When to Visit Indianapolis

by SmarterTravel Staff

With affordable prices and mild weather, Indianapolis can be a prime vacation destination year-round. However, a particularly popular time to visit is the summer, when the weather is warm and auto races attract major crowds.

Traditionally, the least popular time to go is during the colder months of winter, but many visitors still come to shop for the holidays. Spring can be an ideal time to visit, with mild temperatures and spring-break-related activities.

  • high season: May to August
  • low season: October to February
  • shoulder season: March to April, September

Weather Information

Indianapolis experiences four seasons, with balmy summers, chilly winters, and a pleasant spring and fall. Summer temperatures reach average highs in the mid-80s, while winter receives the heaviest snow and average highs in the mid- to upper 30s. Spring and fall are the mildest seasons, with highs averaging in the 50s and 70s.

Crowd Information

The city gets busy in the warm summer months, particularly during major sporting events such as the Indianapolis 500 in May and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard in July.

Closure Information

Most hotels, shops, and restaurants remain open year-round.

When to Save

Indianapolis can be affordable anytime of year. However, the most expensive times to visit are during special events, holidays, and conventions.

Information provided by the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association.

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