People across the country will flock to Indianapolis for the NCAA Men’s 2021 Basketball Tournament starting March 18, including fans of the Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartan.
Whether they attend the games or not, many college basketball fans want to immerse themselves in the city where all the action takes place. Indianapolis has lots of cool places to visit. Here are 10 things not to be missed while there.
10. The Canal Walk – Water actually flows right through Downtown Indy, with the canal stretching from White River State Park to 11th Street. The Canal Walk is part of the Indiana Central Canal, which was dug in the early 19th century to facilitate trade.
The renovated Canal Walk is ideal for hikers, runners, bikers and people watchers. You can also rent pedal boats west of the Indiana State Museum.
9. NCAA Hall of Champions – Indy is not only home to the NCAA headquarters, but also this Hall of Champions, a museum that represents all 24 NCAA sports. It has two levels of interactive exhibits, sports simulators, a retro gym from the 1930s, and more.
The NCAA Hall of Champions is currently open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $ 5 for adults and $ 3 for children ages 6-18.
8. Sports Legends Experience at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum – The largest children’s museum in the world is home to the 7.5-acre Sports Legends Experience. This area offers 12 outdoor sports experiences and three indoor exhibits with an emphasis on physical fitness and sports history. The opening times are daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is recommended to buy tickets in advance.
7. JW Marriott NCAA Tournament Bracket – You should check out this 17-story NCAA tournament bracket sticker on the side of the JW Marriott downtown. The 47,000 square foot bracket is the largest ever built. It’s about the size of 10 basketball courts. The hotel is located on 10 S. West Street.
6. “The hottest dish in the world” – Ray Lampe from the Travel Channel called the fiery prawn cocktail in the St. Elmo Steakhouse in Indy “the hottest dish in the world”. Give it a try if you dare to visit the oldest steakhouse in Indianapolis in its original location at 127 S. Illinois Street.
5. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum – Housed in the famous 4 km oval of the Indy Motor Speedway, the collection at this museum includes more than a century of Indy 500 automobiles and artifacts. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame is also located in the museum, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $ 12 for adults and $ 8 for children ages 6-15.
4. Indianapolis Museum of Art Newfields – See masterpieces by Rembrandt, Picasso, O’Keeffe, and more. This museum has one of the most comprehensive collections of Neo-Impressionist paintings in North America. Located in 38th and Michigan, the museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here in advance.
3. Benjamin Harris Presidential Site – Enter the former home of the 23rd President of the United States, the only Indiana President. This 16-room, 10,000-square-foot museum was built in the 1870s at 1230 N. Delaware Street in the Old Northside Historic District.
The tours take place in small groups at different times every day. Reservations are required and can be purchased here for $ 12 for adults and $ 7 for children ages 5-17.
2. Crispus Attucks Museum – Located in Crispus Attucks High School at 13 140 MLK Street Door, the museum is home to memorabilia from the first All Black High School in Indiana. The school was named after Attucks in 1927. He was a hero of the American Revolution after being the first victim of the war.
In 1955, the Crispus Attucks high school basketball team, led by a young Oscar Robertson, became the country’s first all-black team to win a state high school basketball title.
The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To visit it, you need to make an appointment in advance by calling 317-409-5281. Tickets are only $ 6 per person in cash.
1. Nightly Light Show – Head to Monument Circle each evening as the heart of downtown is lit up with a seasonal light show and a unique greeting. The light show runs 365 days a year for 15 minutes at 8.45 p.m., 9.45 p.m. and 10.45 p.m. The show lasts 15 minutes and is synchronized with an original score by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
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