From natural wonders to eclectic restaurants, Indianapolis is bursting with incredible attractions that people come from across the country to experience. If you’re looking for some of the best places to visit in the Circle City, these nine are some of the best in the entire U.S.
1. The IMA Gardens at Newfields
The gardens at the Indianapolis Museum of Art are an extraordinary outdoor attraction that's easily one of the most stunning places in the country. With whimsical art displays, intricate natural designs, and incredible statues and architecture, this outdoor wonderland offers an unforgettable experience.
You'll find these stunning gardens at 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46208.
2. Eagle Creek Park
This popular natural attraction in northern Indianapolis spans 3,900 acres of land and 1,400 acres of water. It's one of the largest municipal parks in the country and easily the most beautiful. With incredible hikes and treks through the woodlands and amazing attractions on the water (like canoeing and kayaking). It's a lovely oasis in the middle of the the city.
You'll find this park at 7840 W 56th St., Indianapolis, IN 46254.
2. St. Elmo Steakhouse
Going head-to-head with top competitors in countries like England, NYC, and France the world, this beloved eatery made the
Forbes list of Top 10 Classic Restaurants in the World. This classic steakhouse is the oldest in Indianapolis and has an amazing cocktail lounge.
Try it at 127 South Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225.
4. Garfield Park
The Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens is a hidden gem on the southside of Indianapolis. This remarkable attraction features some of the best natural exhibits inside of their jungle-like conservatory and enchanting sunken gardens. You'll feel like you've stepped into a fairy tale when you visit this magical park.
You'll find this unbelievable attraction at 2345 Pagoda Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46203.
5. The Monon Trail
The Monon Trail is an amazing railway trail that cuts through some of the most scenic parts of the city. Whether you're walking or riding your bike, you'll be amazed by the attractions you encounter on this one-of-a-kind trail.
Find a full list of trail entrances
6. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway
This popular speedway is home to the largest full-day sporting event in the entire world. While the big race may only happen once a year, this speedway boasts an incredible IndyCar museum and opportunities to explore the raceway behind the wheel.
You'll find this unique raceway at 4790 W 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46222.
7. Massachusetts Avenue
This energetic street in the heart of downtown Indianapolis is a mecca for dining, art, shopping, and local culture. Mass Ave is home to some of the most popular city restaurants, shops, bars, cafes, and unique attractions. There's always something fun happening on this bustling street, which is also one of Indy's main cultural districts.
You'll find this cultural district at Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN.
8. The Indianapolis Zoo
The world class zoo in Indy was the first in the country to be accredited as a zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden. This expansive park is split into different habitats that allow you to discover animals in natural scenes similar to their environments in the wild. The Oceans exhibit also houses underwater adventures, from petting baby sharks to experiencing dolphins. The gardens surrounding the zoo are also worthy of exploration, particularly the butterfly kaleidoscope exhibit.
You'll find this top-rated zoo at 1200 W Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46222.
9. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
You'll find the largest children's museum in the world right here in Indy, and it's a blast for both kids and adults. With interactive exhibits exploring dinosaurs, space, pop culture, and even a chocolate slide, everyone will get in touch with their inner child here.
Find this famous museum at 3000 N Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208.
Have you been to any of these incredible places in the Circle City? Which attraction was your favorite and why? Are there others you would add to this list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!