This past weekend, we journeyed to the Crossroads of America with the kids.
Groupon was advertising a hotel stay at the Hampton Inn in downtown Indianapolis, just across from Circle Center. This $100 one night special included a room that sleeps four, valet parking, and breakfast for all. See other Groupon Midwest Hotel Deals here.
We promised the kids a weekend family trip as a wedding present and Indianapolis proved to be the perfect destination for some weekend family fun! From St. Louis, the drive is approximately 3.5 hours.
See below for a list of Family Fun activities in Indy:
1.) The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
The WORLDS LARGEST children’s museum is here in Indy! This played a major factor in our selection for a weekend family trip. The museum is five stories high and receives approximately 1 million visitors annually. Some of the exhibits include; Dinosphere, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Take Me There: China, Fireworks of Glass, and Treasures of the Earth. The exhibits are interactive and it is easy to spend an entire day here!
2.) Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
Step back in time with the kids at this fun interactive history park. To see all this Park has to offer, it is recommended you visit in the spring-fall months when all the attractions are open. However, the kids still had a blast inside learning how to build an electric circuit, learning how airplanes fly, and how windmills use the wind as energy. We plan to venture back in the summer to experience the outdoor activities such as: The 1863 Civil War Journey and the 1859 Balloon Voyage.
3.) Canal Walk
When visiting a new city, it is fun (and cheap) to get out and explore on foot. Luckily, The Canal Walk was just 7-10 minutes from our hotel. The Canal Walk is a three mile path, which runs alongside the Central Canal in downtown Indianapolis. This Canal was dug in the early 1800s to assist with trade. Today, it is the perfect spot for the outdoorsy type. Head down here for a scenic waterfront walk, or rent a kayak and paddle around the waters. You are guaranteed some picturesque views of the city as well!
4.) NCAA Hall of Champions
This Museum educates visitors about the NCAA, the 23 sports involved, and the member universities. There are two floors to the building, with the first floor displaying facts and uniforms, and featuring a video about the NCAA and its athletes. The second floor includes various hands on exhibits. Here you will find a 1930s basketball court and a multisport interactive game on the big screen among other things. The museum isn’t very big, and it was only $5 admission for adults and $3 for kids, but the kids had a blast checking out the interactive activities. We only spent about an hour and a half here, but it was worth the money. If you are planning to drive, parking is convenient with an underground lot. Enter the lot directly in front of the Museum of American Indians and Western Art.
5.) “Mass Ave”
Short for Massachusetts Avenue. We came here for lunch on Sunday to eat at the BRU Burger Bar, and really enjoyed the eclectic scenery. This five block street features trendy boutiques, public artwork, unique restaurants, and great people watching!
Unfortunately, our time was limited to a weekend for this trip, but we are excited to return and experience more!
Additional attractions include:
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Museum of American Indians and Western Art
- Indianapolis Museum of Art
- Indiana State Museum
- Indianapolis Zoo
Indiana World War Memorial Plaza
Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument
USS Indianapolis Memorial
- Indianapolis Colts Game (Football)
- Indiana Pacers (Basketball)
Have you ever visited Indy? What were some of our favorite activities?