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Indianapolis IN - Overview
While Indianapolis has long been known
to racing fans who flock to this capital city every May for the Indianapolis
500, the city now boasts several new attractions of more interest to families.
Downtown Indianapolis surrounds the majestic Soldiers and Sailors Monument, a
284 foot Spire crowned by the 30 foot Bronze statue Victory, popularly
known as Miss Indiana. Situated around Monument Circle are entertainment
centers, museums, and several new sports stadiums and hotels which were
constructed to to keep pace with
such events as the Pan-American games and Olympic trials.
Indianapolis has undergone an amazing renaissance. In
recent years. Many downtown landmark properties have been transformed
into new shopping and entertainment centers that have maintained their beauty
and architectural integrity.
The Circle Centre shopping and
entertainment complex opened in 1995 and draws visitors from around the region.
Connected to the Circle Centre and several downtown hotels is the Indianapolis
Arts Garden. The eight-story glass rotunda, lit by tiny lights and suspended in
mid-air over the busy Washington and Illinois intersection, is a performance and
exhibition space for all of Indiana.
Waiting for you in Indianapolis are a
number of excellent museums, including one of the best children's museums in the
country. The Indianapolis Children's Museum is 5 stories of educational,
hands-on learning and fun for the whole family! After you take a ride on the
old-fashioned merry-go-round, stop by Passport to the World to learn
about many different cultures from people in their native dress.
When you are ready to climb the walls,
head for the towering rock climbing wall, complete with all the rappelling gear
you will need to make it to the top! There is even a planetarium and of course
the famous IMAX theater for added educational enjoyment.
Surrounded by sculpture, botanical
gardens, and a lake, the Indianapolis Museum of Art has art treasures from all
time periods. In contrast, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western
Art is dedicated entirely to native arts and buildings. The new Indianapolis Zoo
features hundreds of plants and animals in a lovely natural setting just outside
Come to Indianapolis and experience
the tastefully revitalized cultural and entertainment center of the Old Northwest!
Whether it is the Indy 500, museums to tour, or outstanding shopping venues, you
will find something to interest you in Indianapolis.