Ask yourself where you’d like to go for a family get-away, and Indianapolis likely isn’t the first place to pop into your mind. However, this epic midwestern city is large enough to offer world-class, unique family fun and still small enough to get around in with few traffic problems. Whether your family enjoys sports, museums, concerts, or water, you can do it all in Indianapolis with kids.
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Only Indianapolis can boast of the largest single-day sporting event, and it happens on Memorial Day every year: The Indy500 race. This event has grown more family friendly, offering free admission for kids under age 12, a free KidZone, and Trac Scan during the race.
If you can’t make the race, you can live the experience in other ways. Visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and tour the Dallara IndyCar Factory that offers hands-on exhibits and interactive play.
Indianapolis offers a second “greatest” besides the Indy500 — The Indianapolis Children’s Museum is the largest in the world, and you will quickly understand why when you go. It features five floors of interactive learning – enough to keep kids of every age busy for more than a day. When looking for activities to do in Indianapolis with kids, this is the one for sure!Top 5 Activities To Do In Indianapolis With Kids Click To Tweet
This 250-acre, urban park offers so many activities and cultural attractions, you’ll find difficulty in choosing what you want to do (so do it all!). You can enjoy the Indianapolis Zoo; you can visit several museums, including the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the Indiana State Museum, and the NCAA Hall of Champions. You can enjoy showings at the IMAX Theater. Take in a baseball game with the AAA, Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians, at Victory Field.
While you’re enjoying the downtown area, be sure to visit the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Monument Circle located in the center of the city.
Conner Prairie recreates life in the 19th century with staff in historical clothing doing chores such as cooking, making pottery, and living off the land. Conner Prairie also holds a craft corner and indoor play area as well. During the summer months, you can bring a picnic and enjoy fabulous music when you attend Symphony on the Prairie each weekend.
Believe it or not, you have plenty of water options in Indy, making the city feel not so landlocked. You can find numerous parks that offer kayaking or pontoon opportunities, including the Eagle Creek Outfitters and Adventure Outpost inside Eagle Creek Park. Speaking of this park, Eagle Creek Park is home to the only swimming beach within Indy’s borders, located on the sandy banks of Eagle Creek Reservoir.
If you want your children to enjoy splash pads and spray parks, nearly 20 and all but one, Willard Park, are free. If the entire family enjoys a bit more of an adrenaline rush, head to nearby Carmel (just a few minutes outside Indianapolis) to the Carmel Clay Waterpark and try the Flowrider watersurf simulator!
There is so much more to see and do in Indianapolis with kids that’s not listed; whatever your interest is, you most likely will find it here. Indeed, Indy is the place to make great family memories!