I’m not usually one to brag or boast, but after reading the latest issue of Parents magazine, I need to brag on my city a bit. Parents magazine ranked the top 10 best cities for families to visit and number 9 on the list was my stomping grounds, Indianapolis. Now, I think Indy is a pretty awesome place to visit (but I’m a little biased since we’ve chosen to raise our kids here), but seeing a major media outlet recognize the awesomeness that is Indy is sweet.
Receiving mention was the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, the largest children’s museum in the world. Yes, it’s really that big!! Five levels full of fun, including a huge dinosaur exhibit, carousel you can ride and even a playhouse area for the littler ones. Parking is free, there is really nice cafeteria with plenty of choices for lunch (or pack your own) and lots of room to sit and a membership pays for itself in just two visits.
Other Indy highlights:
Conner Prairie–a colonial living history museum with petting zoo, live actors, water park area and lots of fun activities, all based around Indiana in 1800s.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum–75 race cars on display, plus other memorabilia from races past. Families can also opt for a bus tour of the track, as well as behind-the-scenes tours of the pits and other race areas.
100 Acres Park at the Indianapolis Art Museum–both the museum and the park are free (double bonus!) and kids especially will love the outdoor sculptures they can touch and climb on.
White River Canal–take a walk along the historic canal, where you can rent bicycles, paddleboats and Segway’s to tour the park area. Check out the gondoliers giving rides down the canal. Lots of open green space with plenty of room to play, picnic and enjoy the Indy downtown. Also along the canal is the Eitlejorg Museum, NCAA Hall of Champions and Indiana State Museum.
Check out the full list of family-friendly cities to visit at: http://www.parents.com/fun/vacation/10-best-cities-for-families-to-visit/