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Top Things To Do In Indianapolis

Indianapolis is well-known for its auto racing and is home to the famous Indianapolis 500. Auto racing aside, there are several other reasons to visit Indianapolis. The state capital has museums, historical sites, and kid-friendly attractions galore. Plus, the food scene is evolving to have a offerings that range from food trucks to fine dining. Continue scrolling to see all of the best things to do in Indianapolis.

Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (50% Off)
Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (50% Off)
Chicago
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Admission for Two or Four to Muncie Children's Museum (Up to 33% Off)
Admission for Two or Four to Muncie Children's Museum (Up to 33% Off)
Muncie
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Admission for Two or Four at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park (Up to 62% Off)
Admission for Two or Four at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park (Up to 62% Off)
Hamilton
4.8
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Guided Tour of James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home for Four or Six (Up to 56% Off)
Guided Tour of James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home for Four or Six (Up to 56% Off)
Indianapolis
5.0
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$16.00 $7.00
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Guided Tour for Six People
Admission to Museum of Miniature Houses and Other Collections (Up to 33% Off). Six Options Available.
Admission to Museum of Miniature Houses and Other Collections (Up to 33% Off). Six Options Available.
Carmel
5.0
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Winery Tour for One, Two, or Four or One-Year Unlimited Pass for One from Top Shelf Tours (Up to 39% Off)
Winery Tour for One, Two, or Four or One-Year Unlimited Pass for One from Top Shelf Tours (Up to 39% Off)
Whiteland
4.8
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Adventure Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour for One, Two, Four, or Six from Wacky Walks (Up to 52% Off)
Adventure Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour for One, Two, Four, or Six from Wacky Walks (Up to 52% Off)
73 Locations
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Self-Guided Walking Adventure for One, Two, Four, or Six from Crazy Dash (Up to 52% Off)
Self-Guided Walking Adventure for One, Two, Four, or Six from Crazy Dash (Up to 52% Off)
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Single-Day Admission for Two, Three, or Four to Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame (Up to 33% Off)
Single-Day Admission for Two, Three, or Four to Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame (Up to 33% Off)
New Castle
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The city’s top attractions include more than just racing. The eclectic Indianapolis is a sports city through-and-through — the city loves its NFL football team, and features a Hall of Champions dedicated to basketball.

Some of the best things to do in Indianapolis include:

  • See an Indianapolis Colts game live at Lucas Oil Stadium
  • Basketball fans simply must stop by NCAA Hall of Champions
  • Zipline through Eagle Creek Park
  • Visit Newfields, previously known Indianapolis Museum of Arts
  • Ride a gondola at White River State Park

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Five-Course Murder-Mystery Dinner for Two, Four, or Eight at from Occasions Divine (Up to 40% Off)
Five-Course Murder-Mystery Dinner for Two, Four, or Eight at from Occasions Divine (Up to 40% Off)
Zionsville
4.4
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Murder Mystery Dinner for 2
Brit Floyd: Echoes 2020 on August 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Brit Floyd: Echoes 2020 on August 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Indianapolis
$45.50 $25.00
45% discount_off
The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show Brit Floyd - Echoes 2020 at Old National Centre on August 22, 2020
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Boney James: Solid Tour 2020 on Saturday, September 26 at 8 p.m.
Boney James: Solid Tour 2020 on Saturday, September 26 at 8 p.m.
Indianapolis
$41.25 $30.00
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Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
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$19.98 $10.00
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Through 08/01/20: One General-Admission Ticket to Any Virtual Show with a Digital Download of the album I Found Forever
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Rehab on July 30
Rehab on July 30
Indianapolis
$26.95 $15.00
44% discount_off
07/30/20 at 9 p.m.: One General-Admission Ticket
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Saved By The 90's on Saturday, July 25
Saved By The 90's on Saturday, July 25
Indianapolis
$16.64 $8.00
51% discount_off
7/25/20 at 10 p.m.: One General Admission Ticket
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"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
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Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute on Friday, July 31
Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute on Friday, July 31
Indianapolis
$26.95 $15.00
44% discount_off
07/31/20 at 9 p.m.: One General-Admission Ticket
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Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
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$10.00 $5.00
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06/25/20 at 9 p.m. ET: One General-Admission Ticket
10+ bought

When you hear the word “Indianapolis,” the Indianapolis 500 comes to mind. After you see The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, explore everything there is to see in Indianapolis.   

Popular attractions near Indianapolis include:

  • See a racing event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the world’s largest auto racetrack
  • See the Funky Bones art installation
  • Explore the exhibits and tours of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
  • Tour the Indiana Landmarks Center’s well-preserved 19th-century church
  • Go on a guided tour through Lucas Oil Stadium during the off-season

Second only to Washington D.C., Indianapolis has the largest number of war memorials. That includes Indiana World War Memorial, Soldiers and Sailors Monument, War Memorial Plaza, and more. After visiting one, try one of the following fun things to do in Indianapolis.

Exciting activities near Indianapolis include:

  • See if the historic Hannah House is truly as haunted as the rumors say
  • See the monster trucks at Speedrome
  • Visit the world’s first spinning jail cell at Rotary Jail Museum
  • Visit the Indiana State Capitol
  • See the art at Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art

There’s plenty of things to do in Indianapolis at night, like visiting sports bars and cocktail bars. If you’re looking for something new to do at night, branch out and try local theatre, arcade bars, and even piano bars.

Nighttime activities near Indianapolis include:

  • Go bowling at Action & Atomic Duckpin Bowling
  • Play Galaga, Frogger, and other classic arcade games at Tappers Arcade Bar
  • Visit The Libertine Liquor Bar for award-winning cocktails
  • Head to Howl at the Moon Indianapolis, a dueling piano bar
  • Support local theatre and acting troupes like Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT), Phoenix Theatre, Theatre on the Square, and more

Fun fact about Indianapolis: it’s home to one of the largest children’s museums in the world. Start with the Children’s Museum and explore the city’s zoos, museums, farms, and more. It’ll be difficult to run out of things to do with kids in Indianapolis.

Family-friendly things to do near Indianapolis include:

  • See the kid-friendly magic at Veal’s Ice Tree
  • Bang on bongos at Rhythm! Discovery Center
  • See the wildlife at Indianapolis Zoo
  • Visit Conner Prairie, a living history farm and museum
  • Visit the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, known for exhibits that feature pop culture, dance, space, and more

Indianapolis has too many things to learn to keep under a few roofs. Its abundant museums are scattered throughout the city, waiting to be discovered.

Things to do indoors in Indianapolis include:

  • Feel like a giant at the Museum of Miniature Houses
  • Stop by Indiana Medical History Museum for a lesson on bacteriology
  • Learn about the Speedway’s history at the 500 Museum
  • Tour the archives of the Kurt Vonnegut museum
  • Explore native cultures in a respectful way at Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

If it’s a green space you’re craving, you’re in luck. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy White River State Park, as well as the canals, sculptures, gardens, and other outdoor activities found in Indianapolis.

Outdoor activities and things to see in Indianapolis include:

  • Bike through the city with Pacers Bikeshare Program
  • Explore the ruins at Holliday Park
  • See the green only found at the Garfield Park Conservatory & Gardens
  • Go on a horseback nature tour with Natural Valley Ranch
  • Take a kayak through The Central Canal