10 Indianapolis Area Destinations to Take the Kids

With lots of parks, safe neighborhoods, and affordable housing options, Indianapolis is a great place to raise a family. Indianapolis is also home to countless family friendly attractions. Here are 10 of our favorite family friendly attractions. What are yours?

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The largest children’s museum in the world and Indiana’s number 1 non-sports attraction, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has to top our list. With 11 galleries spread over 472,900 square-feet, there is an endless amount fun to be had by all! Be sure to check the website for information on special exhibits and free days.

Dallara IndyCar Factory

The Dallara IndyCar factory offers hands-on exhibits centered around the engineering and technology of the world’s fastest sport! While you are visiting, don’t forget to strap on a helmet and slip into the street-legal IndyCar 2-Seater and speed past the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Bonus: Kids 4 and under get in free!

Victory Field

Adults and kids alike will enjoy taking in a baseball game at America’s Best Minor League Ballpark, according to Sports Illustrated. For families with small children, consider bringing a blanket and sitting on the lawn, where kids can move about freely.

Indianapolis Zoo

250 animal species and more than 2,000 varieties of plants call the Indianapolis Zoo home. If you haven’t been to the Indianapolis Zoo in a while, make this summer the year you visit. On May 24th, the highly anticipated International Orangutan Center opens. Don’t forget to stop by the White River Gardens, where butterflies take over the conservatory for much of the spring and summer months.

Sky Zone

Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park and is great fun for kids and adults alike! Show off your backflips, play dodgeball, dunk a basketball, or soar into the foam pit. Have young children? Don’t worry, Sky Zone will provide an area where smaller kids can safely enjoy jumping. 

Conner Prairie

Conner Prairie is an interactive history park. Let the kids explore the 1836 Prairietown, take the 1863 Civil War Journey, or the 1859 Balloon Voyage. Don’t miss the nature walks, forget to pet the animals, or stop by the indoor Discovery Play and Learning Area. To get the most of your visit, plan ahead using the website.

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Arts and Nature Park: 100 Acres

This free artpark includes woodlands, wetlands, meadows, and 35-acre lake. But the main attraction are the interactive, hands-out sculptures. Climb atop an oversized skelton, swing from a giant tree limb, and take a break on one of the many yellow benches...that is, if you can manage to without sliding off! Don’t forget to bring a basketball for the Free Basket exhibit.

Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Garden

After swimming, running, or swinging in the 136 acre Garfield Park, stop in at the park’s conservatory and sunken garden. Don’t miss the tulips in the spring or the poinsettias at Christmas! Plan ahead to catch a youth education program. The best part is admission is only a buck!

Rhythm! Discovery Center

Do your kids love music? Do you often find them banging on the pots and pans? We have the perfect spot, right here in Indy, to take them! The Rhythm! Discovery Center is the world’s foremost percussion museum. The exhibits are interactive, educational, and engaging. It’s a great place for kids to learn about music, cultures, and performing...and to burn off a little energy!

Canal Walk

The Canal Walk, located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, is the perfect place to spend an hour or an entire day. The family can walk, kayak, bike, or paddle down the canal. Or if the group is feeling very adventurous, take a Segway tour! Make a small pit stop for ice cream or a large one to visit one of the museums on the canal, like the Indiana State Museum and IMAX, Eiteljorg or the Indiana History Center. 

What is your family’s favorite Indianapolis attraction?