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The Best Children's Museum, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Located in Indiana

Below is a list of the best places I would visit on a trip to this location. My picks fit my personality and interest. Everyone has a different interest so you may not like everything I listed which is fine.  If you like a place, I recommend saving it to Google Maps for a future trip down the road. I made sure to include the address or GPS to make it easier to find.  You can find out more about me in the "About Me" section to see if we share common interests.


Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes at Yolk Located in Indianapolis Indiana

Yolk - City Way

220 E South St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Hey Ricky! Omelet: Smashed Avocado, Chorizo, Onion, Jalapeno, Pepper Jack & Cheddar. Topped with Sour Cream and Salsa. Served with Pancakes 

Farm House: Warm Fresh Biscuits and Sausage Gravy. Topped with Two Eggs Any Style.  

Chicken 'n' Waffles: Bacon Waffle Topped with Crispy Fried Boneless Chicken Breast, Sausage Gravy, and Sunny Side Up Egg 

Breakfast Mac & Cheese: Mac & Cheese Loaded with Ham and Bacon, Chives, Topped with Panko Parmesan Crust and Sunny Side Up Egg

Cheesy Egg Sandwich: Two Fried Eggs, Tomato, Cheddar, Bacon, and Pesto Sauce on a Toasted Bagel 


Daily 7:30 am - 2 pm

Order Online: Yes

Jan. Highlight: Nutty Monkey Cakes - Fluffy Pancakes Filled with Banana Slices, Chocolate Chips, and Layered with Creamy Peanut Butter

Cinnamon Roll from Lincoln Square Pancake House Located in Indianapolis Indiana

Lincoln Square Pancake House

613 W 11th St, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Donut Biscuit Appetizer: Fried Biscuits Sprinkled with Sugar and Served with Apple Butter $6.29

The Entire Farm: Open Biscuit Topped with Fried Chicken Breast, Bacon, Cheese, Homemade Sausage Gravy, and Eggs  $15.29

Meat Lovers Scrambler: Two Eggs Scrambled with Bacon, Sausage, Boar's Head Ham, and Cheddar Cheese. Served with 2 strips of bacon and 2 sausage links with hash browns $13.29

Blueberry Stuffed Pancakes: Blueberry Pancakes Stuffed and Topped with Blueberry Butter, Strawberries and Blueberries $11.29

Hammy Sammy: Scrambled Eggs and Boar's Head Ham, Topped with Swiss & American Cheese, Served on Grilled Sour Dough with Hash Browns $11.29


Daily 7 am - 3 pm

Order Online: No

Jan. Highlight: Get the Cinnamon Roll


Indianapolis Zoo

The Indianapolis Zoo is a nonprofit organization located in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. It opened in 1964 and currently covers 64 acres of land, including indoor and outdoor exhibits. The zoo is home to over 1,200 animals representing more than 200 species from around the world.

Featured Animals

  • Orangutans (Largest Collection in American Zoos)

  • Cheetah

  • Meerkats

  • Arctic Fox

  • Alaskan Brown Bear

  • Grey Seal

  • Honey Bees


Adult Price Range $15.00 - $32.75

Child (2-12) Price Range $11.75 - $28.75

Senior (62+) Price Range $13.75 - $30.75

Parking: $10.00

Lucy from Indianapolis Zoo in Indiana

1200 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46222

Hours (1.17.24)

Closed Mon & Tue

Wed to Sun 9 am - 4 pm

Jan. Highlight: First-Ever Baby Rhino Due in February

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a museum dedicated to children and families located in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. It was founded in 1925 and is now one of the largest children's museums in the world, covering 472,900 square feet.

The museum features interactive exhibits and activities for children of all ages, including science experiments, hands-on art projects, and educational displays. Some of the most popular exhibits include the Dinosphere, which features life-sized dinosaur skeletons and interactive displays about prehistoric life, and the SpaceQuest Planetarium, which offers immersive shows about space exploration.

