A Trip to Indianapolis

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Every time Grandpa Randy and I leave our house in Michigan and head towards Indianapolis, we always comment that a six hour drive is too long for a three day vacation.

On the drive we swore this was the last time.  Than we arrive in Indy and remember what keeps drawing us back.

It is an amazing city.  So much to see and do, so little time!

The architecture downtown including the Soldier’s Monument is a photographer’s dream. The shopping at Circle Centre Mall is wonderful, large enough to find everything you could need, but not so overwhelming that you feel dizzy from the experience.

IndianapolisWhen we go on our trips, it is my goal to find one place to visit that is out of the ordinary.

I found just such a place in Indy.

The 100 acres, attached to the Museum of Art.  It is 100 acres of a natural habitat that is dispersed with climbable modern art.  I am not usually a fan of modern art, but I thought in this setting it could be very interesting.  We were not disappointed.

Indianapolis Hundred Acre ParkThe setting lent itself to some great photo opps and it was a relaxing way to spend the afternoon.  Each art display was unique and was explained fully on the signs.

Definitely a spot I would recommend.

When do grandparents go to a children’s museum without their grandchildren?

When there is a Chihuly exhibit.

The Children’s Museum – Indianapolis has the largest permanent Chihuly glass exhibit in the world.  We debated whether we wanted to spend the $16 just to see this exhibit, but knew we would kick ourselves if we didn’t.

Indianapolis Children's Museum Chihuly

It was worth every penny we spent.

It is 43 feet high, but the highlight is the lowest floor.  It has a revolving platform where you can lay back and look up at the different blown pieces of glass, placed in ceiling.


While Chihuly was our main objective for going to this museum, we did check out some other areas.  The 20th century carousel is beautiful.

Indianapolis Children's MuseumWe also found the museum to be very interactive for children of all ages.  The museum has been rated the best children’s museum in the world according to Child magazine.

Our recommendation - definitely worth the time and price.

And finally, a trip to Indianpolis isn’t complete without the sundaes at the Chocolate Cafe on North Meridian or the calzones at Georgio’s Pizza on Market Street

We left Indy, saying we can’t wait to go back.

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  1. saminder gumer says:

    i love all the pics. i have never been to indianapolis but i would have never thought there was this much to do there. thanks for all the ideas.

  2. ellen beck says:

    I have never stopped in Insianapolis but it sure looks like there is plenty to do if you look for it. It seems ezxciting and you took some greta pics of it!

  3. Robin Wilson says:

    Okay, that dinosaur blows my mind as does the art exhibit outside! That’s the kind of place I need to visit! Yet another place to add to my travel bucket list! Thanks for sharing your fun!

  4. Julie Wood says:

    What an amazing place to go to Indianapolis. I would love to go there and see the sites! It looks amazing to go see the museum! I will have to go here someday!

  5. Priscilla S. says:

    I would love to visit someday. That museum looks amazing. What a cool place to take the kids!

  6. Thanks for giving me more ideas of what to do when I visit my daughter in Indy! Also you should take a surrey ride around the canal on a nice day.

  7. I love visiting Indy! The Children’s Museum is the best!

  8. ellen beck says:

    We have been through Indy but have never stopped for any length of time. The pictures of everything sure makes me want to! I love all the activities a big city offers and this doesnt seem to disappoint!

  9. I absolutely LOVE Chihuly blown glass. We had a large show years back at the local fruit and spice park, and they have kept several pieces. It is beautiful, especially when they light it up. I’ve never considered going to Indianapolis, but the museum looks enjoyable.

  10. Wow.. I have been to Indianapolis once, but it was so long ago. so much cool stuff to see it seems.

  11. Richard Hicks says:

    Would like to visit there someday. I LOVE the glass piece exhibit. What a work of art!

  12. judy gardner says:

    i have never been there, but it sure looks beautiful! i love the architecture!

