Sightsee up to 3 Hours, including these Fabulous Stops!
With three-quarters of a million square feet in real estate between the Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis is now home to the 16th largest convention center complex in the country, not to mention its skywalk connection to 4,700 downtown hotel rooms…
(Embark and disembark from motor lobby entrance just west of intersection of Capitol Avenue and Maryland Street)
Travel with us and discover the Indiana State Museum, the NCAA Hall of Champions, and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art. Also of note, The Lawn, an outdoor concert venue for a variety of regional, national, and international acts.
(Embark and disembark at Frank Lloyd Visitor Center)
Rated one of the country’s top museums for children of all ages, you’ll find a 3-story water clock, working carousel, real train engine — and dinosaurs! Interactive fun for ages 3 to 103 with museum dining, gift shop and library in addition to special exhibits all year round.
Take in Oceanic, African, Design arts and contemporary art collections as well as Art of the Ancient Americas and the Mediterranean. Dine at Nourish Cafe and shop both the Museum Gift Store and the Madeleine F. Elder Greenhouse and Shop.
You will experience firsthand the grand scale that is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as you enter under the 500 track itself and onto the track infield. From there, you can visit the Motor Speedway Museum, take a tour of the IMS track, and check out the IMS gift shop. There are plenty of photo opportunities against the famed IMS pagoda and grandstands. If you’re lucky, you could catch a glimpse of motorsport testing being conducted out on the track! Museum entrance and track tour fees are not included in Circle City Tours ticket price.
Shops, eateries, nightclubs, galleries, theaters, and more — all collected along a one-mile route with plenty of outdoor art scattered about to make your visit that much more interesting and colorful.
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They came from Tennessee and Cincinnati to meet up in the Circle City. Thanks Rosie and daughter Tina for letting us show your girls around Indy. They saw NASCAR drivers take laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and got some Love at the IMA. Caught a glimpse of a Ryan Gosling lookalike (or was he? It's the Heartland Film Festival, after all). All in all, a fantastic Autumn weekend.read more
November 2nd marks the final day to visit the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. I mention this only because it's a unique exhibit that entertains and educates adults and children. And this is the only location of the exhibit in North America for 2014. This is definitely worth the price of admission alone, not to mention all the other exhibits included in one ticket price. Oh, and remember to check out their Take Me There, China exhibit as well. This is a stop on our tour route; however, a few minutes is definitely just enough to tantalize you into coming back to spend a few hours, or even a day or more, discovering all that's available inside the largest children's museum in the world. Just sayin'.read more
The Indiana State Library is conveniently located across the street from the northwest corner of the State Capitol. And it is quite a jewel of Art Deco architecture both exteriorly and interiorly. The fixtures, built-ins, and paintings are exquisite. And definitely be sure to check out the First Editions collection room. You can ask for a guide just inside the Ohio Street entrance. Steve Schmidt is an excellent choice. The photograph here of the main hall is just one example of the wonderfully details you will find.
A special "treat" is scheduled for Saturday, October 25th when Al Hunter will give a haunted talk tour of the Library! Call the State Library for details.read more
Earlier this Summer, a tour guest specifically requested a stop at John Dillinger's grave located on the grounds of Crown Hill Cemetery. (By the way, CHC is the largest non-military cemetery in the country). As the image attests, visitors to the final resting place of this this folk-hero legend sometimes leave behind a token -- of their affection, remembrance, or other reflection, we don't usually know. Many aren't aware that Dillinger was born in Indianapolis and lived with his family on the near East side in the Brightwood neighborhood for the first four years of his life. Later, Dillinger and his gang would frequent parts of Indianapolis (Slippery Noodle Inn as a hangout and for target practice and banks for -- inspiration?). Allegedly, and Art Bank on Mass Ave was relieved of its funds by Dillinger and his gang. We are careful to include "allegedly", as the infamous Dillinger was arrested and tried; but due to the unavailability of witnesses, Mr. Dillinger was never convicted of this crime.read more
The rain stopped. Clouds parted. The sun shone. And our intrepid group of Fijis and their +1's were treated to awesome Hoosier weather as they took in the sites around Indy. Lunch was Shapiro's Deli downtown where you can't get a better corned beef on rye. And driver Neill and guide Carrie were treated to lunch by Stacy Thompson. Thank you!! And we topped off the day by delivering our hearty band of guests back to Fort Harrison State Park just in time for an afternoon nap to rest up for their evening festivities. We think they'll be back to sample more of Indianapolis in the future!read more