Today we travel to Indianapolis, IN with Chelsea @ two twenty one. Chelsea has lived in Indianapolis for almost 3 years now, and I have enjoyed exploring the all of the interesting parks, museums, neighborhoods, and events that Indy has to offer.
10 Free things to do in Indianapolis, IN
Indianapolis, AKA Indy, is the capitol of Indiana and is home to 2 major league sports teams and the world’s largest children museum!
If you have kids and you’re visiting Indy you have to check out The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. It’s the world’s largest children’s museum! While I haven’t been since I was a child, they have many amazing, interactive exhibits for all ages. I want to borrow a friend’s child just so I can go! Admission is free for kids ages 2 and under. The museum offers 4 free days each year: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, El Dia de Los Niños, and Christmas Eve!
Pro tip: Buy your tickets online ahead of time for the lowest price.
Want to see the original Love sculpture by Robert Indiana? Head over to the 152 acre Indianapolis Museum of Art (also called the IMA). It’s where my fiancé and I had our engagement photos taken (that’s us smoochin’ in front of the Love sculpture). The IMA has a collection of over 50,000 pieces of art for you to check out. Once you’re done inside you have to walk around the grounds. The Lilly House and formal gardens are breathtaking. I highly recommend walking the trails in the 100 Acres at The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. Admission is free for kids 5 and under. There is also free admission for everyone on the following days:
- January 14 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018
- February 1 – 4 pm to 9 pm
- March 1 – 4 pm to 9 pm
- April 5 – 4 pm to 8 pm
- May 3 – 4 pm to 8 pm
- May 22 – Gardens and Museums Day
- June 7 – 4 pm to 8 pm
The conservatory contains 10,000 square feet of plants from the tropics. The conservatory is open year-round so even it’s 30 degrees outside, the conservatory is in full bloom. I’ll definitely be taking some trips here next winter. The Sunken Garden includes 3 acres of European classical formal gardens, including paved walkways, historic fountains, and beautiful landscaping. Admission is $2 per person, and kids 2 and under are free.
Head downtown and walk the 3-mile loop. It’s bustling with pedal boats, gondolas, bicycles, and surreys.
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Located downtown Indianapolis, the Artsgarden offers hundreds of free lunchtime and weekend musical performances throughout the year. The Artsgarden also has the Cultural Concierge, a source for free information, maps, visitor guides, ticket information, and more for Indianapolis arts events.
Have a train lover in your family? Head to the Indiana Transportation Museum. The museum features diesel, steam, and electric rail transportation from as early as 1898. Train rides are available on most weekends (for an additional fare).