Outdoor Vacations: Indianapolis, IN

This Midwestern city is fun, affordable, and packed with activities for kids.



Why go?
This Midwestern city isn't always top of mind for families looking for fun, affordable vacations—but it definitely should be! It's packed with destinations and activities kids live for. To learn more about Indianapolis, click here.

While you're there
The city has the world's largest children's museum, complete with a Dinosphere and planetarium. Kids will also love the Indianapolis Zoo—home to one of the world's largest orangutan centers—as well as the chance to ride in a pace car around the iconic 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Additional options abound: There's the Firefighters MuseumGo Ape Treetop Adventure, and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.

Where to stay
Located in Monument Circle, the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel is within walking distance of downtown; plus, it has the city's only outdoor roof pool. Room rates start around $161 per night.
* All hotel prices are approximate.

Insider tip
Step back in time at Conner Prairie, an interactive history park in nearby Fishers, Indiana. Families can explore several fictional but historically accurate communities like 1836 Prairietown, a bustling but struggling Midwestern community of the early 19th century—complete with a one-room schoolhouse, a country store, and costumed townspeople who look and act like authentic pioneers!

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