  13. Rebecca Parsons says:

    I live in Indiana for the past three years and I haven’t been to indianapolis other than to drive through. I now have something to do without knowing what is there. Thanks for the post.

  14. I go through Indianapolis almost every yr on my way to Chicago. I need to take my son to the children’s museum. Looks like he will love it and so will I :)

  15. I visited Indianapolis once and my only regret is that I didn’t get a chance to check out the zoo – I heard the aquarium is fabulous.

  16. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    Wow, this looks like so much fun! I know my kids would want to go there if I show them all the dinos!

  17. sheila ressel says:

    I would love the opportunity to go there someday. Adding it to my bucket list!

  18. Sarah L says:

    Now I see that the big dinosaur is looking in the window at a little one. And there’s another one sneaking around the building – how fun!

  19. Not a fan of big cities, but I’m dying to visit an extensive natural history museum again.

  20. Honestly, I wouldn’t have ever given Indianapolis a second though to visit (with the exception of seeing some of the Amish communities) until reading this. Thanks for the information!

  21. Mar Golis Rose says:

    Hey! You came to Indy and didn’t say hi to me! Just kidding, glad you all had a good time. It is a fun city!

  22. Mary Williams says:

    That museum looks great! I’d love to take my son somewhere like that!

  23. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    Wonderful! My son and his family just moved to Indianapolis–the truck with their furniture is not even there, yet lol. So we will have a new city to explore. My grands will LOVE those dinosaurs.

  24. Ellen B says:

    I have never been to Indianapolis – looks like a fun time!

  25. katklaw777 says:

    We went to the Children’s Museum – Indianapolis way back in the early 90’s…before the glass exhibit.
    I think it woulf be great to take my grandkids back and see all the new stuff they have.
    Thanks for the info.

  26. Jenny Sims says:

    We’re only 2 hours from Indy, and we’ve been to the zoo, but I had no idea there was so much else going on. That Chihuly exhibit looks amazing!

  27. Margot C says:

    You saw the Chihuly! isn’t it fantastic!

  28. Terri Moore says:

    Thanks for the info about 100 acres – climbable art sounds right up my son’s alley and it’s not too far away. The Children’s Museum sounds awesome too. Field trip time!

  29. My mom would love the glass. She’s a huge Chihuli fan.

  30. I love the dinosaurs I have never seen that before. I use to travel to south bend a lot and I loved it. Never been to Indianapolis.

  31. I have always loved Indy as an adult and never thought of it as such a great place for kids. Need to take my preschooler to visit our family there soon and check it out!!

  32. I always love to see Chihuly glass in other cities in large format art. He and his team are amazing!

  33. Sonya Morris says:

    I am enthralled by the Chihuly, it looks amazing!

  34. Leanna Morris says:

    Sounds like an awesome time! Although we don’t live all that far from Indy, I’ve never “travelled” there to participate in all the activities available. This was a great review!

  35. I love museums! Thanks for sharing, my kids would LOVE this!

  36. Amy Tolley says:

    we love this place its a great place to take the kids to the childrends museum they can learn and see so much…and have so much fun….thanks for sharing…

  37. Marcy Strahan says:

    Sounds like a truly magical & Fun place! I think my family would love to go here someday!

  38. Sounds amazing! There is a glass sculpture like that in the mall in Bellevue, WA that I have a picture of – it is so beautiful! Must be by the same artist!

  39. rebecca shockley says:

    You always give such great ideas and reviews for places to vacation. My youngest son would absolutely love the dinosaur’s, he would spot them from a mile away. I have been through Indianapolis on bus, but that’s as far as I got

  40. Betty Baez says:

    how cool!!! i love the blown glass exhibit. Our local childrens museum is nothing like this!

  41. crystal smith says:

    Well this article totally has me ready to plan a road trip to Indianapolis! Im sure my boys would love the Children’s museum and Id like to check out the 100 acres! :)

  42. amanda assencoa says:

    omg this is so cool!!

