About Indianapolis

by SmarterTravel Staff
Indianapolis skyline at sunset (Photo: Indianapolis CVB)

High-speed action is only part of the fun in Indianapolis. The city best known for its annual car race also delivers living history, lively neighborhoods, and more sporting activities than you can shake a stick at.

Indianapolis offers many ways to open doors to the past. At the Conner Prairie interactive history park, visitors can immerse themselves in the nineteenth century, exploring a working farm, trading post, or blacksmith shop. At the Indiana Historical Society and The Indiana State Museum, visitors can delve into Hoosier history. And no visit is complete without a stop at the world's largest museum for kids, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis .


Indianapolis is a city that takes its sports seriously. Not only is it famous for the Indianapolis 500 car race, it's also home to the NCAA headquarters and Hall of Champions, and the NBA's Indiana Pacers. Indianapolis has also hosted a PGA Championship and U.S. Olympic swimming trials, and has the 8,000 seat Indianapolis Tennis Center.

Discover Indianapolis' neighborhoods and you'll find the heart and soul of the city. Wander the three-mile Canal Walk to discover public art and gardens, plus the Indianapolis Zoo and many museums. Hit the Fountain Square historic district and shop at more than 200 antique stores and art galleries. Indulge in some al fresco dining at a restaurant in the Broad Ripple Village neighborhood. Or dance the night away in the Wholesale District.

Flights to Indianapolis arrive and depart from the expanded Indianapolis International Airport, just 15 minutes from downtown.

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