|Indianapolis: Top Five Summer Must-Dos
|As summer kicks into full swing in Indianapolis, and with $3 billion in new tourism products online, visitors will find plenty of new entertainment in the Circle City.Here are the top five things you must do in Indy this summer:
- THE SUMMER HUB—White River State Park, Indy’s 250-acre urban greenspace is home to eight family-friendly attractions and a central canal filled with paddleboats and gondolas. Stop by the Indianapolis Zoo, one of Indy’s most popular attractions greeting over one million visitors a year, to see the new Flights of Fancy: A Brilliance of Birds exhibit. You’ll explore three interactive aviaries, feed and even hold a few exotic birds. Be sure to head to The Lawn to experience the perfect atmosphere for a summer concert.
- TRAVEL BACK IN TIME: Head north to Conner Prairie Interactive History Park to explore the newly renovated 1836 Prairietown. This interactive exhibit allows you to become a true pioneer and experience life in small town Indiana. You’ll feed the animals, earn money through odd jobs on the farm and even spend it at the newly remodeled Whitaker’s Store. Revamped with a new entryway, new structures and new adventures, Prairietown is now more exciting than ever before.
- HOOSIER HISTORY—Avoid summer brain drain when you explore the Indiana Historical Society. Located on Indy’s picturesque downtown canal, the Indiana Historical Society is home to numerous new exhibits including the “You are There 1955—Ending Polio” experience. Literally step back in time, immersing yourself in 1955 when polio was at high risk and a vaccine was on its way. Ask your own questions to real characters living through the days of polio. Once you arrive back in 2012, grab lunch at the Stardust Café while you enjoy a beautiful view of the Canal.
- PEDAL & EXPLORE—Indy is putting the finishing touches on its newest tourism project—the Cultural Trail. The $63 million, 8-mile urban pathway connects all six of Indy’s cultural districts. Visitors, who want to take advantage of the Trail on wheels, can rent a bike from a local hotel or Indy’s downtown bike hub and explore. Active Indy Tours also provides daily biking, walking, and running tours that showcase Indy hidden gems and historical surprises along the Trail.
- ACRES OF AMAZEMENT—The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s 100 Acres: Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park is anything but hands-off. Visitors can enjoy exploring the park’s eight large scale art installments, including the park’s newest addition, Chop Stix—a new outdoor pavilion crafted out of a 100-foot tall tulip tree. Don’t forget to stop by Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture for the perfect photo op.
Looking for more inspiration for an exciting summer? Visit visitIndy.com for more information.
- Maralyn D. Hill
Maralyn D. Hill, The Epicurean Explorer
President, International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association
Blogs: Where and What in the World & Success with Writing
Follow me: @maralynhill
FB: http://www.facebook.com/The.Epicurean.Explorer,, http://www.facebook.com/WhereandWhat.intheWorld, http://www.facebook.com/Success.With.Writing