Visitors should be ready for plentiful places to eat and a plethora of things to do in Indianapolis. Parks, museums, historical sites, sporting events and a speedway present pleasant options for convention attendees who wish to explore the area.
Where to Eat
Goose the Market
A market of cured meats and cheeses, Goose the Market also offers five different sandwiches each day. Everything in the market is sourced within the State of Indiana. Ranked by Bon Appetit as one of the Top 10 U.S. sandwich shops.
Locally owned gourmet pizza
Offers a large selection of delicious burgers. Located on Mass Avene in the arts and theater district.
Enjoy a gyro from Grecian Garden, chicken tacos from Las Tapatas or a smoothie from Natural Born Juicers — followed closely by a cookie from Circle City Sweets.
USA Today called it one of America's greatest delis.
Trader's Point Creamery
A 120-acre organic dairy farm. Its “Loft” restaurant is open year-round and is on the top floor of the barn where the creamery is located. Trader's Point products can be found on the shelves of Whole Foods nationwide.
What to Do
Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indy Racing Experience
Tour the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track from a bus or with a professional driver in a real Indy car with a second seat carved behind the driver. Experience the same speeds and g-forces as the professional drivers at the Indy 500.
Five floors of fun and excitement await at the world’s biggest children’s museum.
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Enjoy free admission to one of the largest general art museums in the United States. It offers 54,000 works in a collection spanning 5,000 years of art.
The museum sits on 152 acres, including the 100-acre Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, where visitors can experience site-specific works and sculptures in the great outdoors.
Eagle Creek Park
Explore Eagle Creek Park is the sixth-largest municipal park in the United States. Enjoy more than 3,900 acres of wooded terrain and more than 1,300 acres of water. The park offers biking, hiking and canoeing. Surround yourself in nature.
Indianapolis is a natural destination for people who love sports.
Tour the home of the Colts and host of Super Bowl XLVI — Lucas Oil Stadium. Cheer on the Indiana Fever, a women’s professional basketball team, at Conseco Fieldhouse. Catch a minor league baseball game at the Indianapolis Indians’ Victory Field, which Sports Illustrated called “the Best Minor League Ballpark in America.”
- The Indians are at home Aug. 26, 27 and 31.
- The Fever are at home Aug 28.
Indy is also home to celebrated golf course designer Pete Dye. Play some of his best work, including Brickyard Crossing, a course built in the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
White River State Park
Rent bikes, paddleboats, or Segway personal vehicles on the Central Canal, right in the middle of White River State Park. Or, relax in a Venetian-style gondola (with a driver who dresses and sings the part) as you discover some of the “46 for XLVI” murals created by local and national artists in preparation for Super Bowl XLVI.
Check out the in-water dolphin experience and the world’s largest shark touch tank at the Indianapolis Zoo — one of Trip Advisor's Top Ten in America.
The NCAA is headquartered in Indy, and the NCAA Hall of Champions showcases the history of collegiate athletics in an interactive way.
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art features one of the finest collections of its kind in the United States.
Discover art, science and culture at the State Museum, or watch a film on the IMAX Theater’s six-and-a-half story screen.
The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, a three-story Italianate mansion, is a National Historic Landmark and was home of the 23rd president of the United States.
Also nearby is the home of poet James Whitcomb Riley. Many of his belongings are showcased in one of the finest Victorian preservations in the country.
Tour the many monuments and memorials that make Indianapolis the city with the second-most monuments in the country. Only Washington, D.C., has more.
Connor Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers lets visitors travel back in time to a pioneer village and Victorian farm to discover what life was like in the past.
More information: www.visitindy.com