5 Great Things About Indianapolis for Families

This is a sponsored post but all opinions shared are those of my own.

How does your family pick your vacation destinations?  Many times we spend time doing a great deal of research on family friendly things to do at destinations that interest us, to see which would be the perfect fit.  Ideally we make our selection based upon what fits our family’s interests.  But the reality is there are so many amazing places to visit and see.  As we study the states in our homeschooling, we’ve been doing some research on things we would enjoy doing in each state, today I’m going to share a few amazing things we found in the state of Indiana.  Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana so it was the perfect location to research.

photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Zoo

5 Great Things About Indianapolis for Families

  1. Experience History at Conner Prairie – With homeschooling, we always look for ways to pull education and hands on learning into our travels.  Conner Prairie does just that, it combines history with science and cultural heritage through hands on learning.  The 800 acres of property houses a Makesmith Workshop full of hands on activities, a barn full of livestock, a Prairietown, a camp modeled after the way the Lenape Indians lived, a tethered balloon to soar high above the ground, a treetop outpost and so much more.  It truly seems like a reason in itself to visit Indianapolis.
  2. Indianapolis Zoo – Here you can truly take a trip around the world while you experience nearly 2,000 animals, a botanical garden with 2,000 varieties of plants and aquarium.  The zoo is located downtown in the heart of the White River State park.  My children love animals and visiting local zoos are always a highlight.
  3. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – Close to downtown, this interactive learning museum has five floors of fun.  I think we could get lost inside for days with everything from dinosaurs the size of buildings and real fossils to the larger than life Bumblebee from the movie Transformers.  My oldest would get lost in the gallery that is dedicated to the men and women of space exploration.  It contains a recreation of portions of the International Space Station and an immersive experience in the Schaefer Planetarium & Space Object Theater.  Buried treasure more your thing?  No worries, visit with real archaeologists who examine treasures uncovered from over the world, including a shipwreck in the Caribbean.  And art lovers will be amazed by the 43-foot-tall Fireworks of Glass of Dale Chihuly.
  4. Indianapolis Motor Speedway – If you have one in the family who has a need for speed, the Indy Race Experience has now opened a new program that allows children as young as 12 to experience the speed (approximately 60 mph) of racing on the speedway.  It is truly a bucketlist item for many.
  5. White River State Park – This park is located in downtown Indianapolis and has so much nature to be explored by bike, boat, Segway or foot.  If you decide you would like to experience more, there is the Indianapolis Zoo, White River Gardens, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the NCAA Hall of Champions, the IMAX Theater and the Indiana State Museum are all close by to explore.

Of course there are so many other things to do in Indianapolis, but we usually try to pick five so we can truly enjoy our time, experience each place to the full and not be rushed.  Whenever we visit new places, I love to check out the real estate, so I couldn’t help but peak at homes for sale Indianapolis.

Some say I’ve got a gypsy heart.  I’m thankful for the ability to travel and see new places to feed my curiosity (and my gypsy heart) and to create family memories.

Have you been to Indianapolis, Indiana?

 
Should there bye something added to our list when we do get to visit Indiana some day in the future?

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