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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.

When To Go

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