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Downtown Indianapolis Attractions

Athenaeum, Indianapolis, IN Athenaeum Building A pleasant Indianapolis tourist locale in downtown Indianapolis, this historic building has been part of Indianapolis history almost since its inception. The men and women who nurtured the Athenaeum along through good times and bad created such groups as the Athenaeum Turners and the Athenaeum Damenverung, and brought about many improvements to their beloved Indy.
Benjamin_Harrison_Home Benjamin Harrison Presidential Home The lovely Victorian home provides an ultra-historic setting for a popular tour, as well as “Victorian Theatre by Candlelight,” Victorian games and much more, all in honor of Indianapolis’ most notable resident, President Benjamin Harrison.
Canal-Walk in Indianapolis Downtown Canal and White River State Park On the west edge of downtown, this park, full of gorgeous waterways and inspiring green spaces, also decorates Indy’s Canal Cultural District. With its 250 mature and well-maintained acres, the Canal and White River State Park is the only urban state park in America.
Canal-Walk-Fountain-Downtown-Indianapolis-Indiana Canal Walk Indianapolis Meandering along the edge of downtown Indy, the Canal Walk connects the beautiful expanses of the White River State Park to the core of busy, bustling Indianapolis. Fortunate residents can take a moment to relax in its beauty or revel in its recreational possibilities.
Circle_Centre_Mall in Indianapolis Downtown Circle Centre Mall A must-see for all visitors, this extremely popular shopping center is also a favorite for locals. As functional as it is beautiful, it connects Indianapolis’ downtown hotelsto its hub and provides a center of activity and interest for the city it serves.
Circle-of-Lights-at-Monument-Circle-Indianapolis-Indiana Circle of Lights The holiday kickoff for the entire metropolis, where the heart of the city at Monument Circle’s Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument is set alight like the world’s tallest Christmas tree.
Christ-Cathedral-Downtown-Indianapolis-Indiana Christ Church Cathedral The oldest building on Monument Circle, Christ Church Cathedral offers free tours and a ton of history.
Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial on the Canal Downtown Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial This unique memorial is a moving inspiration for all who visit it, located in the beautiful Canal and White River State Parkin the center of town.
View from The Eagle's Nest, Indianapolis, IN Eagle’s Nest Located on the top floor of the local Hyatt Regency skyscraper, The Eagle’s Nest is a first-rate gourmet restaurant in the heart of the city that slowly rotates 360 degrees to afford diners a view of the magnificent Indianapolis skyline. Known as the most romantic Indianapolis restaurant, the Eagle’s Nest is the Indianapolis romantic site to date, fall in love, propose and celebrate anniversaries.
Easley Winery Take a free tour or enjoy the favorite wine tastings at this wonderful winery created through the devotion of Jack and Joan Easley.
Deer Art Sculptures Eitljorg Museum Indainapolis-Indiana Eiteljorg Museum Famous for its large collection of Native American and American Western art and artifacts, this unique museum contains three separate galleries that house some 400 pieces of art and thousands of historical items.
Gaia Winery Visit the one winery in America owned and operated by a woman and sample a bit of the Old Country right in the middle of busy downtown Indy. Tours, tastings and parties.
Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens This major Indianapolis attraction is even more stunning than it sounds. Located in Indianapolis’ oldest park, Garfield Park.
The IMAX Downtown is inside the State Museum IMAX Theater Located inside the Indiana State Museum this IMAX provides showings of both the latest block buster movies and educational documentories that let you view the world as you have never seen it before.
Indiana_Convention_Center_O Indiana Convention Center Recently expanded and now connected to the fabulous Lucas Oil Stadium, this bulwark of Indianapolis society has no trouble handling just about anything the city throws at it with style and vigor.
Indiana-Historical-Society-Indianapolis Indiana History Center This grand old museum and Indianapolis community gathering place is one of the top 25 most popular Indianapolis tourist attractions.
bankers-life-fieldhouse- Indiana Fever This professional female athletes team has made a name for themselves in the Women’s National Basketball Association, even though they have only been together since the year 2000. Based at the famous Conseco Fieldhouse, they are considered the “sister team” to the Indiana Pacers.
Indiana Medical History Museum Offers its visitors a look back in time at all the different tools and medical practices used and developed in Indiana, from the late 18th century to modern times.
The Pacers play at Banker's Life Fieldhouse Indiana Pacers Indy’s pro-basketball team since 1976, the Pacers are the stars for basketball-crazy Indiana and their games bring Indianapolis nightlife to a frenzy for miles around.
indiana-repertory-theatre Indiana Repertory Theatre Situated in the heart of the city next to the Circle Center Mall and downtown Indianapolis, the IRT has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in professional theater.
