There are all kinds of wonderful and interesting cities across the United States that are just waiting to be explored. One such metropolis that draws in more than 28 million visitors per year, is the capital of Indiana, Indianapolis. While you may not instantly think of this city as a hot travel destination, tourism is a major sector of the city’s economy. So, what is it that draws so many visitors to Indianapolis? There is no one thing; rather, it’s a host of activities, attractions, sights, shopping, and dining rolled into one.
If you’ve got a trip planned to Indianapolis and you’re wondering what should be on your must-see list, you’re going to want to read on.
The Indianapolis Escape Room
Yes, you read that correctly - an actual escape room. The Indianapolis Escape Room from Breakout Games is an absolute must-visit for anyone who enjoys adrenaline-pumping activities. You and your friends or family members will be locked in a room for 60 minutes while you rush around trying to find a clue, solve puzzles, and escape before the time runs out. If you love mysteries then you're going to love this adventure-based activity that will challenge your mind and your problem-solving skills.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Not only is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a great place to visit, it's also legendary in the state and the whole country. The track was opened in 1909 and has since been home to all kinds of exciting race events. It's the home of the Brickyard 400 and Indianapolis 500, both of which are world-famous racing events. Be sure to check out the events in advance of your visit so you can purchase tickets.
For the animal lovers out there, the Indianapolis Zoo is another landmark in that it was the first in the nation to get the accreditation as an aquarium, zoo, and botanical garden. You'll be able to visit with the more than 1,400 animals and fish on exhibit and explore the 31,000 plants that makes it feel natural and unique. It's a great day out for the family or a couples date.
White River State Park
If you’re the adventure-minded type, then a visit to White River State Park is an absolute must. The park features trails, green spaces, and waterways all winding together to create a 250-acre nature experience right in the middle of the city. It's a wonderful way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and take part in a variety of outdoor activities. The park is also home to a number of events throughout the year, so again, it's wise to check the calendar in advance so you don't miss out.
This is just a small glimpse of what Indianapolis has to offer to visitors. Other standouts include the Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Central Canal, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and various historic sites such as the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.