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:: FOR THINGS TO DO, GET STARTED HERE
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From museums, to sports, to beautiful parks, and great food, you won't find a shortage of activities to do in the great city!

For things to do in Indianapolis, you can get started here by visiting the Official Web Site of the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association

:: MUSEUMS
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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
The largest museum of it's kind in the world, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is 400,000 square feet of galleries that explore the physical and natural sciences, history, world cultures and the arts.

Indianapolis Museum of Art
The Indianapolis Museum of Art is the fifth largest general art museum in the United States, with a collection of more than 50,000 works that spans a wide range of cultures and eras.

The Eiteljorg Museum
Located in White River State Park, The Eiteljorg Museum, which opened in 1989, showcases Western and Native American art and cultural objects. The museum's design is also inspired by the land, people, and architecture of the American Southwest.

The Indianapolis Zoo
The Indianapolis Zoo includes Indiana's largest aquarium, open exhibit areas with 350 different animal species, pony, train and family roller coaster rides. The zoo's latest offering, the Oceans exhibit, includes the world's largest shark touch tank. Get ready for close encounters with ocean dwellers like sea lions, penguins and polar bears!

Indiana State Museum
Visitors to the Indiana State Museum can find Indiana art, science, history and culture as well as a wide variety of traveling exhibits.

The NCAA Hall of Champions
The NCAA Hall of Champions is a 30,000-square-foot, two-level venue that features inspiring theater presentations, tributes to former NCAA student-athletes and champions, NCAA championship sports and a gallery for special exhibitions.



:: SIGHT-SEEING & FAMILY FUN
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White River State Park:
Located in the heart of downtown, White River State Park, Indiana's only urban state park offers an awesome array of attractions, entertainment and recreation including the following:

  • The Indianapolis Zoo
  • The Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial
  • Indiana State Museum and IMAX Theater
  • The NCAA Hall of Champions
  • Victory Field
  • White River Gardens
  • McCormick's Rock
  • Pedestrian Bridge
  • River Promenade
  • Central Canal
  • Pedal Boat Rentals
  • Bike Rentals

    The Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial This memorial pays tribute to 3,459 Medal of Honor recipients, an award given by Congress for military valor. The memorial represents 15 different conflicts, ranging from the Civil War through Somalia and is composed of 27 curved glass walls, each 7-10 feet high. Each day at dusk, the memorial's sound system plays recorded stories of medal winners or of the conflicts in which they fought.

    IMAX Theater
    The IMAX theater located in the Indiana State Museum offers 2D and 3D films projected onto a six-and-a-half-story screen.

    Victory Field
    Named the "Best Minor League Ballpark in America" by such prominent publications as Baseball America and Sports Illustrated, Victory Field opened its gates July 11, 1996 and serves as home of the Indianapolis Indians, Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Bike Rentals
    Wheel Fun Rentals located in White River State Park next to the Indiana State Museum. Open 7 days a week offering a large selection of unique bikes including cruisers, tandems, choppers, deuce coupes and four-wheel surreys.

    Indy Wine Trail
    Visit seven award-winning wineries all within minutes of downtown Indianapolis! The Indy Wine Trail is an organization of seven area wineries, each with something different to offer.

    Indianapolis City Market
    Built in 1886 to provide covered space for the sale of fresh meats and produce. Visit the Indianapolis City Market, a historic landmark downtown, to enjoy the tastes and aromas of Indiana favorites, international fresh and specialty foods including Asian, Italian, Greek and Middle Eastern. Visit our farmers' market each Wed. and Sat., May-Oct. Handicapped facilities available.



    :: DINING & ENTERTAINMENT
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    Below is a list of on-campus and nearby dining options.

    The new Student Campus Center building on IUPUI campus kitty corner from the conference center is opening this April. It has a Barnes and Noble as well as a food court.

    Food Court Options:

  • Dining Services/Citizens Commons
  • Bamboo Asian
  • Caribou Coffee
  • Chick Fil-A
  • Coyote Jack's Grill
  • Mamma Leone's
  • Mondo Subs
  • Outtakes
  • Wild Greens

    Abbey Coffee House
    825 N. Pennsylvania St
    Serving great coffee and food for over 10 years. Specializing in vegan and vegetarian items, espresso drinks.

