Indianapolis, Indiana, or as the cool kids like to say, “Nap Town” is the beautiful capitol city of Indiana. It is a town full of history and promise for the future. Being in the crossroads of America, Indianapolis has always been a busy city. With many major highways running through the city, it is highly likely that you will travel through Indianapolis on your next road trip. So what makes Nap Town so special? It’s special because it is fully of things to do and see.
Indianapolis is home to a number of professional and semi-professional sports teams. Sports have long been an integral part of Indiana culture. Hoosiers are fans of nearly every sport, including football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, and racing. If you’re passing through, be sure to catch a game or a race before you leave. Here are some of the teams that call Indianapolis home:
- The Indianapolis Colts – Originally the Baltimore Colts, the Indianapolis Colts moved to Nap Town in 1984. The Colts, the former team of Peyton manning, call the Lucas Oil Stadium home. The team won the 2007 Super Bowl against the Bears. In 2012, Indianapolis proudly hosted Super Bowl XLVI. Although the Colts didn’t make it to the Super Bowl that year, it is still a proud moment in Indianapolis’s history.
- Indiana Pacers – The Indianapolis Pacers are a basketball team that has long called Indiana home. Perhaps the most famous basketball from the Pacers team is Reggie Miller. The Indianapolis Pacers’ home is the Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.
- Indianapolis 500 – Indianapolis is the home of the Indy 500. People flock to the speedway every spring to watch this Indy cars practice, qualify, and eventually the big race.
Activities for Kids
Indianapolis is a very kid-friendly city, offering several attraction that children will enjoy. There are a couple places in the city that are meant specifically for children, ensuring that your kids will have a great time in the city.
- Indianapolis Zoo – Indianapolis features a zoo full of animals your kids will love. Be sure to catch a dolphin show while you are there and watch the dolphins do their tricks. But beware! They make a big splash. Visitors to the Indianapolis Zoo can also stop to pet the dog sharks and feel their slimy skin.
- Indianapolis Children’s Museum – The Indianapolis children’s museum is the most kid-friendly museum in the midwest. It has three or four floors full of educational, hands-on exhibits for children to enjoy. While there, be sure to check out the SpaceQuest Planetarium and catch a show.
Indianapolis has several other attraction of interest.
- Soldiers & Sailors Monument – Standing 284 ft. 6 in. tall, the Soldiers & Sailors monument honors the service of all Indiana citizens who have sacrificed their lives to serve our country.
- World’s Largest Christmas Tree – Every Friday after Thanksgiving, Indianapolis lights the world’s largest Christmas tree. The tree can be found in Monument Circle. The lights illuminate the circle, making it a beautiful, romantic spot during the Christmas season.
- Eagle Creek – Both a fun place for family enjoyment, and also home to businesses that take advantage of the beautiful landscapes provided by the nature preserve. Be sure to check out their garden center to bring a piece of nature home with you after you hike beautiful trails that the park has to offer!
- The Canal – Indianapolis is one of few large cities not located on a major body of water. But just because Nap Town doesn’t sit on a river doesn’t mean it doesn’t have water. The canal in downtown Indianapolis is a nice place to walk along or even enjoy a concert.
Now that you know what Indianapolis has to offer, you are ready to make it your next road trip destination!