Way too often, I hear that Indy is boring- the typical, there’s nothing to do here, the midwest sucks, blah blah blah. Obviously these people haven’t been getting out much, because Indy has amazing festivals, restaurants, museums, concerts, and outdoor activities going on year round! Here is the first in my series on backyard tourism, starting with my favourite Indy museums.
- Indianapolis Museum of Art– The IMA has a fantastic art collection, ranging from traditional religious to the Impressionists Van Gogh is my fav) to local modern pieces. If it’s nice out, check out the 100 Acres gardens- the flowers are gorgeous and there are some interesting outdoor sculptures.
- Conner Prairie– In addition to the regular historic activities (the Geekling likes talking to the actors and petting the goats), Conner Prairie just opened a nature trail perfect for walks. Symphony on the Prairie is also coming up! Membership is super affordable too, the fiance and I just got a family membership for $80!
- Indiana Historical Society– The You Are There exhibit brings historic photos to life down to every detail- by far my favourite exhibit at IHS. At Destination Indiana you can explore stories from each of Indiana’s 92 counties and immerse yourself in the music of Indiana native Cole Porter in the Cole Porter Room.
- Indiana State Museum– Explore the Indiana science, art history and culture through the permanent and rotating exhibits at the ISM. There’s also an IMAX 🙂
- Children’s Museum of Indianapolis– This has been one of my favourite places in Indy since I was a kid and I still enjoy it as an adult. I not a fan of their upcoming Avatar exhibit (not a very small child appropriate choice, plus what EXACTLY are they doing when they hook up their pony tails with the birds and horses?), but overall it is a good time for all. The dollhouses and the science exhibits are favourites of the Geekling.
- The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art– The Eiteljorg explores art and culture of the American west through art, film, and cultural objects. The Indian Market and Festival is coming up on June 22-23 and presents the Native American culture through art, music, dance, food, and more.
Next up- Food in Indy! It’s pretty awesome.