    Agio Restaurant and Bar
    635 Massachusetts Ave.
    Casually elegant fine dining with white tablecloths and linen. The chef-driven menu offers something for everyone including fresh made breads, sauces and desserts.

    Bazbeaux
    Enjoy innovative pizzas, salads and sandwiches made with the freshest ingredients, homemade dough and sauces and a choice of 52 toppings. Indianapolis Monthly magazine's People's Choice Award winner for best pizza 1987-2003.

    Country Kitchen Soulfood Place
    1831 N. College Ave.
    Authentic Southern soul food cuisine with so much food to choose from every day. Just like eating at grandma's house.

    Crackers Comedy Club - Downtown
    One block south of Circle Centre, offering the finest stand-up comedy. Comic alumni include Tim Allen, Rosie O'Donnell, Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Foxworthy, Drew Carey and Brad Garrett.

    Dunaway's Palazzo Ossigeno
    351 S. East St.
    Featuring fine dining in a historic building with an authentic Art Deco atmosphere. Offering a wide variety of menu items including USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood, crab cakes, shrimp cocktails and an award-winning wine list.

    Greek Islands Restaurant
    906 S. Meridian St.
    Family owned and operated Authentic Greek foods all made on premises. House specialties include Saganaki, Spanakopita, Pastichio, Mousaka, Souvlaki and the best lamb chops in town.



    :: GETTING AROUND INDY
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    IndyGo (Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation) provides options to residents and guests of Indianapolis. There are 30 fixed routes. Including:

  • The Green Line Downtown/Airport Express - $7/ride, 7 days per week, 5 am - 9 pm
  • The Red Line Downtown/IUPUI Circulator - Free, Monday - Saturday, 7 am - 10 pm
  • 27 other Fixed Routes throughout Indianapolis - $3.50/day pass

    IndyGo also offers reservation based Flexible Services, including the paratransit service called Open Door. Visitors are eligible to ride with certified guest passes. For more information about IndyGo services and trip planning, call 317 - 635 - 3344 or log on to www.IndyGo.net for complete route descriptions and routes to popular destinations in the city.



    :: BEYOND THE CITY
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    There are many things outside of Indianapolis to see and do. This gives folks an opportunity for some day trips in the state.

    :: The Lilly library contains many rare books, manuscripts, and special collections of the Indiana University Libraries. Included is an original of Andreas Vesalius' De humani corporis fabrica as well as many other rare books. The Lilly Library located on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, about an hour's drive south of Indianapolis.

    :: The State of Indiana and basketball are a perfect fit. From Hoosiers like Wooden, Robertson, Plump, Bird, and Damon Bailey to the thousands of toddlers who pick up their first basketballs at age two or three. The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame celebrates Indiana rich basketball tradition. The museum is located in New castle Indiana, just 35 miles east of Indianapolis, and then 5 miles north of I - 70 on State Road 3.

    :: The Children's Science & Technology Museum of Terre Haute is a hands-on museum featuring displays such as the space simulator, make believe TV studio, music area and other scientific exhibits. The museum invites visitors to explore the world of science and technology. Located in downtown Terre Haute, the museum is one of 350 mind - opening science museums in the country.

    :: George Rogers Clark National Historic Park is located in Vincennes, Indiana. This memorial stands on the site of Fort Sackville and commemorates the capture of the fort from British Lt. Governor Henry Hamilton and his soldiers by Lt. Col. George Rogers Clark and his frontiersmen.

    :: Abraham Lincoln's Boyhood National Memorial preserves the site of the farm where Abraham Lincoln spent 14 formative years of his life, from the ages of 7 to 21. He and his family moved to Indiana in 1816 and stayed until 1830 when they moved on to Illinois.

    :: Sand dunes in Indiana? Well, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has just that and much more. Miles and miles of steep sandy beaches and dunes just for hiking or relaxing. The views over Lake Michigan are fantastic. Experience these sights and much more at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, about a 3 hour drive north of Indianapolis near the Michigan border.

    :: Oliver Winery is an award winning winery located just north of Bloomington, Indiana, about 45 minutes south of Indianapolis. Tradition and specialty wines are produced from grapes grown on the sunny slopes of Southern Indiana's rolling hills.

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