. The most popular attraction by far is the Dolphin Presentation, so be sure to arrive early!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The zoo is located in the White River State Park.
    • The zoo is open 30 minutes after the gates close.
    • Don't miss the plant life at White River Gardens.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 181 things to do in Indianapolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great zoo! 09/24/2018
    • Seems like it needs some capital investments 09/23/2018
    • Indianapolis Zoo
    Address:
    1200 W Washington St
    Indianapolis, IN 46222-4500
    Phone:
    +1 317-630-2001
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
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    The Eagle's Nest Restaurant
    Restaurants (American, International)
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    Angela A Says:

    The Eagle's Nest is the epitome of fine dining in downtown Indianapolis! This revolving, rooftop restaurant offers unparalleled views and a wonderful menu of steaks, seafood, and pasta.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Be sure to try the Herb Crusted Prime Rib.
    • Save room for the Vanilla Bean Cheesecake!
    • The restaurant is located at the top of the Hyatt Regency, and reservations are always strongly recommended.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #102 of 1,758 restaurants in Indianapolis
    • Not what it was years ago when I first went. 08/30/2018
    • Fabulous meal 08/27/2018
    • The Eagle's Nest Restaurant
    Address:
    1 S Capitol Ave
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-3400
    Phone:
    +1 317-616-6170
    Price range:
    $40 - $80
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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