The museum also offers educational programs and workshops, including camps and classes on topics like science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and strives to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all visitors.

Some Exhibits

The Dinosphere: Walk Among Life Size Dinosaurs

Carousel Wishes and Dreams: Ride the Carousel, Explore the Maze of Mirrors, Climb a Tree House, and Pretend to Serve Treats in a Retro Ice Cream Parlor

Take Me There Greece: Learn about the Daily Life and Culture of Greece

Fireworks of Glass: 43-Foot Tower of 3200 Pieces of Blown Glass

And So Much More To See


Adult Price Range $24.00 - $30.50

Youth Price Range $19.00 - $25.50

The Best/Biggest Childrens Museum in the World - Will Not Disappoint

The Best Children's Museum, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Located in Indiana

3000 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Hours (1.17.24)

Monday Closed

Tues to Sun 10 am - 5 pm

Feb Highlight: New Interactive Experience - Emotions at Play with Pixar's Inside Out - Feb 3rd to May 19th


Newfields is a cultural campus located in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. It includes a museum, gardens, and a performance venue, and is focused on promoting art, nature, and culture. The museum features a collection of over 60,000 works of art from around the world, including paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts.

The gardens at Newfields cover 152 acres and feature a variety of landscapes, including a formal garden, a woodland garden, and a water garden. The gardens also include several outdoor art installations and sculptures.

Newfields also has a performance venue, The Toby Theatre, which hosts a variety of concerts, films, and other cultural events throughout the year.

The campus offers educational programs for visitors of all ages, including art classes, nature walks, and workshops on topics like gardening and sustainability. Newfields is committed to being a welcoming and inclusive space, and strives to promote diversity and accessibility in all of its programs and offerings.


The LUME Indianapolis featuring Monet & Friends Alive: Creative Way to Look at European Art

Stephen Sprouse - Rock | Art | Fashion: Feature More Than 60 Ensembles and Shoes Design by Stephen Sprouse

We. The Culture: Works by The Eighteen Art Collective

El Tendedero / The Clothesline Indiana: Artwork from Monica Mayer on Violence Against Women

Artist Among Us: First-Ever All-Staff Exhibition of Artwork

Women of Atelier 17:  Artwork of Eight Female Artists Who Were Members of the Experimental Printmaking Workshop Atelier 17 in New York During the 1940s and ‘50s.


Adults $20.00

Senior (55+) $18.00

Youth (6-17) $13.00

Newfields, Art Museum Located in Indianapolis Indiana

4000 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Hours (1.17.24)

Monday Closed

Tues & Sun 11 am - 4 pm

April Highlight: The Total Eclipse of the Art Event on April 8th

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is a museum dedicated to the history and culture of motor racing, located at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, USA. The museum opened in 1956 and houses a collection of race cars, trophies, and memorabilia from over 100 years of racing at the speedway.

The museum features over 75 vehicles on display, including classic race cars and motorcycles, as well as exhibits on the history of the speedway and the Indianapolis 500 race. Visitors can also take a bus tour of the speedway, which includes a lap around the famous oval track.

In addition to its exhibits, the museum offers educational programs for visitors of all ages, including summer camps, school field trips, and interactive experiences. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is committed to preserving the history and legacy of the speedway and its place in the world of motor racing.


