Indiana attractions run the gamut, from the beaches
on the shores of Lake Michigan and a number of riverboat casinos
to the excitement of Indianapolis
tourist attractions like the Indy
500 and beautiful Lake Patoka
in the southern part of the state. You'll find other Indiana tourist attractions
throughout the state.
Most people who visit Indiana will spend some time exploring the Indianapolis attractions in the state's capital and largest city. As luck would have it, the most important of all Indiana tourist attractions is in the city itself. The Indy 500, held each year in May, is one of the most important NASCAR circuit races and is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For a racing enthusiast, getting a ticket to this race is like getting a ticket to the Super Bowl for a football lover. It's one of the most important events in Indiana, and one of the most visited Indianapolis tourist attractions is the famous Speedway. Established in 1909, it is part of the history of Indiana, and boasts a museum with an impressive automotive collection. Races are held here throughout the summer.
There are many other Indianapolis attractions for visitors to enjoy. Spend
some time exploring Broad Ripple Village, a district with six different cultural
neighborhoods, full of museums, galleries, shops, restaurants and clubs. The
Museum of Art boasts an impressive collection of art from around the world.
There is also a beautiful park consisting of 100 acres of wetlands, forest,
and a lake. If traveling with your family, the Children's
Museum of Indianapolis (it bills itself as the largest children's museum
in the world) will keep the kids busy with fascinating interactive exhibits.
And, children of all ages will be delighted with the animals at the Indianapolis
Zoo, from tigers and polar bears to cheetahs and dolphins. The zoo is located
in White River State Park, another of the Indianapolis tourist attractions that
is also popular with locals. This is the only urban park in the city, with plenty
of green spaces, an IMAX theater and the respected Eiteljorg Museum of American
West and Native America.
There are plenty of outdoor and recreational Indiana attractions to entice.
With more than 400 courses for golfing
in the state, Indiana is a prime destination for the sport. There are great
hiking trails, from wooded state
parks to the beaches and dunes along Lake Michigan. In fact, one of the Indiana
tourist attractions is the Lake Michigan coastline, shared by the state of Michigan,
Wisconsin, and Illinois.
The Indiana beaches here are considered the best on the lake. Patoka Lake offers
opportunities for fishing and
Other Indiana tourist attractions include a town named Santa Claus, site of
the Holiday World Amusement
Park and a post office handling thousands of letters addressed to Santa
every year. Bloomington,
home of Indiana University, boasts wineries. You can explore four beautiful
caves in the southern part of
the state or go shopping at a surprising number of malls and shops in Terre
While Indianapolis attractions can be visited using the city's public transportation, you will probably need to rely on car rentals to explore the Indiana attractions a little further off the beaten path.