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Top 12 Kid-Friendly Indianapolis Attractions

The Circle City. Naptown. Indy. Whatever is bringing you to the greater Indianapolis area, just like the diversity of names our city is known by, there are a number of diverse activities the whole family can enjoy.

Here is a list of tried-and-true favorite Kid Friendly Indianapolis Attractions:

 

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Location: 3000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Contact: 317-334-4000 or childrensmuseum.org/
With 472,900-square feet, more than 120,000 artifacts, and over 1 million visitors each year, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the largest children’s museum in the world. Since it was first established in 1925, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has expanded to become one of the top-ranked, most-respected children’s museums in the nation, providing one-of-a-kind experiences that range from our immersive Dinosphere© to the exquisite, five-story Fireworks of Glass sculpture by renowned artist Dale Chihuly. The Children’s Museum is at the forefront of creating learning experiences with the power to transform the lives of children and families.

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

 

Indianapolis Zoo

Location: 1200 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
Contact: (317) 630-2001 or indianapoliszoo.com
Located along the scenic banks of the White River, the Zoo is conveniently located near beautiful downtown Indianapolis with easy access to walking and biking trails into the city. At the Zoo, guests can connect with animals and plants within the Zoo’s biomes, or living habitats that closely resemble their native regions of the globe. These five areas — Oceans, Forests, Deserts, Encounters, and Plains — are home to more than 1,600 animals of approximately 250 species as well as 23,000 plant specimens that guests can visit year-round. Check out their hints for a great visit.

Conner Prairie

Location: 13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers, IN 46038
Contact: (317) 776-6000 or connerprairie.org/
Conner Prairie is one of the largest attractions in the region and one of the most visited outdoor museums in the country. They have a long history of innovation that spans the fields of science, history, art, and nature. On their grounds, every guest has the opportunity to pursue fun and knowledge in a way that is tailored to them. Don’t forget to check out their brand new four-story treehouse!

NCAA Hall Of Champions

Location: 700 W. Washington Street
Contact:  (317) 916-4255 or ncaahallofchampions.org
The NCAA Hall of Champions boasts two-levels of interactive exhibits to engage visitors and create a true-to-life understanding of what it takes to make the grade. Arena, on the first level, all 24 NCAA sports are represented and include a novice to historian trivial challenge, current team rankings, video highlights, and artifacts donated from colleges around the nation. Play, on the second level, is a fully interactive area to compete virtually and hands-on through sports simulators, a 1930s retro gymnasium, ski simulator and more.

NCAA Hall Of Champions_ Indy's Child Magazine
NCAA Hall Of Champions

Newfields: A Place for Nature & the Arts

Location: 4000 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Contact: (317) 923-1331 or discovernewfields.org/
Play and learn all year round — inside and out! Discover new ways of seeing the world around you. Explore the galleries, an early twentieth-century estate, and an outdoor art and nature park all on our 152-acre campus.

Learning Curve @ Central Library

Location: 40 E St Clair St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Contact: (317) 275-4100 or imcpl.org/locations/central/
Open since December 2007, the Learning Curve @ Central Library is a high tech, high energy, hands-on information environment designed for today’s children. The Learning Curve is the Children’s Floor of Indianapolis Public Library’s Central Library. They always have fun activities, games, and workshops going on!

The Activity Wall inside the Learning Curve at Central Library

Rhythm! Discovery Center

Location: Claypool Court, 110 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Contact: (317) 275-9030 or rhythmdiscoverycenter.org/
The Rhythm! Discovery Center is the world’s foremost percussion museum providing innovative programs; interactive, standards-based educational exhibits; and artist performances. Drawing upon cultures from around the world, the Center offers a unique, engaging experience to explore the universality of rhythm and percussion and its role in shaping communication, music, art, performance and society. Walking through the visually captivating exhibit rooms and performance venue, guests are invited to fulfill their dreams of being a percussionist. Rhythm! Discovery Center welcomes you to make your own music and Find Your Rhythm!

Rhythm! Discovery Center
Rhythm! Discovery Center

 

White River State Park

Location: 801 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
Contact: (317) 233-2434 or inwhiteriver.com/
White River State Park boasts world-class attractions and destinations that offer distinctive experiences for every interest and visitor! Yes, you will find green spaces, trails, trees, and waterways that you expect at any state park.  In addition to nature’s wonderland, you will find cultural, educational, and recreational attractions and events in our urban getaway’s 250-acres.

Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument

Location:1 Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis
Contact: in.gov/iwm

Recognized as one of the world’s outstanding monuments, the structure has come to symbolize both the City of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana. The Soldiers & Sailors Monument is Indiana’s official memorial to the Hoosiers that served in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Frontier Wars and the Spanish-American War. Admission is free but an elevator ride means a $2 charge. The Museum and Gift Shop are open from 10:30am-5:30pm Wednesday – Sunday between May and October, or Friday-Sunday between November and April.

 

Indiana State Museum

Location: 650 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Contact: (317) 232-1637 or indianamuseum.org/
Explore one of Indianapolis’ top attractions. The Indiana State Museum in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis is the place to go to uncover Indiana’s secrets. The museum houses exhibits on science, art, culture and history of Indiana from prehistoric times up to the present day. The museum provides stunning views and architecture, making it a great venue for weddings, special events or meetings. Home to the Farmer’s Market Cafe, the Indiana Store gift shop, and the IMAX Theater, Indiana’s largest movie screen.

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Location: 500 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Contact: (317) 636-9378 or eiteljorg.org/
The Eiteljorg is a great activity for the whole family. Check out their list of Seven Ways Families Can Have Fun at the Eiteljorg Museum. The Eiteljorg Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Midwest, and one of only two museums east of the Mississippi that explore both Native America and the American West.

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Indianapolis Cultural Trail

Contact: 317-653-1984 or indyculturaltrail.org/
The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick is an 8-mile world-class urban bike and pedestrian path in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. The Indiana Pacers Bikeshare makes 250 bikes at 26 stations available to you and your family.


If you’re looking for even more Kid Friendly Activities in Indianapolis, check out the Indy’s Child Calendar for up to date family activities.

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