Everybody knows that Indianapolis is a cornucopia of fun things to do. You could spend a year just sampling the delightful attractions in Indianapolis’ downtown neighborhoods alone. You could also spend money. Lots of money. But did you know there are tons of free things to do in Indianapolis? From a stroll down the world-renowned Indianapolis Canal Walk to listening and dancing to some of the best in Indianapolis music, lucky Hoosiers can enjoy free things to do all year round. You just have to get up, get dressed and go have some amazing, carefree fun in the Circle City.
Below is a representative list of a few fun, free things to do in Indianapolis, just to get you started.
Free Things to Do in Indianapolis
|Central Public Library: Got some energetic Indianapolis children to entertain? Never underestimate the power of your local library. The Marian Central Library in Indy‘s downtown is the main one, but there are branches in practically every city in Indiana.|
|Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: A world-famous venue for children of all ages, this fine facility offers free admission every first Thursday from 4 pm to 8 pm, and on designated holidays. Go with the whole family!|
|Christ Church Cathedral: Aside from the frequent free concerts put on here, this important piece of Indianapolis real estate offers free weekend tours given by guides with lots of interesting information to impart about the building’s beautiful and historic Indianapolis architecture.|
|Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial: Need some free inspiration? It is at your fingertips in the heart of Indianapolis. A visit to this famous Indianapolis memorial monument will inspire you for a long, long time. Situated in the White River State Park near Indy’s Military Park, it’s yet another must-visit venue downtown. Go at dusk to hear the recorded voices. It’s free and it’s unforgettable.|
|Indianapolis City Market: Lots of Hoosiers aren’t aware that this superb, colorful market is open for free admission six days a week and offers frequent special Indianapolis events. There are also tons of items besides farm-fresh produce to check out here, from gourmet popcorn to Paninis to flowers.
Mondays through Fridays, 6 am – 6 pm
Saturdays, 10 am – 4 pm
|Indianapolis Museum of Art: A must-see, and not just once, in Indy. The IMA offers free general admission to its wonders every day. More than 50,000 pieces of art are on display at this spectacular Indianapolis museum, all without charge, a rarity among fine museums in the United States.|
|Indianapolis Parks: Naptown possesses a world-class collection of parks and green spaces maintained for visitors to enjoy free of charge. Whether you’re visiting the Holcomb Observatory and Holcomb Gardens in Butler University, or the enormous Fort Harrison State Park in the far northeastern sector of Indy, you will find something fun to do for free, along with infinite beauty.|
|Monument Circle: A visit to the center of the Circle City is always fun, and did you know that there are frequent lunchtime concerts and Indianapolis festivals there? The majority of Indianapolis attractions are in and around this area, and many of them are without charge to explore.|
|Soldiers and Sailors Monument: This stunning tribute memorial in the heart of Indy measures only fifteen feet less than New York’s Statue of Liberty. Take the elevator or climb up to the observation platform and see the sweeping panorama of the wonderful city of Indianapolis all around you.|
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