Adults $15.00

Senior (62+) $14.00

Youth (6-15) $8.00

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Located in Indianapolis Indiana

4750 W 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46222

Hours (1.17.24)

CLOSED for Renovations

Until April 2025

Kiss The Bricks Tour - 30-minute bus tour around Indianapolis Motor Speedway Track - Adult $25 Senior $24 Youth $15


Steer-In Restaurant, a Local Favorite Located in Indianapolis Indiana


5130 E 10th St, Indianapolis, IN 46219


Monday 7 am - 3 pm

Tues to Thurs 7 am - 8 pm

Fri & Sat 7 am - 9 pm

Sunday 7 am - 8 pm

Order Online: Yes

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Bacon & Cheese Loaded Fries (starter): Pile of Fries Smothered with Mozzarella, Cheddar, and Asiago Cheese, Covered with Real Bacon Pieces and Chives $9.50

Hoosier Tenderloin Sandwich: Fresh Cut Pork Loin Served Grilled or Breaded with Lettuce, Tomato, and May on Toasted Bun $10.99

Sunrise Burger: Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, Lettuce, Red Onion, Pickles, Topped with One Egg Any Style, on Texas Toast $11.99

Chicken Country Dinner: Tender Breaded Chicken Breast Served with Mashed Potatoes, Smothered in Gravy, Vegetables, and a Roll $11.99

Fish & Chips: Hand-Battered Cod Filets Fried to a Golden Brown Served with Fries $11.99

Meat Me Hand Tossed Pizza: Italian Sausage, Canadian Bacon, Andouille Sausage, Pepperoni, Garlic, Basil, and their Cheese Blend - small $12.29 large $21.99

Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza, A Popular Pizza Place in Indianapolis Indiana

Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza

9165 Otis Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46216

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Goat Cheese Marinara (starter): Marinara Topped with Goat Cheese and Peppadew Peppers. Served with Warm Pita Bread for Dipping

Meatball Sub: Meatballs, Mozzarella, Green Pepper, Red Onion. Topped with Homemade Pizza Sauce and Served Open-Faced

Lasagna Pizza: Ricotta and Mozzarella Cheese, Italian Sausage, Green Onion, Extra Sauce, and Garlic

Slaughterhouse Five Pizza: Pepperoni, Ham, Sausage, Bacon, and Italian Beef

BBQ Pizza: Homemade BBQ Sauce, Chicken or Pulled Pork, Red Onions, and Smoked Gouda

Farmhouse Hangover Pizza: Housemade Chorizo Sausage Gravy, Scrambled Eggs, Chicken, Cheddar, and Bacon

Hours (1.17.24)

Sun to Thurs 11 am - 9:00 pm

Fri & Sat 11 am - 10:00 pm

Order Online: Yes

Jan. Highlight: GP Pizza Topped with House-Made Sweet/Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce, Italian Beef, Jalapenos, Diced Pickles, Cheddar Cheese, and Bacon

LiftOff Creamery, A Popular Ice Cream Place in Indianapolis Indiana

LiftOff Creamery

111 E 16th St Ste 105, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Sample of the Ice Cream Flavors

  • 7700 (Michigan Pothole): Thick, Black-Tar Fudge in Chocolate Ice Cream with Chunks of Chocolate Asphalt

  • Baggage (Banana Pudding): Banana Pudding Ice Cream Swirled with Marshmallow Creme and Vanilla Cookies

  • TCAS (Blueberry Burst): Creamy Mascarpone Cheese Ice Cream with Blueberry Topping

  • Taxiway Alpha (Apple Crisp): Cinnamon-Apple Ice Cream Layered with Oatmeal Crisp, and Topped with Brown Betty Swirl

  • MTOW (Marion Blackberry): Fruity, Blackberry Ice Cream Layered with Blackberry Sauce

  • Emergency Exit (Eskimo Kisses): Coconut Ice Cream with Chocolate Truffles and Thick Blanket of Fudge


Mon to Thurs 12:30 pm - 9 pm

Fri & Sat 12:30 pm - 10 pm

Sunday 12:30 pm - 9 pm

Order Online: Yes

One Scoop $4.79 - Double Scoop $5.79 - Triple Scoop $6.79 - Flight of 4 $7.05

Places to Stay

FYI: The hotel prices are estimated and will most likely fluctuate since I looked them up on their website.  I will keep them updated the best I can every three months.  I look for the cheapest available room, usually a queen bed. I typically look at book rates two months in advance and in the middle of the month to get average rates. Reminder: It is an ESTIMATE

JW Marriott Indianapolis

  • Located within Walking Distance of the Victory Field, Indiana State Museum, and Lucas Oil Stadium

  • From their Website: "One of the largest JW Marriott's in the world and recognized by Conde Nast as a Top Midwest hotel, welcome to JW Marriott Indianapolis. Located in central downtown, close to White River State Park, our hotel is the perfect place to explore Indy."

