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Indianapolis offers a diverse variety of attractions for visitors of all ages. For complete details on any of the ones listed, please call 1-(800)-323-INDY.

Central Canal
Most of the 10 l/2 block area has been transformed into a garden-like oasis with lush landscaping, fountains, street lamps, walkways, a pedestrian bridge, jogging paths and murals depicting scenes of life in Indiana. Pedal boats are available during warm weather months.

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is the world's largest and was voted as the Number 1 museum in the Midwest in a national public poll. The five-story museum houses 100,000 artifacts in 10 major galleries that explore the physical and natural sciences, history, foreign cultures and the arts.

Circle Centre
49 W. Maryland St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 681-8000
FAX (317) 681-5650
Nordstrom, Parisian, Godiva Chocolatier and Aldo Shoes, along with more than 100 shopping, dining and entertainment options. Let us customize your next group event with our dance venues, innovative game play or photo scavenger hunts. Meeting facilities and party rooms available.

Hilbert Circle Theatre
Built in 1916, the Hilbert Circle Theatre was prominent as the Midwest's best-known performance house for traveling entertainers, silent movies, world premiere features, classical concerts and talking motion pictures. It is now the home of the internationally acclaimed Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Conner Prairie
In a review of seven living-history museums including Colonial Williamsburg, Conner Prairie was the only museum which received U. S. News & World Report's highest rating in both authenticity and entertainment. Visitors experience many authentic frontier activities, including a camp meeting, a wedding celebration and the process of preserving a hog-from butcherin' to stuffin' to smokin'.

Conseco Fieldhouse
The retro-styled, state-of-the-art facility stands as a monument to Indiana's rich basketball tradition. The fieldhouse is home to the NBA's Indiana Pacers, the WNBA Indiana Fever, and the AFL Indiana Firebirds as well as being a venue for hockey, soccer, concerts and shows.

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is a museum whose unusual architecture complements the art that is displayed. The American Western collection includes paintings and bronzes and the Native American gallery consists of art from 10 regions of North America and features pottery, basketry and clothing.

IMAX Theatre
Experience a movie like never before. Whether you are watching a 3D or 2D movie, the six-story screen and digital sound system make you feel like you're in the movies.

Indiana Historical Society
Established in 1830, the Indiana Historical Society is an independent, non-profit organization that serves to collect, preserve and interpret Indiana history. These Indiana treasures are housed in the four-story, state-of-the-art facility, which is located along the historic Central Canal.

Indiana Statehouse
Completed in 1888 and built of Indiana limestone, this Renaissance Revival-style structure has been the center of Indiana government for more than 100 years. Focal points are the stained-glass rotunda, Supreme Court, House and Senate chambers and the governor's office.

Indiana State Museum
This world class institution is a showplace for Indiana's cultural and natural history. The museum complex, located in White River State Park, lets visitors explore Indiana's past, present and future through exhibits related to the state's arts, culture and natural history.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
To test and showcase automobiles, entrepreneur Carl Graham Fisher formed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Completed in 1909, the 2 -mile oval began to host automobile and motorcycle races. On May 30, 1911, the Speedway hosted the first Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. It is also the home for the NASCAR Brickyard 400 and the Formula-One United States Grand Prix racing events.

Hall of Fame Museum
Approximately 75 cars are always on display, representing a widely diversified collection of early day passenger cars, European sports cars, motorcycles and other special interest vehicles, plus more than one third of all the 500 winners, including the 1911 winning Marmon "Wasp."

Brickyard Crossing
Designed by Pete Dye, Brickyard Crossing is an 18-hole championship golf course that can host major PGA or USGA events. "The Nation's Most Unique Links" Brickyard Crossing promises a golf experience unlike any other.

Indianapolis Museum of Art
Founded in 1883, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is one of the oldest art museums in the country. It's also one of the nation's largest general art museums, with permanent collections of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and photographs, decorative arts, textiles and costumes. The museum is located on 52 acres of landscaped grounds that include a historic country estate and formal and informal gardens. The museum complex also features a working greenhouse and garden store, restaurants and shops.

Indianapolis Raceway Park
IRP is perhaps the world's finest special event auto racing facility. They host more than 100 dates of racing on the quarter-mile drag-strip, .686-mile paved oval and 2.4 mile road course. Hosts for the NHRA U.S. Nationals, NASCAR Busch Series, Goodguys Hot Rod Nationals and many others.

Indianapolis Zoo
Opened in 1988, the $64 million Indianapolis Zoo is one of the few new zoos to be built from the ground up and is the nation's only accredited combined zoo, aquarium and botanical garden. Its facilities include the world's second-largest, fully-enclosed, environmentally controlled dolphin pavilion and the state's largest aquarium. The "cageless" zoo features nearly 4,000 animals in simulated natural habitats and 1,900 species of plants.

Madame Walker Theatre Center
Listed as a National Historic Landmark, the Madame Walker Theatre Center four-story building stands as a memorial to Madame C. J. Walker, America's first female self-made millionaire. She made her fortune by manufacturing hair care products for African-Americans. Erected and embellished with African and Egyptian motifs, the theater where Louis Armstrong and Lena Horne once played is now used for plays, concerts and entertainment.

Medal of Honor Memorial
The memorial honors 3,432 Medal of Honor recipients, which is awarded by Congress for military valor. The memorial represents 15 different conflicts and is composed of 27 curved walls of glass. Each day at dusk, the memorial's sound system plays recorded stories of medal winners or of the conflicts in which they fought.

NCAA Hall of Champions
From the first track and field championship in 1921, to the flavor, pageantry and tradition of today's NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) national championships in 22 sports, the NCAA Hall of Champions celebrates the journey of the student-athlete. Two levels of exhibits feature interactive displays and multimedia presentations to discover what it means to become a champion from a student-athlete's first competition to a lifetime achievement.

National Art Museum of Sport
The National Art Museum of Sport is the nation's largest collection of sport art with more than 1,000 paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs of 44 sports including ice yachting, bowling, auto racing, tennis, football, basketball, baseball, hunting, squash and archery.

National Institute for Fitness and Sport
This 65,000 square foot state-of-the art fitness and research center is open to professional and amateur athletes along with the public.

Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument
Located at the center of Indianapolis on Monument Circle, this 284-foot limestone monument was dedicated in 1902 and stands as a tribute to the valor of Indiana's soldiers and sailors who served in the Civil and Spanish American Wars. An observation tower, provides a panoramic view of the skyline.

Victory Field
Voted the Best Minor League Baseball Park in America, Victory Field serves as the home to the AAA Indianapolis Indians, who are affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers. The park is a beautiful downtown setting for a baseball game during the April - September baseball season.

War Memorial Plaza
The mausoleum-style limestone and marble memorial pays homage to Hoosiers Killed during World Wars I and II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. A military museum in the basement allows visitors to follow the history of Indiana soldiers from the Battle of Tippecanoe through the most recent wars.