It’s fair to say that Indianapolis gets consumed by the 500 mile race each May. Events start early, and run through the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. But what if you aren’t a race fan? What if you just want to enjoy a three-day weekend that doesn’t involve Indy Cars and a checkered flag? It turns out, there are plenty of other things to do this weekend. In addition to the numerous parades taking place in communities to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, many area attractions are open and ready for business.
1) Live Theater
Yes, it’s a holiday weekend, and yes some businesses are closed, but the show must go on! Take in a production of Bless Me, Ultima at the Phoenix, or Defending the Caveman at Theatre on the Square. Both shows are running all weekend, and the theaters are a good distance away from the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
2) Museum Exhibits
Many museums are open this weekend, including the top-rated Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Visit the new exhibit, Take Me There China, and be sure to reserve your tickets to see the Terra Cotta Warriors special exhibit. This is the only place you’ll be able to see the warriors on display in the country this year.
The Indiana State Museum is still featuring their NASA exhibit, Destination Station. Space enthusiasts can enjoy hands-on activities and learn a lot about how the International Space Center operates. Also, the Ice Age Giants exhibit is still open to visitors. See up the giants who roamed Indiana so long ago in this exhibit.
Motorsports aren’t the only game in town. Wrap up the long weekend by taking in an Indians game at Victory Field. The Indians play at home on Monday evening. Take advantage of the $1 menu, watch a tribute to the troops AND enjoy fireworks after the game!
4) Orangutans and Other Fun Animals
Saturday is the grand opening of the brand new, world-class International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis. Be one of the first to meet the eight orangutans who now call Indianapolis home. Saturday there will be entertainment, and plenty of family photo ops in addition to the eight stars who will be swinging 80 feet about the crowd. While you’re at the zoo, you’ll want to check out the many other playful creatures who live there.
So there you have it- while the world is watching what’s happening at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, there are still plenty of things happening in Indianapolis for those who prefer their entertainment at slower speeds.