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Avon, IN 46123
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The City Market in Indianapolis is a popular tourist destination, where thousands of people visit all of the time. Little do they know, underneath their feet and located well underground, lurks the City Market Catacombs. A true hidden gem, its a rusty brick grotto that used to be a public event hall but has since transformed into a historic attraction for curious visitors. Beneath the city streets features a cool area - meats and produce used to be stored here because of the low temperature - and limestone archways. The Catacombs are not easy to find, aren't open to the public and are only available to see through tours. Tours available the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, May through October Tours begin at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1 p.m.
This legendary track hosts some of the most anticipated auto racing events in the world. The Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, and the US Grand Prix keep the Indianapolis Motor Speedway busy through the spring and summer. The on-site Hall of Fame Museum houses yesteryear memorabilia and artifacts. At any given time at least 75 vehicles are on display for the public.
Visit Wheel Fun Rentals at the Eagle Creek Park Marina. Paddle or sail your way around the 1,400-acre lake on one of their kayaks, canoes, sailboats, or pontoon boats. The park is full of attractions and things to do, so a bike ride from the archery range to the picnic area, then from the playground to the Earth Discovery Center is fun for the family.
The International Orangutan Center is a new exhibit at the Indianapolis Zoo that offers an in-depth look into orangutans, one of the world's most endangered species. Explore one of the biggest groups of orangutans in America and interact with the friendly creatures through the interactive kiosks offered. The Center is specifically designed to meet the needs of the orangutans, both socially and intellectually, and strives to shed light on these animals' plight. Come face-to-face with an orangutan and watch as they swing from branch to branch high above your head. It's a whole new experience that will be thrilling for people of all ages.The Orangutan Center is included with zoo admission.
White River State Park welcomes you to sample its myriad delights. Located in the heart of the city, this enormous park beckons you to visit its premises and learn more about mother nature. It houses the Indianapolis Zoo, which is home to a variety of species of wild animals that children and adults alike will love to see. The two museums within the park ensure that you're well versed with local history, culture and traditions. Visit the on site Baseball Park and have a gala time cheering your favorite teams to victory. Ride your bike around the park or explore the scenic waters on boats. If you suddenly feel like watching a film, the Imax movie hall is close at hand. You can also book the facilities for hosting private events. The park is also home to a bevy of local and community events and cultural festivities held at one of the numerous event spaces within: the Lawn, amphitheaters and amusement zones. The visitor's center is an ideal place to stop and get your bearings before you wind your way through the park. Check website or call the park for more details.
The Indianapolis Zoo, located in the White River State Park, exhibits a collection of plants, 350 animal species, and has the largest aquarium in Indianapolis. Get ready for a close look at snakes, iguanas and other reptiles. Or go to the plains area to see lions and giraffes wandering about like it was the savanna. After the exciting trip you can find something to eat in the on-site restaurant, or just enjoy an ice-cream from one of the snack bars.
Located on almost 70 acres in downtown Indianapolis, this zoo is accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) and is home to hundreds of animals including bears, zebras, pigs, dolphins, elephants, Grand Cayman blue iguanas, rhinos, and giraffes. The stunning 3.3-acre botanical garden is full of interesting plants, butterflies, pathways, and sculptures.
The Indiana State Museum is located along the canal in White River State Park. The museum has three floors of galleries that tell the story of the great state of Indiana. Visitors are inspired to learn more about the state (and its glittering capital city) by exploring its art, science and culture. Some galleries on the top floor are often devoted to much sought-after traveling exhibitions as well. The building itself is a sight to behold, especially after noting that it is constructed exclusively of Hoosier materials: limestone, steel, brick, sandstone and glass. It is truly a work of art. On site is a two-story gift shop and some casual dining options.
The distinguished Medal of Honor Memorial is a monumental memorial situated in Indianapolis, Indiana in U.S.A. It ably honors the recipients of the prestigious Medal of Honor, which is rightfully the topmost award conferred by the United States Military for valor. It comprises of as many as 27 glass panel sets in concrete bases. It also constitutes Indiana limestone in reflexes of buff, gray and pink. The panels are organized in 15 walls and the site is aesthetically intact. The remarkable Memorial has also been honored with the 2001 Merit Award by the American Society of Landscape Architects.
The globe trotting and knowledge seeking tourist will not want to miss this splendid museum. One of the few museums that strives to preserve all of the arts of the American West, it houses a large collection of both Western and Native American art. This makes it a great place to learn about indigenous people in the context of American history. The museum arranges events and programs to encourage community in the city. Private parties like weddings and business conferences can also be held within its beautiful environs. For further information on current exhibitions, log on to their website.
Military Park is Indianapolis' oldest and most storied. In this city of epic monuments and patriotic celebrations, this has been the site of many of the above. Today, it sits on the bank of the Canal, and provides safe haven for students and working folk looking for a shady spot to while away a sunny afternoon.
The Freetown Village aims at promoting art and culture amongst the African-American Community. It was started by Ophelia Wellington who wanted to spread a word or two about the Afro-American history. The Freetown Village organizes various theatre performances, dances and African cultural programs which aim to spread awareness of the African community in Indiana. They also conduct research work on the history of the community in Indiana and even hold camps, workshops, organize tours, walks and other outdoor activities for children. The Freetown Village also has a very creative and well trained team of troops who are available for performances.