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Guide to Indianapolis for Families

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Indianapolis is home to the largest children's museum in the world, and offers a diverse multitude of family adventures in and around the city.

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  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveler
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Children's Museums

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

Auto Race Tracks, Specialty Museums

Indianapolis Zoo

Zoos

White River State Park

Gardens, Parks, Zoos

Rhythm! Discovery Center

Specialty Museums

Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course

Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Historic Sites, Gardens, Specialty Museums

Rustic Driving Range & Miniature Golf

Mini Golf

Richard Petty Driving Experience

Theme Parks

Wheel Fun Rentals

Gear Rentals

Tim A's City Tips

  • Many attractions in the downtown area are within walking distance of each other.
  • Indianapolis is home to pro sports and race car tracks — be sure to include them in your itinerary!
  • Indianapolis has great public transportation provided by IndyGo.
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    Children's Museum of Indianapolis
    Children's Museums
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    Tim A Says:

    The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is one of the most intriguing adventures you will experience, offering interactive learning areas for the whole family across its five floors. Travel back in time with large collections of dinosaur fossils or gaze at the 43-foot tall one of a kind glass sculpture hanging overhead... Whatever you choose to do, you are sure to be amazed by the wonders of the Children's Museum.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Free parking is available in the Illinois Street garage.
    • The Children's Museum offers coat check, self service lockers, and stroller rentals at nominal fees.
    • There is food available with options for those who have food allergies and sensitivities.
    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 Motor Speedway Museum
    Auto Race Tracks, Specialty Museums
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    Tim A Says:

    Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hall of Fame Museum is a registered National Historic Landmark. If you love auto racing, then this is a must while in Indianapolis. This place offers race fans the opportunity to revel in their favorite racing sport, with automobiles from IndyCar, NASCAR, Formula One, Sprint, Midget, motorcycle races, and drag racing.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Children under the age of 5 enter for free.
    • Track tours on the massive 2.5 mile oval track are available, weather and special events permitting.
    • There is free parking with the exception of race days or other events.
    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:
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    Indianapolis Zoo
    Zoos
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    Tim A Says:

    The Indianapolis Zoo boasts over 65 acres of beautiful landscapes and animals of all kinds. With lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!), the kids are sure to have an amazing experience. The Indianapolis Zoo is home to over 250 different types of animals, plus a lovely White River Gardens for those with a green thumb.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Purchase your tickets in advance for special discounts.
    • Make sure wear your most comfortable shoes.
    • Make sure to get your tickets for the dolphin presentation right when you walk in the gates, as it fills up quickly.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 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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    White River State Park
    Gardens, Parks, Zoos
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    Tim A Says:

    Hop on bikes with the family and take your time riding along one of the many bike trails, experiencing memorable stops along the way. With over 250 acres of waterways and green spaces, White River State Park is the perfect place for a little relaxation right inside the city.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring a blanket and have a picnic.
    • Make sure to use plenty of sunscreen!
    • Bike and boat rentals are an inexpensive, fun ways to experience the park!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 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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    Rhythm! Discovery Center
    Specialty Museums
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    Tim A Says:

    The Rhythm! Discovery Center is a must-see while in Indianapolis. Check out the famous drum kits played by celebrities and help the kids explore the world of rhythm. Like the beating of your heart, the interactive exhibits will have your blood flowing.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Check the website for special discounts.
    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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    Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course
    Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    Tim A Says:

    At Go Ape Treetop Adventure, you and the whole family have a chance to enjoy a massive zip line, tree adventures, boating, swimming, hiking trails, and a shooting range.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are a few age, height, and weight requirements for activities. Check the website in advance.
    • Make sure to book your adventure in advance, as spots tend to fill up fast.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 21 Outdoor Activities in Indianapolis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A great time! 09/11/2018
    • A FUN workout! 09/04/2018
    • Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course
    Address:
    5901 Delong Rd
    Indianapolis, IN 46254-9797
    Phone:
    +1 800-971-8271
    Price range:
    $58 - $58
    Other:
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    Indianapolis Museum of Art
    Historic Sites, Gardens, Specialty Museums
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    Tim A Says:

    The Indianapolis Museum of Art displays art from all around the world. The Ancient and Native American art sections of the collection are especially cool to look around with with kids. Be sure to also visit the outdoor sculpture gallery!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is free WiFi available, for those interested in more information on the art on display.
    • For families with children, the museum offers strollers free of charge.
    • Please check the bag size restrictions.
    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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    Rustic Driving Range & Miniature Golf
    Mini Golf
    Tim A Says:

    The Rustic Driving Range & Miniature Golf is not your normal run-of-the-mill putt-putt golf. With three unique mini golf courses, you are sure to be challenged like never before. The 9-, 18-, and 27-hole mini golf courses are made with real grass, rocks, and sand to simulate playing a round of real, professional golf.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is also a driving range.
    • Restrooms are scattered throughout the courses.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 66 Fun & Games in Indianapolis
    • Mini Golf Challenging Course 06/25/2018
    • Old school mini golf 05/30/2018
    • Rustic Driving Range & Miniature Golf
    Address:
    5955 Terrace Ave
    Indianapolis, IN 46203-2564
    Phone:
    +1 317-353-6493
    Other:
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    Richard Petty Driving Experience
    Theme Parks
    Tim A Says:

    The Richard Petty Driving Experience is not for the faint of heart. If you have ever wondered what it's like to be behind the wheel of one of the fastest automobiles in the world, then this is for you. You choose your destiny... whether it be driving or riding as a passenger.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Gift cards are available for purchase for that special family member.
    • Sign up ahead of time to receive special offers and discounts.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #100 of 181 things to do in Indianapolis
    • Awesome experience !!!!! 07/23/2017
    • What a wonderful experience!! 07/18/2017
    • Richard Petty Driving Experience
    Address:
    4790 W 16th St
    Indianapolis, IN 46222-2550
    Phone:
    +1 800-237-3889
    Other:
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    Wheel Fun Rentals
    Gear Rentals
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    Tim A Says:

    Wheel Fun Rentals offers a wide selection of bike rentals from low-to-the-ground style bikes — such as the chopper, quad sport, or deuce coupe — to surreys and city bikes. Ride your bikes down the different paths to experience other great Indianapolis hot spots along the way.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Last rentals are one hour prior to closing.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 21 Outdoor Activities in Indianapolis
    • Nice pedal boat ride 09/02/2018
    • Fun Sunday morning activity! 07/10/2018
    • Wheel Fun Rentals
    Address:
    801 W Washington St
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-2734
    Phone:
    +1 317-767-5072
    Other:
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