Indiana State Capitol building Indianapolis Indiana Indiana State Capitol Building This historic seat of Indiana politics is an architectural masterpiece. Tours are free to experience this gorgeously restored facility, dating back to the 1880’s.
Indianapolis-State-Museum-From-Canal-Walk Indiana State Museum This page has lots of photos of the inside and outside of the famous Indianapolis museum, a great place to take your family on your Indianapolis vacation.
Indiana War Memorial Plaza view Scottish Rite Cathedral American Legion Mall downtown Indianapolis Indiana Indiana War Memorial Plaza Parks This is the center of downtown Indianapolis and the heart of the city, on many levels. It is an enormous structure and park set aside solely for inspiration and to honor Indiana all war veterans across the ages. In and around it are the University Park, the Indiana War Memorial Museum, the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum, the Soldiers & Sailors Monument, the Veteran’s Memorial Plaza, the USS Indianapolis Memorial and American Legion Mall.
Indianapoils Artsgarden downtown Indianapolis Artsgarden This stunning performance facility is as practical as it is beautiful, with perfect acoustics and covered walkways that connect it to the Circle Centre Mall as well as several major Indianapolis hotels in the area.
indianapolis-childrens-museum Indianapolis Children’s Museum This spectacular installation offers endless wonder for kids of all ages, with exhibits and activities galore. First opened in 1925, it is one of the oldest such museums in the world.
Colts Helmet at Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis Colts In 1984, the Baltimore Colts became the Indianapolis Colts, much to the glee of pro-football fans all over Indiana. This championship team electrifies downtown Indy’s Lucas Oil Stadiumon a regular basis.
Victory Field Street Shot Indianapolis-Indiana Indianapolis Indians This minor league baseball team is the second oldest in the nation, with over a century of experience backing up their name. Their homefield is also in downtown Indy, at Victory Field.
indianapolis-museum-of-art Indianapolis Museum of Art This enormous complex not only houses famous art, but also favorite institutions such as the Art and Nature Park, Lilly Mansion, the Indianapolis Civic Theater, the Gardens of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Oldfields estate.
central-library-public-indianapolis-indiana Indianapolis Public Library More than a vast repository of books, CDs, magazines and newspapers, the Marion County Public Library in downtown Indianapolis is a popular community center.
indianapolis-zoo The Indianapolis Zoo One of the premier zoological gardens in the world, the Indianapolis Zoo just keeps getting better, branching out from a foundation of care for the animals and plants residing on the property to the community outreach events ongoing every day of the year. Make the IndyZoo a priority for your family’s fun Indianapolis vacation.
James Whitcomb Riley's Home in Lockerbie Indianapolis-Indiana James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home When on vacation in Indianapolis, don’t miss seeing this fabulous Midwest museum, once home of Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley.
Soldiers-and-Sailors-Monument-Indianapolis Monument Circle in beautiful downtown Indianapolis is the centerpiece of Indianapolis tourism and Indianapolis travel and sightseeing. Situated in the heart of downtown Indy, it contains dozens of must-see Indianapolis tourist attractions, such as the Indiana War Memorial Plaza, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum (a favorite for everybody from Indianapolis children to out-of-town adults), the world-renowned Indianapolis Zoo and the moving Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, the most famous Indianapolis monument to fallen heroes.
Morris-Butler House Museum Morris-Butler House Museum Tour the landmark building and get a feel for authentic Victorian history in Indianapolis.
NCAA-Hall-of-Champions NCAA Hall of Champions This modern, multi-million dollar structure is home to one of the nation’s most important collections of exhibitions honoring National Collegiate Athletic Association luminaries.
NCAA Men’s Final Four Basketball Tournament This is the college competition that determines the top four teams in all of college basketball for the year, closely watched by the myriad basketball fanatics in crazy-for-sports Indianapolis.
Gondelier ride on the Canal downtown Old World Gondoliers, Inc. There can be no more romantic date in Indianapolis than gliding down the Canal through downtown with a basket of gourmet delights, a serenade from the gondolier and your honey by your side.
Scottish-Rite-Cathederal-Indianapolis-Indiana Scottish Rite Cathedral considered by many to be the most beautiful building in downtown Indy and one of the major attractions in Indianapolis.
White River State Parks Entrance Indianapolis-Indiana White River Gardens This Indianapolis landmark attraction is a must-see if you’re anywhere close to White River State Park, the Zoo or busy downtown Indy. It offers breathtaking and soul-soothing horticultural and butterfly displays, shade, sun and water gardens complete with bubbling streams, and a stunning, glassed-in attraction, the Hilbert Conservatory