From sports to cultural facilities and fine cuisines, Indianapolis has everything to offer. Indianapolis has six official Cultural Districts, which are major centers for tourism, commerce and residential living. Also, it has been referred to as "The Amateur Sports Capital of the World". The city is well known for having hosted major events such as the 1987 Pan American Games, the NCAA Basketball Tournament and is probably most famous for annually hosting the Indianapolis 500. Common nicknames for Indianapolis include Indy, the Crossroads of America, and the Circle City. Some of the most interesting options for visitors include:
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
3000 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208-4716
This is the largest children's museum in the world. The facility is more than 400,000 square feet large and houses eleven major galleries that explore the physical and natural sciences, history, world cultures and the arts. Also, there's a planetarium and a theater with children's plays and live entertainment.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hall of Fame Museum
4790 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a landmark in the city, attracting annually visitors from all over the country, when it hosts the biggest single-day sporting events in the world, the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400. The museum traces race car history, including a display of restored speed demons, starting with the first Indy winner in 1911. There are more than 30 Indianapolis 500 winning cars. The theatre presents a 20-minute film depicting the history of the track and race highlights. Also, there is a bus tours around the track, available when track is not in use for racing or testing.
Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis IN 46208-3326
The Indianapolis Museum of Art, founded in 1883, is among the largest and oldest general art museums in the United States. Most remarcable is the European Collection that includes formative works by Gaugin and members belonging to the School of Pont-Aven. A vast diversity of African art also stands out at the museum.
1200 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222
Within walking distance from downtown, the Zoo is one of Indianapolis' best places to enjoy the outdoors. The complex includes Indiana's largest aquarium, open exhibit areas with 350 different animal species and seasonal pony, train and family roller coaster rides. Visitors to the Indianapolis Zoo are encouraged to make contact with animals in the Encounters Biome where animals like rabbits and llamas interact with humans.
Indiana State Museum
650 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
The Indiana State Museum in White River State Park is the state's gathering place to explore the state's past, present and future through exhibits inviting exploration and discovery of art, science, history and culture. On should not miss the fine arts collection that highlights works by native artists and the pop culture artifacts where vintage clothing and accessories, toys and personal grooming items are on display.