Home to the fastest car races in the world, Indianapolis has witnessed a number of changes which have revitalized it while still retaining its rich cultural heritage and renowned architecture. New development projects have resulted in scenic terrain filled with exciting shopping sites, entertainment venues and fine dining restaurants taking full advantage of their superb locations.
As a city which celebrates racial and ethnic diversity, Indianapolis is home to a number of special institutions and exhibits, like the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, housing indigenous artifacts and arts. Visitors will also enjoy lots of space in Indianapolis, ideal for outdoor adventure and great recreation. Thus, Eagle Creek Park, recognized as the largest municipal park in Indianapolis and one of the largest parks within the country, features 4,000 acres of wooden terrain for cross country skiing, biking and hiking. Alternatively, travelers enjoying their Indianapolis holidays can visit the 128-acre Garfield Park Conservatory, with its main attraction - a tropical greenhouse complete with macaws and parrots.
Located in the center of downtown Indianapolis is renowned Monument Circle with the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at its core. Visitors may take advantage of the observation deck offering a panoramic view. Those interested in Indiana's history may head to the Indiana State Museum that has recently moved to the new state-of-the-art headquarters. Families with children will be delighted to find in Indianapolis a wide range of activities that are ideal both for adults and children, notably Children's Museum of Indianapolis with interactive exhibits focusing on everything from biotechnology and world cultures to archeology.
In addition, there is an extensive dollhouse and toy displays, a planetarium and a working antique carousel. Another great cultural venue, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is an impressive building housing one of the outstanding collections of Western and Native American art in the country, including works by Georgia O'Keefe and Frederic Remington. Located in Indianapolis is President Benjamin Harrison Home, the former residence of the 23rd Commander-in-Chief of the United States.
The front end of the building is a fine example of the Italianate Victorian architecture, with grand porches extending from the first and second floors. Converted into a museum, it features a collection of political memorabilia and artifacts dedicated to Harrison's legacy. The residence also hosts a number of special events, including performance art and music celebrations.
Constructed in 1909, Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the world's most celebrated speedways, which attracts over 400,000 spectators from all over the world to watch the largest single day sports event - the Indianapolis 500. The Speedway also plays host to the United States Grand Prix and the NASCAR Brickyard 400 in June and in August respectively. Situated within the track's oval is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.
The Speedway also features a PGA course with 14 holes outside the track and 4 inside.
Indianapolis - from the Beltway to the Speedway, you'll lose track of the hours having so much fun!