  • Food/Drinks Options: OP Italian (Italian Cuisine), High Velocity (Sports Bar Fare), and Starbucks (Coffee House)

  • Who is this for: Colts Fans, Minor League Baseball Fans, Animal Lovers, & Museum Walkers

The Room View of JW Marriott Indianapolis Located In Indiana

10 S West St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)

King Room in May 23' - $209.00

King Room in May 24' - $229.00

Ironworks Hotel Indy

  • Located Near USS Indianapolis Memorial Highway, Indiana State Fairgrounds, and Newfields

  • From their Website: "Ironworks Hotel provides all the modern amenities savvy travelers need, while keeping true to our inspiration of 19th century industrial design."

  • Food/Drinks Options: Rize (Light Organic Food), Provision (Sustainable & Fresh Menu), and Blue Sushi Sake Grill (Fun Spin on Sushi Experience)

  • Who is this for: Stay Outside of City, Padded Wallets, Fair Goers, & Steam Punk Lovers

The Room View at Ironworks Hotel Indy Located in Indianapolis Indiana

2721 E 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46240

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)

Queen Room in May 23' - $326.00

Queen Room in May 24' - $372.00

Jan. Highlight: Watch the NFL Playoffs at High Velocity Sports Bar

21 and up fun

Sun King Brewery, A Popular Brewery Located in Indianapolis Indiana

Sun King Brewery

135 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202


Pachanga: Mexican Style Lager | 4.2% ABV | IBU 24

Orange Vanilla Sunlight Cream Ale: Cream Ale | 5.3% ABV | IBU 20

We Mac: Scottish Ale | 5.3% ABV | IBU 23

Explosive Pinto: IPA - Imperial | 9.4% ABV | IBU 75

Razzleblaster: Sour - Flanders Red Ale | 6.5% ABV | IBU 23

The Flying Cupcake: Stout - White | 6.3% AB | IBU 10


Mon to Weds 11 am - 9 pm

Thurs to Sat 11 am - 10 pm

Sunday Noon - 6 pm

Jan. Highlight: Try the Zero Alcohol Delta 8 Seltzers - Peach, Blueberry, Lemonade or Naked Flavor

Food Menu: Yes

Metazoa Brewing Company, A Popular Brewery Located in Indianapolis Indiana

Metazoa Brewing Company

140 S College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202


Trash Panda: Vanilla Latte - Blonde Ale | 5.3% ABV | IBU 15

Ruh Roh Ale: American Amber | 6.3% ABV | IBU 25

Puppy Slumber Party: Peanut Butter Milk Stout | 6.4% ABV | IBU 28

Nap In The Hammock: Cream Ale | 4.8% ABV | IBU 17

Jumping Joey: American Pale Ale | 5.3% ABV | IBU 40

Wicked Pawesome: New England IPA | 6.3% AB | IBU 25

Hours (1.17.24)

Mon to Weds 1 pm - 10 pm

Thurs 11 am - 10 pm

Fri & Sat 11 am - 10 pm

Sunday 11 am - 9 pm

Jan. Highlight: Tapping Party Jan 20th - Here's Looking at Ewe, New Zealand Pilsner

Food Menu: Food Truck

 Again these are just few of my picks that fit my personality and interest. If you feel that I left one-off that may interest me or other people, message me on Facebook about the location.  I value a person's opinion and never just discard the information.  Always looking forward to learning about new places to add to my Google Map. ~ Shawn

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