Indianapolis, Indiana, is the perfect city to visit if you want to experience city life but also want to enjoy some small-town vibes. In and around the city, you can choose from numerous places to explore, like museums, zoos, and restaurants. If you're here for a festival, live music or charity event, you'll also feel a strong sense of community. You're only a drive away from a day of adventure waiting to happen.

White River State Park

White River State Park is an urban park located directly in the middle of downtown Indianapolis next to the White River. Within its 267 acres are numerous attractions to keep you entertained. Many of the well-known activities in Indianapolis are located here, such as the Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Zoo, White River Gardens, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Victory Field, and more.

Eiteljorg Museum

The Eiteljorg Museum, which opened in 1989, collects and exhibits Native American and Western art and tells the story of the North American people. It's a collection of art spanning over 200 years and helps provide a historical context into how North America came to be.

There are also pieces of art created by current Native American artists. There is an entire collection dedicated to contemporary Native American art complete with paintings, sculptures, and mixed media demonstrating their take on the past and present.

Eagle Creek Park

Eagle Creek Park is located just outside the city of Indianapolis. The park itself consists of 3,900 acres of woods and ponds and has over 1,300 acres of reservoir, so there is plenty to see while you're there. The park boasts numerous activities for guests visiting for the day as well as for year-round visitors. Some of the activities you can partake in consist of:

  • Go Ape TreeTop Adventure: Go Ape includes a three-hour treetop adventure course that consists of five zip lines, rope ladders, rope swings and 39 crossings.
  • Bark Park: If you live in the area, consider buying a Pooch Pass to take your four-legged friend with you to enjoy the company of other unleashed dogs at the dog park.
  • Golf course: The Eagle Creek Golf Club has 36 holes and allows you to enjoy a day of golfing in a natural setting with rolling terrain and wetlands.
  • Water sports: Eagle Creek Outfitters offers rentals, such as kayaks, canoes, rowboats, paddleboats and paddleboards so you can enjoy a day out on the water.
  • Picnics and playgrounds: If you're looking for a relaxed day to enjoy the fresh air, consider finding one of the many picnic or playground areas throughout the park.
  • Cross-country skiing: If you're in the area in the thick of winter and the snow is above four inches, come take a leisurely ski around a three-mile trail in the park.

Children's Museum of Indianapolis

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is at the top of many people's places to see while they're in the city. It's the world's largest children's museum with over 130,000 artifacts, so it's easy to see why it's loved by not just children but adults as well. The museum has year-round indoor and outdoor exhibits from March through November. Some of the indoor exhibits include:

  • Dino Hub: Discover T. rex bones and other dinosaur fossils.
  • All aboard!: Travel back to the 1890s in Madison, Indiana and explore the Reuben Wells steam engine, where you can operate the switches of a track, design a railroad, or sell tickets at the train station.
  • Treasures of the Earth: Explore the recreations of multiple ancient mysteries by visiting an archaeology lab, deciphering hieroglyphics, and taking a simulated journey in an Egyptian tomb.

The museum frequently changes its exhibits, so if you're interested to see what other exhibits are currently there as well as the ones they plan on adding in the future, consider checking out their website for the latest updates.

Indianapolis Zoo

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The Indianapolis Zoo is located near the downtown area and has animals from all over the world. The zoo has five distinct sections where wildlife lives: Plains, Deserts, Forests, Flights of Fancy, and Oceans. Each section includes animals that typically live in that ecosystem. The fifth section, Flights of Fancy, includes a variety of warm-weather birds, such as crested wood partridges and flamingos, that fly freely through the Flights of Fancy zone when weather permits during warmer months.

The Indianapolis Zoo also has exhibits and attractions for the whole family. One exhibit includes the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center, which boasts one of the biggest groups of orangutans of all American zoos. Another exhibit is the White River Gardens, which lures you into its lush escape from city life into the Hilbert Conservatory. The conservatory is a 5,000-foot glass oasis of tropical plants and flowers.

If you enjoy a more hands-on experience, the zoo also offers other options to keep you entertained. You can feed the flamingos, a lorikeet or budgie, or even a giraffe! It has rides kids can enjoy, such as the endangered species carousel, and you can even see the zoo by way of a train. It also has a roller coaster that's ideal for the whole family to enjoy. Other attractions include the nation's largest shark touch pool and a play area for children up to age 5.

Indianapolis is a great place to explore Indiana's rich history and provides you the opportunity to enjoy both the city life and a little slice of nature. Tom Wood Auto Group is here to help you with what you need, whether you're looking for new places to explore or looking for a new vehicle to take you on all of life's adventures. 

We're passionate about serving the Indianapolis community and we'd be happy to help you find the perfect car for your family to explore the area. Did we miss your favorite local place to visit? If so, let us know and we'll add it to the list. We can't wait to see where you go!

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