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Things to do in Indiana

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The top 57 attractions in Indiana

Historical Monuments in Indianapolis
Indiana World War Memorial Plaza
Towering over the monumental center of Indianapolis is the complex of monuments dedicated to honor the memory of the people of Indiana who died in various wars of the twentieth century. Here you'll find several monuments, surrounded by public buildings. On one side is the Scottish Rite Cathedral, which seems large, even over-sized, for a city like Indianapolis. Originally, it was designed in memory of the fallen of the First World War and was built as large square building. There's also a huge obelisk and cenotaph, a mausoleum and a military museum. I didn't visit them, as they were closed when we arrived - at 7 in the evening there was not a soul to be found in the street. Incidentally, due to Ted Kennedy's death the day before, all the official buildings and monuments were flying their flags at half-mast. There are more memorials commemorating the Hoosiers (the local name for natives of Indiana) who fell in other wars, as well as brief histories of the different conflicts, and fragments of letters written by soldiers who were killed in the fighting. This is an emotional experience, really giving you an idea of the price that was paid by humanity in these wars.
Race Tracks in Indianapolis
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis Motor Speedway is worth seeing not only because it is home to the world's most famous car race (the Indy 500), but also because it is the largest stadium in the world, with a capacity for more than 200,000 people that at the time of the competition can be increased to nearly 400,000. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is located in a suburb on the outskirts of Indianapolis and is the main attraction of the city. It is popularly known as The Oval because of its peculiar, almost squared shape, or the Brickyard for its historical construction methods. At present, there is only a narrow strip of bricks at the finish area that the winner of each edition of the Indy 500 kneels to kiss. We had the chance to take a guided tour around the track, and to see the day's NASCAR training. However, we found the training quite boring. With just a few cars on the track, there wasn't much to see. But the race, with all the cars competing on the short circuit, continuously overtaking eachother, must be quite a sight! Within the complex there is also the Hall of Fame which documents the historical legacy of this legendary sports circuit.
Museums in Indianapolis
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum
The only attraction that comes to mind when you think of Indianapolis is this famous oval circuit, which hosts the most famous motor race in the world: the 500 miles. Other competitions are also held, from NASCAR events to Formula 1. The giant speedway enclosure is located in an Indianapolis suburb called Speedway, which is quite accessible by car, and there is also a Hall of Fame museum. On the walls, there are bronze plaques of all the winners of the Indy 500. Apart from the honors section, in which you can see some of the most famous names in Formula 1, such as Emerson Fittipaldi. The museum houses many pieces about the eventful history of this circuit, including lots of vintage automobiles. The track has been active since 1909, the amount of historical memories associated with the name is gigantic. Of course, the most impressive sites are the vehicles, all former participants that have raced around the oval, some recent and others relics of the last century. The tour is accompanied with an explanatory audiovisual history of the circuit and the chance for a trip to the oval. Unfortunately, when we went, NASCAR had workouts and the track tour wasn't available. We followed the revolution of the vehicles on the asphalt. the organization is superb, and we were able to park with ease despite the crowd. Of course, there is a very well stocked circuit shop that sells related items or anything else you might need. One thing Americans understand is merchandising; outside that the visit is nothing short of essential.
Theaters in Indianapolis
Indiana Repertory Theatre
I were very impressed with the building that houses the theater and was originally a theater company Paramount. The Indiana Repertory Theatre is, as its name suggests, a repertory theater. That is, programming that constitutes the theatre works are represented exclusively by actors of the company, but I have understood that they also show different productions. Leaving aside the theatrical aspect, the building is a marvel. In the 20's it was an old cinema when movies were silent and projected in palaces. The extremely ornate facade alludes to only a portion of the treasures, as the interior is equally impressive. Converted into a theater in the 80s, it was rescued from a long decline that left it in ruins. There was a large steam organ to entertain the soirée of the silent film. The organ was preserved elsewhere. At night, fully lit, with its baroque arabesques, it pleases us to see it and transports us to that era when cinema was magic...
Of Touristic Interest in Richmond
Westin Washington DC
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Shopping Malls in Indianapolis
Circle Centre Mall
Circle Centre Mall is a large indoor shopping centre, located in downtown Indianapolis. It's in the Wholesale District, near Capitol and Monument Circle. It's part of the Simon chain, which has several outlets across the country, and brings together more than 100 shops and restaurants. It is connected by a system of walkways (Skywalk) to the Convention Center and several hotels. This shopping centre extends into four different blocks. Because of its location in the city centre, it's the best choice for tourists and a good place to park for cheap. The surrounding area is difficult to park in. The stores we can find here are the usual franchises. On the upper floor there is a multiplex theatre and ample space dedicated to video games. Moreover, it is a spacious and bright mall with a well-stocked food court. Since it was right across from our hotel, we could not help but look. The most striking feature no doubt is its architecture.
