Indianapolis is the "Racing Capital of the World," made famous by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy 500 every year. It's also home to the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and various other high-speed events. But Indianapolis also offers more leisurely activities fit for all members of the family.
Take a ride up the tower of the Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument for a sweeping view of the city below. Another interesting site to explore is the Scottish Rite Cathedral with its handcrafted glass windows and majestic pipe organ. Bring the whole family to Greatimes Family Fun Park, where the kids (and you, of course) can have a blast at the arcades, mini golf course and the go-cart track. The 2,000 animals at the Indianapolis Zoo will surely be a hit with everyone in the family, while White River Gardens is a more relaxing way to enjoy the many green shades of nature. Both are located within White River State Park, where you can rent a paddle boat to cruise the canal that runs inside the park. You can "dig out" dinosaur fossils at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Other unique museums worth a visit include the Museum of Miniature Houses, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Conner Prairie Living History Museum. Be sure to spend a day at the Holliday Park and enjoy its ponds, bird sanctuaries and gardens.
Whether you're in the mood for steaks, barbecue or international fare, your best bet is the downtown area, where you can find more than 200 eating establishments in all. There are more restaurants in Broad Ripple Village, which is located north of downtown. If you want to try the most delicious milk and yogurt from grass-fed cows, Trader's Point Creamery has a dairy shop that operates on a self-serve basis.
You can find the best and most unique buys among the boutiques, galleries and other independent retailers in Broad Ripple Village. For mall shopping, head for the Castleton Square Mall, Circle Center Mall or Fashion Mall. If you're in the market for antiques or art, the shops at Fountain Square is your best bet.
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