  43. Karen Propes says:

    This sounds like an awesome place to visit. Perfect for the kids. I would love to go there, one of the places we haven’t been to. Thanks so much for the review your pictures look fabulous. I would love to go in and look up at those dinosaurs looking down.
    Thanks for the info. Always in the market for new places to visit.

  44. I like the climbable modern art at the art museum. Too many museums are of the ‘look but don’t touch’ kind.

  45. wow looks alot of fun

  46. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    So much to do. Thanks for sharing. I’ve only been to the. Brickyard for the NASCAR race in 2008. Would love to go back and explore.

  47. I’m glad I found this post b/c my nephew just moved to Indianapolis for a new job, and he’s been wondering if there would be good things to do. This post is chock full of fun things, inside and out! I can’t wait to share with him!

  48. We drive from FL to MI. We used to drive 14 hours a day; now 8 is a painful drag. So we’re trying to slow down and see more. I’d like to see Indianapolis someday instead of just blowing by.

  49. Jennifer Marie says:

    I love when a trip goes so well that you want to go back. That to me is a true test that the trip went well.

  50. Betsy Barnes says:

    Wow, the architecture is so cool, never been to Indianapolis, now I want to go! :)

  51. Sadie B. says:

    We love the Children’s Museum. It is so much fun for the kids and there is so many things to do.

  52. Olivia Rubin says:

    Love the dinosaurs. Suprised there was a dale chihuly exhibit at a children’s museum. Seems like many would be adults that would be interested, guess that is why they charge an extra $16. That is a long trip – 6 hrs with kids. But also that can be a memory as well..talking about what you want to do and then talking about what you liked the best.

  53. Sarah L says:

    Our convention center here in Denver has a big blue bear peering into the building like the dinosaur here.

  54. Amy Tolley says:

    yes its much fun in indy we live about an hour and half from indy and love going out there ….thanks for sharing great pictures…

  55. Starr Greenwell says:

    This looks like such great fun, and what wonderful memories for you and your children.

  56. Indianapolis is still on our list!

  57. Tammy S says:

    The Children’s Museum looks beyond amazing! I would love to take my kids to see it. We have never been to Indianapolis, but it looks like it has a ton to offer.

  58. Sounds like a great place to visit for a family. Thanks for the tips. Not too far for us. Would make for a nice trip.

  59. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    What A Great Place To Visit!, These Photos Are Great!

  60. Maralea says:

    I love visiting Indy. So many fun things to do there!

  61. I finally saw a Chihuly exhibit for the first time in Dallas last fall. I loved it and really could not get enough. It was amazing.

    That dinosaur is pretty cool too.

  62. Kate F. says:

    The Children’s Museum sounds cool!

  63. Looks like an exciting city!

  64. Jennifer Marie says:

    would have never thought about going here-thanks for the ideas!

  65. My son and his family live in Indiana! I love shopping in Indianapolis..so many fun things!

  66. Wow! I had no idea! So many cool things to do !

  67. Amy Tolley says:

    there is much to do here in my neck of the woods….I love indy…there is many fun famly adventure to go on ….If you havent been to conner praire you should take a trip there next time your in Indiana it takes you back to the old days and shows you how they lived and even lets you participate in their life style…

  68. I love living in Indy! When I first moved here almost seven years ago, I thought, “I’m moving to the middle of a corn field. This is horrible!” But the city is so pretty and interesting and clean—it’s the perfect place to raise a family, and there are lots of family-friendly things to do. We go to the Children’s Museum all the time!

  69. What a great post. I’ve spent most of my life living near Indy and I always love to hear about visitors’ experiences. You visited two of my favorite spots for kids in Indy!

    The Chihuly exhibit is fantastic and so many people miss it since it’s in the basement of the museum (although at least you could never miss the statue itself!) I blogged about it.

    I’ve also written about the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s 100 Acres outdoor art park, another gem in the city.

  70. Hey! That’s in my neck of the woods!

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