Of Touristic Interest in Indianapolis
Indiana Government Center North
This great set of government buildings is located on the western side of Indianapolis just behind the State Capitol. The southernmost building is the most modern, with post-modern architecture and a covered veranda. Being an official building, access is restricted. What I noticed was a sculpture of Abraham Lincoln, ve spent part of his youth in this city. He´s made to look as he should have at that time (as a child): no beard but just as skinny and lanky as ever.
Stadiums in Indianapolis
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Basketball fans will recognize this as the sports hall where the Indiana Pacers of the NBA play their home games. It is also home to two professional sports teams: women's basketball and ice hockey. Although its capacity is not anything special (14,000 spectators), the Fieldhouse stands out as one of the most advanced indoor sports facilities in the world. On the outside it looks brand new but it has a particularly striking design.
Historical Monuments in Indianapolis
Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument
It was our first visit to Indianapolis, and we didn't expect much from the city. After all, it's the capital of a predominantly rural state and isn't famous for having much to do! Apart from the famous race and the NBA team, we knew little about the city. Luckily, we found some interesting monuments like Monument Circle, a woody and pedestrianized area in the center. The circle is the starting point for many carriages that make tours around the city. At the center is a monument to the people of Indiana, colloquially known as Hoosiers, who fought in the First World War. It's a large monument, which is a little surprising as Indiana's contribution to the war effort was rather limited. Its artistic value is not very obvious, but it stands out for its sheer size, only a couple of centimeters lower than the Statue of Liberty. The base of the tower houses a museum about the civil war, and apparently you can climb to the top for a small fee.
Cathedrals in Indianapolis
The Scottish Rite Cathedral
During my trip to Indianapolis, I had some free time, so I wandered down to see the Capitol and the Scottish Rite Cathedral. I was expecting it to be an Anglican or Methodist church, but in reality it is a Masonic temple. In the US, this order is well-established, and has counted various presidents among its members. The cathedral is in a very central location, next to Memorial Square. It's built in the Gothic style, and has a very high bell-tower. The guided tour takes less than half an hour. The interior is full of ornaments, in stark contrast with the more sober exterior. The rooms within are full of esoteric and astrological symbols, all relating to the Masonic order. It's very nice, but completely different from what I'm used to in terms of religious buildings.
Historical Monuments in Indianapolis
Indiana State Capitol
I made a brief visit to the Indiana Statehouse, the capitol Indiana, to take advantage of a bit of free time I had while my wife and son went shopping. Like other buildings of its kind, it is clearly inspired by the Washington DC Capitol with classical, Renaissance and Hellenistic elements and a large dome. It is not built on a hill, as Indianapolis is completely flat, and it is located in the city center, just two blocks from the Monument Circle. From the outside, it's an imposing building, and the gardens are not as big as those I've seen in other capitols, but they do contain several interesting sculptures. Inside, after passing the mandatory checkpoints, I enjoyed a brief tour of the luxurious architecture, which was every bit as stunning as I expected from the home to the state's three branches of government.
Museums in Albany
Shaker Heritage Society
The Shaker Heritage Society (Albany) was founded in 1977 as a non-profit organization for the historic preservation and interpretation of the history of the Shakers and their influence on the region. It offers special group tours of the special building and historic district tours on Saturdays. It also offers craft courses, workshops, conferences and events annually.
Museums in Albany
Historic Cherry Hill
Historic Cherry Hill in Albany is entering an exciting phase of repair and restoration. As a result, the museum is currently closed for walking. Please visit their website often for the latest information on events and special tours. There are also guided tours.
Museums in Indianapolis
Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium
The Holcomb Observatory (Indianapolis) has a Physics and Anatomy Department that supports students from Butler University and Indianapolis. The public observatory houses a 38-inch Cassegrain reflector. All courses in astronomy and astrophysics are offered in the observatory. Also, students can use the telescope to study the cosmos.
Museums in Albany
New York State Museum
The main objective of this museum is to promote information and research relating to the conservation of biodiversity throughout the city of New York. The museum holds exhibitions about natural resources, environmental impact assessment, historic preservation, the development and impact of diseases, and environmental changes. The museum institute is open every day between 9:30 to 17.00.
Museums in Albany
Schuyler Mansion
Schuyler Mansion, a historic house is situated on Catherine Street in Albany, New York, United States. This brick mansion is now a museum, and also a building of National Historical importance. It was built from 1761-1762 for Philip Schuyler, later to become a Continental Army general and a Senator, who lived there from 1763 until his death in 1804. It was declared a National Historic Landmark on December 24, 1967.
Museums in Albany
New York Library Association
The Library Association of New York (NYLA) was started in 1890 to lead the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarians, so as to enhance learning, the quality of life and the equality of opportunities for all New York residents. Today, the NYLA works harder than ever to further its mission in supporting libraries and information services.
Museums in Indianapolis
Indiana State Museum
Indiana State Museum is situated in the center of Indianapolis and was inaugurated in 1862 as a natural history collection. The large amount of space in the building allow it to display approximately 300,000 artifacts in its collections. The museum displays the history of the natural world, Native Americans, cultural history and the future of Indiana.