The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is not only the largest museum of its kind in the world, but also rated "the best museum" by Child magazine and recently USA Today named it "the best family museum in the country." Explore one of the largest collections of adult and juvenile dinosaur fossils, see the Emperor's Painted Army come to life in the popular Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit alongside Take Me There: China and check out Dale Chihuly's 43-foot-tall Fireworks of Glass sculpture.

100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park

Adjacent to the Indianapolis Museum of Art is 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. With 100 acres of woodlands, wetlands, meadows and a 35-acre lake, 100 Acres is a child's perfect playground. The park is one of the largest museum art parks in the country and the only one to feature the ongoing commission of site-specific artworks. Bonus: it's free and open daily from dawn to dusk.

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail

Grab a bike or simply take a walk on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick, a world-class urban bike and pedestrian used by an array of people: cycling enthusiasts, competitive runners, dog walkers, elderly and kids. Named "the biggest and boldest step by any American city" by Project for Public Spaces in New York City, the Cultural Trail is an experience in itself, and the perfect way to explore Downtown's neighborhoods, Cultural District, entertainment amenities, art and culture.

White River State Park

White River State Park offers a blend of more than 250 acres of green and cultural attractions. Explore the park on your own two feet, take a bike ride, embark on a guided Segway tour or rent a pedal boat or kayak (rentals are available at Wheel Fun Rentals). Along the way, stop at some of Downtown Indy's best attractions: the Indianapolis Zoo, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, NCAA Hall of Champions, Indiana State Museum and Victory Field. In summer months, attend on the many concerts at The Lawn at White River State Park, named one of the top 100 outdoor concert venues by Pollstar Magazine for four consecutive years.

The Indiana State Museum

The Indiana State Museum is an exciting adventure into the past, present and future of Indiana. Kids will find hands-on areas throughout most exhibits. Explore everything from John Dillinger's 1933 Essex Terraplane, to a Foucault pendulum, to a 17-foot-tall steam clock. While visiting, make sure to stop by Indiana's largest movie screen, IMAX Theater, conveniently located inside the museum.

NCAA Hall of Champions

Sports fans of all ages will enjoy a visit to the NCAA Hall of Champions, boasting two-levels of interactive exhibits. Visit the media room to watch a game on one of the seven big screens, attempt a downhill skiing simulator or shoot hoops in the 1930's retro basketball gymnasium.

Rhythm! Discovery Center

Children can embrace their musical side at Rhythm! Discovery Center, which houses a unique display of percussive instruments along with interactive programs and educational exhibits. Kids of all ages are invited to become a musician for a day, playing rare percussion instruments, bongos, gongs, tambourines, and more. Check out the new "Spark! From Tubes to Chips" exhibit to explore the many ways electronic percussion instruments provide percussionists with infinite sound possibilities, vastly expanding the ways they compose and perform music.

The Indianapolis Zoo

The Indianapolis Zoo is the first institution to be triple-accredited as a zoo, aquarium and botanical garden. The Zoo's Oceans exhibit features the world's largest shark touch tank, while the Dolphin Adventure offers the world's first totally submerged dolphin viewing experience. The Zoo shocked the world with the opening of its International Orangutan Center, home to eight energetic, playful and intelligent orangutans.

Sports Teams

With a new professional soccer team, a WNBA championship and a #1 NFL draft pick, the heart of Downtown pulsates with sports buzz. Catch a baseball game at Victory Field and enjoy breathtaking views of downtown as you cheer on the Indianapolis Indians. Watch the Indiana Pacers and the Indiana Fever at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, ranked the best NBA arena by The Orange County Register. Don your blue and cheer on the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium, named the best sports stadium in the nation by Cheer on the Indy Eleven, Downtown's newest professional soccer team, at IUPUI's Michael A. Carroll Stadium.

Monument Circle and the Soldier and Sailors Monument

Explore the physical and literal heart of the city, Monument Circle and the Soldier and Sailors Monument. Take the elevator up 284 feet to the obelisk-shaped monument top and admire 360-degree views of Downtown Indy. Bring your lunch and picnic on the steps of the Monument or take a ride to the nearby cafes, shops and museums on a Pacers Bikeshare bike (a station is located directly off the Circle on the east side).