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Indianapolis, best known for the races at the Indianapolis 500 Speedway, is the largest city by population in the state of Indiana. The metropolis has six designated cultural districts that offer art, recreation, shopping and more.

There are a ton of wonderful destinations to visit, like Newfields (formerly the Indianapolis Museum of Art), Garfield Park Conservatory, and Holliday Park. Here’s a diverse list of additional options in downtown Indianapolis to help round out your visit to Naptown.

  1. Eiteljorg Museum

    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art exhibits Western art, Native American art, and cultural objects. Artwork is found in both permanent galleries and special exhibits. The R.B. Annis Western Family Experience is an interactive family area with hands-on activities.

    In addition, the Wigwam, Totem Pole, and Stagecoach are favorite locations. Outdoor garden spaces feature sculptures. Wi-Fi is free, and the café and shop offer souvenirs or eats. The museum is located in White River State Park.

  2. Indiana State Museum

    The Indiana State Museum features exhibits on the art, culture, science, and history of Indiana from prehistoric to contemporary times. Permanent exhibits include Ancient Seas, Frozen Reign, Natural Regions, The Hoosier Way, and Contested Territory.

    In addition to exhibits, the museum features hands-on experiences that make Indiana’s history come alive. Legacy Theater presents the stories of people who influenced life in Indiana. The museum is located in White River State Park as well.

  3. White River State Park

    In addition to two museums, White River State Park attractions include the Indianapolis Zoo, concerts on the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn, Victory Field, and NCAA Hall of Champions.

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    Art in the Park is a collection of permanent public art pieces that are located in the park. These pieces include Yellow Butterfly and Street Seat. The asphalt White River Wapahani Trail, almost 11 miles in length, passes through the park.

  4. Indiana State House

    All three branches of government operate out of the Indiana State House. Completed in 1888, the neoclassical building is constructed of Indiana limestone and white oak. The building is highlighted by marble columns and a stained glass rotunda window.

    Along with a guided tour of the building, you can view the Great Hoosiers in Sculpture exhibit. Tours are given throughout the week.

  5. Military Park

    Military Park, the oldest park in Indianapolis, covers 14 acres. The area features open green space and a large shelter house. Many community events and cultural festivals are held in the park throughout the year.

    The location provides easy access to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail as well as the Downtown Canal Walk, an activity that takes place around the Indiana Central Canal.

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